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2022 Acura MDX gets a complete redo, gains high-tech features, Type S model

The Acura MDX has been redesigned top to bottom for the 2022 model year.

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Acura's flagship SUV has gotten a complete makeover. The three-row 2022 Acura MDX takes full advantage of Acura's latest exterior and interior styling efforts, fresh technology, and safety innovations. It's also priced well compared to its closest competition.

The 2022 MDX slots above the RDX as the other SUV offering in the company's lineup.

The fourth-generation model is more athletic-looking than its predecessor. It has a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, with a stance that's 1.4 inches wider in the front and rear. The hood of the new model is elongated thanks to a four inch increase in the dash-to-axle ratio.

2022 Acura MDX exterior

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At the front of the model is the SUV's Diamond Pentagon grille, which is flanked by four-element JewelEye LED headlights with embedded Chicane daytime running light. The sculpted fascia blends this area into the fog light housing. A chrome strip frames the windows in the most models while MDX A-Spec models have a gloss black surround.

The rear of the SUV has wide-seat taillights with the same Chicane design that is set in a thin blade design.

The MDX rides on the automaker's new light truck platform. This allows the SUV to have the drive dynamics of a sports sedan, according to Acura. The MDX has a double-wishbone front suspension and new multilink rear suspension, which allow the model to have a smooth ride while adding to body rigidity for improved cornering performance, passenger comfort, and cabin noise.

Acura has given the SUV more powerful brakes and new electric power steering that uses a ratio that is quicker than the previous editions of the MDX. With these stronger brakes, the Collision Mitigation Braking system is able to reduce stopping distance from 30 mph by 12 feet.

New wheel and tire packages give the 2022 MDX improved handling and performance. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard while 20-inch wheels are available. A new tire developed exclusively for MDX features a revised rubber compound, construction and tread pattern to reduce rolling resistance by 17 percent.

Acura will sell the fourth-generation MDX in eight paint colors including two new offerings: Phantom Violet Pearl and Liquid Carbon Metallic. Apex Blue Pearl returns as an exclusive color offered on the MDX A-Spec, which also gets gloss black accents front to rear, darkened headlight and taillight treatments, and Shark Gray wheels.

Under the hood of the 2022 MDX is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and achieves 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. That's the same engine and and power that comes in the 2020 model.

All-wheel drive is available. Now in its fourth generation, the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system delivers 40 percent more rear torque capacity and 30 percent quicker front-to-rear torque transfer than the third-generation system in the previous MDX. It can transfer 70 percent of engine torque to the rear axle during normal driving conditions, while continuously apportioning up to 100 percent of that rear-axle torque between either the left or right rear wheels.

Drivers will be able to choose from Snow, Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Individual drive modes using the control knob on the center of the dashboard. This is the same setup as in the RDX and Acura TLX. When the Technology Package is added to the MDX, an LED lighting scheme is standard with lighting schemes tied to the drive modes, with 24 additional user-selectable illuminations themed for iconic roads and race circuits around the world, such as Route 66 and Suzuka.

The 2022 MDX with front-wheel drive has an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The MDX with all-wheel drive does about the same fuel economy: 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Those numbers are about average for the class.

2022 Acura MDX interior

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The 2022 MDX has a sophisticated cabin with space for up to seven passengers. Open pore wood, brushed aluminum, and soft-touch Milano leather are used to achieve the premium aesthetic.

Depending on the package, MDX is available in six different interior color schemes including Ebony, Parchment, Graystone, and Espresso. A-Spec models will be available exclusively in either Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede inserts. All MDXs but the base models get Milano leather seating with contrast stitching. Advance Package models get contrast piping as well.

The SUV comes standard with next-gen Acura sport seats with 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating, and three-position memory. MDX A-Spec models get ventilated front seats while models equipped with the Advance Package also get power-adjusting side bolsters and thigh extensions.

Buyers can opt for one of three seating options in the model: a traditional second-row bench seat (seven-passenger capacity), a captain's chair style with a wide armrest (six-passenger capacity), or a wide pass through with captain's chairs (six-passenger capacity).

The third row of the model as more head- and legroom than before while the seating position is two inches higher from the floor than the 2020 model. With the Advance Package, third-row occupants have their own USB charging ports on the sides of the cabin.

Behind the third row, cargo space has been increased by 1.5 cubic feet to 16.3 cubic feet and can expand to up to 71.4 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. Like the RDX, the MDX has a large amount of cargo space under the floor. Removing the floor panel expands the cargo area behind the third row to 18.1 cubic feet.

In front of the driver is an all-digital cockpit that replaces traditional gauges with a 12.3-inch screen. Drivers can choose from two different appearance options: Advanced and Crafted. In addition to different displays for the main gauges, a fully configurable content selection is available to the right of the display for functions such as navigation, trip computer, AcuraWatch, maintenance, tire pressure, SH-AWD status, and a G-meter.

The SUV also gets a 10.5-inch head-up display that can show critical vehicle alerts, collision warnings, navigation instructions, vehicle speed, and incoming calls and texts.

In the center console is a refreshed version of Acura's True Touchpad Interface that pairs with 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen.

Buyers get a nine-speaker, 350-watt audio system with the standard model. Adding the MDX Technology Package bring along the ELS Studio system with 12 speakers and 550 watts. On A-Spec and Advance Package models, the ELS Studio 3D premium audio system includes 16 speakers and 710 watts of power.

A pop-up socket in the center console contains USB-C and USB-A. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interact with the infotainment system wirelessly. A standard Qi-compatible 15-watt charger is standard. Amazon Alexa is built into the system.

The Cabin Console allows passengers to control music, audio settings, rear climate controls, navigation and the panoramic moonroof's sunshade position using a smartphone app. A-Spec and Advance Package models come with CabinTalk, a system that is similar to what is in the Honda Odyssey and offers targeted voice amplification to second- and third-row passengers.

The latest generation of AcuraLink with Wi-Fi compatibility allows for over-the-air software updates and cloud-based services.

All 2022 MDX trims will come standard with an expanded suite of AcuraWatch advanced safety and driver assist technologies. The roster of tech includes road departure mitigation, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian detection, and driver attention monitor. Adaptive cruise control with low speed follow works to alleviate stress in heavy traffic situations. In addition, MDX will feature a new front and rear automatic low speed braking control system that is included in the Technology Package and uses sonar-based parking sensors to sense solid objects at low speeds, such as in parking situations, and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

Just like in the 2021 TLX, the 2022 MDX features Acura's next-gen passenger front airbag.

Pricing: 2020 Acura MDX vs. 2022 Acura MDX

The 2022 Acura MDX will arrive on dealer lots on February 2 with the most technologically advanced interior of any model in the company's lineup and a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $46,900. That's up from the $44,500 starting price of the 2020 model. Acura has opted to skipped the 2021 model year MDX.

Here's the complete model pricing breakdown.

  • 2020 Acura MDX FWD: $44,500
  • 2022 Acura MDX FWD: $46,900
  • 2020 Acura MDX FWD + Technology Package: $49,500
  • 2022 Acura MDX FWD + Technology Package: $51,600
  • 2020 Acura MDX FWD + Advance Package: $46,250
  • Not available for MY 2022
  • 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD: $46,500
  • 2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD: $48,900
  • 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD + Technology Package: $51,500
  • 2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD + Technology Package: $53,600
  • 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD + A-Spec Package: $55,000
  • 2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD + A-Spec Package: $57,100
  • 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD + Advance Package: $58,250
  • 2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD + Advance Package: $60,650
  • 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD + Entertainment Package: $53,500 (with Technology Package); $60,250 (with Advance Package)
  • Not available for MY 2022
  • 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD + Technology Package: $53,000
  • Not available for MY 2022
  • 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD + Advance Package: $59,750
  • Not available for MY 2022
All models came/come with an additional $1,025 destination and delivery charge.

2022 Acura MDX Type S

2022 Acura MDX Type S

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The Acura MDX Type S is coming in the late summer 2021. It is the first application of the Type S high-performance nameplate on an SUV and feature unique design accents, equipment, and tuning.

The exterior of the SUV alters the aesthetics to include an open diamond mesh grille, quad exhaust outlets, and gloss black trim.

Under the hood is a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, paired with all-wheel drive. The standard 21-inch wheels are wrapped in 275-series tires while larger brakes and four-piston Brembo front calipers provide additional stopping power.

Buyers get more interior refinement in the Type S model as well. The front seats are available with nine-model massaging functionality and are accented with unique colors and trim unique to the Type S. A new Signature Edition ELS Studio 3D premium audio system delivers more than 1,000 watts of power.

More details on the highest-performing ever SUV from Acura will be released closer to its on-sale date.

The 2022 Acura MDX joins its three predecessors in being designed, engineered, and developed in America. The MDX will be built exclusively at the company's auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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