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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
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Category Ranking: 24

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $57,100
Price as Tested: $58,625

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 18.5
EPA City mpg19
EPA Highway mpg25
EPA Combined mpg21

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

For 2022, Acura completely redesigned its midsize MDX crossover. The stylish, sporty A-Spec version we tested gets special details, including blacked-out trim and 20-inch alloy wheels with a gray finish. Under the hood is a smooth 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp) mated to a 10-speed automatic. Unfortunately, the engine feels underpowered and delivers disappointing fuel economy. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) - for better traction on slippery surfaces and more responsive performance on dry pavement - is standard on the A-Spec trim level. Inside, the roomy 3-row interior can accommodate up to 7 passengers; passenger and cargo space are ample, although thirdrow seating is best suited to youngsters. Attractive design and quality materials add to the cabin’s posh ambience. High-tech goodies abound, including heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Jewel Eye LED headlights with auto high beams. Accessing the 12-inch infotainment display’s many features via a console-mounted track-pad controller (versus a touch screen) can feel frustrating, however. Wireless Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto smartphone integration and a long list of AcuraWatch safety features are standard, adding to the MDX’s overall solid value.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Stylish interior and exteriordesign
  • Smooth hybrid powertrain
  • Plenty of standardadvanced safety features
  • Good passenger andcargo space with the thirdrowseats folded

Weak Points

  • Poor fuel economy fromthe V6 engine
  • Slow acceleration
  • Infotainment system is acumbersome touch-padinterface

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 4540.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 198.4 / 78.7 / 67.1
Wheelbase (in): 113.8
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S
Front and rear tire size: 255/50 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 5000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.5L V6 VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 290 @ 6200

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