The 2022 Acura MDX Type S Leaves Other SUVs in the Dust

Acura, Japanese automaker Honda’s luxury division, produces quality automobiles like its parent company. Acura’s SUVs have gained a devoted fan base thanks to the standard of luxury and performance that they offer. The times have changed, and the standards have risen, but the Acura MDX remains one of the top competitors in its class. The 2022 Acura MDX Type S outclasses all of its rivals.

The competition is stiff

Acura MDX sports utility vehicle (SUV) is displayed during the 2016 New York International Auto Show in New York.
The Acura MDX | John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s hard to outdo Acura’s previous SUVs. The brand has mastered the art of manufacturing powerful vehicles with premium materials and technology. As a result, the luxury crossover usually provides an entertaining driving experience. Acura is also diligent with keeping its technology up to date.

Despite Acura’s history of delivering an enjoyable luxury crossover to consumers, the competition is still stiff. The Acura MDX is available in many trims, but the 2022 Acura MDX Type S is the trim that makes the competition eat its dust. The Type S’ V6 engine makes a massive 355 horsepower.

The 2022 Acura MDX | Acura

The 2022 Acura MDX Type S: Top of its class

The 2022 Acura MDX Type S is a complete unicorn in the luxury crossover market. The SUV uses the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine as the popular 2021 Acura TLX Type S, a model known for its performance. This is the sportiest version of the MDX consumers have ever seen, and it’s difficult for other luxury crossovers to compare.

The 2021 Kia Telluride has received recognition for being a great all-around SUV. With a max horsepower of 291, it hardly can compete with the 2022 Acura MDX Type S’ powertrain. When it comes to the new MDX, good just isn’t good enough.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has great fuel efficiency and is incredibly stylish. The SUV is considered as a breath of fresh air in its class to many. Still, it just isn’t the same type of beast as the 2022 Acura MDX Type S. Even the CX-5 trim that includes a turbocharged engine only makes 250 horsepower, over 100 hp less than the MDX Type S. The interior is luxurious, but Acura offers premium cabins as well. The CX-5 is an amazing SUV, but the numbers don’t lie when it comes to performance. Even luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 and Lexus RX can’t compare.

A league of its own

The 2022 Acura MDX.
The 2022 Acura MDX | Acura

The 2022 Acura MDX Type S features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, the brand’s signature all-wheel drive system. It also features a Sport+ drive mode specially made for the Type S. The MDX Type S uses Brembo front brakes, adding to the performance feel and aesthetic.

According to MotorTrend, The luxury SUV can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds, making it easily one of the fastest SUVs Acura has ever produced. The towing capacity is still a maximum of 5,000 lbs like the standard version, but its speed and power make up for its lack of increase in towing capacity.

The 2022 Acura MDX Type S is essentially an SUV inhabited by the spirit of a sports car. Think Acura TLX Type S but roomier and with a nicer cabin. Acura is constantly pushing the envelope and improving upon its vehicle designs. That consistent innovation and drive to create unique experiences has created an SUV that is in a league of its own.

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