The new generation of Acura’s mid-size SUV has just been launched for the 2022 model year, which clearly indicates that the 2024 Acura MDX will represent the third production year of the generation. That looks too early for a mid-cycle refresh but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing novelties in the next year. It looks like the near future could bring a couple of interesting upgrades regarding chassis setup, features and more.
Still, these will mostly be minor updates, while the overall layout will remain the same. This SUV will continue with familiar pros, starting from a nice design, well-built interior, capable engine options, athletic handling and more. Even though this is one of the best-value luxury SUVs around, it isn’t without flaws. Some customers feel it could be more comfortable, while the infotainment system isn’t the most intuitive in the class.
Despite that the potential updates, we don’t believe that the 2024 Acura MDX could arrive before the second half of 2023.
2024 Acura MDX Design
The 2024 Acura MDX will represent the third production year of the current generation. Therefore, it’s hard to expect bigger changes, whether it’s about mechanics or aesthetics. Mechanically, the SUV rides on the company’s new platform, which will also underpin the upcoming next-generation Honda Pilot. Still, might see some revisions, particularly on the chassis and suspension setup. Allegedly, Acura engineers are about to make a few tweaks to the suspension, to make base models softer and smoother. The officials are still quiet about this.
On the other hand, the visual appearance will remain the same. This SUV looks really good, with all those sharp lines that have been Acura’s trademark for a while. Of course, there is always room for new color options, new appearance packages and similar updates.
Interior changes are not expected. We believe that the 2024 Acura MDX will carry on with the same cabin design, which generally looks very good. The interior looks nice, whether it’s about materials or the build quality. You can also notice that the company kept a lot of physical controls on the dashboard, which is something older generations will certainly appreciate.
Besides good quality, this cabin also offers decent passenger space. It comes standard with three rows of seats and all of them are typical for the class. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, with decent side support and good comfort. We particularly like the driving position, which is excellent. The second row also accommodates adults with ease and offers plenty of leg and headroom. On the other hand, the third row is tight but, once again, that’s a pretty typical thing for the segment.
The cargo area offers around 16.3 cubic feet of room behind the third-row seats, 39.1 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down, and 71.4 cubic feet in total, which is actually pretty good for a mid-size luxury SUV.
Of course, we can always see novelties in this aspect, but we presume that most things will remain the same as in the current model. For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch display, a touchpad controller, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, Amazon Alexa, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a moon roof etc. Among upgrades, you can find navigation, additional USB ports, and a 12-, 16-, or 25-speaker ELS audio system.
The same thing is with safety features. So, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring etc.
2024 Acura MDX Engines
We presume that base models will continue with a good-old 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6, which puts out 290 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for good driving dynamics, while the new 10-speed automatic transmission does a pretty good job as well. Some sources speculate about this engine being replaced with a turbo four in the near future but there is still no official confirmation.
Of course, the 2024 Acura MDX Type S will also continue in the same way, with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. This one puts out 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Also, this model comes standard with Acura’s/Honda’s excellent SH-AWD system.
The base V6 feels incredibly refined but on the other hand, it is no better than average when it comes to fuel economy. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the class. On the other hand, the high-performance Type S is notably thirstier and returns around 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.