The MDX has always been a natural choice for all those who need a capable people hauler in a premium package, which also offers a high level of athleticism. The current generation, which arrived last year, raised all this to the next level and it is better than its predecessors in pretty much every aspect. That’s why we don’t expect to see bigger changes in the 2024 Acura MDX, which will represent the third production year of the generation. Of course, minor updates are always possible, in terms of new features, new color options and similar things.
All in all, you may count on the same design, which has a lot of great things to offer. This SUV looks attractive and offers a pretty engaging driving experience. Both engines are capable enough, and the handling is pretty impressive for a vehicle of this size. The list of standard equipment is also pretty long, while the key complaint goes to the complicated infotainment screen.
We expect that the 2024 Acura MDX will arrive sometime in the second half of 2023.
2024 Acura MDX Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 Acura MDX will represent the third production year of the generation and, therefore, we don’t expect to see bigger changes. The mid-size SUV will continue with a familiar styling, which utilizes Acura’s typical sharp edges that characterize the whole lineup. The next year could bring only minor updates, such as new color options. This refers to the high-performance Type S as well, which comes with exclusive styling details, as well as with all kinds of mechanical upgrades.
Speaking of the mechanical upgrades, the Type S comes with upgraded suspension, as well as bigger Brembo brakes. However, even the base model comes with pretty impressive handling and it is one of the most engaging models to drive in the class, especially with the company’s well-known SH-AWD system, which is standard in the Type S and optional in base models.
The MDX offers a pretty pleasant cabin, which may not look as flashy as some rival interiors, but still offers a genuine premium feel. Older generations will appreciate the fact that there is still a decent number of physical controls on the dashboard and center console. We like the dashboard design, which looks attractive and utilizes quality materials. The build quality is good, and the sound insulation is good as well, so there aren’t any major complaints in this aspect.
The front seats are massive and supportive, while Acura traditionally offers excellent driving position. The second row also offers a lot of passenger space and good comfort, while the third row is tight and for kids only, despite the longer wheelbase than before.
The cargo area is another strong point of this SUV. You may count on about 16.3 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 39.1 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum capacity of 71.4 cubic feet, which is pretty good for the segment.
Carmakers tend to offer a couple of new standard features every year, so the 2024 Acura MDX might come with some of them as well. Still, the changes should be minimal and there is no doubt that most things will remain unchanged. For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch display, a touchpad controller, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, a universal garage door opener, proximity keyless entry and push-button start.
Considering that the list of standard equipment is very long, there aren’t many potential candidates for the list of standard equipment. The current list of options includes goodies like a hands-free power liftgate, navigation, additional USB ports and a 12-, 16-, or 25-speaker ELS premium audio system.
2024 Acura MDX Engines
The engine lineup will certainly remain the same. Base models will continue with the good-old 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 290 horsepower. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and offers pretty good performance. The Type S is even better in this aspect, with the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that puts out 355 horsepower. It also comes with a 10-speed automatic but features Acura’s well-known SH-AWD system with torque vectoring as standard.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the segment. On the other hand, the Type S is notably thirstier and returns around 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.