Acura’s biggest crossover draws a lot of attention since the 2022 redesign, which is no wonder considering all the good things it has to offer. After the full redesign last year, this year’s 2023 model came without more important updates. Logically, we wouldn’t expect bigger changes for the third production year either but some sources speculate about the possible changes for the 2024 Acura MDX. Allegedly, the company works on a hybrid version but details are still unknown.
With the new powertrain option or not, the next year’s model will continue to deliver familiar design characteristics. We are about to see a familiar layout, characterized by capable and refined powertrain options, a well-designed cabin, lots of standard equipment and engaging handling with the optional all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to the complicated infotainment controls.
Despite the potential updates, we don’t expect that the 2024 Acura MDX could arrive before the second half of 2023.
2024 Acura MDX Could Gen Hybrid Powertrain
Although the officials are still quiet, we can hear rumors that suggest a new hybrid powertrain for the 2024 Acura MDX. Allegedly, we would see a plug-in hybrid setup, probably based on a turbo-four engine. The exact power figures are still unknown, but we count on respectable power, as well as on a battery that can ensure decent autonomy in the all-electric mode.
On the other hand, the rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. Base models will continue with the good-old 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 290 horsepower. The engine is smooth and very refined, especially in a combination with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration and overall performances are more than adequate and should satisfy most drivers. For those who look for better performance, there is the Type S version, equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo V6, which puts out around 355 horsepower and offers notably better performance.
The base engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are typical ratings for the class. Type S is notably thirstier and returns around 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
2024 Acura MDX Design
Other than the new hybrid powertrain, we don’t see any other potential updates for the 2024 Acura MDX. Therefore, the overall design will certainly remain the same. In terms of styling, this means the same aesthetics, characterized by lots of sharp lines and sporty overall looks. The Type S emphasizes this even more, with additional body parts that make it look even more aggressive.
In terms of mechanics, we expect to see the same chassis and suspension setup. Base models offer good handling, which is rather on the firm side, to provide better handling. The Type S brings further suspension upgrades, as well as new brakes at the front. All in all, the MDX offers an engaging ride, especially if you pick the optional SH-AWD with torque vectoring, which turns this model into one of the most athletic SUVs in the class.
The same thing is with the interior. The MDX may not look as flashy as German competitors but on the other hand, the build quality is pretty impressive. The materials are nice, and there is also a lot of attention to detail. Also, many of us like the conservative dashboard design approach, which includes a lot of physical controls.
The front seats are well-shaped and offer the excellent driving position, along with good overall comfort. Furthermore, the second row is also pretty spacious and accommodates adults with ease. On the other hand, the third row is typically tight for the segment.
The cargo area offers around 16.3 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 39.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 71.4 cubic feet in total, which is pretty good for the segment.
We don’t expect to see bigger changes in this aspect, though it’s always possible to see some additions to the list of standard equipment. Things will remain mostly the same in any case, which means that base models should come 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.
Among upgrades, expect to find goodies like navigation, additional USB ports and a 12-, 16-, or 25-speaker ELS premium audio system, as well as remote engine start and a hands-free power liftgate.
2024 Acura MDX Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Acura MDX will arrive sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 51.000 dollars.