2022 Acura MDX Type S Pricing Typed Up and Ready to Be Hyped Up
On the heels of the sportier NSX and TLX Type S variants, which both hit the market in 2021, Acura’s flagship MDX SUV is following suit with a Type S model of its own. The new MDX Type S arrives just before we cross into the new year. A step up in both performance and aesthetic for the premium three-row people-mover, changes inside and out have been made to separate it from the standard model, and now we know how much those changes will cost.
Grillin’ ‘n Chillin’
Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon grille is at play once again, though the Type S version uses a more open design, allowing an increase of incoming air to the engine bay to aid in cooling. In addition, a pair of side vents carved into the front bumper direct airflow to sub-radiators that reside inside the engine compartment, while a new front splitter resides under the bumper.
The new front fascia looks far more intimidating than non-S trim MDXs and quietly borrows some design elements from the NSX. The rear gets a new diffuser to tie in a set of large exhaust outlets armed with active exhaust valves.
The additional cooling up front will come in handy for the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 derived from the TLX Type S’s unit, which makes 355 hp and 354 lb-ft. of torque—the most produced by any Acura SUV to date. That power can be applied to all four corners via Honda’s torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system and transferred through sport-tuned 10-speed automatic.
Exclusive 21-inch alloys in Shark Gray or, on the Advance Package, Berlina Black, are available and use integrated resonators to decrease road noise. Peeking from behind the premium rolling stock are bright red four-piston Brembo calipers and 14.3-inch rotors.
Moving On Up
In addition to serving as the first Type S SUV, Acura elected to introduce adjustable air suspension to grant an additional 2.0 inches of ground clearance on demand. That’s in addition to the brand’s Adaptive Damper System that provides a trio of Type S damping profiles and seven-mode Integrated Dynamics Systems.
With the additional performance and outward appearance, the MDX Type S cabin is shown some additional love by way of soft-touch Milano leather seats with Ultrasuede inserts, a race-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel, and contrasting stitching throughout. Step up to the Type S Advance Package, and you’re treated to full Milano leather seats with a unique quilted pattern and an option for Azurite Blue material. Add to that multiple massage settings for the front seats and a 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D Signature Edition audio system to get the full experience that brings the asking price up significantly.
Pricing for the MDX Type S comes in at $66,700, while the Type S with Advance Package and its premium amenities will bump that up to $72,050. Both models are available as of this week according to Acura.