Acura’s mid-size crossover was redesigned last year. With all the novelties that came, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2024 Acura MDX will feature minimal changes. Simply, the new model looks great in every aspect and it has a few more years before it receives a mid-cycle refresh. Meanwhile, unofficial reports suggest that the next year’s model could come with some minor tweaks, particularly in terms of transmission. Other than that, we could see minor updates in terms of new color options, new standard features etc.
You may count on a familiar design, which has a lot of great things to offer, starting from engaging handling, capable powertrains, a nice interior and a spacious cargo area. On the other hand, the main complaint goes to the complicated infotainment system, as well as to the slow transmission in manual mode.
Despite the potential updates, we are pretty sure that the 2024 Acura MDX won’t arrive before the last quarter of 2023.
2024 Acura MDX Design
Considering that we are talking about a pretty fresh model, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2024 Acura MDX won’t feature any notable change regarding the overall design. This three-row SUV was redesigned last year and the overhaul brought a lot of changes and improvements, starting from sharper handling, more attractive styling and bigger dimensions. The MDX is easy and engaging to drive, especially with the optional SH-AWD system. At the same time, the ride doesn’t feel overly firm.
In terms of styling, the new model follow’s the brand’s contemporary design language, with plenty of sharp lines and an aggressive stance. Therefore, we don’t expect to see changes in the next year. Instead, the 2024 MDX will come with the same look, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see things like a new appearance package or new color options.
The new cabin looks way better than before, especially when it comes to materials and dashboard aesthetics. The interior is pretty attractive and we particularly like that Acura engineers kept a lot of physical controls, which makes everything easier. What doesn’t make our life easier is the infotainment system. Despite the crisp graphics and quick response, the system is operated with a remote touch control, which makes it very complicated to use.
The sound insulation is very good, and we like the shape of the front seats. Typical for this Japanese manufacturer, the driving position is excellent. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the second row benefits from more legroom and accommodates adults with ease. The third row is also more spacious than before but still typically tight for the segment.
The cargo area is pretty spacious for the class. In numbers, that would be 16.3 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 39.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 71.4 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
We don’t believe that the 2024 MDX could bring bigger changes in this aspect. Most things should remain the same as in the current model, which comes with a pretty long list of standard equipment. Some of the highlights are goodies like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 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.
The list of options also includes some interesting upgrades, such as navigation, additional USB ports, a 12-, 16-, or 25-speaker ELS premium audio system, remote engine start and more.
2024 Acura MDX Engines
The engine lineup will remain the same. Therefore, base models will continue with a familiar 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6, which puts out around 290 horsepower. Most drivers will be more than happy with this engine but there is also the optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo, which powers the Type S model. The max output goes around 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, so the difference in performance is quite notable.
The difference is also notable in terms of fuel economy. The base engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the turbo V6 is good for about 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
As we already mentioned, some sources speculate about the transmission modifications, which would make manual mode much more engaging. Standard models will continue with front-wheel drive, while the company’s well-known SH-AWD will be available.
2024 Acura MDX Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Acura MDX will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2023. The starting price should go around 52.000 dollars. The next will also bring the new generation of MDX’s mainstream sibling, the Honda Pilot, which is expected to arrive soon.