The 2022 Acura MDX is an all-new version of an established nameplate, while the 2022 Audi Q7 improves on its already good bones. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Acura MDX
2022 Acura MDX starting price: $46,900 | Price Yours or View listings near you.
Above Average: All-new chassis; roomy, elegant interior; excellent tech and safety suite.
Below Average: Not especially fuel-efficient; touchpad controller requires learning curve.
Consensus: Longer, lower, and wider than the previous model, the Acura MDX is all new for 2022 and marks this luxury SUV’s fourth generation. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD) round out the package.
2022 Audi Q7
2022 Audi Q7 starting price: $55,800 | Price Yours or View listings near you.
Above Average: Quattro all-wheel drive standard; high-quality cabin.
Below Average: Pricey options with top trim exceeding $100k; no hybrid option; tight third-row seating.
Consensus: The Audi Q7 is a midsize SUV that puts technology and style at the forefront. The 2022 model brings more standard equipment into lower trim levels, including additional driver assistance features.
MDX vs. Q7: Midsize Luxury SUV Match
One of Acura’s best sellers, the luxurious MDX returns in an all-new fourth-generation model for 2022. (There was no 2021 model.) This new MDX uses the brand-new light-duty truck chassis that also supports the Ridgeline from Honda, Acura’s parent. As a result, this more sophisticated MDX is longer, lower, and wider than before.
The sleek design, however, takes a step more in the wagon direction than the boxy SUV style. With its new upscale focus, even Acura’s base model is well-equipped. The MDX offers power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.
The AcuraWatch safety suite is standard and includes adaptive cruise control, road-departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The 2022 MDX uses a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed through a 10-speed automatic transmission with push-button controls on the center console. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, or Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional. Equipped with FWD, the MDX can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Opt for SH-AWD and that ability climbs to 5,000 pounds.
Still to come is the Acura MDX Type S, a performance variant expected to use a twin-turbo V6.
Standard features include Amazon Alexa/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, wireless smartphone charging, and a 9-speaker audio system. New this year is CabinTalk system from the Honda Odyssey minivan that allows the front passengers to communicate to rear occupants through the audio system.
The 2022 Audi Q7 offers a choice of powertrains that starts with a 248-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive. That combo can tow up to 4,400 pounds.
Audi also offers a 3.0-liter turbo V6 making 329 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Topping the range is the high-performance SQ7, powered by a 500-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 568 lb-ft of torque.
The Audi Q7 is available in base Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige models. Standard with the Premium model is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch information display, navigation, Wi-Fi, and a 10-speaker audio system.
Audi Q7 safety features include a forward-collision warning (with automatic emergency braking), blind-spot monitoring, and automatic headlights. The suite also includes lane departure warning, rear collision mitigation, front/rear parking sensors, and a vehicle exit warning.
Adaptive air suspension is optional and allows you to raise the Q7 as conditions dictate (snow, gravel roads) or hunker down at highway speeds for improved aerodynamics. Rear-wheel-steering is also available on higher trims and allows for more agile cornering from this midsize SUV.
Three-row seating with room for up to seven passengers; plenty of advanced technology.
2022 Acura MDX Advantages
Standard 3.5-liter V6; 10-speed automatic transmission; lower price.
2022 Audi Q7 Advantages
Standard AWD; optional engines; towing capability; high-performance SQ7 model.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Acura MDX features a comfortable ride, solid V6 power, and a long list of standard features. The MDX has a proven track record for low operating costs and high resale value.
The 2022 Audi Q7 offers a variety of engine choices, from a small turbo 4-cylinder to a powerful 500 horsepower twin-turbo V8. A well-crafted interior adds to the Q7’s luxury appeal.
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|2022 Acura MDX||2022 Audi Q7|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||290 hp @ 6,200 rpm||248 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm|
|Transmission||10-spd automatic||8-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (19 city/25 hwy)||21 mpg (19 city/23 hwy)|
|Also Available||AWD||3.0-liter turbo V6; 4.0-liter turbo V8|
|Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||6 years/70,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||N/A||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||7||7|
|Wheelbase||113.8 inches||117.9 inches|
|Overall Length||198.4 inches||199.3 inches|
|Width||78.7 inches||77.6 inches|
|Height||67.1 inches||68.5 inches|
|Turning Diameter||40.5 feet||41 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.5 inches||39.9 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd Row||38.1 inches||38.8 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd Row||36.2 inches||35.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.6 inches||41.7 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd Row||38.5 inches||38.8 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd Row||29.1 inches||29.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||61.9 inches||59.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd Row||60.3 inches||58.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd Row||55.2 inches||49.4 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||139.1 cubic feet||N/A|
|Cargo Volume||18.1/48.4/95 cubic feet||14.2/35.7/69.6 cubic feet|