December 8, 2022

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2022 Acura MDX vs. 2022 Infiniti QX60 Comparison

After a thorough restyling, the 2022 Acura MDX and 2022 Infiniti QX60 both return with new looks inside and out. Here’s how they stack up.

2022 Acura MDX

2022 Acura MDX Starting Price: $47,925 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Roomy interior; wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; high-performance Type S variant; resale value.

Below Average: Tire noise; not very fuel efficient; touchpad can be irritating.

Consensus: A complete overhaul for 2022 gives the Acura MDX a slightly roomier and elegant interior and a more robust chassis. Build quality is excellent as expected, and resale value will continue to be a strong point.

2022 Infiniti QX60

2022 Infiniti QX60

2022 Infiniti QX60 Starting Price: $47,875 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Three rows of seating; 6,000-pound tow rating; handsome looks.

Below Average: Single engine choice; captain’s chairs only in Autograph trim; no knobs for stereo tuning; automatic sometimes searches for the right gear.

Consensus: A stylish, luxurious SUV, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 is well equipped and has three rows of seats for six or seven passengers. The third row is best for children, and the automatic transmission is not as smooth as it could be.

MDX vs. QX60: Sport and Style

Acura MDX

In production since 2001, the MDX has been a strong seller for Acura. But the company took 2021 off, and the 2022 Acura MDX is back after a full redesign that gave it a slightly longer and wider body and a sophisticated suspension.

While many of its competitors use turbocharged-4-cylinder engines, the base in the MDX is a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 that provides smooth power, sent to either the front or all four wheels. Coming soon is the Type S, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and with Acura’s Super-Handling All-wheel Drive, Brembo brakes, and torque vectoring.

We like the angular exterior look of the 2022 MDX, which is complemented by a flexible interior with an optional removable center seat in the second row. The cabin is full of high-quality materials, with Acura’s impeccable build quality. We like the dash and its impressive infotainment screen, although the touchpad is a bit of a challenge to use while driving.

Standard features are generous and include a 9-speaker audio system, USB charging ports, tri-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, and two 12.3-inch screens. Every 2022 MDX also comes with the AcuraWatch suite of safety systems including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitor. Given Acura’s reputation for reliability, resale values are expected to be strong.

Infiniti QX60

A consistent best-seller for Infiniti, the QX60 has been redesigned for 2022, a bit shorter and wider but still offering three rows of seats. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6, and while it was previously connected via a CVT, there is now a 9-speed automatic. The new automatic gives the QX60 a snappier feel and raises its towing capacity to 6,000 pounds, but it can sometimes lag when you hit the accelerator. Drive goes to the front wheels, although all-wheel drive is also available.

The redesign gave the QX60 a flatter hood, higher shoulder line, and a new grille, which makes the SUV feel more planted and aggressive. Inside, there’s good space for passengers in the first two rows, although the third is best for children or shorter adults.

Most trims accommodate seven passengers except the Autograph, whose second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to six. There is 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which expands to 75.4 cubes with all rows folded.

Standard features include simulated leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Infotainment comes via a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that is controlled either by touch or a rotary knob on the console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as well as Wi-fi and six USB ports.

Higher trims add climate-controlled seats, navigation, around-view monitor, and 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The Sensory model comes with massaging front seats, open-pore wood trim, and 17-speaker Bose audio system. The top Autograph trim boasts semi-aniline leather, center row captain’s chairs, panoramic roof, and towing package.

Similarities

Starting price; V6 power; fuel economy; fun to drive; optional all-wheel drive.

2022 Acura MDX Advantages

Powerful upgrade engine; more standard equipment; sporty Type S model.

2022 Infiniti QX60 Advantages

Cargo space; sharper looks; higher tow rating.

Which One is Right for Me?

The 2022 Acura MDX proves that a three-row midsize SUV can still be fun. With a powerful engine and the optional Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, the MDX is luxurious for passengers, but still enjoyable to drive even when you’re by yourself.

With a bold new look, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 looks great from every angle, drives well, and offers good interior space for passengers. It costs thousands less than the European competition, but still turns heads with style and luxury, inside and out. 

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2022 Acura MDX 2022 Infiniti QX60
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm 295 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 267 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm 270 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 10-spd automatic 9-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city/26 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city/26 hwy)
Also Available 3.0-liter turbo V6; AWD AWD
Specs
Basic warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 6 years/70,000 miles 6 years/70,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 7 7
Wheelbase 113.8 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 198.4 inches 198.2 inches
Width 78.7 inches 77.2 inches
Height 67.1 inches 69.7 inches
Turning Diameter 40.5 feet 38.1 feet
Headroom, Front 38.5 inches 40.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.1 inches 38.2 inches
Legroom, Front 41.6 inches 42.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.5 inches 41.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.9 inches 60.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 60.3 inches 60.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 139.1 cubic feet 140.6 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 71.4 cubic feet 75.4 cubic feet