The 2022 Audi Q7 brings luxury and performance to the three-row SUV segment, while the 2022 Acura MDX is new with its fourth-generation model. Which is better?
- Audi Q7: The 2022 Audi Q7 offers cutting-edge technology and standard Quattro AWD.
- Acura MDX: All-new, the 4th-gen, 3-row 2022 Acura MDX is now sleeker and more muscular in every way.
2022 Audi Q7
Base price: $55,800 / Read our 2022 Audi Q7 Review
What we like: Inline-4, V6, and V8 engine choices; standard all-wheel-drive; active safety features are standard.
What we would change: Options can get pricey; third-row access tricky; no hybrid version.
Overview: Restyled in 2020, the 2022 Audi Q7 continues with some trim updates but no major restyling for the new model year. Power for the Q7 comes in three versions. The base offering is a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder making 273 lb-ft of torque. Next is the 329-hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 producing 325 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the SQ7 offers 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. All Q7 engines are matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive. The maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds. The Q7’s destination fee is $1,095.
What’s new for 2022: The 2022 Audi Q7 is unchanged following its 2020 restyling. What it gains in the meantime is more standard content in the two lower trim levels. These include the all-important driver-assistance features and rear side airbags, heated and folding mirrors, direct tire-pressure monitoring, and ambient interior lighting.
Features and technology: The 7-passenger Q7 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige models, while the high-performance SQ7 model is available in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. The entry-level Q7 Premium offers standard features like 19-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, panoramic sunroof, leather seating surfaces, keyless entry/ignition, heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, tri-zone automatic climate control, and hands-free tailgate operation.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch digital driver information display is standard, as are navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Wi-Fi, USB ports front and rear, and a 10-speaker sound system. The Premium Plus trim includes Active Lane Assist and adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, plus a top-view/360-degree camera system, shift paddles, wireless charging, and a Bang & Olufsen 3D audio system. The V6 also comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and an available adaptive air suspension. The Prestige trim applies only to the V6-powered 2022 Q7 and the SQ7.
The SQ7 comes standard with a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, and nicer leather. The Prestige SQ7 also brings a head-up display and 21-inch alloy wheels. Other features can drive pricing further north.
What does the future hold: Speculation sees a third-generation Q7 in the works with a 2023 launch date. It is expected to keep the current lineup of engines but upgrades the 3.0-liter turbo V6 with a 48-volt hybrid system for increased power and efficiency. See 2022 Audi Q7 models for sale near you
2022 Acura MDX
Base price: $46,900 / Read our 2022 Acura MDX Review
What we like: Stout V6 engine; strong chassis; upcoming Type S performance model; reliability and resale value retention; ELS premium audio system.
What we would change: Ditch the touchpad controls and pushbutton gear selector; hybrid and PHEV hybrid models are missing in action.
Overview: The 2022 Acura MDX is the 3-row crossover flagship for the brand. There was no model for 2021, giving Acura time to plan for the 2022 model. It was clearly worth the wait. The new MDX shares a platform with the Honda Ridgeline and other vehicles in the family. It’s lower, wider, and even a bit longer than the previous model and features a new, more robust suspension than before.
MDX power comes from a standard 3.5-liter 290-hp V6 making 267 lb-ft of torque. It matches up to a 10-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift levers and front-wheel drive or available Super-Handling All-wheel drive (SH-AWD). Front-drive MDX models can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while AWD versions can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The high-performance 2022 Acura MDX Type S debuts in the summer of 2021 with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Acura MDX is available in four trim levels ranging from entry MDX to Acura MDX Technology, MDX A-Spec, and MDX Advance. SH-AWD is available on MDX and MDX Technology for an additional $2,000. It is standard on MDX A-Spec and MDX Advance. Destination charges for the MDX check in at $1,025.
What’s new for 2022: Everything! The 2022 Acura MDX is new from the ground up.
Features and technology: Acura has always been a technology leader. The 2022 MDX continues on that path and includes a robust list of standard features. At the top: AcuraWatch, the company’s suite of safety assists. This feature includes lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, traffic jam assistant, collision-mitigation, and more.
For 2022, they introduce dual 12.3-inch digital screens in the cabin. The first is a configurable information cluster, while the second displays navigation, infotainment, audio, smartphone connectivity, and more. It’s controlled by Acura’s True Touchpad on the center console. Great in concept, it can distract. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, along with Amazon Alexa Built-in.
Speaking of infotainment, the Acura MDX A-Spec and Advance Packages include its best audio to date: a 16-speaker ELS system designed by sound engineer Elliott Scheiner (the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, and others). The new ELS systems have wowed us in the recently updated RDX crossover and TLX sedan.
What does the future hold: Since the 2022 Acura MDX is totally new, we expect to see minor trim and feature additions over the next few years. See 2022 Acura MDX models for sale near you
QX7 vs. MDX: Strengths Comparison
Audi QX7: Choice of engines, including a monster V8; full-time Quattro all-wheel-drive standard.
Acura MDX: Great technology; strong reliability; good resale value.
Audi Q7 vs. Acura MDX: Which Is Better?
Call this the battle of the tech giants. The Audi Q7 offers great technology, handling, and power, as well as standard AWD and excellent tow capability, while the Acura MDX brings excellent technology, power, and features in a new platform and at a price that won’t choke the wallet. For this reason, we think the Acura MDX is better. See 2022 Audi Q7 models for sale or See 2022 Acura MDX models for sale
|2022 Audi Q7||2022 Acura MDX|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo Inline-4||3.5-liter V6|
|Horsepower||248 hp @ 5,000 rpm||290 hp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Torque||273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||10-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (19 city/23 hwy)||21 mpg (19 city/25 hwy)|
|Also Available||Standard Full-time AWD, 3.0 turbo V6, 4,0 twin-turbo V8||Super-Handling AWD, Type S model|
|Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||6 years/70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5-star||Not Rated Yet|
|Max Seating Capacity||7||7|
|Wheelbase||117.9 inches||113.8 inches|
|Overall Length||199.3 inches||198.4 inches|
|Height||68.5 inches||67.1 inches|
|Turning Diameter||41 feet||40.5 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.9 inches||38.5 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.8 inches||38.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.7 inches||41,6 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.8 inches||38.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||59.5 inches||61.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||58.5 inches||60.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||N/A||139.1 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||14.2/35.7/69.6 cubic feet||18.1/48.4/95 cubic feet|