2022 Acura MDX vs 2021 Audi Q7

2022 Acura MDX vs. 2021 Audi Q7 

If you are planning to buy a luxury three-row SUV this holiday season, you likely have the 2022 Acura MDX and the 2021 Audi Q7 on your list. While similar in many ways, which luxury SUV is better for you and your family? Our team at Maus Acura North Tampa is here to help you decide! 


There wasn't a 2021 Acura MDX model, which gave Acura the time to plan for the 2022 model, and it is clearly worth the wait! The new MDX is lower and wider than the previous model and features a more robust suspension system than before. 

The Audi Q7 was completely redesigned in 2020, and in 2022, gets a few trim updates but no major restyling for the new model year. 


The Acura MDX is powered by a standard 3.5-liter 290-hp V6 with 267 lb.-ft of torque. It is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission and steering-wheel-mounted paddled shift levers and front-wheel drive or the available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. Front-wheel drive trims can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while all-wheel-drive trims can tow up to 5,000 pounds. 

The 2022 Acura MDX Sport Type S was released in summer 2021 and offers a high-performance 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and 355 hp with 354 lb.-ft of torque. 

The Audi Q7 offers three versions with different engines and performance. The base trim offers a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4cylinder engine with 273 lb.-ft of torque. Next, is the turbo 3.0-liter-V6 which offers 329-hp and 325-lb-ft of torque. Finally, the last trim level is equipped with a 4.0-; liter twin-turbo V8 with 500-hp and 568 lb.-ft of torque. All Q7 engines come matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Audi Q7's maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds. 


The Acura MDX offers many standard features that you need for a more enjoyable and connected drive. These features include:

Premium leather-trimmed sports seats
12-way power-adjustable driver seat
Heated front seats
Tri-zone automatic climate control
Slit folding second and third-row seats
Siri Eyes Free
Acura Link 
And more! 

Technology + Safety 

Acura has always been at the forefront of technology, and the technology in the 2022 MDX does not disappoint. It includes a robust list of both safety features including:

Lane-departure warning
Lane-keeping assist
Adaptive cruise control
Road departure mitigation
Forward collision warning
Traffic jam assist
Collision mitigation
And more! 

For 2022, the MDX gest dual 12.3-inch digital screens in the cabin. One screen offers an information cluster, while the second screen is controlled by Acura's True Touchpad and displays information like navigation, audio and music, infotainment, smartphone connectivity, and more! Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard features, as well as Amazon Alexa. 

Also, while we're talking infotainment, the Acura MDX A-Spec and Advance Packages come equipped with the best audio system to date-a 16-speaker ELS system that was designed by the sound engineer Elliot Scheiner who engineered for the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, and more!

The Audi Q7 is equipped with a standard 12.3-inch digital driver information display, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi, USB ports, and a 10-speaker sound system. The Premium Plus trim includes safety features such as Active Lane Assist and adaptive cruise control, and a Bang & Olufsen 3d audio system. More amenities are added on the higher trim levels as well! 

Bottom Line 

You can call this a battle of the luxury SUV tech giants. The Audi Q7 comes equipped with great technology and power, as well as standard AWD and impressive towing capabilities, while the Acura MDX brings remarkable technology, power, and features in an all-new platform-and at a price that won't break the bank! For this reason, we believe that the Acura MDX is the best choice! 

Test Drive a 2022 Acura MDX Today 

Ready to put the 2022 Acura MDX to the test? Come visit our showroom at Maus Acura North Tampa or schedule a test drive with our friendly sales team today-(813) 535-6287!