Honda’s halo brand, Acura, sometimes gets a little lost amid the horde of choices available to buyers in North America. Here’s something that could sharpen the public’s focus on this eminently competent line of premium vehicle, one of which is the car-based MDX, which now forms the pinnacle of Acura’s passenger-vehicle lineup. Joining the fourth-generation luxury SUV’s array of selections is the 2022 MDX Type S, which just commenced production at Honda’s sprawling assembly complex in East Liberty, Ohio, for an expected short-term rollout at Acura dealerships.
The Type S is being correctly promoted as the most potent and appointment-heavy MDX yet. Standard powered by a turbocharged V-6 – also assembled in Ohio – rated at 355 horsepower, plus standard adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes and 21-inch wheels. Available optioning adds massaging front seats, along a 25-speaker audio system powered by 1,000 watts. The MDX joins existing Type S versions of the TLX sedan and the limited production NSX mid-engine sports car.