2018 Acura MDX

Pros: Good fuel economy for the class; surprisingly sporty driving character; quiet cabin; addition of hybrid model

Cons: Unexceptional comfort and space in 2nd and 3rd rows; complicated control layout; steep sticker prices on high-end models

CG Says: After last year’s refresh, the Acura MDX is little changed for 2018. The touchscreen control system has been revised and has a 30% faster response time. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard. The Acura MDX is a premium midsize crossover SUV with three rows of seating. The 3.5-liter V6 has a fuel-saving automatic start/stop feature in topline Advance models and is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The Sport Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels; a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors powers the rear wheels. Total horsepower output is 321, an increase of 31 hp over the regular MDX. Available features include lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed-follow functionality, and a collision-mitigating automatic emergency braking system. The MDX is an exceptionally well-balanced premium midsize SUV. The cabin is quiet and refined, and the driving character is surprisingly sporty for a vehicle of this size. Rear-seat room and comfort are not outstanding. Still, this Acura deserves a top spot on your shopping list. Topline versions are quite pricey, but the Base and Technology models deliver lots of safety, convenience, and luxury features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. The Sport Hybrid model offers a real improvement in fuel economy.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 6 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Acura
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $45,195
AWD Base: $47,195
Technology Pkg: $49,595
AWD Technology Pkg: $51,595
Technology and Entertainment Pkg: $51,595
AWD Technology and Entertainment Pkg: $53,595
Advance Pkg: $55,645
AWD Advance Pkg: $57,645
Advance and Entertainment Pkg: $57,645
AWD Advance and Entertainment Pkg: $59,645
AWD Sport Hybrid: NA

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
3.0-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
321
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

2017 Acura MDX
2018 Acura MDX
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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