Acura MDX

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 2018 Acura MDX is little changed. 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: $53,095

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

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

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

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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