2019 Acura MDX Hybrid SUV

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$52,800 - $59,550

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2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

A well updated car is better than a disastrous revamp- keeping that in mind Acura has managed to keep their customers engaged with a well updated MDX. THe SUV made its debut in 2014 and remains the industry favorite since then. Its strong driving dynamics and the heart of a sports car makes it even more drool-worthy. Though the base variant packs enough punch, the meat of the Acura lineup lies with Hybrid MDX which is sportier and frugal than the conventional MDX.

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Pros

Standard active-safety Features

Sharp Handling

Battery Doesn\\u2019t Affect Cargo Space

SH-AWD System Enhances Stability

Quiet Cabin

Cons

Expensive Options

Frustrating Infotainment System

Cramped Rear Seats

Clunky Auto-Start function

What's New?

Advanced package comes with continuous variable dampers

Revised transmission programming and engine-idle stop system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

573 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

289 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

9-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

176.1 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

47.8 in.

curb weight

3878 lbs.

ground clearance

3.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

44 cu ft.

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

15.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

188 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/21/22 mpg

ev range

504.4 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

343.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./70000mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Crystal Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

8.9

Interior

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

power
321 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27

$52,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) Starting at $52,800 MSRP (26/27/27) 321 hp @ 6300 rpm3V-6premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 7

 2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

power
321 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27

$59,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) Starting at $59,550 MSRP (26/27/27) 321 hp @ 6300 rpm3V-6premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 6

Top Acura Cars

2018 Acura NSX hybrid
8.1/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm3.5hybrid

MPG: 21 mpg combined

2017 Acura NSX hybrid
8.0/10

Engine: 500 hp @ 6500 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 21 mpg combined

2018 Acura RDX
7.9/10

Engine: 279 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5gas

MPG: 22 mpg combined

2019 Acura NSX hybrid
8.4/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm3.5V-6

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Acura RDX
8.4/10

Engine: 272 hp @ 6500 rpm2I-4

MPG: 24 combined

2018 Acura MDX
8.1/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5gas

MPG: 22 mpg combined

2019 Acura MDX
8.4/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5V-6

MPG: 21 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.8

Overall Rating


Starting from the base price of 52,800, the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is everything right about hybrid SUVs in the business. Its powered by a 3.0L V-6 engine coupled with three electric motors to generate a combined power of 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The power is channeled through a 7-speed automatic transmission. Acura’s secret spice of Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system is standard on the MDX.


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8.9/10
Engine

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Features

7.8/10

The Sport Hybrid is offered in two trim packages, one packaged with Acura’s Technology package and other with the Advanced Package. The MDX lineup features two powertrains with the smaller 3.0L V6 engine reserved for the Sport Hybrid, however, with the help of three electric motors it conjures greater power. Plus its more frugal than the base Acura with a chunk load of features tied with each package.

Trim

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr SUV

MSRP

$52,800

$59,550

Key

Features

Power Liftgate

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams

LED fog lights

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control an Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Automatic engine stop-start

 

Power-adjustable steering wheel

A top-down surround-view camera system Heated steering wheel Sport seats with premium leather and trim

 

Leather upholstery

Heated second-row captain's chairs

 

Driver-seat memory settings

Second-row sunshades and two additional USB ports for the third row

 

 

Power-adjustable front seats with heating
 

 

Adaptive suspension dampers
 

 

Keyless entry and ignition

The Standard and Technology MDX comes nicely equipped, and the Advance has all the features you'll likely want in this class of vehicle. An Entertainment package can be specified with either the Technology or Advance package and adds a DVD-based rear entertainment system. At last, there's the AWD MDX Sport Hybrid which is available with the Technology and Advance packages only.

We Recommend

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The Technology package is recommended as it comes with standard features which prove value for money.

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Engine

8.9/10

“The 3.5-liter 290-horsepower V6, nine-speed automatic transmission and optional Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive are key factors in making the MDX one of the most confident midsize SUVs to drive. It's not exciting, but it is effortlessly capable”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The MDX borrowed a page from the sporty NSX’s book to become Acura’s first hybrid SUV. The bonnet hides a 3.0-liter V-6 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with built-in 3 electric motors. The electric motor is exclusive to power the rear wheels, a phenomenal largely known as “through the road” hybrid system. This mutated powertrain drills out 321 horsepower and 289 pound feet of torque. There is no plug in feature, so the battery is replenished through a regenerative braking system. The shifting duties are handled by a state of art 7-speed automated manual transmission which seamlessly.

Models

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

MSRP

$51,960

$52,100

$53,035

$47,880

Engine

3.0L V6

2.5L i4

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

7 Speed manual

Continuously Variable automatic

Continuously Variable automatic

Continuously Variable automatic

Horsepower

321 hp@6300rpm

250 hp@5600rpm

308 hp@6000rpm

306 hp@5800rpm

Torque

289 ft-lb@5000rpm

243 ft-lb@3600rpm

247 ft-lb@4600rpm

215 ft-lb@4800rpm

The drivetrain is no joke either, Acura employs their Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive standard in the Sport Hybrid MDX. It extracts juice from both the sources and channel it seamlessly through the rear wheels. Speaking of Sport its more than a mere mantle, Acura claims the Hybrid Acura to be sportier than the gas powered one.

Acceleration

Up till now the amalgamation of gas and battery power had yield conflicting performance, however, Japanese engineers are racing to the era of sporty hybrids. The MDX assertive acceleration delivers a burst of power as you jab the pedal with max power. Despite of lacking low end torque, the Hybrid MDX hits the 60 mph mark in 6.2 seconds. It takes a total of 14.6 seconds to further reach the quartermile at 14.6 seconds.

Models

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

8 sec

6.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

14.6 sec

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

15.5 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

2.5L i4

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5

6.7

5.9

6.3

The MDX is faster than other SUVs in the lot with its fellow japenese Lexus taking the second spot. While the beefed up Highlander and Q60 more than a second behind.

Ride and Handling

Built around the heart of a sports car, the MDX is highly fun to drive and a true people’s car. The steering has three personalities capable of adapting to different needs. The normal one has a nice balance and can be easily modulated with no hassle, the Sport mode solidifies the steering to be more on center, then you have the comfort mode which makes the steering more sensitive and light. Acura’s Mechanical torque vectoring system keeps it planted and more supercar like, its makes full use of the power it has by minimizing understeer. Also, the system can slide 100 percent power to the either sides and 70 percent to the full rear sides, hence, escadaling the off-road experience.

Braking

Acura wouldn't have quoted the MDX as its best selling SUV if it had some major glitches in its braking system. The front disc rotors are rated at 12.6 inches and 13 inches rear. However with a light pedal feels some amount of confidence is lost. The car halts from the speed of 60 mph in a long 123 feet. You will also witness some amount of brake fade after abrupt stops. Its light but still takes its time to stop while the bulky Lexus RX and Toyota Highlander features a similar performance even with heavy weight. It’s something Acura could improve.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.9

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

13

12.1

13.3

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4471

4559

4740

4965

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

122

123

126

Towing Capacity

The MDX Hybrids is rated to tow up 3,500 pounds. That’s a lightweight towing capacity, good for a personal watercraft, snowmobile or motorcycle, so don’t hook a heavy trailer up to one of these.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

3500

3500

3500

3500

All the others in the rivalry allow the user to carry a similar amount cargo to be towed.

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

The world famous Hybrid technology helps in returning a good fuel economy. According to EPA, it returns 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway when equipped with all-wheel drive and an optional stop/start system. The fact is that big vehicles need more fuel to get around. Front-wheel-drive MDXs perform slightly better across the board, and the hybrid model earns an EPA rating of 26 mpg in the city—a 37 percent improvement versus the standard MDX—and 27 mpg on the highway.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

MPG (city)

26

25

31

29

MPG (highway)

27

27

28

27

MPG (combined)

27

26

30

28

The MDX’s EPA fuel-economy ratings are very similar to those of the competition, but it outperformed expectations being an SUV and proves lighter on the pocket.

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Interior

7.5/10

“The MDX is spacious and versatile for the midsize luxury segment, and though its third row is tight, it's more usable than most. Still, mainstream models such as the mechanically related Honda Pilot are even more practical”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The MDX Hybrid is spacious and versatile for the midsize luxury segment, strictly a seven-seater, from a certain perspective. The third row is tight and the seats are hard. It can likewise be difficult to get in and an average size adult will feel difficulty. The front seats are comfortable and offer all-day comfort, the cabin is well-laid with good fit-and-finish, and there’s a ton of storage space, including a clever center console with a sliding panel and upper box for storing smaller items, and which opens to reveal a deep, wide bin. The high second row requires minimal knee bend but somewhat tight in headroom.

Wind noise is minimal with ample sound deadening material, you will feel sharp bumps on undulations. The 2016 model year brought the MDX a push button transmission shifter. It's intuitive and frees up considerable space on the center console. The MDX has an impressive standard-equipment list, but Acura’s interior materials don’t feel as upscale or as carefully designed as in Lexus or Toyota.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

Passenger capacity

7

7

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/61.141.4

40.7/60.3/42.3

39.4/57.8/44.1

39.8/59.3/44.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/59.1/36.6

38.3/60.4/41.7

38.2/57.6/38.0

37.8/59.0/38.4

Acura’s half-hearted cabin and average user interfaces send the luxury fantasy crashing down. Others in competition offer better quality cabin and much interior space however last row in every car lacks ergonomics.

Interior Features

  • Multi-view rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather seating; heated power front seats
  • Folding second-row seats
  • Power tilt/telescope steering; steering-wheel audio and phone controls
  • 12-volt power outlets in the center console and front armrest.

Infotainment System

Unfortunately, the new infotainment interface isn't much more intuitive than the last one but available wide-screen entertainment system makes up for some of the pain of paying extra foran ill-disguised, down-market system.

  • Dual Touchscreen
  • Rear-Set Video Display
  • AUX input
  • Bluetooth Audio & phone
  • Navigation
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Real-Time Weather
  • USB ports
  • Voice Recognition

Cargo volume

The battery of the Hybrid system doesn’t affect the cargo space, convenient and large enough for large articles, and the easy fold-flat seats make loading long cargo a breeze. An underfloor storage area is provided with enough space for a small baggage or camera bag or an extra pair of shoes.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

68.4

76.5

55.9

78.6

The total cargo capacity is larger than the other three-row midsize luxury crossover and significantly more than two-row rivals.

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Exterior

“Still a compelling alternative to European luxury SUV’s”- Caranddriver

Dimension and Weight

The current MDX design looks marginally more wagon than the more upright SUVs in this class. The Acura’s beaklike grille was so criticized that now it comes with a refreshed front fascia. A version of the diamond pentagon grille previewed in the Precision concept from the 2016 Detroit auto show. Newly sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and LED mist lights with restyled gem eye headlamps. Tastefully creased sheet metal looks stunning to eyes. Chrome rocker panels, some extra lower-body trim, and a twin-tailpipe configuration in back help keep the look sporty.

While the littler Acura RDX looks somewhat bigger than it will be, it's the inverse with the MDX. The tapered roofline, the chiseled front end, and the smooth backside all serve to make the MDX look like a sport wagon. The design is subjective but either way, the MDX will stand out in a crowd.

Model

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid 4dr SUV

Lexus RX 450H 4dr SUV

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV

Curb weight (lbs.)

4471

4559

4740

4965

Length(in)

196.2

196.4

192.5

192.5

Width(in)

77.8

77.2

74.6

75.8

Height(in)

67.4

68.8

67.7

68.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.3

6.5

8.2

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

114.2

109.8

109.8

Track width (in) F/R

66.3/66.3

65.7/65.7

64.4/64

64.4/64.2

All the cars have similar dimensions and ground clearance. The Highlander is heaviest among all while the MDX is the lightest. By the looks, Toyota seems biggest and the Infiniti is the smallest.

Exterior Features

  • Rear Doors Smart Key entry
  • Power Moonroof
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Dark Chrome and lighting details
  • Remote-Linked Power-Operated Tailgate

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Safety

The 2018 MDX delivers intelligent safety and confident driving performance in all conditions:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Multi-angle rearview camera and the top grade adds blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and new Auto High Beam.
  • Combining AcuraWatch with Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Competition

Acura MDX Hybrid Vs Infiniti Q60 Hybrid

The Infiniti boasts outputs of 250hp and 243 lb-ft from a 2.5-liter supercharged 4 cylinder and 20hp electric motor. A CVT handles the power, with the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.

Though several three-row luxury crossovers are more expensive than the MDX, the Infiniti QX60 is actually less expensive, at least to start.. Like the MDX, Infiniti equips it with a decent number of standard features, and there is easy access to the third row. With the QX60, however, many of the QX60's optional extras are bundled in expensive packages, so it can be tough to get exactly what you want.

Acura MDX Hybrid Vs Lexus RX 450H

Like other Lexus vehicles, the RX 450h boasts high-quality interior, a quiet ride, and exceptional everyday usability. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motor-generators which doles out 308 hp and mated to 7 speed CVT.

If you don't need the third row and you're just looking for a comfortable luxury crossover for the family, the Lexus RX is one of the most appealing options out there. The RX is well-equipped, too., but its third row is significantly smaller than the MDX's and it is also pricier.

Acura MDX Hybrid Vs Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

The name essentially says everything. The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is just a more eco-friendly form of the standard, three-row Highlander. It combines a gasoline V6 and electric motors for a total of 306 horsepower and 29 mpg combined. Like the standard Highlander, the Hybrid is a relatively spacious, quiet and comfortable crossover. It also comes with a lot of standard equipment, including the latest in advanced driver safety aids.

Toyota has better driving dynamics than the Acura and the interior styling is way better in the Highlander.

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Final Verdict

Premium manufacturers are getting into the full swing of the hybrid thing, it looks like gasoline vehicles will all get some level of electrification in the future, and the MDX is no exception. Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The interior however is a letdown but not a deal breaker. Surreal driving experience and eco- friendliness makes up for the loss.