2018 Acura MDX Hybrid SUV

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2018 MODEL
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Detailed Review

Acura’s first ever hybrid SUV the MDX is a standout in every way. Incorporating its technology from the popular NSX, the three-row crossover SUV is versatile and has an appealing mix of safety and luxury-oriented features. The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid arrives with more power than the regular MDX and delivers a confident drive with no compromise.

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Pros

Standard active-safety Features

Sharp Handling Battery

Doesn’t 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?

New MDX gets a refreshed dual-screen user interface with enhanced 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display and 30 percent faster response time

Standard Apple CarPlay™ support, Android Auto™ compatibility (both new for 2018) and standard AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assist features to make MDX among the best-equipped vehicles in its segment


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Styles

 2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV in Crystal Black Pearl color  2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV in Black Copper Pearl color  2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV in Basque Red Pearl II color
Fathom Blue Pearl

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

power
321 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Gas/electric
mpg
27 combined

$52,100


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 $52,100 MSRP (26/27/27) 321 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3 L, V6, gas/electric
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Basque Red Pearl II
  Black Copper Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Modern Steel Metallic
  White Diamond Pearl

 2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

power
321 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Gas/electric
mpg
27 combined

$58,150


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 $58,150 MSRP (26/27/27) 321 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3 L, V6, gas/electric
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 6   Basque Red Pearl II
  Black Copper Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Modern Steel Metallic
  White Diamond Pearl

Top Acura Cars

2018 Acura MDX
8.2/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 22 combined

2018 Acura RDX
7.9/10

Engine: 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Acura RDX
8.4/10

Engine: 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 24 combined

2019 Acura NSX hybrid
8.4/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Acura MDX
8.4/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 23 combined

2017 Acura NSX hybrid
8.0/10

Engine: 500 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV
7.8/10

Engine: 321 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3 L V-6

MPG: 27 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 29, 2019

The gas-electric hybrid with a 3.0-liter V6, provide a suitable amount of oomph for city driving and highway passes. The new diamond pentagon grille along with torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system (SH-AWD), sporty handling, and practicality remain its strongest attributes. The cabin is well-laid and with good fit-and-finish.

It faces competition from Infiniti Q60, Toyota highlander and the Lexus RX450H. All of them are hybrid versions derived from basic SUV’s.

2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Features

Started its life in the year 2014 the Acura MDX is a three-row crossover and master of its genre. It is offered in two trim levels-, Standard, Technology, and Advance that are positioned as packages. An entertainment package is offered in both the trims. Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 combined with three electric motors (combined 321 hp, 289 lb-ft) and a seven-speed automatic transmission to deliver an estimated 27 mpg combined. Acura Watch safety suite, which used to be a package, is now included in all models.

Trim

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

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

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

MSRP

$50,220

$51,960

$58,000

Key

Features

  • 8-inch wheels, Automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Power Liftgate, Sunroof, and keyless entry and ignition.
  • Power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings,
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel, Leather upholstery,
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control an Auto-dimming rearview mirror.

All the features of a standard plus :

  • 20-inch wheels, Automatic wipers Remote engine start, Power-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system Color driver information display
  • A 10-speaker premium audio system with HD radio.

All the features of technology plus :

Front and rear parking sensors

  • LED fog lights
  • Automatic engine stop-start
  • A top-down surround-view camera system Heated steering wheel Sport seats with premium leather and trim
  • Front-seat ventilation
  • Heated second-row captain's chairs
  • Second-row sunshades and two additional USB ports for the third row.

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. All-wheel drive option helps in spirited driving on winding roads.

2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Engine

The 2017 Acura MDX is one of the best-driving, most technologically advanced three-row luxury crossovers, and a new Sport Hybrid model and active suspension should only add to that reputation- Carconnection.com.

Acura has basked in the technology of the NSX Supercar and transplanted into what is the brand's cbest-selling vehicle. MDX Hybrid packs a 3.0-liter V-6 coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with built-in 3 electric motors. A front motor mated into the 7DCT, and a rear Twin Motor Unit (TMU-mounted to rear two wheels) provide instant torque for a more responsive and vivid driving experience.The total system output rises to 321 hp and 289 ft-lb of torque. Intelligent hybrid electric motors can generate torque at either wheel in any driving situation, based on wheel slip, g-force, and other sensor feedback.Regenerative braking helps in charging the batteries and no plugin is required.

Unlike the conventional CVT, the DCT is pure business, ripping through the gears with quickness and grace which operates without a torque converter, improving efficiency. The 7-speed DCT can work in fully automatic mode, or it can be shifted manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Like other hybrids, the MDX shifts seamlessly between gasoline and electricity, or a combination of the two as required.

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

With the adaptive, driver-adjustable dampers, and the MDX feels sharp where its Japanese hybrid rivals the Lexus RX450h and Infiniti Q60 Hybrid feel squishy.Toyota is linear in power delivery with stability at higher speed while the Q60 is low on power.

Acceleration

The hybrid powertrain with electric motors also features several advancements like quick and linear acceleration. Although low-end torque is not this V6's forte, yet it is strong and assertive. It sprints from 0 to 60 in just 6.0 seconds which is more than acceptable for a 7 passenger SUV.

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 significantly quicker than other SUV and the Lexus grabs the second spot while the Infiniti and Toyota stay neck to neck with each other.

Ride and Handling

The MDX is a pleasure to drive. Inside, the ride is serene with minimal road noise and comfortable seats. Special shock absorbers smooth the ride over rough pavement. This helps provide a balance between ride comfort and handling. Available in three driving mode, the Normal setting achieves a nice balance between a feeling light but precise, while Sport's tighter on-center effort feels best suited for stability at highway speeds. Comfort is ultra-light and a little too loosen the power front.

The steering does not transmit a lot of feedback to the driver, but the vehicle as a whole feels capable and coordinated when driven near the limit. The MDX Hybrid SH-AWD system is optimized to provide both outstanding performance, all-weather traction, and class-leading fuel efficiency.The system can vary front-wheel torque distribution from 90 percent down to 30 percent (70 percent to the rear), or up to 100 percent to either the left or right wheels. That greatly improves stability when driving in inconsistent wintry conditions: for example, patches of snow and ice mixed with patches of wet pavement or when the left wheels are on ice and the right wheels are on dry pavement.

Braking

Equipped with 12.6 inch front and 13 inch rear disc rotor, the pedal feel is light. MDX's brakes are easy to modulate in real-world driving. Initial stopping distance from 60 mph is a longish 123 feet and it starts to deteriorate from that point, with remarkable brake fade after sudden stops. This could be an issue on long downhill stretches.

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

The MDX gives up some of its edge on the competition when it comes to braking. The Japanese rival's offers similar performance as the Acura but Lexus shines above all due to its smaller dimensions.

2018 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 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.

2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Interior

Super handling, top-notch tech, and useful capacity- Caranddriver

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 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 pushbutton 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 the Lexus or the 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 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 for an 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 other three-row midsize luxury crossover and significantly more than two-row rivals.

Towing Capacity

The MDX Hybrids is rated to tow up 3,500 pounds. Thats 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.

2018 Acura MDX hybrid SUV Exterior

Still a compelling alternative to European luxury SUV- Caranddriver

Dimension and Weight

The current MDX design looks marginally more wagon than the more upright SUVs in this class. The Acura 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.

2018 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

2018 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.

2018 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.

A small piece from the NSX- Motottrend.com