Today’s Acura Doesn’t Look Like The Acura of the past, a once first-class sports car manufacturer, backed by Honda’s reputation for engineering brilliance and durability.
While there is still a Honda connection, Acura’s portfolio is no longer bursting at the seams with clearly fun to drive vehicles† Instead, most of his cars are just upgraded Hondas.
Acura’s flagship crossover and only three-row car is the MDX. The MDX is also the third most expensive vehicle in the series, after the RLX sedan and the NSX supercar. The two-row RDX is another option for those who find the three-row MDX too large.
The 2018 Acura MDX is less expensive than comparable three-row luxury SUVs, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disappointment. This popular three-row crossover SUV is customizable and offers an attractive combination of safety and luxury amenities.
The Acura MDX also comes with a long list of standard equipment and is one of the most appealing vehicles in its class.
Let’s take a look at the key features of the 2018 Acura MDX
The 2018 Acura MDX offers great performance
For 2018, the MDX will keep the same choice of powertrains, and the Sport Hybrid variant is one of the most fantastic examples of all the partially electrified crossovers available.
The 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the MDX is typical of three-row crossover powerplants, and it’s a capable workhorse. The MDX’s nine-speed automatic transmission allows it to accelerate faster than before, while saving fuel consumption. While the nine-speed transmission is generally smooth and stable, it can be hesitant to downshift when you need to accelerate.
A variant of Acura’s flagship model, the NSX supercar, which features a three-motor hybrid powertrain, powers the MDX Sport Hybrid. The three engines and 3.0-liter V-6 engine in this powertrain produce 321 horsepower. On electric power alone, the hybrid MDX can reach speeds of about 35 mph.
The MDX can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, with all four wheels gripping the road surface for traction, an athletic feat for any vehicle, but especially excellent for a seven-seat vehicle.
Driving the MDX is a joy. Acura’s four-wheel drive makes it more agile and entertaining on the road than you’d expect from a three-row crossover. The hybrid MDX is even faster, taking just 5.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h.
The transitions between the petrol engine and the electric motors are smooth. Most drivers don’t notice when the engine starts after a traffic light. Two electric motors on the rear wheels drive the four-wheel drive of the hybrid.
What the MDX lacks in a great infotainment system it makes up for in its premium quality interior
The MDX’s basic seats are supportive and comfortable, with ample support for long rides and ample legroom in the first two rows. The Advance upgrade replaces the base seats with sportier ones, the only difference being a little more side support for people’s rears.
Small items are kept out of the way by a deep and wide front trunk and plenty of storage compartments, while an electronic switch directly below the touchscreen frees up space for keys and phones to rest on rubber mats.
Second row passengers have slightly more legroom than front seat passengers, making drivers wish they had left the keys with someone else. The Advance package replaces a second row bench with captain’s seats for greater overall flexibility. The 60/40 split seat folds quickly for more cargo space if you’re in a hurry.
The third row is suitable for children or medium-sized adults, which may surprise buyers when considering this type of crossover. The third row is relatively easy to reach and the second row seats can be quickly folded away. When the Advance package is chosen, two additional USB charging ports are added to the third row.
The overall finish of the Acura MDX is good, with standard leather and enough noise-dampening technology to keep outside noise to a minimum.
The 2018 Acura MDX has outstanding safety that cannot be easily matched
The NHSTA awarded the 2018 Acura MDX five stars for the crossover’s overall safety rating. It has a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ for achieving the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests and the highest rating of Superior for frontal crash prevention evaluation.
IIHS gave the Superior rating because the MDX adequately informed the driver of a potential collision and averted a frontal impact of 12 mph and 40 mph thanks to the Collision Mitigation Braking System, which is standard on all MDX models.
AcuraWatch also comes standard with adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist and a system for reducing road abandonment. A blind spot information system, a surround vision camera system, front and rear parking sensors and a rear intersection warning are some of the other driver safety features.
The MDX has a total of 5 trim levels, from the $44,200 3.5L trim to the $56,650 3.5L with Advance & Entertainment packages MSRP.