As one of Acura’s better sellers, the automaker is very careful and calculated in the changes its makes to the MDX. In 2017, this crossover received a comprehensive refresh that included a new 3D-diamond grille in place of the maligned Acura beak, new headlights, and a few other minor tweaks. With this refresh so recent, we expect the MDX to roll into 2018 virtually unchanged.
With a new-look body, thanks to last year’s refresh, we don’t anticipate any noticeable visual changes. Also expected to remain unchanged are the standard exterior features. Look for the new MDX to continue with the same standard 18-inch wheels, auto LED headlights, heated mirrors, power liftgate, and more.
Inside, the MDX’s upscale cabin will also likely remain unchanged, though a tweaked infotainment system would be a welcome addition. The standard features will also carry over in here, including the rear privacy glass, keyless ignition, eight-way power front seats with driver’s side memory, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, and more.
Both available powertrains from the 2017 MDX should carry into 2018 without and changes. The base powertrain will continue with a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and a nine-speed auto transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard while all-wheel drive will remain an option. New for 2017 is a Sport Hybrid version that uses a 3-liter V6 and three electric motors to produce 325 horsepower. This powertrain comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Though the refreshed MDX has yet to undergo full IIHS testing, the 2016 model did, and it received a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the institution. Of course, this high rating is with the optional AcuraWatch Plus Package ($1,393 in 2017) installed. Buyers can go further with safety and add the Technology Package ($4,109 in 2017), which includes lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and more.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
Acura has yet to announce when it will launch the 2018 MDX, but we anticipate a release date in early summer of 2017.
Official pricing for the new MDX remains unknown for now, but we do not expect a huge hike from the 2017 model’s range, which spanned from $44,890 to $59,340.
Stay tuned for the latest updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2017 MDX