When Acura revealed the MDX in 2001, the vehicle was the automaker's entry into the budding crossover segment. The first MDX offered consumers premium features and a spacious interior, which is something the 2018 continues to do.
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2018 Acura MDX Overview
What's New for 2018
Only minor changes have been made for the new MDX. The crossover gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard, and the automaker's suite of safety and driver assist features, which it calls AcuraWatch, as standard, as well. On the inside, there's a new 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen that the automaker claims is 30 percent quicker to respond than the old unit. Lastly, the exterior gets two new colors: Basque Red and San Marino Red. Pricing for the MDX has increased by $140 to $150 over the outgoing model, depending on what trim level you go for.
Choosing Your Acura MDX
Just like last year, the MDX is only available with one powertrain: a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque and sends power down to the front wheels as standard. Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system costs an additional $2,000. When all of the right boxes are ticked, the MDX is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.
The MDX is a mid-size SUV with three available rows of seating. With the second and third rows folded, the MDX offers a whopping 91 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row in place, it offers roughly 16 cubic feet of space, which is similar to its competitors.
The MDX's fuel economy figures are also comparable to competitors. The front-wheel-drive variant is rated by the EPA at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined). All-wheel-drive models brings that down slightly to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined).
AcuraWatch, which is now standard, adds various features, including: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation.
The 2018 MDX is available in one trim, which starts at $45,175 (all prices include the $975 destination fee) that drivers can build off of. Standard exterior features on the MDX include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a power moonroof, heated side mirrors, and a power-operated tailgate. As far as interior features go, the SUV comes with a 10-way power driver's seat, an eight-way power passenger's seat, heated front seats, memory settings for the driver's seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen as standard.
There are three available packages on the 2018 MDX:
The Technology Package costs $4,400, bringing the price of the MDX up to $49,575. The package adds perforated leather seats and GPS-linked climate control to the SUV. As far as exterior features go, the package includes 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and power-folding side mirrors with LED puddle lights. Other features include: remote start, a Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, a rear door smart key entry system, a Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and a 10-speaker audio system.
Buyers need to purchase the Technology Package to unlock the $2,000 Entertainment Package, which adds bench seats for the second row, a 9.0-inch full display screen, an 11-speaker audio system, heated second row seats with three positions, rear door sunshades, two wireless headphones, a removable ceiling-mounted remote control, and a 110-volt power outlet. If paired with the Advance Package, the Entertainment Package upgrades to feature a 12-speaker audio system and an ultra-wide 16.2-inch display screen.
The Advance Package is the most expensive one of the bunch and costs $6,050. Getting the Advance Package requires the Technology Package, as well. The Advance Package adds perforated leather seats with contrast stitching and piping, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain's chairs, a second-row center console, natural wood accents, a heated steering wheel, second-row sun shades, two USB ports in the third row, LED fog lights, auto dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround view camera.
With AcuraWatch part of the MDX's list of standard features, consumers can turn their direction on getting one of the available packages. All-wheel drive is worth the additional $2,000 for vehicles that will see inclement weather, while the Technology Package is the only major package we'd consider getting, as it adds navigation. Keeping optional features to a minimum is important with the MDX, as prices soar up near $60,000 for a fully-loaded model.
2018 Acura MDX Review
Roomy crossover SUVs are important for some families. With eight-passenger seating and all-wheel drive available, the 2018 Acura MDX is one worth considering.
The 2018 MDX is available in one trim, though Entertainment, Technology, and Advance packages offer further customization. Our recommended model is the 2018 MDX with all-wheel drive adn the Technology Package, to unlock driver convenience and safety features.
- Model:2018 Acura MDX
- Engine:3.5-liter V6
- Output:290 hp/267 lb. ft.
- Transmission:Nine-speed automatic
- Drivetrain:All-wheel drive
- MPG:19 city / 26 highway
- Options:All-wheel drive costs an extra $2,000, while the Technology Package ($4,400) adds 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, a blind-spot information system, rear cross-traffic alert, and navigation.
- Base Price:$45,195 (including $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$51,595 (including $995 destination charge)
The 2018 MDX houses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Sport Hybrid version utilizes a 3.5-liter V6 and a seven-speed automatic transmission along with two electric motors, delivering 321 system hp. The hybrid offers an intriguing proposition, but we think most shoppers will stick with the standard model.
The MDX prioritizes ride and comfort over performance. The shocks do an admirable job of smothering road imperfections, a desirable attribute. Drivers can sense a slight body lean when turning, but that’s common for tall crossovers.
We aren’t entirely pleased with the nine-speed transmission. Although entirely competent, there were times it seemed overloaded with cogs and unable to decipher when best to shift. Shifting to "Sport" mode allows drivers to select their own gears with the paddle shifters, but that requires high levels of experience to master.
Interior and Exterior
The MDX’s clean, sweeping lines suggest a model that’s more wagon-like than SUV. It’s a welcome departure from the upright roof pillars traditional SUVs typically offer. We like the current fascia design, which seems less busy than before, while delivering a determined, yet elegant expression. Sporty touches on the bumpers and an improved LED layout display raise this SUV’s premium quotient.
The cabin is open and sophisticated, with a push-button shifter and dual infotainment screens certain to appeal to technophiles. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility come to the MDX this year, later than some competitors, but welcome nonetheless. The standard cargo area is small, but the second- and third-row seats fold flat with ease.
AcuraWatch is a welcome standard driver-assist package. You’ll find such items as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and road departure mitigation. Clearly, Acura is out in front of what customers want in their vehicles from a safety perspective.
The Best and Worst Things
We’re happy to see a hybrid join the product line. Its the fuel efficiency leader of the lineup and offers slightly better road handling. We’re not especially fond of the costly package options.
Families who want a rich blend of utility, technology, comfort, and premium features. It's almost as if the MDX took the best features of a minivan and applied them to this crossover.
People who just don’t like crossovers. Then again, there aren’t too many traditional luxury SUVs left, at least not in the MDX’s price range.
The Bottom Line
One year removed from a major refresh, the 2018 MDX tweaks the tech upgrades to move in step with the competition. The all-new Sport Hybrid provides an interesting twist on the mid-size three-row crossover theme, therefore, we’ll be following its progress to gauge customer interest.
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