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Tim Charlet
Automotive Editor - August 22, 2018


The 2019 Acura MDX offers crossover shoppers with a smorgasbord of options. Packed with driver-assist and technology features, this well-balanced crossover is available with five packages, front- or all-wheel drive, and two powertrain options. That's customization to fit nearly every budget, style, or desire.

What's New for 2019

The Acura MDX received a complete make-over in 2018, however, a few minor enhancements have been added for the new model year. The Advance Package now features wider 8.5-inch wheels and adds adaptive dampers. A reprogrammed nine-speed automatic transmission and an engine stop-start feature are now standard. The Technology and Entertainment Packages have added second-row captains chairs, while a fresh exterior color palette of nine options is available in multiple package options. Additionally, a sporty A-Spec Package is available for the first time with the MDX.

Choosing Your Acura MDX

Selecting an Acura MDX is rather unique in the US market. Instead of choosing a trim, Acura offers this sporty crossover with four unique packages: Technology, A-Spec, Advance, and Entertainment Package. All but the A-Spec come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available for an additional $2,000.

The base engine across the board is a potent 3.6-liter V6 that belts out 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 combined on front-wheel-drive models. AWD variants return 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

For an additional $3,500, consumers opting for the Technology and/or Advance Package can upgrade to the Sport Hybrid 3.0-liter V6. This unique powerplant utilizes the V6 gasoline-powered engine along with a 47-hp electric motor. Power is applied to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Two additional 36-hp electric motors are installed between the rear wheels that enhance torque while negotiating turns. Together, this powertrain returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, 27 highway, and 27 combined. Those choosing this powertrain gain AWD as standard.


The base 2019 Acura MDX starts at $45,295 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). This package-less model rides on 18-inch machine-finished wheels, features 12-way power front seats, heated seats, 60/40-split second-row seating, and 50/50-split folding third-row seats. A keyless entry with push-button starting system, tri-zone climate control, power windows and locks, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also standard features. The base model also includes the Acura Premium Audio System featuring eight speakers, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB Audio interface with iPod Integration, three front USB ports, two second-row USB charge ports, and an eight-inch color display.

Technology Package

The Technology Package can be added to the MDX for an additional $5,000, raising the starting price to $50,295. This option includes all the standard features available with the base plus perforated leather seats, climate control, natural wood interior accents, remote engine starting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding side mirrors, and 20-inch wheels. Additional safety systems are included with the Technology Package such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Acura’s navigation system with real-time traffic updates, voice recognition for navigation, audio, and Bluetooth, and a 10-speaker HD radio system are also included.

Advanced Package

The Advanced Package adds an additional $6,750 to the bill, but it also requires the $5,000 Technology Package first, so it brings the starting price up to $57,045. The Advance Package adds leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, second-row heated captain’s chairs, a second-row center console, second-row sun shades, and two third-row USB charging ports. Additional enhancements include LED fog lights, auto-dimming side mirrors, roof rails, a head-up warning for the forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems, and a surround-view camera system.

Entertainment Package

For those choosing the Technology Package or Technology/Advanced Package combination, the Entertainment Package can be added for an additional $2,000. When consumers combine the Entertainment with the Technology Package, the MDX starts at $52,295 and gets a nine-inch VGA screen, an 11th speaker in the audio system, two wireless headphone sets, a removable ceiling-mounted remote control, a 110-volt power outlet in the front console, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and second-row sun shades. The MDX with the Entertainment, Technology, and Advanced Packages starts at $59,045, and this time the upgrade comes with a 16.2-inch VGA screen, HDMI compatibility, second-row bench seating, and a 12th speaker for improved surround sound.

A-Spec Package

If flair and elegance is your cup of tea, the 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec is likely the package for you. Requiring the Technology Package and all-wheel drive first, this $3,500 additional upgrade brings the starting price to $55,795. The A-Spec rides on 20-inch wheels, features A-Spec appointed front and rear bumpers, dual exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, a black grille, A-Spec badging, and dark chrome exterior enhancements. On the inside, these models get A-Spec-branded paddle shifters, door sill garnish, heated and ventilated front sport seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other enhancements include an Alcantara trim with contrast stitching and piping, black headliner, and red instrument panel illumination.

CarsDirect Tip

Compared to other utility vehicles in its segment, the 2019 Acura MDX can be pricey and rather confusing to configure. While the base model is well equipped, it's sparse on tech and safety features. The Technology Package appears to be a must-have for those wanting to upgrade, and likely the best value among the package options.

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