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.
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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