2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Rings Up At $53,095

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, Automotive Editor - February 2, 2018

The refreshed 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid starts at $53,095, which includes the $995 destination charge, and is currently on sale as of February 1. Like the refreshed TLX, Acura made a big of quality of life upgrade for its largest crossover.

The SUV features an upgraded user interface that’s 30-percent faster to respond than last year’s unit. The seven-inch capacitive touchscreen – the outgoing model had a resistive-type screen – has a dual-screen user interface and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. There are a pair of new colors, too.

Beyond that, the MDX Sport Hybrid is the same intriguing proposition it was last year, featuring bits and bobs from the NSX supercar. A 3.0-liter V6 works alongside a three-motor hybrid system to produce 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. Attaching electric motors to both axles also blesses Acura's three-rower with standard all-wheel drive.

Acura will continue to offer a pair of trims – moving up from the base MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package to the Advance Package elevates the price to $59,145.

Acura isn’t the only automaker in the premium segment that has an electrified SUV in its lineup, but it is the brand with the most affordable offering. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo all have SUVs with electrified powertrains. The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance has a starting price tag of $64,745, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 440e 4Matic Plug-in Hybrid SUV costs $68,690, and XC90 Momentum T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid costs $64,950. That said, each of those vehicles is a full-on plug-in hybrid, boasting a dedicated all-electric range and in most cases, more power.

Still, the MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package is roughly $11,600 cheaper than the most affordable offering from the aforementioned automakers. That makes Acura’s hybrid SUV one heck of value proposition, especially since Apple CarPlay is free.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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