2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid – Most Powerful Acura SUV Ever

Acura steps their game up with a new MDX Hybrid

Updated October 17, 2018

Acura has to start making interesting cars with a lot of character. They cannot be a Subaru of premium. It cannot work. The latest NSX should be it, but it did receive a bit hate from the Internet haters. Nevertheless, save some other time for the NSX, or anything emotional for that matter. Now, dwell into the world of the family SUV, family crossover, or whatever you want to call it – the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. It is out, it is efficient, with a better fuel economy and idle-stop capability. In short, the latest 2018 MDX hybrid crossover is one of the most efficient vehicles in the segment. EPA-rated fuel economy at 26 city, 27 highway, and 27 combined. In Acura language that goes like this – “45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD”. Great!

Acura MDX Hybrid Front 3/4

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Does Not Have To Be All Boring

Acura MDX Hybrid Rear 3/4

As a hybrid family crossover, the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid tends to express dull and boring character. It’s a dad’s car. Not daddy cool, mind you.

Get this, however.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is the most powerful Acura SUV ever built. An intricate three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system with a V6 gives out 321hp and 289 lb-ft of torque. For the noobs – the SH-AWD is for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Acura MDX Hybrid and NSX Front 3/4


OK, it is not as powerful as the Germans, but it is more efficient and in the Acura world that matters the most. So much, in fact, that they re-engineered the seven-speed dual clutch transmission in order to make the car, even more, fuel efficient. This – a subtle car, it seems.

Safety As Important As Efficiency For The Acura MDX Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid Interior

The advanced all-wheel-drive system is possibly the most important safety feature one can have on a car. However, the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid complements the drivetrain with a fascinating set of advanced technologies.

This is where it gets better.

  • collision mitigation braking,
  • lane departure warning,
  • forward collision warning,
  • lane keep assist,
  • adaptive cruise control,
  • adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation,
  • multi-angle rearview camera,
  • blind spot information (only top grade car),
  • front and rear parking sensors (only top grade car),
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (only top grade car),
  • Auto High Beam (only top grade car)

Impressive. No wonder Acura anticipates TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Acura MDX Hybrid Safety Features Display

This Is How You Utilize SH-AWD On The Acura MDX Hybrid

MDX Hybrid Front 3/4

Integrated Dynamics System brings four driving modes in play – COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+. The system actively affects nine different dynamic systems. These, of course, include the throttle, transmission, electric motors, and ICE to some extent. Depending on the mode selected, the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Sport can give a glimpse of sport regardless of its nature.

So, hit Sport+ on all of it and enjoy some fine Acura motoring. All for $51,960 starting price.

MDX Hybrid Rear Entertainment System Acura MDX Hybrid interior Rear Seats Acura MDX Hybrid Front View


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Safet Satara
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