With its great cost efficiency, reliability, and versatility, it is not surprising that the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid is among the most anticipated crossovers of the year. Since the MDX is a flagship model, we can expect the latest in its tech department and plenty of interior room.
Also, thanks to its improved hybrid powertrain, we will see even better fuel efficiency too. If that is not enough, the Japanese engineers have also decided to slightly redesign the MDX as well. With all these improvements, it is safe to say that this upcoming model is bound for market success.
2018 Acura MDX Hybrid – Exterior Redesign, Updates and Changes
Outside, the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid looks even sportier than the 2017 edition. Even though the current model has already gone through an extensive facelift, the 2018 model will go even further. One of the most notable exterior additions is a slightly redesigned diamond pentagon grille. While quite similar to the current grille, the new one looks a bit larger and somewhat more flashy. Aside from the new grille, we can see a number of updates elsewhere too.
There are refreshed “Jewel Eye” headlights and more aggressive front fenders. In addition, we can also see a coupe-like sloping window frame, a more aerodynamic hood, and a reworked rear bumper. To complete this sporty look, the Japanese automaker has opted to include 20-inch wheels and dual exhaust outlets.
Interior Styling and Tech
Sporty on the outside, comfy and classy inside. This pretty much describes the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid. Even though this crossover is not the pinnacle of luxury and opulence, it still offers plenty in terms of comfort and convenience. For starters, the MDX’s cabin is quite spacious and open. It features a 3-row seating configuration and can easily accommodate up to 7 passengers.
It also comes with plenty of cargo room and the capability to fold the 3rd-row seats for even more space. The materials are more than decent and they include quality Milano leather and an open-pore wood trim. Although the controls are well laid out, some users might need some time getting used to the new button controls.
The same goes for the new dual-screen infotainment system as well. Speaking of the tech, there is the AcuraWatch safety suite, a 3-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free, an 8-speaker sound system, and more.
2018 Acura MDX Hybrid – Engine Options and Specs
In the engine department, the newest Acura MDX sports two engine options. The base one comes with a standard 3.5-liter V6, which is capable of producing 290 hp and 267 lb-ft. On the other hand, the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid comes with the latest powertrain.
This one is a combination of a 3.0-liter V6 and 2 electric motors. It is capable of outputting 321 combined hp and 289 lb-ft of combined torque. With it, the Acura MDX goes from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and achieves an EPA rating of 26/27 mpg. The hybrid engine comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the standard one is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Release Date and Price of the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid
The latest crossover offering from the Japanese automaker is expected to hit the market in the coming months. Its standard version will sell for under $45.000, while the hybrid will most likely reach $60.000.