2018 Acura MDX Hybrid
- Updated dual-screen infotainment system with a new capacitive touchscreen
- Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support
- Part of the third MDX generation introduced for 2014
- Generous array of features and active driver aids for the money
- Optional SH-AWD system enhances handling and all-season sure-footedness
- Smooth and confident acceleration from the V6 engine
- Quiet, comfortable and spacious cabin
- Adaptive cruise control can be slow to respond and abrupt when it does
- Auto stop-start function for V6 can be a bit rough
- Cabin looks and feels less luxurious than those of some rivals
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Which MDX does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The 2018 Acura MDX may be less expensive than similarly sized three-row luxury SUVs, but by no means does that imply disappointment. This popular three-row crossover SUV is versatile and has an appealing mix of safety and luxury-oriented features.
The MDX is enjoyable to drive, too. Its two powertrain options, a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine or an optional gas-electric hybrid with a 3.0-liter V6, provide a suitable amount of oomph for quick passes and freeway merging. Acura's available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system can also enhance this SUV's agility when you're driving around turns.
The aforementioned hybrid system is distinctive in that Acura designed it to deliver increases in both power and fuel economy. Indeed, we've found the Sport Hybrid is quicker than the regular MDX in our testing, and the EPA estimates you'll get 27 mpg combined in the Sport Hybrid compared to 22 mpg in a regular all-wheel-drive MDX.
After a refresh last year, the 2018 MDX is improved further by a faster and more powerful entertainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, addressing the biggest complaints we've had with prior years of the MDX. Though there are a few remaining drawbacks, they're pretty minor. Overall, the MDX remains a strong contender if you're shopping for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Acura MDX is a three-row luxury SUV that seats up to seven. It's offered in three trim levels: Standard, Technology and Advance. The Standard and Technology MDXs come nicely equipped, and the Advance has all the features you'll likely want in this class of vehicle. All of the above employ a 3.5-liter V6 engine (290 horsepower, 267 pound-feet) that's paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with either front- or all-wheel drive. The Sport Hybrid uses a smaller 3.0-liter V6 in conjunction with three electric motors (combined 321 hp, 289 lb-ft) and a seven-speed automatic transmission to deliver an estimated 27 mpg combined.
Highlights of the Standard package include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams, adaptive suspension dampers, a power liftgate, a sunroof, and keyless entry and ignition. Inside, you'll find power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Technology features include support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a dual-screen infotainment system (with a 7-inch touchscreen), Bluetooth, four USB ports, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. The MDX's standard AcuraWatch safety suite features forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane and road departure warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
The Technology package adds niceties such as 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, remote engine start, power-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system, a color driver information display, and a 10-speaker premium audio system with HD radio.
The Advance package turns on the charm with front and rear parking sensors, LED foglights, automatic engine stop-start, a top-down surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, sport seats with premium leather and trim, front-seat ventilation, heated second-row captain's chairs, second-row sunshades and two additional USB ports for the third row.
The Entertainment package can be specified with either the Technology or Advance package and adds a DVD-based rear entertainment system. If you add it to the Technology package, it comes with a 9-inch screen and 11 audio speakers; if you add it to the Advance package, it comes with a 16.2-inch screen (with an HDMI input) and 12 audio speakers. Note that it replaces the captain's chairs with the standard second-row bench seating.
Finally, there's the all-wheel-drive MDX Sport Hybrid. It's available with the Technology and Advance packages only.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2018 Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance and Entertainment Packages (3.5L V6 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 2018 Acura MDX has received some revisions, including an updated infotainment system that includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's MDX.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out3.5
Child safety seat accommodation4
Audio & navigation3.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite MDX safety features:
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Identifies lane markings and works to keep the vehicle within its detected lane if it starts to drift due to driver inattention.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Allows you to set a speed and maintain a desired distance from the car ahead. Will bring you to a stop if needed.
- Surround-View Camera System
- Four exterior cameras create a 360-degree view of the MDX's immediate surroundings.
Acura MDX vs. the competition
2018 Acura MDX
2018 Honda Pilot
Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot
While you might not think of it as luxurious, the Honda Pilot shares many of the MDX's winning attributes. It's also priced a bit less than the MDX. Even if you buy the top trim-level Pilot, it can still be less expensive than a relatively base MDX. The MDX boasts a nicer and more upscale interior, but both SUVs have a usable third row, impressive V6 engines and a long list of optional safety features. Definitely consider the Pilot if you're a function-over-form shopper.
Acura MDX vs. Infiniti QX60
Though several three-row luxury crossovers are more expensive than the MDX, the Infiniti QX60 is actually less expensive, at least to start. The base MSRP for the QX60 with front-wheel drive is $43,300. Like the MDX, Infiniti equips it with a decent number of standard features, and there is easy access to the third row. With the QX60, however, many of the QX60's optional extras are bundled in expensive packages, so it can be tough to get exactly what you want.
Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX 350
If you don't need the third row and you're just looking for a comfortable luxury crossover for the family, the Lexus RX is one of the most appealing options out there. The RX, like the MDX, has both a standard V6 engine (RX 350) and an available hybrid powertrain (RX 450h). The RX is well-equipped, too. Note that a new three-row RX L will be available soon, but its third row is significantly smaller than the MDX's.
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Is the Acura MDX a good car?
The MDX is one of our top recommendations for a luxury three-row crossover thanks to its strong and fuel-efficient engine, competitive price and usable third-row seat. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that has plenty of power for everyday use. There's also a more powerful and efficient Sport Hybrid MDX that uses a 3.0-liter V6. Compared to its main rivals, the MDX stands out best for its value. You can get an appealing number of features at a reasonable price. On the downside, the MDX's cabin isn't overly luxurious for this class of vehicle, and some of its advanced driver safety aids could stand to be a little more refined. Overall, the MDX earns a very good Edmunds four-star rating.
How can I get a Acura MDX deal?
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Does the Acura MDX have good MPG?
With front-wheel drive, and depending on trim level, the standard MDX gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) or 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway). The all-wheel-drive model gets either 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) or 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway). The Sport Hybrid gets an EPA estimate of 27 mpg combined (26 city/27 highway). For a three-row luxury crossover, the regular MDX's ratings are average. The Sport Hybrid is above average, though it's worth noting the RX 450h is even more efficient.
Does the Acura MDX have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Acura MDX's resale value. How much will a 2018 Acura MDX be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM).
What do people think of the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 MDX Hybrid 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 MDX Hybrid.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 MDX Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid here.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Acura MDX?
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