2018 Acura MDX SUV

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2018 Acura MDX SUV Overview

The standard features of the Acura MDX 3.5L include 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), SmartVent side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control, Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Audio memory
  • HVAC memory
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Approach angle - 15 deg
  • Departure angle - 17 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 142mm (5.6")
  • Ground clearance (max) - 185mm (7.3")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 15 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - bench
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 267 lb.-ft. @ 4,700RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 93.0mm (3.50" x 3.66")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,815kg (4,001lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,435kg (5,368lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,983mm (196.2")
  • Exterior body width - 1,974mm (77.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,712mm (67.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,819mm (111.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear legroom - 978mm (38.5")
  • 3rd row legroom - 714mm (28.1")
  • Front headroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Rear headroom - 973mm (38.3")
  • 3rd row headroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,468mm (57.8")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,031mm (40.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,552mm (61.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,501mm (59.1")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,389mm (54.7")
  • Passenger volume - 3,758L (132.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 447 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,574 L (91 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Torque - 267 lb.-ft. @ 4,700RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sequential SportShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - active
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
V6 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 Search New $44,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
V6 SH-AWD 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 SH-AWD Search New $46,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
V6 with Technology Package 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 with Technology Package Search New $48,600   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
V6 SH-AWD with Technology Package 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 SH-AWD with Technology Package Search New $50,600   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
V6 with Technology & Entertainment Packages 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 with Technology & Entertainment Packages Search New $50,600   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
V6 SH-AWD with Technology & Entertainment Packages 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 SH-AWD with Technology & Entertainment Packages Search New $52,600   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
V6 with Advance Package 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 with Advance Package Search New $54,650   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 27  
V6 SH-AWD with Advance Packages 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 SH-AWD with Advance Packages Search New $56,650   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  
V6 with Advance & Entertainment Packages 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 with Advance & Entertainment Packages Search New $56,650   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 27  
V6 SH-AWD with Advance & Entertainment Packages 2018 Acura MDX SUV V6 SH-AWD with Advance & Entertainment Packages Search New $58,650   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The direct-injection V6 with Honda’s i-VTEC variable valvetrain is single overhead cam with four valves per cylinder rated 290 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It’s a smooth, refined engine, with acceleration whenever you need it, and it stays smooth to redline 6700 rpm.

The nine-speed automatic transmission is smooth most of the time, but sometimes it seems to get confused by so many choices, and hesitates. That’s in Drive mode, when the transmission does all the shifting automatically. But there’s a selector on the center console that switches the shift mapping between Drive and Sport. In Sport mode, and using the paddles to shift, you get quick upshifts or throttle-blip downshifts. The Sport mode works like a true manual mode because the transmission will actually let you hold onto gears all the way to redline, or all the way down to where you’re starting to lug the engine.

However the push-button shifter on the console is brilliant; it frees up space on the console, and is easy to use with its distinct buttons. One nice feature is that the transmission automatically shifts into Park when you turn off the engine.

The MDX also uses what Acura calls IDS, for Integrated Dynamics System, with Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The Sport mode quickens steering response, while the Comfort setting brings a lighter steering feel. The steering doesn’t send a lot of feedback to the driver, but the MDX feels capable and coordinated when driven near the limit. Actually, its handling is admirable for a vehicle this size; it’s as close to nimble and responsive as you can get in a seven-seat vehicle. It’s a very easy car to drive.

Special shock absorbers smooth the ride over rough pavement, even with the 20-inch wheels on the Technology and Advance packages. There’s just a bit of body lean in the corners.

The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system not only provides excellent all-weather traction, it makes a difference on dry roads. The system can vary front-wheel torque distribution from 90 percent down to 30 percent (that’s 70 percent to the rear), or up to 100 percent to either the left or right wheels. That greatly improves stability when driving in winter, especially when patches of snow and ice are mixed with patches of wet pavement, or when the left wheels are on ice and the right wheels are on dry pavement.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The diamond pentagon grille comes from the Precision concept car that got a positive reaction at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The facelift for 2017 included sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and jewel-like headlamps, with available LED foglamps.

We find the chrome rocker panels and body trim tarnish the styling.

The profile seems less upright than some SUV rivals, with its chiseled front end, tapered roofline, and the smooth rear end. Ironically, while the smaller Acura RDX crossover looks larger than it is, the Acura MDX looks smaller than it is.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The sloping and tiered dashboard sort of mimics the grille, as it leads into a V-shaped centerstack that doesn’t try to be opulent, but again the chrome trim gets in the way of things, sometimes reflecting into the driver’s eyes.

The center console offers a whole lot of function, with a deep bin, tray for cellphone, another larger tray with sliding woodgrain top, traction strips so things don’t slide around, conveniently located cupholders, and another small bin for keys, with power outlet.

The front seats are plush and supportive, with low side bolsters that make sliding in and out easy. The driver’s seat slides back automatically when the door is opened.

The MDX is roomy for its class. The second row slides six inches fore and aft, giving either second- or third-row passengers more legroom (but not both). It’s split 60/40 and folds almost flat, although there are a lot of gaps and holes, not good for dogs. A small illuminated button at each side of the second row moves the seat to enable reaching the third row.

The optional captain’s chairs are the best way to reach the third row. Without them, getting back there is for kids. And once back there, the high floor level puts your knees at your chin, if you’re an adult or tall kid.

The third row folds perfectly flat by pulling a lever; the headrests flip forward, and can stay with the seats rather than having to be removed, a good safety feature because they won’t be missing when needed.

With both seats folded, the cargo space reveals an underfloor storage area with room for a laptop, camera bag, or more shoes. It has a lid that can be moved out of the way.

The cabin is very quiet and vibration-free, thanks to an active noise-cancellation system, an active engine mount system, acoustic glass in the windshield and windows, and heaps of insulation elsewhere.


New Car Test Drive

The Acura MDX brings great handling, a smooth ride, and a fine engine. It isn’t the cheapest SUV, it’s not great on fuel mileage, and it needs premium gas. Nine-speed automatic sometimes hesitates. With optional captain’s chairs, it seats six.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Acura MDX ($44,200) is equipped with leather, eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, four fast-charging USB ports, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlamps, multi-view rearview camera, heated front seats, folding second-row seats, power tilt/telescope steering, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, and 12-volt power outlets in the center console and front armrest. Front-wheel drive is standard.

SH-AWD is extra ($2000).

The Technology Package ($4,400) adds navigation, blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, remote start and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Advance Package ($6,050) adds Stop/Start, roof rails, and Milano premium perforated leather upholstery with ventilated front seats. The Entertainment Package ($2,000) adds a DVD player, a 150-watt AC inverter, heated second-row seats, and second-row window shades. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Sport Hybrid adds $2,000 to an MDX SH-AWD.

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