Performance Features of the 2018 Acura MDX

There’s no three-row luxury SUV that can compare to the 2018 Acura MDX, and you don’t have to take our word for it. The drivers in Chicagoland shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the 2018 MDX’s performance has earned it Autoweb’s 2018 Buyer’s Choice Award as well as Consumer Guide Automotive’s 2018 Best Buy Award. Even the experts at Kelley Blue Book have written that this year’s MDX offers “strong performance” and that it’s one of the more “athletic 3-row SUVs out there”! The MDX’s horsepower and fuel efficiency make it one of the most well-balanced options in the luxury SUV segment, and this only becomes truer when you upgrade with Sport Hybrid technology. When we also take into account this model’s drivability and handling capability, it’s easy to see why Chicago’s drivers love how they feel inside this Acura.

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Engine, Efficiency, and Drivetrain

Trim Level City Fuel Economy Highway Fuel Economy Combinde Fuel Economy

MDX with Front Wheel Drive

19 mpg

27 mpg

22 mpg*

MDX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

18 mpg

26 mpg

21 mpg*

MDX with Sport Hybrid Drivetrain

26 mpg

27 mpg

26 mpg*

The Acura MDX’s standard outfit features a 3.5-Liter V6 Direct Injection engine built with Variable Cylinder Management and Acura’s signature i-VTEC system. Front-Wheel Drive comes standard, but drivers can upgrade with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and advanced Sport Hybrid drivetrain technology. We’ve broken down some of the MDX’s high-performance drivetrain components in greater detail below!

  • Transmission Options: The 2018 Acura MDX is available with either a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential Sport Shift Paddle Shifters or a Motor-Integrated 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission that reduces slippage and improves performance across a wide variety of scenarios. The 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission is included with the Sport Hybrid upgrade.
  • Sport Hybrid Drivetrain: Drivers who choose to upgrade with Sport Hybrid technology will receive a 3.0-Liter Port Injection V6 engine, but in addition to this smaller engine, they’ll also receive two 36-hp Rear Motors and one 47-hp Front Motor. The rear motors exercise independent control over the MDX’s rear wheels, while its front-mounted motor provides instant electronic acceleration when you need it. Total System measurements for this system equal 321 hp and 289 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Standard Engine: The MDX’s standard 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6 offers 290 hp at 6200 RPM and 257 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 RPM. Drive-By-Wire Throttle Control ensures that this engine always provides the perfect amount of power, making for a much more engaging driving experience.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Powertrain Details

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Powertrain Details

Handling, Suspension, and Traction

The 2018 Acura MDX registers your every desire and drives in a way that’s sure to satisfy. Every MDX has 4-Wheel Independent MacPherson Strut Front and Multi-link Rear Suspension, Agile Handling Assist, Front and Rear Disc Brakes, 245/60 R18 High-Performance All-Season tires, and an Integrated Dynamics System. Its Active Safety features provide a smoother, more predictable driving experience, and drivers who pursue upgrades will significantly improve their vehicle’s capabilities.

2018 Acura MDX Electronic Braking Safety

2018 Acura MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package in Crystal Black Pearl

  • Integrated Dynamics System: With the MDX’s Integrated Dynamics System, you’ll have access to several driving modes that you’ll select with the press of a button. Comfort, Normal, and Sport Modes come standard in every MDX, and those who upgrade with Sport Hybrid technology will gain an additional Sport + Mode.
  • Suspension and Damping Control: FWD and SH-AWD MDXs both come equipped with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, but you can enjoy an even smoother ride when you choose the Sport Hybrid drivetrain. The latter includes Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control.
  • Active Safety Technology: Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering all come standard in the 2018 MDX. VSA and Motion Adaptive Steering both help to reduce the dangers associated with oversteering and understeering while ensuring greater control when you’re moving over difficult terrain. These systems can automatically transfer engine power to the wheels where it’s most needed.

Take the 2018 MDX for a Test Drive!

The 2018 Acura MDX’s horsepower and fuel economy ratings make it the standout option in its class, and there’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel! When you take advantage of our current offers, the high-performance MDX is more affordable than ever. You can experience the MDX’s performance for yourself when you schedule a test drive at a local Chicagoland Acura dealer. Start a conversation with one of our experts to get started!

Disclaimers: *Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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