2018 Acura MDX

Original MSRP Range
$44,200 - $58,650
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
18 - 26 MPG City / 26 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2018 Acura MDX

What We Like

Excellent on-road manners; added power and better fuel economy; reasonable price; comfortable front seats; impeccable craftsmanship; improved touchscreen menus

What We Don't

Third-row seat isn't suitable for adults; styling still on the conservative side; no DVD entertainment option


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.1/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Acura MDX?

The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid gains an upgraded dual screen user interface featuring a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. The system also includes more intuitive menus plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two new red paint choices are added to the available color palette: Basque Red Pearl II and San Marino Red.

Which MDX is the Best?

We think the MDX Sport Hybrid with the Technology Package is more than sufficient for most buyers' needs. However, if the additional $6,000 it takes to move up to the Advance package is mere pocket change to you, the added features are befitting to what luxury buyers expect from a luxury crossover.

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How Much Does a 2018 Acura MDX Cost?

The MDX Sport Hybrid comes in two well-equipped trims: MDX Sport Hybrid w/Technology Package and MDX Sport Hybrid w/Advance Package.

The MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package ($53,095) includes the 3-motor hybrid system, SH-AWD, AcuraWatch (collision-mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control), the Active Damper System, full LED lighting, an acoustic windshield and front side windows, a power moonroof, Smart Entry Keyless Access, 50/50-split third-row seating, second-row 60/40-split bench seating with One-Touch Walk-In and Extended Slide, leather seating surfaces, a multiview rearview camera, push-button start/stop, tri-zone automatic climate control, hill-start assist, 10-way heated power front seats, adaptive cruise control, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, GPS-linked climate control, 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding side mirrors with LED puddle lights, remote engine start, the Acura Navigation System with an 8-in color display, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 10 speakers.

The MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package ($59,145) adds perforated leather with contrast stitching and piping, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain's chairs, a second-row center console, a heated steering wheel, second-row manual sunshades, two third-row USB charge ports, LED fog lights, auto-dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera.

MDX Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
MDX FWD$44,200 / N/A6 Cylinder29019 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX FWD w/Advance Pkg$54,650 / N/A6 Cylinder29020 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX FWD w/Advance/Entertainment Pkg$56,650 / N/A6 Cylinder29020 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX FWD w/Technology Pkg$48,600 / N/A6 Cylinder29019 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX FWD w/Technology/Entertainment Pkg$50,600 / N/A6 Cylinder29019 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD$46,200 / N/A6 Cylinder29018 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Advance Pkg$58,150 / N/A6 Cylinder32126 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Technology Pkg$52,100 / N/A6 Cylinder32126 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Pkg$56,650 / N/A6 Cylinder29019 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD w/Advance/Entertainment Pkg$58,650 / N/A6 Cylinder29019 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD w/Technology Pkg$50,600 / N/A6 Cylinder29018 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MDX SH-AWD w/Technology/Entertainment Pkg$52,600 / N/A6 Cylinder29018 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acura MDX Safety

Is the 2018 Acura MDX a Safe Car?

The MDX Sport Hybrid comes equipped with seven airbags, hill-start assist, electronic traction and stability control and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Advanced driver-assist features include lane-keeping assist, collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road-departure mitigation and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Although the hybrid version has yet be crash-tested, the nonhybrid MDX earned a 5-star overall rating from the government, while the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the MDX its highest rating of Good in every crash test, Superior in the crash-avoidance and -mitigation test and a Top Safety Pick designation. It doesn't get much better than that.

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Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2018 Acura MDX vs the competition

2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid -- The Volvo XC90 T8 is a plug-in hybrid, meaning it can run in electric mode for short distances. With 400 hp, the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid is more powerful than the MDX Sport Hybrid, and its interior is also more refined. The Volvo's price tag, however, is significantly higher.

2018 Lexus RX 450hL -- The RX 450hL hybrid has slightly less power but gets slightly better fuel economy. However, a comparably equipped Lexus costs more than the Acura, and its third-row seat can only fit two people.

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid -- While it may lack the performance capabilities and name-dropping credentials of the Acura, a nicely equipped Highlander Hybrid Platinum can do much of what the MDX Sport Hybrid can do, for about $9,000 less.

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