Excellent on-road manners; added power and better fuel economy; reasonable price; comfortable front seats; impeccable craftsmanship; improved touchscreen menus
Third-row seat isn't suitable for adults; styling still on the conservative side; no DVD entertainment option
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.
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.
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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.