The 2018 Acura MDX hits all the right spots. Just like Celine Dion hits all the right notes. It is one of the market's best rating three-row crossover SUVs. This seven- or eight-seat crossover offers two powertrains, including a hybrid and plenty of features. In addition to this, it comes at an ambitious price when compared to its competitors. The base model has a starting MSRP of $44,200 (excluding destination). This amount will buy you features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive suspension and LED headlights. The 2018 Acura MDX also comes with additional features. Including an upgraded dual-screen infotainment system, standard Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.
What new features have been introduced for 2018?
More command structures and menus have been used to redesign the dual-screen interface; it now comes with a new 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 30-percent faster response time. The exterior colors are San Marino Red and Basque Red. The infotainment system will now feature Android Auto compatibility and Apple CarPlay as standard features.
What about the engine?
A 290 hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine is behind the 2018 Acura MDX, it works together with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and it produces 267 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle delivers 18/26 mpg without AWD and 19/26 mpg with auto start/stop (when it has all-wheel drive (AWD). The engine, with front-wheel drive, delivers an EPA-rated 20/27 mpg city/highway with the auto engine start/stop feature and 19/27 mpg without it. This three-row crossover AWD has also produced some impressive numbers by hitting 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
Which features are available in the 2018 Acura MDX?
The standard features in this three-row crossover include: a leather-trimmed interior, tri-zone automatic climate control, Hidden Cargo Storage with Smart Lid, Jewel Eye LED headlights, 10-way power driver's seat, sliding second-row seats with one-touch third-row access, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power moonroof, 8.0-inch lower display screen, LED taillights, heated front seats, heated side-view mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down function, leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, a 7.0-inch upper screen, eight-way powered front passenger seat and ambient interior lighting.
Which safety features does this crossover come with?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) gives this crossover a score of five out of five stars, even giving it the title of Top Safety Pick. Some of the driver assist safety features include: Collision Mitigation Braking System, surround view camera system, lane keep assist, blind spot information system, road departure mitigation system, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control as well as front and rear parking sensors.
Which vehicles will it be competing against?
The 2018 Acura MDX is a well-balanced crossover, but it will be facing competition from the Lexus RX, Volvo XC90, Infiniti QX60 and the Audi Q7.
Is the Acura MDX a good vehicle?
The 2018 Acura MDX has a powerful engine, a reasonable price, usable third-row seat and it's also fuel efficient. The advantages include second-row captain's chairs, standard AcuraWatch safety features as well as a practical and quick hybrid model. The disadvantages include a tight third-row and a jerky nine-speed automatic transmission.
We recommend this crossover if you are looking for a well-balanced luxury crossover. This family-friendly vehicle is cheaper than rivals such as BMW X5 and Audi Q7. However, we would recommend the Volvo XC90 if you are more into exquisite interior craftsmanship.