Acura’s MDX is one of the best mid-size luxury crossovers you can find at the market. However, there are some big differences between the regular gasoline-powered model and the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. Hybrids are always more expensive options of course, but we are asking ourselves do the additional expense pays off in this case? Well, of course. The hybrid is priced at $52,935, which is $1,500 over an equivalent non-hybrid. When you take into account that the MDX Hybrid uses a sophisticated technology the price difference is really nothing.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid: Powertrain and Fuel Economy
The gasoline model will offer you just a 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower that powers either front- of all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid combines a smaller 3.0-liter engine with a trio of electric motors (one helps the engine in the front, while the other two run the rear axle). Overall output jumps on 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of twist. However, these additional 31 ponies and 22 lb-ft of torque are not that important at all. It’s far more important SUV’s fuel economy that’s 26 mpg city, 27 highway and 27 combined. When is compared to the non-hybrid AWD model that achieves 19/26/22 mpg, it’s quite clear why these additional $1,500 means nothing at all.
Aside it’s more efficient, the hybrid crossover also provides significantly really superior performance and handling. However, you won’t get quicker 0-60 mph acceleration. That’s because of the hybrid model that weights around 200 more than the regular MDX. Plus, the non-hybrid SUV is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, while the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid isn’t recommended for towing at all.
The 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid is a true topper, but the regular model comes with Technology Package. Still, in case you want more from it, you can add another $6,040 for Acura’s Advanced Package. This way, you will get a luxury-reloaded crossover with captain’s chairs for the second row and a surround-view camera system. Plus, there will be heated and ventilated front seats, remote engine start, as well as a dual-screen rear entertainment system.
The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is basically the carryover model, which won’t offer you anything more or less than the 2017 version. On the other hand, the 2019 MDX Hybrid could easily get a plug. This way, Honda’s luxury department may arrange some electric-only driving.