It has an excellent reputation for reliability and strong resale, which may explain its high repeat customer figures, not to mention enviable customer satisfaction reviews. The MDX offers plenty of interior room, a comfortable ride and excellent driving dynamics. Attractive styling and a competitive pricing only add to the MDX’s allure, as does its standard set of driver safety-assist systems.1
Powerful and agile, the 2018 Acura MDX is one of the more athletic 3-row SUVs out there. The Acura’s big V6 is more than strong enough for most buyers and its 9-speed automatic transmission is responsive and smooth. Acceleration is quick enough to be thrilling, and there’s plenty of passing power. This is a big vehicle, but it never feels like an oversized land yacht.2
Its standard V6 engine puts out ample power for daily driving and highway cruising. The MDX also delivers a smooth ride and composed handling – all while getting pretty good gas mileage. Technophiles will love the long list of standard and available features, including new-for-2018 Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.3
MDX makes you feel closer to the road. The i-VTEC V6 produces 290-hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. When immediate acceleration is required, the engine responds with smooth aggression. But at highway cruising speed, the Variable Cylinder Management system allows the engine to run only three cylinders, enhancing fuel efficiency to the tune of an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway (FWD models).**
Forged from innovations found in the iconic NSX supercar including: the upcoming Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System (winter release), Dual Clutch Transmission, and Active Damper System. The MDX Sport Hybrid uses a 257-hp, 3.0-liter V6. Joining the engine in powering the front wheels is a 47 horsepower electric motor located in the transmission housing. There are two additional 36 horsepower motors mounted side by side between the rear wheels.
MDX models equipped with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) are designed to provide adept dry-road handling as well as all-weather performance using active torque vectoring to direct power to either rear wheel as needed.
An electronic gear selector offers intuitive, one-touch gear engagement and increases access to the center stack and center console. Pushing “Drive” delivers smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. Selecting Sport+ Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) mode brings on quicker downshifts and higher RPMs before upshifts.
Tapping a paddle shifter in Normal, Economy, or Sport IDS driving mode engages a manual gear change. Thus, quick gear changes are always available without switching in and out of manual mode. Automatic shifting returns when the MDX reaches a steady speed. Using a paddle shifter in Sport+ puts the transmission in full manual mode, greatly enhancing control for high-performance or hilly driving.
Precision handling is enhanced on board the MDX utilizing components of the Vehicle Stability Assist system, which uses active braking—usually on an inside wheel—to maintain stability during spirited cornering. Braking on individual wheels helps to avoid oversteer or understeer.
A centerpiece of the MDX is the signature Diamond Pentagon grille. MDX was the first production car in the Acura model line to introduce the bold shape with intricate detail—resulting in a clean appearance that makes a luxury statement.
The Jewel Eye LED headlights carve out their own space in the MDX profile. Brighter, whiter, and longer-lasting than traditional headlights, casting a precisely focused beam far into the future.
The stunning dual exhaust pipes of the reimagined MDX embody the spirit of Precision Crafted Performance. Each is outlined in chrome for a lasting statement.
To maximize comfort for all passengers, the MDX features a tri-zone automatic climate control system that allows the driver, front passenger, and rear passengers to adjust their own temperature and airflow settings. Add the Technology Package and temperatures can automatically adjust to the exact angle of the sun’s rays.
Bring in the day – and night – with a broad sky view. The power moonroof has the option to recess fully or open to a tilt. Smart one touch opening and closing automatically reverses if an obstruction is detected. Tinted glass helps to manage unwanted glare and heat.
With the push of a button, everyone’s favorite TV shows and movies are front and center on the available ultra-wide 16.2-inch display screen. Enjoy wide-ratio movies or accommodate two separate video sources and play both images side-by-side. The entertainment experience is complete with wireless headphone connectivity.
The MDX instrument panel is an experience in itself – enveloping the driver and front passenger in innovation. Shortcuts for audio and climate control are at your fingertips with the On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen display. The ODMD takes what could have been more than 41 buttons and reduced it to just nine.
Conveniently charge and link your devices to the MDX. With Siri Eyes Free, use features of your compatible iPhone without taking your hands off the wheel. Apps like Pandora and Aha deliver cloud-based podcasts, internet radio stations, and more. The integrated SMS text message and email function enables you to respond to incoming text messages while helping minimize the potential for driver distraction.
Grammy award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner helped design this critically acclaimed ELS Studio Premium Audio System to reproduce music as it’s heard in the recording studio. With music sources available over the air, internet or your own digital library, even the most familiar music can become an all-new listening experience.
Giving drivers the ability to see even more, the Surround View Camera system delivers an unparalleled vantage point while parking the MDX. Four cameras ingeniously positioned around the SUV assist in uncovering blind spots as well as potential obstacles.
To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) uses both a radar system and a high-resolution forward camera to recognize hazards such as vehicles or a pedestrian. The system can use up to 80% of full braking power to avoid or reduce impact with the detected object.
Setting the cruise control during your commute? Acura technology makes it possible. As with a conventional system, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow system allows you to set a desired speed but also maintain a desired interval from the car ahead so you enjoy the benefits of cruise control in light traffic.
On straight or mildly curving roads, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)uses a camera that can identify lane divisions and works proactively to keep the vehicle within a detected lane. If you guide the car out of a detected lane without signaling your intention to exit it, the system will slightly tug the steering wheel and guide the car to the center of the lane.
To help your MDX stay on the road, the Road Departure Mitigation System uses a monocular camera to recognize roadways and solid lane lines. If the system detects that the MDX has drifted over road markings it will provide alerts, steering assist, and if necessary, braking assist.
Pulling in or reversing out, you’ll experience a heightened sense of your surroundings. Our innovative parking sensors detect when the MDX is getting close to an object or surface with a series of beeps you can hear in the cabin. The beep sounds more rapidly as you get closer. Included in the Advance Package.
 Autotrader, 2018. Visit https://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2018-acura-mdx-new-car-review-270533 for more information.
 Kelley Blue Book, 2018. Visit https://www.kbb.com/acura/mdx/2018/ for more information.
 U.S. News & World Report, 2018. Visit https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/acura/mdx for more information.