The 2018 Acura MDX is Acura’s 3-row luxury sedan. The MDX 2018 come with minor changes that consumers will still appreciate. Acura finally accepts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are now standard. The MDX is also available in two new exterior colors: Basque Red Pearl II and San Marino Red. Those who want to wait until the 2019 version hits showrooms can get the sporty A-Spec trim, which includes exterior and interior treatments.
The MDX can be upgraded to impressive standard equipment or as detailed as an Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. A new push-button electronic shifter in the center console is less user-friendly than the mechanical lever it replaces. The headroom in the MDX is on the low side for the class, and competitors offer more room in each row than the MDX.
Second-row passengers will appreciate the fact that the bench seat can be slid back and reclined a bit, but it’s a cool comfort for short third-row passengers. The MDX has less cargo space than its most powerful rivals, the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, but the MDX passed our practical storage tests despite its paper deficit. Buyers interested in a hybrid will be pleased to know that the MDX Hybrid has the same cargo capacity as the non-hybrid MDX.
2018 Acura MDX Interior
Unfortunately, the Acura’s infotainment system is a spiritual relative of the Honda’s, and the dual-screen display is ineffective. Plenty of power points and a widescreen entertainment system make up for the pain of paying extra for a less well-worn, aftermarket system. The MDX includes five USB ports, a 110-volt power outlet, a 12-volt, auxiliary input, and ports for connecting media players to a widescreen rear-seat video display. Bonus: the screen can display two different videos at once. In addition to the disappointing interface, the Acura Link returned a fair performance rating in our touchscreen input response test. Most tests matched its rivals, but the Audi Q7 once again bested the MDX.
2018 Acura MDX Engine
The 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 powering the MDX is typical of powerplants in the three-row crossovers, and it’s a powerful workhorse for the MDX. A nine-speed automatic transmission helps the MDX go faster without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The nine-speed is mostly smooth and sure-footed but can be downshifted when you want acceleration. The MDX Sport Hybrid is powered by a three-motor hybrid system version of Acura’s halo model, the NSX supercar. This powertrain is powered by three motors and a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that generates a total of 321 horsepower. We observed that the MDX Hybrid can go up to 35 mph. The hybrid MDX was quicker than our zero to 60 mph time of 5.7 seconds.
2018 Acura MDX Safety
The 2018 MDX is equipped with the AcuraWatch safety suite as standard equipment. AcuraWatch includes a collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist system, and lane departure mitigation system. The collision mitigation braking system warns the driver of any objects in front of the vehicle. Along with AcuraWatch, the 2018 Acura MDX comes with a variety of standard safety features. These safety features include daytime running lights, signal mirrors, tire pressure monitoring, a pre-collision safety system, child seats, stability control, traction control, and a post-collision safety system.