Test Drive Results Acura MDX Hybrid Electric SH

To begin, Acura’s Sport Hybrid three-row luxury SUV also receives an expanded color palette. Best part and most noteworthy is an NSX-derived three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain delivers 321 horsepower and receives 27 MPG combined EPA rating.

Also the MDX Sport Hybrid gains 31 horsepower and nearly 37 percent higher EPA city fuel economy. Therefore rating compared to the conventional MDX SH-AWD. All while seating up to seven passengers!

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Jul 31, 2018, 09:00 ET

TORRANCE, Calif., July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — First off, the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is features four new exterior color options. Also a new interior wood treatment. Seems that the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid opens with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $52,800 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

So more noteworthy, this price reflects a modest price premium of $1,500 over the conventionally powered MDX SH-AWD®. Although it comes with all with the Technology Package. That’s however including offering standard adaptive dampers. Furthermore, an extra 31 horsepower while also receiving a nearly 37-percent higher city fuel economy rating.2

So similar in design to the NSX supercar. It in addition, even has the MDX Sport Hybrid’s powertrain. It also features Acura’s signature three-motor Sport Hybrid. Plus the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. Thereby making it the brand’s most powerful and efficient production SUV. Since being the best-selling three-row luxury SUV both of this year and of all-time3.

As well, similar to the conventional MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid features a number of enhancements. They are including driver and front-passenger 4-way power lumbar support. Also authentic Desert Olive Ash wood highlights. So cool. So so cool. Plus high-contrast seat and door panel stitching. Furthermore matching wood center console trim for Advance Package models.

Technology and Advance grades include unique interior trim and exterior badging and stainless steel sport pedals. The Technology Package models include seating for seven. In addition and while the range-topping Advance Package incorporates a 6-passenger interior configuration. That’s with second-row captain’s chairs and a large second-row center console. All in place of a three-occupant bench seat.

For 2019, the exterior color palette expanded to eight options, including new Gun metal Metallic and three new premium colors: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl and Canyon Bronze Metallic.

Engineered for customers who want the greatest in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige. Cause the MDX Sport Hybrid’s 3.0-liter, i-VTEC™ V6 engine and three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. It delivers decisive power and control as well as instant torque. Despite turning out 321-peak horsepower and more interestingly a 289 lb.-ft. total peak torque. All MDX Sport Hybrids receive an impressive EPA combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg2.  Although we did in ECOMODE get more like 23 MPG!  Not 27!

An advanced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard – a feature closely related to the NSX supercar’s 9-speed DCT. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, MDX Sport Hybrid’s DCT offers ultra-fast gear changes. Also operates without the need for a torque converter. Therefore this alone much is improving efficiency. The 7DCT can run automatically or manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD® system operates independently of the gasoline engine, as the two rear-mounted electric motors dynamically apportion torque directly to the rear wheels. When cornering, the MDX Sport Hybrid delivers positive torque to the outside rear wheel, much like mechanical SH-AWD®, to create a yaw moment. In addition, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® can simultaneously apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel during cornering to further enhance cornering control.

Therefore and along with every other version of MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid manufactured exclusively at Honda’s East Liberty Auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Source: Acura at Acura.com