2018 Acura MDX

The 2018 Acura MDX gives drivers a dynamic and impressive performance and has been named a 2018 Consumer Guide Best Buy. With options for different engines, powertrains, and drivetrains, plus five trim levels to choose from, drivers can select the MDX that’s right for them. Whether you need all-wheel drive or are looking for the efficiency of hybrid technology, there is an MDX for you.

  • Powerful performance on the road with FWD or SH-AWD.
  • A Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is available to deliver power more efficiently with an engine motor system.
  • Braking systems and safety features boost the performance even more.

Engine and Powertrain

The standard engine under the hood of the MDX is a 3.5L engine that produces up to 290 hp. And it comes ready and equipped to tow 5,000 pounds. The standard drivetrain is a 2WD configuration with SH-AWD as an available option for drivers who prefer it. With the SH-AWD, the MDX can provide better traction control on slippery, icy, or snowy roads.

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Available on the Technology and Advanced Packages is the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which utilizes an innovative engine and motor combination system. A 3.0L V6 engine produces up to 321 hp and is dynamic and versatile on the road. Joining the engine to deliver power to the front wheels is a 47-hp electric motor located in the transmission housing. In addition, there are two more 36-hp motors in the rear, each delivering power to a single rear wheel and operating independently of one another. A lithium-ion battery powers all three motors and receives a charge when decelerating. The engine combined with the three motors produces more efficient power.

Fuel Economy

No matter which engine or drivetrain you choose, you’ll get impressive fuel economy, which means you can drive for longer stretches with fewer visits to the pump. With the front-wheel drive configuration, drivers will achieve an EPA-estimated 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg,* and models with SH-AWD achieve an EPA-estimated 18 city / 26 highway / 21 combined mpg.* For the most efficient MDX, the Sport Hybrid model earns an EPA-estimated 26 city / 27 highway / 27 combined mpg.*


The FWD and SH-AWD MDX are both paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, which enables drivers to drive in an automatic mode or manually switch gears at any time.

The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system works in tandem with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and an active damper system.

Active Sport Suspension/Continuous Damping Control

The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD MDX uses an active damper system that can adjust suspension stiffness due to changes in driving conditions to ensure a smoother ride and to sharpen handling for added control. This system is what produces the MDX’s versatility on the road, going from a soft and luxurious ride on a stretch of highway to a stiffer, racecar-inspired feel behind the wheel. And the system is active and constantly adjusting, without any extra input from the driver.

Performance-Enhancing Features

Along with the suspension, sophisticated braking systems are in place to boost the performance of the MDX even more, while also ensuring a safer experience behind the wheel.

  • Suspension – Four-wheel independent MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Anti-Lock Braking System – Prevents the wheels from locking up when cornering and minimizes skidding, even on icy roads.
  • Electronic Brake Distribution – Applies varied and individual pressure to the wheel based on factors including speed, road conditions, and more in order to prevent skidding and slipping.
  • Brake Assist – Helps the MDX come to a complete stop more quickly and safely in an emergency braking situation.
  • Wheels – The MDX features high-performance all-season tires that are ready for hot summer roads or icy ones in winter.
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering – Helping the MDX keep good, reactive control on the road, this system automatically corrects oversteering or understeering.

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2018 Acura MDX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Wisconsin Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel for a test drive today.


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only), and other factors.

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