2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Review, Sport

The upcoming 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid is a family favorite SUV that offers seats for seven passengers. It comes with the highest safety ratings and it is the largest Acura’s SUV. Not only the largest but also the most expensive SUV in the company’s lineup.

Powered by a V6 engine, this SUV offers the front-wheel drive as a standard, however, a Hybrid model brings an all-wheel-drive setup and better fuel economy. Whatsoever, MDX Hybrid will receive a significant exterior upgrade, new infotainment system, and two new exterior colors. Generally, if you are looking for a family-friendly SUV with plenty of space, good safety rating and strong performance, look no further.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid side

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid exterior gets significant changes

The upcoming 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid didn’t suffer any exterior redesign, but the changes are significant and very visible. The design looks sporty and attractive both front and rear parts. The front gets a new Precision Grille that replaces a traditional grille that was kind of aging.

Lower fascia looks like the one on a sports car and it adds two large vents and a single air dam in the middle. Headlights are familiar as they are still available in famous Acura’s Jewel Eye style. To the sides, you can see a refreshing styling that includes a sloping roof.

The roof is coupe-like and less SUV-like, but that’s how most of the modern SUVs roll now. The key is that nothing looks too aggressive, instead, it looks subtle and sharp. Body lines are providing a sense of futuristic appearance and the 2019 MDX Hybrid really looks astonishing thanks to that.

The rear end suffered the most refinement. Plenty of sporty styling cues such as large taillights with rounded corners or exhaust outlets finished in chrome. The rear hatch blends nicely into the whole rear part and glass at the back is looking curvy. Overall, Acura MDX Hybrid looks sporty and it mixes aggression with the subtle styling and functionality.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid interior

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid interior offers comfort and luxury

The all-new 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid comes with a pleasant and upscale interior. However, the interior is basically the same as in the base model. There are no dramatic changes in this category. The biggest change is the inclusion of a new infotainment system, it adds a more responsive touchscreen and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The dash still looks curvy and it offers a smaller shelf that is handy for placing your phone. Center console suffers slight refinement and it features a few more buttons. The center stack holds two displays where upper display provides vehicle information and navigation. The lower display controls multiple functions and is easy to control.

Perhaps the only problem inside the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid is an aging instrument cluster that it seems out of date. Instrument cluster still holds a small central display which might be a problem as the display is all-digital. The steering wheel is sporty as it should be, but we personally think it needs a couple of more buttons to call it multifunctional.

The buttons are perfectly blended as they are not done in a chrome or other materials that are making a real stand-out.

leather materials are dominating through the cabin

The upholstery of the seats, center console, and door panels are quite astonishing. The leather materials are dominating through the whole cabin and the feel is premium. Even the rear seats are comfortable, and those seats split into a 60/40 configuration, so storing cargo won’t be a problem.

As we mentioned, the Acura MDX Hybrid is a real family favorite and there is a lot of reasons for that.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid seats

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid engine output and improved fuel economy

The standard model still rides on a 3.5-liter V6 engine, on the other hand, the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid will use a 3.0-liter SOHC V6. This drivetrain is mated with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and a three electric motors. The motors are available in an all-wheel-drive configuration, similar output as in the RLX Sport Hybrid model.

The total output figures are rated at 321 HP and 290 lb-ft of torque. It means that the hybrid system adds 31 horsepower and 23 lb-ft of twists over the base engine numbers. Moreover, those figures make MDX Hybrid model as the most powerful Acura’s SUV that has ever hit the production.

Fuel economy is improved as well, a 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway sounds like a much better rating. To be exact, it is an improvement of 8 mpg in the city and 6 mpg combined.

The more you read the better it gets for this hybrid SUV. The approaching 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid includes an electric servo brake system, a four-mode integrated dynamics system, and active dumpers. Thanks to that, driving modes are numerous and the ride feels smoother and more comfortable, as a result.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid rear

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid price and release date

The 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid will come in two trim levels. The base model will cost slightly above $45,000 while the Sport Hybrid model over $50,000. Acura’s latest hybrid SUV will hit the dealerships in the first quarter of 2019.

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