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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.5
Safety: TBD
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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Review

The 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid finishes in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. While it delivers great performance and nearly unparalleled fuel efficiency, the MDX Hybrid doesn't offer the interior refinement or cargo space of many competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Agile handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Rivals are more luxurious inside
  • Several competitors provide more cargo space
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Is the Acura MDX Hybrid a Good SUV?

Yes, the MDX Hybrid is a good SUV. It's more athletic than many SUVs in the class, delivering agile handling and plenty of power. It rides smoothly, and it's more fuel-efficient than most midsize SUVs. It was also a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money award. The MDX Hybrid has a comfortable interior and offers a fair bit of technology, but many other luxury midsize SUVs are more upscale and offer more cargo space. This Acura also receives a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Acura MDX Hybrid?

This class is chock full of great vehicles, many of which make great buying choices, including this Acura. In addition to its traits, the MDX Hybrid carries a middle-of-the-pack starting price for the class – a nice bonus, since hybrids usually cost more than nonhybrids. Still, you may want to explore all your options before you make a decision. The Lexus RX Hybrid and the nonhybrid Acura MDX are both fine options to consider.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Acura MDX Hybrid?

The 2019 MDX Hybrid belongs to a generation that began with the 2017 model year. There are no notable changes for 2019, but for 2018, Acura updated the MDX's infotainment system with a more responsive touch screen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard.

To do more research on a used MDX Hybrid, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current MDX Hybrid generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Acura MDX Hybrid Cost?

The base MDX Hybrid carries a starting price around $53,000. Although hybrids typically cost more than their nonhybrid counterparts (and indeed, this SUV costs more than the nonhybrid MDX), the MDX Hybrid still costs less than many vehicles in the class. Should you decide to upgrade to the higher MDX Hybrid trim, you're looking at a starting price of nearly $60,000, which is relatively low for a fully loaded luxury midsize SUV.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

Acura MDX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Acura MDX Hybrid or Lexus RX Hybrid?

The Lexus RX Hybrid costs less than the MDX Hybrid and finishes higher in our class rankings. It features a handsome interior with quality materials, and it's available as a 2- or 3-row SUV. The RX Hybrid is available with a rear-seat entertainment system and a 12.3-inch infotainment display, which you can't get in the MDX Hybrid. The Acura has more room for passengers and cargo, and it boasts sharper handling than the Lexus, but both SUVs offer standard all-wheel drive and quick acceleration. The RX Hybrid is the better buy here.

Which Is Better: Acura MDX Hybrid or Acura MDX?

Compared to its hybrid counterpart, the gas-only Acura MDX has a lower horsepower rating and a smoother-shifting transmission. It also doesn't come standard with all-wheel drive, though you can add it. Unsurprisingly, the MDX Hybrid boasts better fuel economy ratings. Both SUVs earn below-average predicted reliability ratings. In most respects, these two SUVs are identical, so let their powertrain differences guide your decision. 

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MDX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the MDX Hybrid Seat?

The MDX Hybrid seats six or seven, depending on whether you opt for second-row captain's chairs. The first two rows are spacious and supportive, but the third row doesn't have adequate room for most adults. That's a common complaint with many 3-row SUVs.

MDX Hybrid and Car Seats

The MDX Hybrid comes with three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable rating for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

MDX Hybrid Interior Quality

Inside, this is a well-built SUV that incorporates a lot of high-quality materials. However, it doesn't carry the same posh feeling as many luxury midsize SUVs.

MDX Hybrid Cargo Space

The MDX Hybrid has a decent amount of cargo space, though some rivals have bigger cargo holds. This Acura SUV gives you 15 cubic feet of space with all seats in use, which is enough room for about a dozen shopping bags. Folding down the second and third rows will give you over 68 cubic feet of space.

MDX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the MDX Hybrid include a moonroof and an infotainment system with dual touch screens, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, satellite radio, navigation, voice command activation, Bluetooth, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include an 11-speaker ELS audio system, two third-row USB ports, a head-up warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system.

The MDX Hybrid features a responsive infotainment system that is easy to use once you master the dual-screen setup. It also includes helpful smartphone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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MDX Hybrid Performance

MDX Hybrid Engine: A Sport Hybrid, Indeed

The MDX Hybrid features a V6 and three electric motors that produce a combined 321 horsepower. This Acura accelerates quickly, and the engine moves the car with ease whether you're driving around town or passing vehicles on the highway.

MDX Hybrid Gas Mileage: Among the Class Leaders

This Acura is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. It gets 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Compared to the nonhybrid Acura MDX, which gets 20/27 mpg, the hybrid MDX will save you about $300 per year in gas.

MDX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Athletic, but Smooth

The all-wheel-drive MDX Hybrid stays planted around turns and doesn't have much body roll, making it adept at tackling winding roads. It rides smoothly over most road surfaces, and it's easy to drive.

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MDX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Acura MDX Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 MDX Hybrid earns a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Acura MDX Hybrid Warranty

Acura covers the MDX Hybrid with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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MDX Hybrid Safety

MDX Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 MDX Hybrid earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the MDX Hybrid earned a rating of Good (the highest rating) in all five tests performed.

MDX Hybrid Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features include a head-up warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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Which Acura MDX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Acura MDX Hybrid comes in one trim with a choice of option packages (just like the nonhybrid Acura MDX, which we cover separately). All models feature a seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a V6 engine and three electric motors that produce a combined 321 horsepower.

Choosing the right MDX Hybrid comes down to how much you value things like heated second-row seats, premium leather upholstery, and a couple of extra driver assistance features. The Advance package comes with a nearly $7,000 price jump. Most buyers will be better off with just the base MDX Hybrid.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid With Technology Package

The MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology package (which is the full name of the Sport Hybrid’s base trim) starts at $52,800. Standard features include power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and an infotainment system with dual touch screens, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, voice command activation, Bluetooth, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and the AcuraLink telematics system.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid With Advance Package

The MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance package starts at $59,550. Standard features include the Technology package’s features as well as premium Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, and front and rear parking sensors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid delivers terrific performance in a comfortable, easy-to-drive package. It lacks the interior refinement of some rivals, but this is still a good vehicle overall. Despite its bottom-half ranking, the MDX Hybrid is one of many fine buying choices in the highly competitive luxury midsize SUV class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Derived from the excellent MDX luxury crossover, the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid ratchets up the excitement with a powerful hybrid system, a sport suspension and impressive fuel economy. With the same reputation for quality, value and dependability as the standard MDX, the Sport Hybrid ups the playfulness, thanks mainly to the hybrid's clever 3-electric-motor setup similar to that found in the NSX supercar. The hybrid design provides the MDX Sport Hybrid with superior road-holding abilities in all types of weather and adds 30 additional horsepower without sacrificing any interior space. Even the pricing is similar, with the hybrid a mere $1,500 more than the similarly equipped MDX Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)." -- Autotrader
  • "The MDX and RDX have always leaned toward the enthusiast, and adding a hybrid element to the powertrain does nothing to quash the notion. Like the new Porsche Panamera, the question almost becomes, 'Why NOT get the hybrid?' We suppose there's the towing issue, but other than that, you get more efficiency AND more power. No one can be against that. If you think it looks too big, take it for a drive – it doesn't feel that way behind the wheel. And that's what's really important." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "With the addition of the new 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, the luxury brand is stepping up its game and trying to attract a younger generation looking for a capable and confident vehicle. The MDX hybrid's quick torque delivery, good handling, and decent packaging set it apart without compromising any space." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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