2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Review

The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid has great acceleration and composed handling. However, it ranks in the middle of the luxury midsize SUV class in part because of its cramped seating and uninspiring interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Engaging handling
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Cramped cabin for the class
  • Unimpressive interior quality

New for 2018

  • Enhanced touch-screen response and performance
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 MDX Hybrid is a so-so used luxury midsize SUV. Its engaging driving dynamics refute most stereotypes about hybrids, but this Acura doesn't make the grade when it comes to cabin quality or space.

The 2018 MDX Hybrid has many strengths:

  • Peppy acceleration from a stop
  • Lively handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Long list of standard driver assistance features
  • Straightforward infotainment controls
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Great crash-test scores

However, it has several notable weaknesses:

  • Tight second-row headroom
  • Subpar interior quality for a luxury car
  • Below-average cargo space
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How Much Is the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid?

We don't have specific pricing information for the 2018 MDX Hybrid. Based on listings for the nonhybrid 2018 MDX, the average price is $42,700, with prices ranging from $38,000 to $49,600. Note that hybrid models usually cost more than their nonhybrid counterparts. Prices vary depending on condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Cost to Own?

The nonhybrid 2018 Acura MDX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,400, or $5,880 per year. That’s a little below average for a luxury midsize SUV. You can expect lower total costs with the MDX Hybrid because of its better fuel economy.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MDX Hybrid?

Acura made no major changes to the MDX Hybrid for the 2019 model year. Therefore, you may be better served by purchasing a used 2018 model. It's nearly identical to the new model, but it likely costs much less. The 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $52,800, and tops out at about $60,000.

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The MDX Hybrid was introduced as an all-new model for 2017. Changes for the 2018 model year included a more responsive touch-screen infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. If you don't care about having the latest smartphone integration technology, look at a 2017 MDX Hybrid, which probably costs less than a 2018 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid?

The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid:

  • Taillights and the tailgate lid light may fail due to moisture intrusion
  • Coating on the rear brake caliper pistons may be insufficient and lead to reduced braking performance

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Acura MDX Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid comes with one of two option packages: Technology and Advance. Both models feature the same 321-horsepower three-motor hybrid powertrain, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

  • Acura MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package: The MDX Hybrid with Technology package comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a moonroof, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start. The MDX's dual-screen infotainment system includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 10-speaker ELS premium audio system, navigation, and voice recognition. The standard AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety features includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Other standard driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera.
  • Acura MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package: The MDX Hybrid with Advance package adds second-row captain's chairs, premium Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front sport seats, heated second-row seats, second-row window sunshades, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display, and two third-row USB ports.

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What Does Acura's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for cars six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles get a limited warranty that is good for up to two years or 100,000 miles after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty has expired. Acura covers the powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles. These CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits are available, including roadside assistance and the first scheduled maintenance, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Acura’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Lexus, Tesla, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the MDX Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in both the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the MDX a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The SUV received the highest score of Good in five crash tests and the top score of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features. The IIHS gave the MDX its second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • road departure mitigation
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rearview camera
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • surround-view parking camera
  • head-up display
  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid or 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid leads the luxury midsize SUV segment in fuel economy. It earns up to 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, compared to the MDX Hybrid's 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Driving an RX Hybrid could save you about $200 per year in fuel costs compared to the MDX Hybrid. While the RX Hybrid isn't as fun to drive as the MDX Hybrid, it impresses with an elegant interior and a spacious second row. You can find the RX Hybrid with five or seven seats. Both cars have a long list of standard driver assistance features and offer infotainment amenities that the other doesn't – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the MDX and a 12.3-inch screen in the RX. The MDX has the edge in safety scores, but the RX has a better predicted reliability rating. Overall, the RX Hybrid is the superior SUV.

Which Is Better: 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid or 2018 Acura MDX?

The 2018 Acura MDX isn't as fuel-efficient as its hybrid counterpart; you could save more than $500 annually in fuel costs with the hybrid. The MDX hybrid will likely cost more, but the savings on gas could make up that difference in just a few years' time. Differences between these MDX variants are more than just what is under the hood. The hybrid model comes standard with all-wheel drive, while front-wheel drive is standard in the nonhybrid MDX and AWD is available. The two SUVs also employ different transmissions, with the dual-clutch in the hybrid aiding in smoother acceleration than the sometimes unrefined nine-speed automatic in the nonhybrid MDX. The MDX Hybrid comes with more standard features, so note that you may find some nonhybrid MDX models without navigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2018 MDX Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Drive?

The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid's powertrain features a V6 engine and three electric motors. The juice from the motors helps you take off from a stop with almost no hesitation, while gasoline power kicks in after you get going. The automatic transmission pairs well with the engine, delivering smooth and timely shifts.

The MDX Hybrid maintains a soft and comfortable ride over most road surfaces. Standard all-wheel drive provides reliable road grip. This SUV also boasts a sport-tuned suspension and four selectable driving modes. The AWD MDX Hybrid feels fairly agile around corners and exhibits little body roll.

  • Powertrain: 321-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine and a three-electric-motor hybrid system
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 MDX Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy for a luxury midsize SUV.

  • 26/27 mpg city/highway

Despite those terrific numbers, it's not the most efficient vehicle in the class. That title belongs to the 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid.

2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Towing Capacity

Acura does not recommend towing with the MDX Sport Hybrid.

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2018 MDX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 MDX Hybrid Seat?

The 2018 MDX Hybrid seats up to seven people in three rows. You can find models with either a three-person second-row bench seat or second-row captain's chairs. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, though taller passengers might want more headroom in the second row. The rearmost two seats are cramped.

Acura straddles the line between upmarket mainstream brands and luxury marques. Its interior quality is fine, but there are some obvious harder surfaces and unimpressive plastics that seem out of place in a vehicle with luxury aspirations.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • driver's seat memory function
  • eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • heated front seats
  • second-row bench seat

Available seating features:

  • premium Milano leather upholstery
  • second-row captain's chairs
  • ventilated front sport seats
  • heated second-row seats
  • second-row window sunshades
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid?

The 2018 MDX Hybrid has up to three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its second-row seats. The back two seats each have a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Tether anchors for the second-row seats are hard to find, and the lower anchors on the outboard seats are set deep in the seat cushions. The middle seat's lower anchors don't afford a lot of space for your hands to move around. For the third-row seats, you might confuse other hardware for the tether anchors.

2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Features

The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid has a dual-screen infotainment system with improved functionality from the previous model year. The interface is more responsive to your touches, and things generally work well. It's easy to master the system thanks to user-friendly controls.

  • Standard infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 10-speaker ELS premium audio system, navigation, and voice recognition 
  • Available infotainment features: two third-row USB ports
  • Additional standard features: a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and tri-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Dimensions

Acura MDX Hybrid Cargo Space

The Acura MDX Hybrid has 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 38.4 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down, and 68.4 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded. Those figures are unimpressive for the luxury midsize SUV class. A power liftgate is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,471 to 4,484 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Built?

Acura built the MDX Hybrid in Ohio.


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