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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Review

The 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid sits in the bottom half of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It’s fun to drive and boasts a powerful powertrain, but it struggles to match the luxury and fuel efficiency of some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Energetic powertrain
  • Long list of features
  • Fewer upscale cabin materials than rivals
  • Slight learning curve for infotainment controls
  • High ownership costs

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a good used vehicle in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. This crossover has a strong powertrain and comes with plenty of features. As the name suggests, it's sporty too.

However, some rivals have nicer cabins than the MDX Hybrid, and the Acura’s infotainment system takes time to master. Also, plenty of other hybrids get better mpg ratings, including the 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid (31/28 mpg to the Acura’s 26/27 mpg). Alternatively, you might consider the nonhybrid 2019 Acura MDX.

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How Much is the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid?

Based on listings for the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid, the average list price is $42,440. Prices range from $52,800 to $59,550 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2019 MDX Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $31,770, or $6,354 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid: What's the Difference?

Acura made no major changes to the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid, making it nearly identical to a 2018 model.

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Here are key changes for the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid since it debuted for the 2017 model year:

  • 2017: all-new model
  • 2018: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard; improved touch screen response and performance
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 MDX Hybrid and 2018 MDX Hybrid reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid?

The 2019 MDX Hybrid has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS Recall Date: 04/11/2019
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot vehicles and 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Sport Hybrid, TLX and Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles. The timing belt teeth may separate from the belt.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 93946
  • Consequence: Teeth separation from the timing belt may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected timing belt free of charge. Vehicles receiving a replacement timing belt will also have the engine inspected and any damaged components will be replaced for free. The recall began June 7, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is L4M. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is Z4L.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 11, 2018 to DEC 02, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: L4M, Z4L
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V298000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS Recall Date: 03/27/2019
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Acura MDX and 2017-2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles. Moisture may enter the tailgate lid lights, possibly causing a loss of the tailgate lid lights and the taillights.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 322897
  • Consequence: Loss of the taillights reduces the vehicle's visibility, increasing the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Acura will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate lid lights and install updated gaskets and a wiring sub-harness or will replace both tailgate lid lights. The repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began May 7, 2019. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is M49.
  • Dates of Manufacture: APR 10, 2018 to OCT 21, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: M49
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V256000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER Recall Date: 10/31/2018
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Acura MDX, 2017-2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda HR-V and Honda Odyssey, and 2016 Honda HR-V vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating, causing gas pockets to form, reducing brake performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 64785
  • Consequence: A reduction of braking performance increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Owners will be notified, and Honda or Acura dealers will bleed the brakes, free of charge. The recall began December 11, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are C31 and L30.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 26, 2018 to SEP 03, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: C31, L30
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V777000

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Which Used Acura MDX Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

Acura produced two versions of the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid: models with the Technology Package and models with the Advance Package. Both come with the same hybrid powertrain and Acura’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) system. Notably, the A-Spec package is not available with the hybrid MDX.

  • Acura MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package: Standard equipment includes an infotainment system with dual touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, and a power liftgate. The AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance features comes standard too. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Acura MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package: This trim adds an 11-speaker stereo, Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, heated second-row outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display.

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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, Audi, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the MDX Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Sport Hybrid received the highest rating of Superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Road departure mitigation

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system

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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid or 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid is a better choice than the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. Available as a two- or three-row SUV, the RX Hybrid has a stellar predicted reliability rating and a gentle ride. Like the Acura, the Lexus comes standard with all-wheel drive, but it gets better gas mileage. The RX Hybrid has nicer cabin materials too. The Acura is more fun to drive, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Lexus.

Which Is Better: 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid or 2019 Volvo XC90?

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is a good luxury midsize SUV. It can be had with a choice of gasoline engines or a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. Compared to the Acura, the Volvo has more cargo space behind the first- and second-row seats, and it has a more opulent cabin. In other respects, the Sport Hybrid is the better choice. It has livelier handling and a higher predicted reliability rating than the Volvo, as well as better gas mileage. It’s likely to be more affordable to purchase too.

Which Is Better: 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid or 2019 Acura MDX?

The 2019 Acura MDX has a lot in common with its hybrid counterpart. Both offer similar lists of standard features. However, the nonhybrid MDX has more options. For instance, you can outfit the MDX with a rear-seat entertainment system, a 12-speaker stereo, or A-Spec styling. None of those can be had in the hybrid MDX. The MDX gets the same highway fuel economy rating as the Sport Hybrid, although the hybrid gets better gas mileage overall. Also, the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has a slightly better predicted reliability rating and more power. In the end, choosing between these Acuras is a matter of preference.

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2019 MDX Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Drive?

The V6 engine is powerful, and the electric motors supply instant torque, helping this vehicle feel quick off the line. Acceleration at higher speeds comes relatively swiftly too, and the seven-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and promptly.

The Sport Hybrid has carlike handling thanks to Acura’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD), active dampers, and even-weight distribution. It’s not a supercar like the 2019 Acura NSX, but it’s sporty and can take turns with confidence. At the same time, the ride remains smooth on most surfaces.

  • Powertrain: 3.0-liter V6 engine and three electric motors with a combined 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: Super-Handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD)
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That’s better fuel economy than other midsize luxury SUVs, including the nonhybrid 2019 Acura MDX, but those mpg ratings are typical among other hybrids.

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2019 MDX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 MDX Hybrid Seat?

The 2019 MDX Hybrid is a three-row luxury SUV that can seat up to seven people – six if you get captain’s chairs for the second row. The seats up front are supportive and comfortable, even after long drives. Headroom gets a bit tight in the second row, but most passengers should still have enough space. The third row is best suited for kids.

The cabin is well-built, but it looks and feels more like an upscale Honda than a proper luxury vehicle. Numerous rivals have swankier interiors.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • Premium Milano leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid?

The 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row seats. The third-row seats each get a single tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that some tethers were hard to find or could be confused for other hardware. Also, some lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Features

Having two screens that control different infotainment functions, as well as a few physical buttons for climate settings, can take some getting used to. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it though, the infotainment system is fairly easy to use. The screens are responsive and have a logical menu structure.

  • Standard infotainment features: a dual-screen infotainment system with 8-inch and 7-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, five USB ports, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: an 11-speaker ELS stereo and two third-row USB ports
  • Additional standard features: GPS-linked climate control, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof

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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Dimensions

Acura MDX Hybrid Cargo Space

The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has 15 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 38.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 68.4 cubic feet with both rows folded. Those are OK totals among three-row luxury crossovers and other vehicles in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,471 to 4,486 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid Built?

Acura built the 2019 MDX Hybrid in Ohio.

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