Gone are the days when a hybrid meant fuel-efficiency or environment-friendly. Today’s hybrid vehicles are still more fuel efficient than their regular fuel counterparts, however, they have also been retooled to deliver more power. There is no question that these cars are power-first and economy second. The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid follows this design concept.
The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is an innovation and an evolutionary step for the Acura MDX. It incorporates a revamped exterior, with new standard safety features, to go along with the power brought by the hybrid engine.
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid – Exterior and Interior
First to go is the front or what has been affectionately called “the beak”. This has been replaced by an inverted pentagonal diamond, with an Acura badge in the middle. The LED headlights have also been updated, as well as the fender and the hood with a softer sweep of curves. The sides still maintain the lines of the older model. In contrast, the rear has been slightly updated with the use of chrome accented rocker panels, rear bumpers and dual exhausts.
For safety, the MDX has automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with automatic steering correction, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, radar-based adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation.
Optional features that come with the Technology Package include blind-spot with rear cross-traffic alert, remote engine start, rain sensing windshield wipers, GPS-linked automatic climate control, navigation system, ELS-branded audio system, and an upgraded AcuraLink telematics with support for SMS text messaging, email and Apple Siri Eyes Free.
On top of the Technology Package there is also the optional Advance Package which adds idle stop/start system, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs, integrated second-row sunshades, LED fog lights, front- and rear-obstacle detection, surround-view camera and genuine wood trim for the interiors.
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid – Engine and Performance
Sporting a 3.0 liter V6 and three motors, the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid has a total 325 horsepower, with 257 coming from the V6. The drivetrain is borrowed from the NSX supercar. Except that three engines are setup with one in front and two in the back. Being an all-wheel drive vehicle, the front motor is with a seven-gear dual clutch automatic transmission. The two other electric motors are integrated with the rear axle, delivering torque vectoring, in lieu of a driveshaft/differential system. Torque vectoring allows for power to be fed directly to the wheels aiding in better traction and handling. The rear electric motors however are not capable of powering the vehicle from a standing start.
One other important fuel saving feature is its ability to turn off three cylinders while cruising. In terms of fuel economy, the Hybrid vehicle is expected to give 25/26 mpg city/country driving.
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid – Price and Release Date
The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is priced at $44,890 (MSRP). Buyers can opt for the Technology Package (at $4,410). The Advance Package (at $6,040) is another option on top of the Technology Package. The DVD entertainment system (at $2,000) can only be ordered with the Technology or Advance Package. The AcuraWatch safety suite was formerly an option, but now comes standard with the 2017 models. This was formerly a $1,500 option.
The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid was released in June 2016.