Acura’s Most Powerful SUV Ever Launches April 2017

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When the electrified 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid rolls on to show room floors in early April, it will be the most powerful and fuel efficient SUV ever produced by Acura.

The downside of SUV ownership, is often less than exceptional in-town fuel efficiency. Electrification as employed in Acura’s flagship sport hybrid sedan RLX, and NSX supercar, will soon be an option for Acura’s latest edition of the best selling premium 3-row SUV in North America. Soon to arrive at an Acura dealership near you is the maker’s first hybrid SUV. With it will come greater torque, increased horsepower, and due to hybrid electrification, class leading in-town fuel efficiency. I recently spent a week in the seat of 2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance.

With MDX Sport Hybrid you get more

More combined torque and horsepower, extended electric-only range, and greater fuel efficiency -- all for a very reasonable premium of $1500, over the MSRP of a comparably equipped MDX SH-AWD. That’s a true bargain in the hybrid world. Read my latest take on Acura NSX.

Price and specifications

*2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package

MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package

New Features

Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
3.0-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine

7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)

4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode

Active Dampers

Electric Servo Brake System

Exclusive interior trim

Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes

SH-AWD® badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders


The MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain boasts a total system output of 321 horsepower and 289 lb.-ft. of torque, up 31 horsepower over the non-hybrid MDX, making it the most powerful Acura production SUV ever built. EPA fuel economy ratings of 26/27/27 mpg2 (city/highway/combined) are up 8/1/6 mpg over the non-hybrid variant.

A 3.0 liter, 24-valve, SOHC V-6 power plant with i-VTEC® valvetrain and selectable idle-stop capability provides primary motive force, with a peak output of 257 horsepower (SAE net) at 6,300 rpm and 218 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) at 5,000 rpm. Three electric motors – a front motor built into the 7DCT, and a rear Twin Motor Unit (TMU) – provide instant torque for a more responsive and vivid driving experience.


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