2017 Acura MDX Gets New Nose, Sport Hybrid Model
Sport Hybrid Gets New 3.0L Engine, 7 MPG City Improvement
It’s now been three years since the new Acura MDX was introduced. That means the time has come for a mid-cycle refresh, and sure enough, that’s what we’ve gotten. Acura could have contented itself with some superficial styling gingerbread, a few new colors, and new standard equipment. All of those have been taken care of with the 2017 model. However, the changes didn’t end there. Acura has also announced the debut of an all-new Sport Hybrid model with an entirely new and different powertrain.
The Sport Hybrid model will feature a 3.0L DOHC V-6 mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and twin rear electric motors for a combined system output of 325 hp. An additional bonus of the electrified powertrain is a significant 7 mpg improvement in city fuel economy to 25 mpg.
All 2017 MDX models get the AcuraWatch suite of safety systems standard, which include collision mitigation and automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow, and road departure mitigation. Additional standard features on the 2017 model include an electric parking brake, automatic headlight high beams, and four 2.5 amp USB charging ports. The non-hybrid MDX will go on sale this summer, with the Sport Hybrid model following later in the year.