2018 Acura MDX Adds More Technology For More Money

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Following its introduction for the 2017 model year, the third-generation MDX facelift enters 2018 with new goodies and a different price. At $44,200 before destination ($975), the 2018 Acura MDX is exactly $250 more expensive than before.
Still one of the most expensive front-wheel-drive cars on sale today, the MDX holds the unlikely record for America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. The seven-seat luxobarge features updated technology and two new colors for 2018, the latter being the Basque Red and San Marino Red finishes.

On the tech front, the big news is ODMD 2.0. That’s the short way of saying dual-screen interface, which boasts more intuitive menu and command structures, as well as a 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen. In 2017, the display was of the restive type, this upgrade translating to 30-percent faster response time. iPhone users can rejoice because Apple CarPlay is finally supported, as is Android Auto for people who aren’t too fond of Apple.

As before, the name of the game is 3.5 liters of i-VTEC V6. The naturally aspirated 24-valve engine develops 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and it can be teamed up with Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system. The cheapest MDX SH-AWD starts at $46,200, and it fares slightly worse than the front-wheel-drive model in terms of EPA-rated fuel economy. To the point, you’re looking at 21 compared to 22 miles per gallon combined.

At the other end of the scale, the MDX SH-AWD with Advance Package and Entertainment Package is priced at $58,650, which is a lot of money for a lot of car. The swankier brother of the Honda Pilot is also available in Sport Hybrid attire, but prices will be made public closer to the on-sale date.

Standard AcuraWatch safety and driver assist features make the MDX one of the safest utility vehicles in its class, with the NHTSA awarding the model five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t crash-tested the MDX yet, but Acura expects the family hauler to earn Top Safety Pick without +.
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