New 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Has 321HP And A $51,960 Starting Price

Acura have electrified the facelifted MDX lineup with a hybrid version.

Christened the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, it uses the 3.0-liter V6 engine and three electric motors to produce a total system output of 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet (392 Nm) of torque, pushed to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Drivers can choose between four driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport+, and depending on the selection made, the EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 26/27/27 mpg (9.05/8.71/8.71 l/100 km) in city/highway/combined. This represents an improvement of 8/1/6 mpg respectively over its non-hybrid sibling.

In addition to the most obvious upgrade, the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid also has an advanced Electro Servo braking system, and exclusive Active Damper technology.

Offered in two grades – the MDX with Technology Package and MDX with Advanced Package, the greener version of the beak-less SUV comes with an exclusive interior trim, in both offerings, alongside wood accents, and stainless steel sport pedals. The former has seating for up to 7, while the latter has a 6-passenger interior, with second-row captain’s chairs, separated by a large center console.

As with all 2017 Acura MDX models, the hybrid also benefits from the AcuraWatch suite of safety features that includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow. Standard features also include the multi-angle reversing camera, while the top grade adds auto high beam, rear cross traffic monitor, blind spot info, and parking sensors on both ends.

The first units of the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will arrive in showrooms early next month. Prices start from $51,960 for the entry-level and at $58,800 for the plusher flavor, and do not include the $975 destination charge.

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  • xDRAN0x

    that’s quite low mpg for a 7 seater..

    • Benjamin B.

      Could’ve had a Ford Focus RS

  • Benjamin B.

    Could have had a Ford Focus RS

  • jfalckt

    Oops, thought that was a Ssanyong

    • john1168

      ouch!

  • Andrew Ngo

    Totally not motivated to own one. Acura needs a new design language.

  • Ryan Jones

    Gross…..

  • Six Thousand Times

    If there are two things I hate, they’re “hybrids ” and CUVs.

  • Craig

    The RLX should be a 400 hp car. You can get 400 hp in a Lincoln MKZ for goodness sake! As for the MDX – it looks like nice.

  • M Clayton

    This is the second post where a (singular) car company is followed by “have.” It should be “has.”

    Acura has electrified the facelifted MDX lineup with a hybrid version.

    Not “Acura have electrified the facelifted MDX lineup with a hybrid version.”

  • SteersUright

    Looks like an Accord inside, not an interior befitting a nearly $60k car and this is inexcusable. The exterior design also screams Honda economy rather than premium, elegant, or beautiful. Lastly, 320hp is nothing today for a luxury vehicle at this price point. Its almost Honda is just done trying too hard with Acura. The NSX was their last and only hurrah and aside from that car they’re basically ok carrying on in mediocrity. Come on Honda, we expected so much more from you when you had the chance to show off your engineering chops to the world with a true luxury line. Instead, we got Acura.

  • SteersUright

    One more thing, read all the comments! Does Honda even go out and research customer feedback to their vehicles? The comments alone would help guide them towards greater success if they actually listened to what people want from Acura.

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