2018 Acura MDX Gets Updated Tech, Starts At $45,175

The 2018 Acura MDX begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow, after receiving updated tech features and two new exterior color options.

For MY2018, Acura has given the MDX a redesigned dual-screen user interface that now features more intuitive menus and command structures. Also new is the seven-inch capacitive touchscreen display which now offers 30 percent faster response time.

The new and sharper infotainment system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. As with the other Acura models, the 2018 Acura MDX now offers the brand’s latest suite of active safety systems under the name AcuraWatch.

AcuraWatch includes active safety features like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation. Acura has also added two new colors in the MDX’s palette: Basque Red and the San Marino Red, as seen on the opening image.

Power comes from a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 petrol with direct injection, making 290hp and 267lb-ft of peak torque. Customers can go for either the front-wheel drive version or the all-wheel drive one that utilizes Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

Front-driven models offer an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined while all-wheel drive models get 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined.

Pricing for the 2018 Acura MDX starts at $45,175 MSRP, including a $975 destination and handling fee, for the FWD model. If you want the all-wheel drive MDX, then you’ll have to spend two grand more, at $47,175.


  • Where’s the Excitement?

    The MDX is a lug of a vehicle that is larger than it looks. When you get the separate second row seating it’s a pleasure to ride in them. Acura really needs to further refine and simplify its interiors and exteriors as they are simply too busy. And, what’s happening with the RDX other than a level of unsurpassed blandness?

  • nastinupe

    My wife loves her 2012 Acura MDX, but the ride is a little rough. Seems like the car always needs a balance.

  • ErnieB

    God.. who would buy this over the competition? .. oh yeah.. accounts and risk managers.. lmao

    • nastinupe

      Must be a lot of accountants and risks managers out there.

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    • Scott Blakula

      believe it or not, the MDX is outselling the Mercedes GLC and GLE, BMW X3 and X5, and Audi Q7. The new Q5 is barely topping it, and the Lexus RX is the only direct competition that’s significantly outselling it.

    • Bananarama

      Over what exactly? The Q7 starts $5k higher and the BMW X5 is $11k more. The Lexus RX? The MDX is a very capable SUV and an excellent value for the segment.

  • Karl

    Poor Acura,even upstart Genesis is now out shining it..