Experts know that the MDX has been Acura’s best-seller for over a few years now. However, it’s a bit surprising that the company now offers their 2017 MDX in two variations, along with the fact one of these is now very hybrid. The three-row crossover now caters two different audiences: the first one for those who wants to have that luxurious experience while the other one is specifically designed for driving fanatics and enthusiasts alike.
Under the Hood
Since the 2017 Acura MDX comes in two versions, it is only usual that we point out both variations’ features and advantages over each other. The MDX Sports Hybrid’s build is based on NSX Supercar’s engine layout and design. Its 3.0-liter V-6 is located at one end of the car itself along with a supplemental electric motor while the opposite end has two electric motors installed. The layout enables the engine and motor to power the front wheels while the two motors power the rear ones.
The regular MDX, on the other hand, has a 3.5-liter V-6 installed under its hood. Though it doesn’t have two rear wheel motors, it is also noticeable that it is also capable of torque vectoring by using a rear differential feature. It is also remarkable that the MDX engine is offered in either all-wheel or four-wheel drivetrains, thereby having different engine mileages.
- Category : Three-Row Luxury Crossover and SUV
- Engine : 3.0-liter V-6 (Sports Hybrid); 3.5-liter V-6 (MDX)
- Transmission : 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (Sports Hybrid); 9-speed automatic (MDX)
- Drivetrain : AWD or FWD
- Power : 205 hp (Sports Hybrid); 257 hp (MDX)
- Mileage : (City/Highway) 25/26 mpg for Sports Hybrid; 19/27 (FWD), 18/26 (AWD) for MDX