Among crossovers in its class, the 2018 Acura MDX is a relative standout for its tech-heavy approach. It offers plenty of standard and optional charging ports and multiple options for connectivity.
This year, Acura has swapped out its lower 7.0-inch touchscreen for a new version that’s quicker to respond to inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity have been added to the system as well.
We give the MDX points above average for its base features, good options, and standard infotainment. We’re not in love with the software, but the hardware is more than adequate for its class and can be supplemented with smartphone interfaces that consumers may be more comfortable with. It earns an out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Every MDX is equipped with leather upholstery, keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, LED headlights, power-adjustable heated front seats, three zone automatic climate control, four USB charging ports, an eight-speaker audio system, an 8.0-inch information display atop a new 7.0-inch touchscreen for controls. Base models start at $45,175, including destination, which is $150 more than last year’s model.
A rearview camera and advanced safety features that we cover separately are included on all models.
From base, options for the MDX go down two roads: Advance or Technology.
A $2,400 Technology package adds 20-inch wheels, navigation, HD radio, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, remote start, and Acura’s telematic services. An optional rear entertainment package adds heated second-row seats, a 9.0-inch drop-down screen with Blu-ray player for rear passengers, a 110-volt power plug, and a premium 11-speaker stereo system for $2,200 on top of the Technology package.
A pricey Advance package adds $10,450 to the base price ($55,625 to start, including destination) and adds all of the features included in the Technology package and a surround-view camera system, start/stop for improved fuel economy, cooled front seats, interior wood accents, second-row captain’s chairs, sport seats, two additional USB charge ports for the third row, parking sensors, and heated second row seats.
A rear entertainment package for Advance models can add a 16.2-inch drop-down widescreen for rear passengers, 12-speaker stereo, and a 110-volt power plug for $2,000 more.
All-wheel drive can be equipped at any trim level for $2,000 more.
Pricing for the MDX Sport Hybrid hasn’t yet been announced for 2018. Last year, Sport Hybrid models started with the Technology package and all-wheel drive and cost $1,500 more than non-hybrid models.