- Most significant changes: Updated dual-screen multimedia system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Price change: Prices are $140 to $150 higher, depending on the trim level, and the destination charge is unchanged at $975.
- On sale: Now for regular MDX, winter for MDX Sport Hybrid
- Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? The 2018. It comes with greater connectivity for a modest price increase.
The Acura MDX three-row luxury SUV gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity for the 2018 model year. In addition, the multimedia system has a new 7-inch touchscreen and menus, and Acura claims its response time is 30 percent faster.
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The changes apply to the MDX Sport Hybrid model as well as the regular gas V-6 version, but the hybrid doesn't go on sale until the winter; prices for it will be announced closer to its arrival.
The MDX seats six or seven depending on its seating configuration, and it is available with front- or all-wheel drive; the Sport Hybrid, meanwhile, is all-wheel-drive-only. The regular MDX has a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid uses a 3.0-liter V-6 and three electric motors, and features a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
All models come with the AcuraWatch suite of safety features, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
Prices start around $45,000, including the destination charge, but the MDX is a class act among luxury SUVs. It has commendable ride quality and a quiet, comfortable interior with versatile seating.
The multimedia system, however, is needlessly complex. The display has two screens, with the top screen showing the navigation map and audio information, and a 7-inch touchscreen below. A rotary knob controls the top screen, and nearby buttons control navigation, phone and camera functions in a layout that is harder to use than systems from other manufacturers with similar capabilities.