2018 Acura MDX

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2018 Acura MDX
2018 Acura MDX

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

196.2” x 67.4”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Quietness
  • Gas mileage
  • Sliding and reclining second-row seats
  • Standard safety features

The bad:

  • Third-row space
  • No aisle with captain's chairs
  • High cargo floor
  • Digital heated-seat controls
  • Gas version's spongy brakes

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Captain's chairs available
  • Sport Hybrid trim
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Room for six or seven people
  • Push-button third-row access standard
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Acura MDX?

2018 Acura MDX review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Acura MDX is a mid-size luxury SUV with three rows of seats and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. It’s also sold as a hybrid, which is available only with all-wheel drive. Gas models use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the Sport Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V-6, an electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Two electric motors provide power to the hybrid's rear wheels. The MDX competes with the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Volvo XC90.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are now standard, and the multimedia system has a new 7-inch touchscreen and menus. Acura says the system has 30 percent faster response time.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Very pleased

I have a 2018 Acura MDX tech pkg. Since day one I have had NO issues with my MDX. The seats are very comfortable the ride is very smooth . I took my MDX to Florida and back to NY with NO problems. The only thing that takes a little getting use to is the transmission. "TIP: If you ever have driven a standard shift vehicle than you would have no issues with this transmission . My MDX handle’s great has plenty get up and go I have NO problem getting on the highway . I get 22 MPG on the highway . So I am VERY satisfied with my purchase . I find that a lot of people have problems with the MDX because they the main switch on all the time. and as far as the MDX stopping automatically , you can change the follow distance , and if you are riding too close to another Vehicle and your vehicle stops than maybe you should give a little more distance .


Don’t buy an 17-20 Mdx

This are my 8 reasons why you shouldn’t buy 2017 to 2020 mdx. 1) 9 speed transmission in stop and go traffic is outright terrible and out right dangerous , be careful in intersections, this truck wouldn’t respond when you hit the gas. 2) Collision Mitigation Brake System, TURN IT OFF ! The safety feature is the complete opposite. More like get me in accident feature. It’s too sensitive, if you like move through lanes or tailgate at times, be careful the truck will automatically break because you are too close to the car in front. Had this happened to me in the expressway, trying to change lanes, I almost got rear ended. Thanks Honda . 3) infotainment double screen is sooooo out dated , it’s really hard to look at it to. Too much going on. I can’t believe Acura didn’t changed till 2022 model. 4) performance wise, ehhh same old j35 . You are not winning in any races in this puppy. Mpg is okay average v6. 18mpg city , I should have bought the hybrid. But that Zf 9 speed transmission is truely awful. 5) getting into the 3rd row sucks !!! The seat folds and moves up about a foot and half, and you have to squeeze your self in there. If you your over 5’8 , good luck going back there. 6) the tailgate. Have fun moving big items with your tailgate open, you will hear the loudest most annoying beep you will ever hear. And you can’t shut it off either. 7) cargo space is okay I guess.. Put a stroller back there and you pretty much full. 8) the gearbox. I hate it. I wish it had no buttons. You think it cool in the beginning but guess what your going to miss a classic gear box. Go luck putting it in neutral when the starter goes out and you have to put your truck in neutral to gettowed. Gear box stays locked.


What a Great Vehicle!

Upgraded from a 2007 Honda Pilot (which was a fantastic and dependable vehicle). Had my eye on the MDX for a few years and finally purchased the Technology model. I'm absolutely thrilled with it. The steering wheel is solid, and steering is easy. Road handling and traction is great and instills confidence. It has a smooth ride and is very quiet, especially for the price. The interior is well laid out and has plenty of room. It is comfortable-I've taken several 2000 mile round-trips in it with family. The exterior is beautiful and gets stares. Love how the long front and back row doors makes the vehicle look. I purchased 20 inch Acura Berlina black alloy rims and it makes the car look even better. It is powerful and fast, especially when you put it into Sport mode, and passing is easy. Going from first to second gear is slow and it does take some time getting used to. But the slowness disappears when you put it into Sport mode. The only thing I would have done differently is get the Advance model which has softer leather seats.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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