2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid


The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is significantly refreshed and competes in a small pool of competitors like the Infinity QX60 Hybrid, and the Lexus RX450 Hybrid which is not a 3 row seater. There is also the BMW, Mercedez and Volvo Hybrids but they are much more expensive and aren't priced

Disclosure: Acura Canada provided us with the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid for a week to test drive, and photograph.


  • 3.0L V6 | 257 HP @ 6300 RPM | 218 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

  • AC Motor | 47 HP @ 3000 | 109 lb-ft @ 500-2000

  • Twin Motor Electric Rear Axle | 36+36 HP @4000 | 54+54 lb-ft @ 0-2000

  • System Total 321 HP | 289 lb-ft

  • 5.9 seconds 0-60

  • One of the fastest vehicles of it's size due to it's light weight body.


  • 134 ft to stop. Not too good and a bit surprised a light weight car takes this long to stop

HANDLING: 8.25/10

  • Good handling! 
  • Light curve weight
  • Very accurate and tight driving line

RIDE: 9.5/10

  • Softer and higher suspensions 
  • Towing is not recommended. The non hybrid version allows for 5000 lbs but hybrid is 0.

ECONOMY: 8.1/10

  • Combined MPG 27 for Hybrid
  • The hybrid system isn't just designed for fuel economy. It's also about performance. 


  • Muted with road, wind and engine noise.

EXTERIOR: 7.5/10

  • Diamond pentagon shaped aggressive and bold front grill. It is a hate or love it design.
  • Full LED front head lamps, and fog lights


  • Immobiliser theft-deterrent system
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat mounting system positions in 2nd row (3)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM™) system
  • Security system
  • SmartVent™ front side airbags
  • 3-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System(TPMS) with location and pressure indicators and tire fill assist
  • Trailer Stability Assist™
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Blind Spot Information system (BSI)
  • Child-seat tethers in 2nd row (3), 3rd row (2)
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™(CMBS®)
  • Cross Traffic Monitor system
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Traction Control


  • Lots of leg room even with the front seats all the way back
  • The 2nd seats need to be retracted forward to get to the third row seats
  • 2nd row seats are heated
  • 3rd row is tight on leg and head room. The 3rd row seats are really low to the ground which causes the legs to be at a weird angle.


  • Only 2-way lumbar support but plenty of room even for a larger person.
  • Real leather seats and real wood trims for NA vehicles
  • Button style shifter


  • There is not much space in the trunk when all rows of seats are up. When the third row is pushed down there is a good amount of storage. The trunk is not large enough to fit


  • Easy to use and works well

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2017 Acura mdx sport hybrid:

Acura's 17 MDX Sport Hybrid is the most efficient, and fastest version of the MDX. It has a smooth and polished ride with excellent handling. Acura was very aggressive with the Hybrid pricing making it a great option for those needing a larger vehicle that is good on gas and drives well. It would make a great 4 seater with lots of storage with the 3rd row down. I would skip the entertainment package that comes with a DVD player, screen and  wireless headphones and opt to buy a couple iPads and headphones for the passengers.

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