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Acura chose the 2018 New York Auto Show as the place to reveal the final production version of its 2019 RDX. The company unveiled a sportier A-Spec trim of the 2019 Acura RDX as well. Built on a brand new chassis, the 2019 RDX is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder 272 horsepower VTEC engine that delivers 280 pound-feet of torque. It works in flawless combination with the luxury compact crossover class’ first ever 10-speed automatic transmission. Plus, the 2019 Acura RDX also has Super Handling All-Wheel Drive as well as sport-tuned MacPherson struts in the front-end and optional adaptive dampers making it more laterally potent than ever.

It has creature comforts like a large panoramic moonroof, 16-way adjustable seats and a drive mode selector inspired by the NSX. Plus, the 2019 Acura RDX has an entire suite of both active and passive safety assists and alerts. The vehicle also features a 10.2 inch touchscreen controller that Acura calls True Touchpad. It’s CarPlay-ready and you can use your finger to control the system. The RDXs A-Spec version has black exterior trim, darker headlights, LED fog lamps, 20-inch smoked wheels, bigger exhaust tips and a more aggressive chin. Inside the A-Spec there are Ultrasuede sport seats with special stitching, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, a red-themed gauge cluster and real aluminum trim pieces. To see what you are missing, you can check one out at Chapman Acura. While a 2019 Acura RDX may not be available yet, you can check out a 2018 Acura RDX.

Acura calls the 2019 RDX the most luxurious, best handling, quickest RDX ever. The company’s latest version of SH-AWD has a more complex mechanical differential which provides the rear axel with vector power. It helps provide improved handling and performance. This is the most extensive changes Acura has made to the RDX in over 10 years. The 2019 Acura RDX’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer, it has a new chassis architecture and body. The floor has more compartmentalized storage and they have increased the cargo space behind the seats in the second row. Even Acura’s signature ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights has increased its LED lighting elements from five to seven.

The Japanese automaker says the 2019 RDX signals the beginning of a new era. One in which Acura will deliver automotive design and performance that will give the brand more prestige and elevate it to a higher position in the fast-growing luxury market. Acura says the 2019 RDX’s extensive redesign is a reimagining of the vehicle around the company’s Precision Crafted Performance focus. Its new infotainment interface, True Touchpad, introduces the car’s next-generation system. The sportier, more performance-oriented RDX A-Spec with its interior upgrades and unique exterior is sure to turn heads.

The final production-version of third-generation Acura RDX crossover SUV displayed at the 2018 New York Auto Show, with its touchpads, turbos and torque vectoring, retains most elements of the prototype the company previewed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The 2019 Acura RDX will begin hitting showroom floors later this year. To bolster its ‘go-fast’ street cred the new RDX will be the official pace car at the automotive event in Pikes Peak this June.


Acura has redesigned the 2019 RDX as part of its plan show the automotive world just what it means to put the ‘sport’ into a sport-utility vehicle. At the Detroit Auto Show in 2018, Acura unveiled the prototype of their close-to-finished third-generation RDX SUV. Now, with the New York Auto Show just over the horizon, the Japanese automaker is signaling that they are ready to take the wraps off and let the world see their newest SUV. Acura has announced that the production version of their 2019 Acura RDX will make its debut at the New York Auto Show on Marsh 28 and will hit the showroom floor in dealerships around the country later on this year. When available, you can take one for a spin at Chapman Acura and see what all the fuss is about.

Acura has designed this latest version of the popular RDX SUV to be a cut above the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and other top small luxury crossovers. Acura’s goal is to give the redesigned 2019 RDX driving dynamics that are much sportier than its competition. One way Acura plans to do this is by once again installing its system that has long set Acura automobiles apart: Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Officials at Acura confirmed that this excellent system will be in the 2019 RDX. This will give it better traction and ,through torque vectoring, better handling.

The 2019 Acura RDX will be powered by a turbocharged, four-cylinder, 2.0 liter engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The company will release all the information about the 2019 Acura RDX’s specifications when they unveil the vehicle in New York at the end of March. What is already known is the new RDX will have an Integrated Dynamics System which has four driving modes. They are Sport, Sport+, Comfort as well as Snow. Those modes adjust different parameters on the vehicle. According to Acura, the changes to the new RDX were inspired by the NSX supercar’s system.

Visually, the production model of the 2019 RDX is very much like the prototype Acura unveiled in Detroit. The new Acura RDX will feature the latest iteration of the company’s trademark grille as well as their ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights that are on the RLX and TLX sedans and the MDX SUV. Acura will make the 2019 RDX their first SUV to come with the A-Spec package as an option. The A-Spec package is also offered on the Acura TLX. However, on the RDX, Acura hasn’t disclosed what performance upgrades the A-Spec package will offer.

The 2019 RDX gets an upgrade to its technology with Acura’s True Touchpad interface. This infotainment system’s primary controller is a touchpad. Acura says the system is easy to use. In Detroit the RDX prototype had a 10.2-inch display screen as well as head-up display. The production model is expected to have those as well.

The 2019 RDX was both developed and assembled in the U.S. It was designed in Los Angeles, engineered in Raymond, Ohio, the engine is manufactured in Anna, Ohio and assembly will take place in East Liberty, Ohio.

The New Acura TLX Gets Back To Performance


Acura has put its focus back on performance with its new 2018 TLX. The Japanese automaker has refreshed its midsize performance luxury sedan significantly. It now offers more standard features as well as a sporty new A-Spec version for V-6 models. In the highly competitive midsize performance luxury sedan segment Acura’s TLX is still a great choice. Acura has given the 2018 TLX an entirely new front end. The old grille has been replaced by a dynamite stylish new diamond pentagon grille that gives the TLX a strong, athletic look. Stand close and you’ll see its cool spider web pattern.

The TLX’s new look is part of Acura’s plan as it returns to the precision performance roots that made the company a hit with motorists. Officials from Acura explained that to journalists in Kentucky for the company’s launch of the newest version of the TLX, the top-selling Acura car and among the company’s most important automobiles. Acura’s vice president and general manager John Ikeda told the crowd the company is once again focusing on being a performance brand and to be seen as a performance brand, the vehicles need to have a performance look. And, if you want to check out an Acura and take one for a spin, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Those designers at Acura, under pressure to create a new, more attractive front-end for their cars, can now relax a little. The new look they created, based on Acura’s 2015 Precision concept, is great. The new A-Spec trim is designed to up the TLX sport ante significantly, and it does. It has a matte black grille surrounded with chrome, a rear diffuser, exclusive badging and 19-inch gray wheels. Lead TLX product planner Jonathon Rivers said the brand’s new A-spec variant offers Acura’s customer base a completely new option.

Every 2018 TLX model comes with AcuraWatch standard. This collection of sophisticated safety technologies includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation. That means 70% of all the Acura vehicles sold will now have AcuraWatch.

TLX buyers have two engine choices. There’s a 2.4-liter 206 horsepower inline four-cylinder engine that produces 182 pound-feet of torque and a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine that delivers 267 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring paddle shifters. The V6 comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddles. Plus, the Acura SH-AWD system is both available and recommended.

The 2018 TLX’s interior, with its clean lines and high-end detailing, is very nice. It retains the popular dual-screen layout which lets drivers see both the navigation map and anything else they want without switching screens. The 8-inch upper screen is hooded and sits high up on the center stack. The lower part of the unit features a brand new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. There’s also a completely new infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, there’s lots of headroom and legroom in the front and rear.

The 2018 Acura TLX with 4-cylinder engine starts at $33,000 while the V6 models beginning at $36,200.


Acura is taking another leap forward in automotive innovation with its True Touchpad technology. The new system is designed to eliminate distractions and help drivers keep their eyes on the road while giving them easier access the their in-car infotainment system. To see it in action or check out any Acura, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Today’s best automobile infotainment systems use menus, icons and other options that enable drivers to perform a wide range of tasks. These systems employ touch screens, controller knobs, voice commands, as well as gesture controls for drivers to navigate the software. But now Acura says it has developed a user interface called True Touchpad that’s better and more intuitive. They’ve incorporated it into the 2019 RDX Prototype, a vehicle industry insiders say will be Acura’s next SUV.

The Android-based system has two main components. A 10.2 inch high-resolution, color screen positioned in the line of sight of the driver at the top of the dashboard. A touch pad like those on laptops is the second component. It’s on the center console located between a large storage bin and the buttons replacing the gear selector. According to Acura, this technology, which is very easy to use with a little practice, has never before been used in a car.

It features 1:1 mapping and absolute positioning technology that allows the driver and front passenger to navigate the infotainment system. Each of the touch pad’s parts corresponds to that same area of the screen and has fingertip activation. The small touch pad requires a little getting used to and the icons can be rearranged and the most frequently used ones added to a favorites list for easy access. The setup enables drivers to keep their eyes up while using it.

The screen has two zones. One can use a small tile on the screen’s right side to display the map, while on the left side a larger tile shows the icon menu. The map can be displayed on the larger tile instantly by touching a button near the touch pad. Although it’s being called a prototype, the system is ready and is set to make its debut in Acura’s all-new 2019 RDX. It’ll be in other Acura models soon afterwards.

The next-generation RDX will feature a more assertive grille, sharper headlights and side panels with embedded discreet creases that reduce visual mass. The roofline is longer and flows into a hatch that’s more upright. The back lights are higher than before. The new RDX is longer and wider and all the changes give it an elegant, upmarket look. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine replaces the current V-6 and increases torque by 40% to about 350 pound-feet. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission which helps to improve fuel economy.

The production version of the new RDX is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in March and hit showrooms by late summer. It could have the prototype’s 21-inch wheels, exhaust tips, paint color and futuristic-looking mirrors. Get ready for Acura’s newest version of their smallest SUV, the 2019 RDX.

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Is Full Of Tech


In news that’s bound to make fans of Apple CarPlay happy, the newly redesigned 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, which is set to hit the showrooms and the street any day now, has become the latest SUV to include CarPlay. Japanese automaker Acura is the most recent in a string of automobile companies to announce the new hybrid vehicle they are about to release will come with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard part of the package. That means owners of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid don’t have to pay a subscription fee to get the service. They get it automatically at the touch of a button on the vehicle’s new 7-inch capacitive touch display. You can play with the display and see how cool it is at Chapman Acura.

In addition to upgrading the touch display system and adding Apple CarPlay, Acura is also giving buyers two new choices when it comes to the exterior paint colors of their automobile. The two new colors are Basque Red Pearl II and San Marino Red. People that choose the Technology models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid have the option of have their vehicle painted Basque Red Pearl II. Those who purchase the Advance version of the MDX Sport Hybrid can request it in San Marino Red. Adding those two colors brings to eight the number of colors from which buyers of the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid can choose.

Although only buyers of certain models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid have the option to get the special new colors, all models of the vehicle come with the redesigned dual-screen user interface. This new system has menus and command structures that are more intuitive. They are complemented by the new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that offers response times that are 30% faster. To top it all off, there is the integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are both now standard on all of the models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

According to Acura, the CarPlay-equipped hybrid SUV, which is being assembled in the U.S., has a starting price of $52,100. Acura dealers nationwide will begin having the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid in their showroom and in stock beginning today. This is a new day for Acura. Making Apple CarPlay available to buyers of the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid and giving them the option to get specialty colors are valuable incentives that could help to increase excitement about the new vehicle.

The beginning of this month the automotive industry saw a wide array of new trucks, cars and SUVs trucks begin to offer Apple CarPlay as a standard feature. The 2019 Ford Ranger as well as the RAM 1500 now offer Apple CarPlay. Toyota also announced it will begin to offer CarPlay later this year beginning with the 2019 Toyota Avalon.
Drivers that are looking for an aftermarket solution for getting CarPlay just got good news. Alpine recently unveiled their huge 9-inch CarPlay head unit which has a floating design allowing it to be used in with most cars.


Many people love the Acura RDX Crossover’s style, performance, durability, versatility and dependability. Now, by adding more standard safety features, Acura has made the 2019 Acura RDX Crossover even more desirable. The 2018 RDX outsold Acura’s other four passenger cars combined. Now they’ve made the compact luxury crossover SUV even better. It’s part of the RDX’s first major overhaul in 10 years. The 2019 Acura RDX displayed during the 2018 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit recently was technically a ‘prototype’. However, that road-to-roof re-done vehicle is almost exactly what people will get when they buy the SUV this summer. If you have time, you need to head down to Chapman Acura and see how great the Acura RDX really is.

The 2019 RDX features a sporty new 4-cylinder turbocharged engine mated with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s output figures haven’t yet been revealed, but the new engine and transmission should improve the vehicle’s EPA fuel-economy estimates over last year’s V6 RDX model. The 2019 Acura RDX has even adopted the automaker’s diamond pentagon grille’s latest rendition and flanked it with 14 Jewel Eye LED headlamps.

The new powerplant is anticipated to produce better numbers than the 252 horsepower, plus 273 pound-feet of torque the 2018 Honda Accord it’s borrowed form produced after the recalibration and the intake/exhaust routing tweaks. It’s the same engine that powers Honda’s excellent 306-horsepower Civic Type R. And the new 10-speed automatic transmission has even better throttle response.

The third-generation RDX is, in a sense, returning to its roots in 2019 with its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive torque-vectoring system. Acura has also added a SH-AWD rear differential that’s newly developed. It produces an additional 40% torque capacity which will boost performance. There’s also an A-Spec version for people who really love to drive. The 2019 RDX draws elements from the Acura Precision Concept and the NSX sports car. They include the dash layout that’s more driver-centric, along with the new True Touchpad Interface which features a high-definition infotainment display that’s 10.2 inches.

The sportier 2019 RDX includes an NSX-inspired more compact console-mounted pushbutton shifter. The Dynamic System with its driving mode dial is very prominent and gives the adaptive damping suspension settings for Sport, Sport+, Comfort as well as Snow. The interior features brushed aluminum accents, perforated Nappa leather, along with open-pore Ash wood trim. There’s also a dashboard-mounted, remote touchpad controlled, dual-screen, Android-based 10.2-inch HD infotainment screen. The sound system is a 16-channel 3D Acura ELS one which has four ceiling-mounted speakers on either side of the RDX’s full-length panoramic sliding sunroof that’s now standard equipment. .

Most importantly, Acura has now made their AccuraWatch safety systems standard equipment on the 2019 RDX. It includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance. Buyers can also get Acura’s AcuraLink subscription services with its surround-view camera system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, rear cross-traffic and blind-spot alert system and ultrasonic parking sensors in the front and rear.

All of these things make the 2019 Acura RDX a small luxury SUV buyers will love.

In-Depth Look At The 2018 Acura TLX


An in-depth look at the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec reveals exciting new design elements and a fresh new style. It’s an excellent balance that makes this relaxing luxury sedan an all-around good choice and compelling alternative to the other vehicles in this competitive and progressive segment. It all begins with its 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower, naturally aspirated V6 engine that combines with a 9-speed automatic transmission to dole out power to all four wheels. Add a sportier suspension and an aggressive looking appearance package and this vehicle makes a powerful statement.

Inside the comfortable cabin, there are black or red leather sport seats that are heated and ventilated, attractive Alcantara upholstery and door inserts, a sport steering wheel, sportier gauges, wireless charging, a reskinned infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new metallic trim on the dash and elsewhere, ambient light piping on the center console and other subtle touches. Together they give the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec a very sporty look. Its included Technology package provides navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and a top-of-the-line 10-speaker audio system.

Outside, the 2018 TLX A-Spec benefits from the more aggressive appearance package. It includes a new black matte grill with a chrome surround that stretches further horizontally and sits higher up on the front bumper, gorgeous 19-inch Shark Grey wheels, more prominent rear spoiler and side sills, upgraded taillights and 4-inch artillery sized tailpipes integrated into the rear fascia. The result is a much lighter, more powerful, sportier look that’s just flashy enough to make it stand out from its German competitors and makes people want to get in it and put it through its paces. While it sounds good in theory, to see one for yourself, you should test drive one out at Chapman Acura

Even with the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s interior and exterior changes and hardware improvements, Acura enthusiasts still have to remind themselves it’s not a full-scale redesign, but instead is a mid-cycle update. However, this upgraded TLX A-Spec with its firmer dampers and stiffer springs in the front and rear has a more composed body. Its larger-diameter, thicker, rear sway bar gives it quicker turn-in and more neutral handling. Plus, the wider tires with narrower sidewalls of its new 19-inch wheels are designed to improve grip while increasing the feedback felt through the steering wheel.

The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s sport-tuned suspension, thicker steering wheel grips and other upgrades have created a more comfortable ride, improved cornering, crisp handling and an overall great experience driving in the vehicle. It’s more dynamically capable, fun to drive and more forgiving. It also delivers excellent performance and its upgraded Active Sound Control eliminates engine noise and makes going anywhere in the vehicle more enjoyable. Plus, the V6’s powerful, rich, sonorous engine intake note makes it sound fantastic at any speed and helps creates a more exciting driving experience.

With a starting price of $43,795, the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec with all it technological upgrades, power, handling, stylish look and comfortable interior is an excellent value and a fine choice for anyone looking for a luxury sedan.


Ready or not here comes the new Acura RDX SUV. The Japanese automaker has recently announced that it plans to reveal its newly redesigned RDX SUV at the upcoming Detroit auto show. This new luxury SUV has design and interior features that were borrowed from the Acura Precision concept vehicle, industry insiders say. Acura is set to launch its new design theme with the unveiling of its new luxury SUV in Detroit on January 15 in the North American International Auto Show. And automotive enthusiasts are waiting with baited breath to see exactly what changes the innovative automaker has made.

This new vehicle is being called a prototype by Acura. However, the automotive loving public knows that Acura’s auto-show prototypes almost always are nearly identical to the company’s production models. For the uninitiated, Acura is a luxury brand produced by beloved automaker Honda. Acura’s new RDX is anticipated to go on sale beginning in 2018, although it will be listed as a 2019 model. The new Acura RDX SUV was designed and developed on U.S. soil. It’s the first of Acura’s production vehicle to use some of the design themes that was debuted in 2016 on Acura’s Precision concept automobile.

Acura’s Precision concept had several unique features. It had a prominent hexagonal grille, a set of narrow lights, a long hood, sharp creases along the doors and fenders and a sloping roof. A brief video shows that the production RDX seems to incorporate all those design elements. But they are toned down slightly to allow for easy production and to please the broad mainstream audience. The 2018 RDX has a price tag that starts at $35,800. The vehicle will competes with a number of five-seat compact luxury SUVs that include the Audi Q5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mercedes GLC and BMW X3.

The new RDX will build on a new architecture that was developed by Honda exclusively for Acura. This is a major change for Acura. Historically Acura has had lots of trouble securing the corporate resources that is necessary for it to develop vehicles that enable the Acura brand to compete on equal footing with the other luxury brands in the marketplace. The new architecture Honda refers to is a set of components and structures which can be used to create several different vehicles.

The interior of the new RDX will be based on the features and looks that were showcased in 2016 in Acura’s Precision Cockpit model. The seats featured in the Precision Cockpit model were similar to the ones in Acura’s NSX exotic car. The vehicle also had a large screen that was mounted atop the dashboard and had features that were controlled using a touchpad located in the center console. If you are into technology and want to see an RDX SUV in person, you can check one out at Chapman Acura.

The Acura RDX is built by Honda in its factory in East Liberty, Ohio. Acura has sold more than 46,487 RDXs in the United States through November. That is an increase of about 0.3% from sales of the RDX in the U.S. market in 2016.

Five Reasons To Consider An Acura RDX


The 2018 Acura RDX is an excellent compact luxury SUV. Acura is a well-respected luxury brand with a reputation for building high-quality, reliable automobiles with a wide array of excellent features. However, with a growing number top-end automotive manufacturers entering the compact luxury SUV market, some people are starting to wonder if the Acura RDX is still a good buy. In fact, there are lots of great reasons why the 2018 Acura RDX should be on the list of anyone looking for a quality compact crossover.

V6 Power

When it comes to power and performance, the 2018 Acura RDX with its 3.5-liter, 279 horsepower V6 engine delivers 252 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough power to let you zip through in-town traffic, handle any type of terrain and zoom down the highway on a fun adventure. Add the sweet-shifting 6-speed transmission and this compact crossover delivers the smooth acceleration to get around obstacles and get you where you want to go with ease. You can test out the V6 power at Chapman Acura.

Ample Cargo Space

The 2018 Acura RDX has all the cargo space you in a luxury compact crossover. Whether you need room for a week’s worth of groceries, to take the kids and all their gear to sports or music practice or load up the family and their camping equipment for a weekend getaway, the Acura RDX has more than enough space. In fact, the 2018 Acura RDX has more than 26 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats. Fold down both back seats and there’s almost 77 cubic feet to work with.

Available All-Wheel Drive

Another reason to get an Acura RDX is because you can enjoy the benefits of upgrading to all-wheel drive. That comes in handy when you’re driving in inclement weather, on tough terrain or negotiating tight turns. Plus, driving the all-wheel-drive 2018 Acura RDX isn’t only reassuring, it also helps you get as much as 27 miles per gallon as you make your way down the highway.


The 2018 Acura RDX has a slew of excellent safety features. They include Hill Start Assistance and a rearview camera, which come standard. Plus, the AcuraWatch Plus Package has safety features like the collision mitigation braking system, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. The Acura RDX also gets exceptional crash test scores.


The 2018 Acura RDX’s price starts at just under $36,000. That an excellent price for an entry-level luxury crossover offering the type of safety, performance and reliability the RDX does.

The Total Package

The 2018 Acura RDX has a lot to offer any buyer. It has all the luxurious appointments both drivers and passenger want. It’s durable, reliable, delivers excellent performance and is the ideal size for individuals or families. The crossover gets good gas mileage, has tons of storage capacity and handles well whether in stop-and-go city traffic or on the open road. Plus, the RDX has all the latest infotainment technology people need. The affordably-priced 2018 Acura RDX is the total package and an excellent value.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review


The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid really lives up to its sport hybrid name. Acura’s first hybrid SUV, it puts the emphasis on having fun while driving. It looks almost identical to Acura’s standard MDX, except for some trim and badging. It’s available in with the Technology and the Advance Packages. This SUV’s three-rows seats 7 with the Technology Package and 6 in the Advance Package with its second row captain’s chairs.

The MDX Sport Hybrid has two electric motors that powers the rear wheels and a 3.0-liter V6 powering the front. It also has a third motor integrated into its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s connected with gears to the front driveshaft. Together the system offers 321 horsepower as well as 289 pound-feet of torque. You can feel how much torque Acura offers by taking one for a spin at Audi Of Tucson. Whether you are looking for a hybrid or standard Acura MDX, you are sure to find what you want.

The MDX Sport Hybrid also has the Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system which provides the outside rear wheel with positive torque while cornering, helping the car rotate with more control. When the hybrid system works without the gas engine, the torque-vectoring is always on. The hybrid’s SH-AWD can also provide the inside rear wheel with regenerative brake torque which results in a crisper turn in. The torque-vectoring allows this three-row hybrid SUV to corner better and improves its performance on winding roads.

Using its different driving mode improves the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid’s performance even more. In Comfort and Normal, the ride is an easy and comfortable. Turn on Sport mode and there’s quicker throttle response and tighter steering. In Sport Plus mode, maximum battery assist results in quicker launches. This makes it better than the average hybrid.

The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has driver’s aid technology like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The lane keeping assist keeps the car centered in its lane and the road departure mitigation systems works hand-in-hand with it. The 2017 Acura MDX Sports Hybrid also has an excellent blind sport information system with both visual and audible alerts. The adaptive vehicle’s cruise control can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and pauses three seconds before needing to be re-engaged.

The MDX has an LCD upper screen which displays stereo, phone and navigation information. It’s all controlled by a set of buttons and a dial. The larger lower touchscreen also shows information about the phone and audio. The 2017 Acura MDX does an excellent job when it comes to offering access to personal tech with its two USB ports in all three rows and an extra located in the front which both charges as well as syncs up to the vehicle’s audio system.

The 2017 MDX hybrid has a combined EPA fuel rating of 27 mpg. There’s easy access to the third row with the second row’s sliding captain’s chairs. The vehicle’s 91 cubic feet of cargo capacity with its second and third row seats folded down is above average for its class.

The luxury three-row 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid with its aggressive performance, comfort, great handling and other excellent features should be on anyone’s short list of SUVs.