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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.

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