2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid: Facts You Should Know
While fully-electric cars are the focus of buzz in the automotive industry, hybrid vehicles are still the practical decision for buyers looking to lower their carbon footprint. And when it comes to luxury SUV hybrids, Acura is doing it right with the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.
As the first hybrid SUV produced by Acura, there are a lot of questions that potential buyers may have when cross-shopping a standard MDX or other comparable SUVs. Below, we’ll go over a few of the facts you should know about the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.
Not a Huge Price Premium Compared to Other Hybrids
One of the biggest problems with most hybrid vehicles is the price premium compared to standard gas engine-only models. For example, the Lexus RX has a hybrid model available; however, the starting prices of two comparable models is nearly $10,000 before add-on packages.
More Powerful and Fuel Efficient Than Current MDX
It’s not surprising that a hybrid model would be more fuel efficient than the gas engine-only model, but many car buyers are still surprised to find out that hybrids are also typically more powerful as well. Thanks to its three electric-motor setup, the Sport Hybrid MDX can provide a total output of 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque, compared to 290 hp/289 lb-ft. Torque from the standard model.
On the fuel efficiency side, city drivers will see the bulk of the benefit by upgrading to the Sport Hybrid MDX. Compared to the standard AWD MDX with Technology Package, it may not seem like a huge jump. But when you factor in the extra performance, especially the torque provided by the electric motors, many may find it worth the upgrade given the price.
Exclusive Additions to Performance
With the Sport Hybrid MDX, buyers will get the added benefit of active dampers, an Electro Servo braking system, and a new drive mode option for the Integrated Dynamics system (Sport+).
The active dampers help provide a smooth ride and improved handling by using sensors to adjust the suspension on the fly as you drive. It’s a feature most drives will only notice once you get used to it, and then have to drive in a vehicle without it.
The Electro Servo braking system works to preserve fuel and recharge the batteries powering hybrid. Depending on the force of the braking, the system can use regenerative braking to help slow the car down and recharge the batteries. If you’re only braking slightly, the regenerative brakes will do most of the work, and prevent the car from having to burn more fuel to accelerate again.
Uses Same Hybrid Tech as the New NSX
The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid features a 3.0-liter V6 engine as its primary source of power, but its hybrid technology comes from the electric motor setup (1 up front, two in the rear). This is the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, the same setup used in Acura’s new NSX supercar.
And while the MDX will never be considered a supercar, it would be very cool to say that your new car has supercar tech inside!