What’s the Difference Between the MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid?

2019 Acura MDX vs. MDX Sport Hybrid

Question: What’s the Difference Between the MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid?


When shopping for a new 2019 Acura MDX, you’ll come across a new MDX model in your searches: the MDX Sport Hybrid. Now, I don’t think we have to explain what exactly a hybrid vehicle is in 2019; however, it’s important to know exactly how it differs mechanically from the traditional model.

The Sport Hybrid MDX’s main source of power is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 257 hp on its own. This is compared to the standard MDX’s 3.5-liter V6 that’s rated at 290 hp. But the Sport Hybrid has extra power up its sleeve thanks to its three electric engines that help improve overall performance and fuel economy–at the same time.

This electric engine setup was inspired by the brand new NSX supercar. It includes a front electric engine rated at 47 hp, and two rear electric engines rated at 36 hp each. When working together, the combined power output is rated at 321 hp.

How does this translate to performance and fuel economy differences between the standard model and Sport Hybrid MDX? Well, according to an unofficial test by Car and Driver, the Sport Hybrid model had a 0-60 MPH time of 5.7 seconds. This is compared to the standard model’s unofficial 6.0-second 0-60 time. Not much of a difference, but the Sport Hybrid model is able to accelerate from 50-70 MPH in just 4 seconds, compared to the standard model’s 4.7-second time.

It’s in the fuel economy ratings from the EPA that show the true differences between the MDX Sport Hybrid and its traditional model. The standard MDX features a combined rating of 21 MPG (19 city / 26 highway). Meanwhile, the Sport Hybrid model sees a 27 MPG combined rating thanks to its 26 city MPG and 27 highway MPG rating. The electric motor setup allows the Sport Hybrid to be more efficient in stop-and-go traffic situations by leaning on the electric motors to provide efficient performance during low-speed driving.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.