The current generation of MDX comes from a model introduced in 2014, which makes it go into senior status in the automotive world. But the 2019 Acura MDX goodness has not changed. Thanks to constant updates, the MDX remains a top pick in the luxury SUV class. With three rows of seating, a spacious and comfortable cabin, the 2019 MDX is perfect as a family carrier, and it offers a lot of value thanks to a massive number of standard features for the money.
The goodness starts from under the hood. It is available with two powertrains: 3.5-liter V6 and 3.0-liter V6 gasoline-electric hybrid. While the hybrids surprisingly provide faster acceleration and better fuel economy, the base engine is not disappointing. All 2019 Acura MDX is available with advanced Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) systems, which have a real positive impact on handling.
The 2019 Acura MDX has several drawbacks, though, the main thing is that the interior doesn’t quite match the luxuries found in some rivals. But overall, the 2019 Acura MDX remains a worthy option among three-row midsize luxury crossover SUVs.
For 2019, the MDX welcomes a new sporty variant, A-Spec. Revised calibrations for the engine idle-stop system and nine-speed transmission programming. The Advance package now has continuously variable suspension dampers.
Trim levels and features
The 2019 Acura MDX is a seven-passenger three-row luxury SUV. It’s offered in five trim levels (referred to as packages): Standard, Technology, Advance, A-Spec and Sport Hybrid.
Equipment for the Standard trim includes keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, automatic LED headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable front seats with heating, and leather upholstery.
Tech features include a 7-inch touchscreen with dual-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker sound system. Also standard is the AcuraWatch safety suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane and road departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Technology trim adds 20-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, remote engine start, automatic wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a color driver information display, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker premium audio system with HD radio.
The new A-Spec trim is similar to the Technology but has wider wheels and tires, blacked-out exterior trim, unique cabin cosmetics, front seat ventilation and a thicker-rimmed steering wheel.
The Advance adds wider wheels and tires, continuously variable adaptive suspension dampers, LED foglights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic engine stop-start, a top-down surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front-seat, sport seats with premium leather and trim, second-row sunshades, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and two additional USB ports for the third row.
The Technology or Advance package can be ordered with the Entertainment package and adds a rear entertainment system. If you add it to the Technology package, it also adds a 9-inch screen and 11 audio speakers. If you add it to the Advance package, it comes with a 16.2-inch screen with an HDMI input and 12 audio speakers. Keep in mind that it replaces the captain’s chairs with the standard second-row bench seating.
The 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is available with the Technology and Advance packages only.
The 2019 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A revised nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) available as an option. Also standard across the lineup is the engine idle start/stop features, which cut the engine power in order to save fuel. Work has been done to make the restarts quicker, but you can switch off this feature.
Acceleration is smooth and confident. Although low-end torque is not this V6 strong suit, the transmission does a great job of keeping the revs high at full speed. The MDX impressive torque-vectoring AWD system whips this big SUV around corners and allows it to maneuver in tight lines than you could imagine. In performance testing, the 2019 Acura MDX with SH-AWD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, making it a solid, mid-pack performer. Properly equipped, the MDX SH-AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) with FWD and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) for AWD models. The A-Spec is rated at 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway).
The 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid uses a combination of 3.0-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. Together they produce a total output of 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission developed from the NSX sport car sent that power to all four wheels.
The MDX Sport Hybrid was quick in 0 to 60 mph test, at 5.7 seconds. The paddle shifters guide the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shows that the MDX Sport Hybrid aims to earn its middle name. The shifts between the gasoline engine and the electric motors are smooth, most drivers won’t notice when the engine comes to life after a stoplight. EPA fuel economy rating at 27 mpg combined (26 city/27 highway).
The 2019 Acura MDX is one of the most functional luxury crossovers. The front seats are nicely shaped and supportive even if they do not have the extra adjustments offered by competitors in this class. The second-row seats slide forward and backward to add flexibility, providing spacious legroom in its rearmost position. It also slid forward for easy access of third-row, although the pass-through result is rather small. The third row is best suited for children, as only small adults fit in back there, but that’s actually good enough for a seven-seater luxury SUV.
The MDX cabin is well-built with quality materials, but lacks the style and luxury ambiances like direct rivals Audi Q7 or even Jaguar F-Pace. It just feels less special.
The 2019 Acura MDX interior storage is excellent, with large cupholders and door bins, plus a deep center bin that can hold a small purse or smartphone. The MDX does not give you much space behind the third-row, since it only has 15 cubic feet of space. But folding the seats opens up to 38 cubic feet worth of space for a long journey. As you fold both the second and third-rows, the maximum cargo capacity increases to 68 cubic feet, which is better than most two-row midsize crossover, but far less than models like the Honda Pilot.
Release Dates and Price
The 2019 Acura MDX is available in one trim and starts at $45,295 (include the $975 destination fee). The Technology Package costs $5,000 and bringing the price up to $50,295. The A-Spec Package start at $55,795. The Advance Package cost $6,750 and brings the starting price up to $57,045. The MDX Sport Hybrid starts in the low-$50,000 range.