Now in the sixth model year of its current generation, the 2019 Acura MDX receives an update for the 2019 model year that includes a new sporty A-Spec trim, as well as mechanical upgrades and interior modifications. This is the third year in a row that Acura has updated the 2019 Acura MDX: the 2017 model year changed the style of the SUV to three ranks and last year brought a technology focused update. By 2019, the changes are a little more eclectic and affect more parts of the 2019 Acura MDX, but the heart of the SUV remains the same.
Exterior and Interior
The 2019 Acura MDX retains its aggressive look, all angles and all the comforts to come with the standard “Jewel Eye” LED headlights that provide a futuristic touch. Based on this, the new model A-Spec, which seems the sportiest of the group. It features 20 inch gray shark aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in wider, lower P265 / 45R20 tires (the same on Advance models), half an inch longer than smaller tires. The A-Spec has a unique front bumper, lower sills, a rear spoiler and larger tailpipes. Exterior color options have also been expanded to nine options, including an A-Spec exclusive Blue Pearl Apex.
Acura has expanded the 2019 Acura MDX luxury benchmarks for 2019, adding the Olive Desert ash wood finish and the high contrast seams. Four way lumbar adjustments are now also standard for the front seats. The 2019 Acura MDX is still equipped with standard technology, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, five USB ports and an auto dimming rear view mirror. One thing that does not make the leap is the new Acura touchpad based multimedia system that debuted on the 2019 RDX. Here’s how the 2019 Acura MDX maintains Android Auto connectivity, what the new RDX did not no. This could be considered a benefit for some; Our staff is divided into opinions on the new system. The A-Spec adds sport seats with Alcantara inserts, contrast stitching, sports pedals, a steering wheel with a thicker edge and a glossy black trim. Advance models incorporate second row captain’s seats, two additional third row USB ports and ventilated front seats.
Acura is leaving the engine lineup alone with a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 or a 3.0 liter hybrid V6, but the company is updating the nine speed automatic transmission for the 2019 model year. now gives priority to the second gear, which, according to the automaker, provides “a smoother, smoother acceleration feeling in normal driving”. An improved start and stop system speeds up engine operation. The 2019 Acura MDX non hybrid now has the option of the Acura Active Damper System, a piece previously reserved for the electrified model. The new A-Spec package gives the 2019 Acura MDX all wheel drive a more aggressive look and is available exclusively in the Apex Blue Pearl exterior color. The models have a revised bodywork including a new front fascia, body color thresholds, circular exhaust outlets, a glossy black trim around the windows and dark chrome accents around the body. A-Spec vehicles travel on Shark Gray wheels that are 8.5 inches wide and 20 inches in diameter, half an inch larger than the common areas. Inside, the package includes sport seats in red or black leather, contrast stitching, unique A-Spec gauges, metal pedal covers, Alcantara door trim, a thicker steering wheel and A-Spec door.
Price and Release Date
The base price for 2018 was $ 45,175, 2019 Acura MDX with technology for $ 49,575 and 2019 Acura MDX for $ 51,575. With the Advance package, the price was $ 55,625, and with Advance and Entertainment it was $ 57,625. There are no factory options, but Acura dealers offer a range of tires from $ 2,000 to $ 3,325. Acura had not announced the price of the 2018 Sport Hybrid in time for this review. The 2017 version was priced at $ 52,935 with the technology package and $ 58,975 with the Advance package, which includes a $ 975 destination tax. The expected release date for 2019 Acura MDX is the third quarter of 2018.