2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Review, MPG, Features

The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is a mid-size premium SUV that offers the alternative source of power. The brand is a premium lineup of the Honda Motor Company, and we expect the MDX to share the hybrid engine with the Flagship Pilot SUV. At this moment, this is the largest vehicle with such drivetrain in carmaker’s portfolio.

Honda and Acura engineers are not electrifying the 3.5-liter V6 engine as most experts expected. It is a system that combines a 3.0-liter petrol unit with an electric motor. The company could boost this setup to produce around 400 hp and slap the Type-S badge on it. Just a rumor…

The new MDX mid-size SUV is redesigned. For the new edition, we will see the more aggressive appearance that will be recognized by the younger population. LED headlights are also new for the 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid and the vehicle is also narrower than before.

2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Specifications

The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is using a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine as the base drivetrain. The company pairs it with an electric motor. It is a Sport Hybrid setup that bursts 320 hp, 30 ponies more than the standard configuration with a 3.5-l V6 engine. Hybrid is also good for 290 lb-ft of torque, 20 more than the other setup.

The 3.0 displacement sends power to front wheels. The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is adding a couple of electric motors to each wheel on the rear axle. The SUV is an AWD model that boosts the overall fuel economy. The Sport Hybrid returns 27 mpg combined. Compared to the base model, which can’t do better than 25 mpg on the highway, this is a generous saving.

3.5-liter Petrol Unit Specs

The standard model includes regular petrol drivetrain. It is Honda’s most proven unit – a 3.5-liter V6 engine, available for most flagship models. So, we can find this unit under the hood of the Pilot SUV, Ridgeline truck, or Acura RLX sedan.

The mill is good for 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. So far, this is the configuration buyers prefer more than the hybrid.

What is the 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid?

The highlight of the 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system. This configuration takes the best from the new setup and offers a superb driving impression. All drivers that felt this SH AWD system will tell you that. This model is available in two trim levels – Tech and Advanced. The latest one uses captain’s chairs in the middle row and reduces seating spots.

Accessories, Features, Options

We already mentioned the specs highlights for the 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid. Besides the unique hybrid system, the configuration includes a 7-speed DCT and four driving modes. With this model, you are getting an active damping system and electric servo brake system.

Outside, most parts are in the body color. Inside, the company offers AcuraWatch safety package with advanced features. Desert Olive Ash is the unique color for interior details. However, contrast seats and upholstery is making the Sport Hybrid model very elegant. The Advanced package adds wood console.

Besides the standard offer, the 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid comes with leather seats, 20-inch 10-spoke wheels, rain-sensing wipers, navigation with traffic updates, 10-speak audio system, and voice commands. The Advanced package upgrades the offer with Milano Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front buckets, captain’s chairs in the middle row (heated) with USB ports. Exterior upgrades are fog lights, auto-dimming mirrors, and roof rails.


Eight exterior colors are available, and these are Fathom Blue Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Gunmetal Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and Lunar Silver Metallic. Three are premium: Pearl is Majestic Black and Performance Red, while Metallic is Canyon Bronze.

2020 Acura MDX Type S

The new 2020 Acura MDX Type S will actually be a hybrid. We can hear rumors, telling the company is boosting the outputs to create the performance SUV. According to these speculations, the 3.0-liter unit will mate a larger electric battery that will increase the total output to 400 horsepower.

Of course, the best features from both available models will be available for the Type S model. Also, with the last edition happened more than ten years ago, Honda and Acura will have to update the package. Still, fans can expect unique styling and parts to make the look more aggressive and eye-catching.

2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Price

The base MDX SUV costs $44,000. This is a good offer for the premium mid-size SUV. Lexus RX starts just under $50k. However, the 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is more expensive with all the upgrades it brings. It adds nearly $9,000 above the starting cost of the base SUV. With Advance Package the MSRP gets closer to $60,000 and fully-loaded MDX Sport Hybrid will cost $65,000. This is close to the region where full-size SUVs are available.

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