I drove a $60,000 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid to see if the fuel-efficient SUV can take on Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. Here's the verdict.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

  • The 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a mid-size, three-row crossover SUV whose powertrain is related to the Acura NSX supercar.
  • Competition is intense in this segment, but Acura has a worthy entrant.
  • If you want an excellent luxury SUV that’s cheaper than a BMW or Audi, yet has great performance and lots of the tech, the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is worth a look.
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We don’t lack for luxury car brands in this world. But the sheer magnitude of choice can be daunting. So if you’re having a tough time deciding whether it should be BMW or Audi, Mercedes or Lexus, Jaguar or Alfa Romeo, I’m here to help.

Consider Acura — I know I have. I’ve nearly bought an Acura a couple of times, and in the time I’ve been reviewing cars at Business Insider, I’ve driven many and enjoyed them all.

Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, debuted in 1986 and has been producing excellent vehicles ever since. The NSX supercar nabbed our Car of the Year award in 2016, and other Acuras have been finalists. As luxury brands go, Acura takes a lot of agita off the table. If you’re familiar with Honda, you know the company engineers superb cars that have a deserved reputation for reliability.

Acura adds a premium dimension to that, and has always pushed for technical innovation. That’s why I was excited to test the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, which has a nifty three-electric-motor drivetrain coupled with a bulletproof VS engine. 

Read on to learn how it went down:

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Here we have the 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, in a fetching “Canyon Bronze Metallic” paint job. My tester was about $60,000, but the base MDX is $44,000.

The color is nice, but the overall design is pure crossover. Personally, I think the styling is more appealing than the Audi Q7.

The beaklike grille and the large Acura badge have been divisive, but overt time I have grown to kind of like them.

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