The Acura MDX is a midsized three-row crossover SUV that has gained a reputation as a solid choice in the luxury family buyer’s market. For 2017, the MDX saw significant changes to its look and, more interestingly, the addition of a hybrid model.
The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that combines with three electric motors to produce 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 289 lb-ft (392 Nm) of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, but the system is split, with the engine and one motor (via a seven-speed automatic transmission) powering the front wheels and two electric motors powering the rear axle. For reference, the standard gasoline model uses a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft (216 kW, 362 Nm) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. There is about 250 pounds (113 kg) difference in weight between the AWD gasoline model and the heavier hybrid model.
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