The 2019 Acura MDX has just been revealed with a brand new A-Spec appearance package.
After a 2017 refresh, the Acura MDX heads into its fourth year with a few new technological goodies and a bunch of new interior enhancements to improve the mid-size SUV’s luxury appeal. In keeping with Acura’s Japanese heritage, those luxury improvements mostly have to do with wood.
That wood is, in fact, Desert Olive Ash, and it forms the interior trim for the car. Contrasting stitching for the leather and Alcantara upholstery makes the wood really pop out, while the front row seats get an all-new 4-way power lumbar adjustment.
On the Technology and Entertainment packages, the MDX’s second row gets modified to make it easier for people to get into the third row of seats, while the Advance package gets yet more wood trim on the center console. Careful not to get any splinters.
But now we get to the A-Spec, Acura’s sporty line. The MDX doesn’t get any sort of engine upgrades to justify the sportiness, but it does get new 20-inch wheels that are half an inch wider than the rest of the MDX line. It also gets a new front fascia, larger exhaust tips, updated interior with gloss black and chrome trim, Alcantara door and seat inserts, and new sports gauges and pedals.
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Across the line, the engines remain the same as last year, that being a 3.5-L V6 with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.0-L V6 hybrid that puts out 257 hp and 218 lb-ft. Acura states that the 9-speed automatic transmission has been updated to prioritize starting in second gear rather than first gear unless you’re starting on a hill or you really gun it off the line. Supposedly this makes for smoother starts, but this really means that the SUV is an 8.5-speed automatic rather than a 9-speed.
The base-level MDX starts at $45,295, up $100 from last year, while the A-Spec starts at $55,795. The hybrid arrives later in August, so we don’t have pricing on it yet.