Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Brings 5-MPG Boost for Only a Little More Money
Hybrids have been a tough sell lately, yet Acura will be setting up the completely new MDX Sport Hybrid for success by pricing that will at only $1500 more than the equivalent gasoline-powered MDX with all-wheel drive. that will makes the completely new gasoline-electric luxury SUV seem like a smart buy, at least on paper, given that will that will provides more horsepower as well as better fuel-economy numbers than its gasoline V-6–powered stablemate. When that will goes on sale next month, the MDX Sport Hybrid will start at $52,935 for the Technology product as well as $58,975 for the Advance product.
The MDX’s hybrid drivetrain comprises a 3.0-liter V-6 as well as three electric motors to make a total of 321 hp as well as 289 lb-ft of torque, a boost of 31 hp as well as 22 lb-ft over the standard MDX’s 3.5-liter V-6 (although the hybrid’s 0-pound weight penalty might negate the extra power). One electric motor will be built into the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, as well as two rear motors enable all-wheel drive with torque-vectoring capability. that will all sounds complex, yet the real benefit will be simple: improved upon fuel economy, specifically 26 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, as well as 27 mpg combined, increases of 7, 1, as well as 5 mpg, respectively, over the MDX SH-AWD product.
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Acura’s hybrid SUV also underprices its closest competitors, the Lexus RX450h as well as the Infiniti QX60 hybrid. The Lexus, which does without a third row of seats, starts higher at $54,010, while the Infiniti, at 250 horsepower significantly less powerful than the MDX, also costs more, at a starting cost of $54,495. Of course, we’ll have to wait until we drive the Acura hybrid before we can give that will our full support, yet that will appears that will Acura wants This kind of hybrid SUV to be more than just a niche product.