Changes to the 2019 MDX show Acura isn't standing still

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec priced from $55,795

Jul 17, 2018 - TORRANCE, Calif.

An updated idle stop feature is now standard across the 2019 Acura MDX lineup.

Prices range from $45,295 for your basic front-wheel-drive MDX up to $61,045 for a SH-AWD-equipped MDX with Advance and Entertainment packages; prices are up this year, but exactly how much depends on the model (the base auto increases just $100; the range-topper shoots up by $1,400). Pricing for the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid will be announced next month. Advance models start at $57,045, while Technology models start at $50,295. Versions equipped with the Technology package and the Entertainment package have revised second-row seating that Acura says will improve access to the third-row seat. The MDX with Advance Package adds trim-exclusive matching wood center console trim. New features include available authentic Desert Olive Ash wood trim, high-contrast seat and door panel stitching, and contrasting front seat side garnishes. Both the A-Spec and Advance package versions have a new 20-inch aluminum wheel design that is wider than before and wears more aggressive rubber measuring 265/45.

The new A-Spec trim level is only available on MDX models equipped with all-wheel drive and adds $8,500 to those models. They also get a new front fascia, body-color lower side sills, larger-diameter exhaust finishers, and special 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 265/45-series tires. The A-Spec package is show, not go: reshaped front bumper and grille, darker headlights, a rear spoiler, unique exhaust tips, paddle shifters, heated and cooled front seats, red interior lighting, and unique trim accents.

Under the hood is a familiar 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Adjustable dampers are now also available across the range instead of only on the MDX Sport Hybrid. SH-AWD® delivers up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels and the ability to distribute up to 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels to optimize available traction and sharpen steering and handling response.

Acura also says it has reprogrammed the MDX's nine-speed automatic transmission for smoother acceleration, with more frequent second-gear starts.

The 2019 MDX is on sale in dealers today. System enhancements shorten engine re-start response and operational smoothness via a new brake pressure trigger and software upgrades, resulting in a more natural, seamless feel. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive starts at $47,295.

When it comes to safety, all 2019 Acura MDX models come standard with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning.

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