2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid: Not Traditional Crossover, Not Conventional Hybrid

Apr 05, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Paul Urban

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is reviewed as not a traditional crossover and an unconventional hybrid. This is an interesting way to describe the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid as this could mean many other things- at least leading to positive reviews. It is a powerful hybrid which presents itself as a crossover- a good blend.

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has integrated impressive technologies which is doing its fair share to be transparent enough, however, it is considered too subtle that it may be left out and unappreciated. The Sport Hybrid uses the same system as 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid with newer NSX battery technology. The system aids in improving handling and efficiency.

This hybrid packs enough power which may not disappoint most. It is powered by 3.0-liter V-6 which is capable of producing 257-horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. The Sport Hybrid also features i-VTEC and cylinder deactivation.

Additionally, its engine start-stop events are reviewed as quiet and smooth especially in the case of MDX Sport Hybrid drivetrain. The electric motor also adds in power to make up for the lull during the shift. This contributes to hassle-free and unabashed shifting and provides regenerative capacity. Its uniqueness also comes to play when it is in motion.

The MDX Sport Hybrid is fast enough as it navigates steep and sharp curves. Going on a throttle is also a pleasing experiencing as there is that instant pull without much of a lag for a downshift. The Sport increases the damping rate which provides more feedback and increased amount of torque vectoring.

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is best suited for different personalities. For those who are into luxury cars particular with the aesthetics and overall comfort, the MDX Sport Hybrid is sure to pass the set standards. For those who desire a quiet ride, this can be highly rated for its excellent sound dampening system. This hybrid may have it fair share of critics, but overall it delivers what it promises to give.

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