I love the sporty looks and blacked out look. Don't like the price and 9AT. The sport hybrid sh-awd in the blacked out A-Spec look would be my choice for looks+performance.
You cannot only look at the shell. It uses a transmission same as a lower trim Odyssey. A complete piece of Junk. This thing has zero appeal to me. If you drive a lot of Uber, a Toyota RAV4 hybrid is seriously good. 39 mpg and a electric motor on the rear axle. How can you beat that?
No way I would think about purchasing a new MDX vehicle because of the amount of depreciation the first to second year now days. I was looking at 2015 MDX Adv sh-awd on Autotrader with under 25,000 miles for around $30K. I think I rather purchase two 2015 MDXs compared to one 2019 A-Spec version for the same amount of $$$.
I was also concerned about any additional maint the hybrid might have over the regular 3.5L MDX. I started a thread on the RLX forum asking about any unexpected/expected/emergency maintenance compared to the regular +14 RLX; especially, vehicles over +100,000 miles. The only difference was doing the 7DCT and rear dual electric motor fluid exchange every 30,000 miles (it might pop up on the M.I.D. anyways every 30K). Pretty much just M.I.D. schedule maintenance RLX sport hybrid. The only other issue is making sure the Acura tech know the difference between the two MDXs because they use different AT fluid, different rear diff fluid, 4.5 qt of engine oil for the hybrid, 13" front brakes compared to 12.6" on 3.5L, and a second cooling system for the hybrid DC inverter.Very nice, I currently have an 07, I'm eyeing the 2017 at this point as far as price points. That is when they brought the cutouts for the tail pipes and worked out most of the issues with the 9speed tranny. I would love to have the sports hybrid but not sure how maintenance will be going foward 10yrs. I will stick with the tech/ent package for now. A spec if available!
The lighter 3.0L engine helps to offset the weight of the battery stack.Not sure why Acura went with the 3.0L Port engine instead of using an Earth Dreams 3.0L DI or the 3.5L DI for the hybrid? The hwy mpgs are very similar for both sh-awd and hybrid MDXs; but, +50 increase in hp/tq if they used the 3.5L+hybrid system. I also have the option of using 87 octane with my hybrid (91 recommended with 87 being minimal as stated on gas door). I don't think Acura or Honda has a 3.0L port injection (or any port injection) since going to Earth Dreams engines.
I have almost 500,000 miles between my 06 TSX, 08 RDX, and 11 MDX with port injection and it has just been one set of spark plug changes each with those engines.