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'18 MDX Info

Info from dealer indicates all models and trim levels of the '18 MDX will have the 9 speed automatic.

The only change appears to be making San Marino Red available on Advance models of MDX and Hybrid model.
 

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I was at a dealer and was also initially told "no major changes" - but then on further prodding I got a couple things:

1 - One of the newer vehicle assist type safety features that is currently only available on the highest trim will be made standard on all trim levels.

2 - iPad and tablet mirroring.

These 2 items alone made me wait for the 2018. I am looking to become a first-time MDX owner.
 

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Ok so it sounds like traffic jam assist and carplay/android auto is predominantly showing up in rumors.

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Info on 2018 MDX from my Dealer

I went to my Acura dealer and said I had heard they were ordering the 2018 MDX models now. They said they knew nothing about it, but would make a call to the factory people. I told them I wanted a 2018 MDX Advance SHAWD Hybrid in a NEW color and with Apple CarPlay. The dealer called me a few hours later saying they could get a San Marino Red with Apple CarPlay, but could not order it until Jan 2018. I will ask again in a month to see if they know more.
 

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but could not order it until Jan 2018. I will ask again in a month to see if they know more.
I sure hope that they are not delayed until early 2018. After looking at 2017 MDX's and Pilot's to replace our 2004 MDX, I am waiting to see if the 2018's Pilots & MDXs get the 10 speed Honda transmission and if the MDX's get the Apple Car Play. Several dealers I have talked to seemed to think there was a good chance that at least some models of both would get the new transmission. I am afraid that with the Honda designed 10 speed coming out, that the ZF transmission may become Honda's "red headed step child" and not receive full company support to remedy any reliability problems.
 

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I really doubt you'll see the 10 speed in the MDX in 2018 or 2019, it's going in the top trim Odyssey only for 2018. I would expect the 4th gen MDX to have it along with many other major updates. 2018 will bring only very minor updates.

I don't think the ZF hate is deserved, I have none of the issues the early units had and those have been corrected via software changes. Warranty is a warranty, of course they will support it. Plus the lower trim level Odyssey will still use it, it's going to be part of the Honda line up for some time. Frankly the last thing I'd want is an in-house designed Honda transmission the first year it came out.
 

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2018s are in next month. They will have brand new infotainment software and interface running Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It is the same system in the 2018 TLX. I was just playing with it. It is awesome.
 

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I went to my Acura dealer and said I had heard they were ordering the 2018 MDX models now. They said they knew nothing about it, but would make a call to the factory people. I told them I wanted a 2018 MDX Advance SHAWD Hybrid in a NEW color and with Apple CarPlay. The dealer called me a few hours later saying they could get a San Marino Red with Apple CarPlay, but could not order it until Jan 2018. I will ask again in a month to see if they know more.
CarPlay would be awesome. Also I would love a panoramic sunroof.
Most of all, I hope Acura soon will have more Hybrid Tech packages available on the market. The back row captain seats are a deal breaker for me.
 

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I really doubt you'll see the 10 speed in the MDX in 2018 or 2019, it's going in the top trim Odyssey only for 2018. I would expect the 4th gen MDX to have it along with many other major updates. 2018 will bring only very minor updates.

I don't think the ZF hate is deserved, I have none of the issues the early units had and those have been corrected via software changes. Warranty is a warranty, of course they will support it. Plus the lower trim level Odyssey will still use it, it's going to be part of the Honda line up for some time. Frankly the last thing I'd want is an in-house designed Honda transmission the first year it came out.
Unfortunately, you are probably correct about the 10 speed not being available in the Pilot or MDX for several years.

As far the hate for the ZF 9 speed, I can't say if the hate is deserved or not, as I have not owned one and have only taken several short test drives, but I do know that there have been problems in every make and platform that has used it. And there are still complaints about it in the 2017's, especially when the optional transmission cooler has been installed. Also, the dog clutch design looks to be problematic long term in my opinion.

I have some experience with ZF's support with some of the HD drive train components use in ag applications and it is not the best, lack of parts availability and very hi prices are the common complaints.

While I agree that the new 10 speed transmission may have some problems at roll out, from my experience I would much rather take my chances with a new Honda design and their commitment to it then I would with a transmission from a non Honda vendor that has already proven to have problems.

We tend to keep our vehicles a long time, a large portion of which would not be under any type of warranty, so long term reliability is very important to me.

The above being said, it is probably looking like I am going to end up with either a Pilot or MDX with the ZF transmission.
 

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I have a 2015 MDX with the 6 speed and a 2015 TLX with the 9 speed. The 6 speed is smooth when it shifts. The 9 speed in the TLX is very hard shifting even after the software update which did nothing. I pretty much think the 9 speed is awful.
 

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I have a 2015 MDX with the 6 speed and a 2015 TLX with the 9 speed. The 6 speed is smooth when it shifts. The 9 speed in the TLX is very hard shifting even after the software update which did nothing. I pretty much think the 9 speed is awful.
This. The 9 speed is reason enough to avoid the MDX until it has a decent transmission. It is "grabby" until it warms up, after that, it hunts and pecks at certain speeds and you have to mash on it for roll-on acceleration to get it to drop enough gears to get motivated.
 

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2018 Acura MDX Brings Updated Tech and Sporty Colors; A Perennial Best-Seller Gets Even Stronger - Acura News
2018 Acura MDX Brings Updated Tech and Sporty Colors; A Perennial Best-Seller Gets Even Stronger


Sep 19, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.
  • New MDX gets a refreshed dual-screen user interface with enhanced 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display and 30 percent faster response time
  • Standard Apple CarPlay™ support, Android Auto™ compatibility (both new for 2018) and standard AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assist features make MDX among the best-equipped vehicles in its segment
  • Expanded color palette adds sporty and sophisticated red hues
The powerful and sophisticated 2018 Acura MDX luxury SUV begins arriving at Acura dealerships tomorrow with a faster, more capable and modern user interface, vivid new colors and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starting at $44,200, just $150 more than the outgoing model. The Acura MDX is the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV of all time3 and has been recognized by Edmunds.com as the “Most Wanted Luxury Midsize SUV” (2017) and as “Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money” (2017) by U.S. News & World Report.

For 2018, the Acura MDX features a redesigned dual-screen user interface(ODMD 2.0) with more intuitive menus and command structures complemented by a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (previously resistive type) with a 30-percent faster response time. It includes support for Apple CarPlay™, which seamlessly integrates compatible iPhones in the car, allowing users to get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music. It also supports Android Auto™ compatibility – putting some of the most useful Android phone apps on the MDX's display.

2 new eye-catching exterior colors expand the MDX color palette for 2018: Basque Red, available on base and Technology trims, and sporty San Marino Red on Advance trims.

Powertrain
The 2018 Acura MDX features a 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® 24-valve V6 engine rated at 290 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 267 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net) and is available in front-wheel drive or with Acura’s signature Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. The MDX with front-wheel drive and Idle Stop (included with Advance package) has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined2, while the MDX with Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) and Idle Stop (included with Advance package) is EPA rated at 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined2.


The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) model receives the same updates as the conventional MDX and will go on sale this winter. The MDX Sport Hybrid is the newest model in Acura's lineup to utilize its revolutionary 3-motor Sport Hybrid powertrain with electric torque vectoring, joining the NSX supercar and RLX Sport Hybrid as the 3rd member of the Acura family to benefit from this proprietary technology.


2018 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TrimMSRP1
EPA MPG Rating2 (city/highway/combined)
MDX (FWD)
$44,200
19/27/22
MDX (FWD) with Technology Package
$48,600
19/27/22
MDX (FWD) with Technology and Entertainment Packages
$50,600
19/27/22
MDX (FWD) with Advance Package
$54,650
20/27/23
MDX (FWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages
$56,650
20/27/23
MDX (SH-AWD)
$46,200
18/26/21
MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology Package
$50,600
18/26/21
MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology & Entertainment Packages
$52,600
18/26/21
MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance Package
$56,650
19/26/22
MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages
$58,650
19/26/22

Premium Features

The 2018 MDX offers a broad range of standard and available comfort and convenience features including an available Surround-View Camera System (a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera is standard), heated steering wheel, Smart Entry Keyless Access System and push-button start. The 2018 Acura MDX Technology and Advance packages add two 20-inch wheel and tire options, Bi-Directional Keyless Remote Engine Start, power folding side mirrors and HD Traffic.

In addition, the Advance grades include LED fog lights, genuine wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel and a Surround-View Camera System with 6 selectable viewing angles. Advance models can also be equipped with 2 2nd-row captain's chairs and a center console with two additional USB ports for 3rd-row passengers. An ultra-widescreen Rear Entertainment System is also available on models with the Advance Entertainment Package.

Standard Safety and Driver Assistive Technology
Similar to other Acura models, the 2018 Acura MDX offers the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). The 2018 Acura MDX earned a 5-Star NCAP overall vehicle score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is expected to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


The 2018 MDX was designed and developed in the U.S. and is produced
exlusively at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio manufacturing center using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features 6 distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling 3-row luxury SUV3 and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.


For More Information

Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at
acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

Consumer information is available at
www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura.


 

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Awesome news about CarPlay! I'll wait for 2018 models.
Hopefully the hybrid versions will come up sooner than later.
 

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Awesome news about CarPlay! I'll wait for 2018 models.
Hopefully the hybrid versions will come up sooner than later.
I'm waiting on the hybrid also. Winter doesn't officially start until December 21, so I think we'll be waiting for a while. :frown2:
 
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