2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Changes, SH-AWD

The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid offers an impressive combination of a petrol engine and electric motors. In the last couple of years, this becomes a popular trend in the premium crossover class. And of course, the company must follow fashion. But, this combination will bring benefit to new Acura since it will boost the fuel-efficiency.

However, news from Honda’s luxury vehicle department says that the company will present a brand-new unit and electric battery in the following year. So, the upcoming generation of Acura will develop a unique system for hybrid engines. Moreover, the customers can expect cosmetics changes as well, to build a recognizable visual identity of the new model.


2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Changes

The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid will introduce an A-Spec version, the one with all-wheel drive. Also, expect to see the more aggressive exterior design. All Acura MDX trim levels will include active-safety, and driver-assistance features, such as AcuraWatch, for example. This feature consists of forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Furthermore, the owners can upgrade their model with numerous packages. The packages will include an Integrated Dynamic System, that will provide a sportier ride to their MDX. Still, the energy from the batteries will dry faster with this feature. But, with Dynamic System boost, the upcoming MDX Hybrid accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

Moreover, the Sport Hybrid Package includes active dumper and suspension system. The Sport Hybrid Package also includes two wireless headphone sets and 12-speaker premium audio system.


The fascia of the arriving 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is an outstanding mixture of sophisticated design language and more rugged outlines. Moreover, the new MDX model seems like a very luxurious car, yet a very practical one. Similar to the rest of the Honda models, this hybrid comes with a diamond-pentagon grille. Definitely, one of the focal points of the front side will be Jewel Eye LED headlights.

Furthermore, the supplementary roof rail will tighten up overall appearance and look of the vehicle even further. The A-Spec model adds 20-inch wheels. Also, this version will have a unique front fascia, gloss-black accent, and larger-diameter exhaust finishers.



2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is a 3-row SUV with the seating for six or seven passengers, depending on the configuration. In the seven-seat scenario, the 2nd-row is a 3-across bench. The six-seat setup brings a second-row captain’s char. So, the 2nd-row becomes more comfortable and access to the back of the vehicle is a lot easier. Of course, with this type of vehicles, the third row is most suitable for children.

The MDX Hybrid offers excellent cargo space. Most of the time, hybrid vehicles will neglect the cargo space because of the electric motors. But, that’s not the case with the new MDX Hybrid. The drivers will get exceptionally comfortable seats, with 14-way power adjustability.

Furthermore, the Easy-Entry feature is available as well. This feature automatically moves the seat back when the passenger exit the vehicle. The infotainment system is a little more complex than we used to in Acura models. But, after some time you’ll find a way to control everything with ease.

Standard Equipment

The new 2020 Acura MDX comes very well-equipped, even for the base model. You can expect AcuraWatch suite of safety and semi-autonomous driving features. In addition, a power-operated/heated front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power moonroof are included. Also, one new feature for the base model is the HomeLink garage-door opener.

The audiophiles among the MDX Hybrid owners will be satisfied as well. The premium audio system consists of an 8-speaker AM/FM/CD system. On top of that, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free are all part of the standard equipment. Besides the power-adjustment driver’s seat, the steering wheel comes with the same adjustments settings.


2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Specs

Under the bonnet of 2020 Acura MDX will be a combination of a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine and electric motors. The two batteries will be placed on each rear wheels. The Sport Hybrid will use a smaller displacement. But, it will produce more power. The combination of a petrol engine and electric motor will be able to produce 320 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque.

Furthermore, the highway fuel-economy will be the same as on the regular Acura MDX. However, with the boost, we can expect 29 or perhaps, 30 mpg. That’s not the most impressive result, you’ll agree, especially in comparison to rivals like Lexus RX 450h. Still, the MDX Hybrid has an advantage in 60 horses.

The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is surely one of the best features of this vehicle. With SH-AWD handling and cornering are much easier. The SH-AWD system spreads the torque to each wheel immediately, when the vehicle needs additional power. Besides the upcoming MDX Hybrid, this feature will be available on the RLX Hybrid, and Acura NSX as well.

Release Date and Price

The upcoming 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid surely will be more expensive than the previous model. The Japanese company will probably add $2,000 or even $3,000 to the expected price. So, if we take the value of previous model and calculate the market changes and all other aspects, we assume that the starting price will be around $60,000.

Furthermore, with additional equipment such as Advance or Technology packages, the price will rise even further. So, the fully-equipped MDX Hybrid will probably start around $80,000. The release date of the company’s new premium crossover is scheduled for the end of the following year.

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