Acura MDX Gains Sporty Looks With New A-Spec Package

Donna Miller
July 19, 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2019 Acura MDX adds a new modest sporty appearance package, wider availability for its optional adjustable suspension, and a retuned automatic transmission for a humble fee, according to the automaker. The base MDX with FWD starts at $44,300, with SH-AWD available for an extra $2,000.

With almost a million units sold since its inception, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. Advance models start at $57,045, while Technology models start at $50,295.

When you choose the 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec, you get more than just a racy look. New genuine Desert Olive Ash wood trim debuts, and Acura has added high-contrast seat and door panel stitching along with contrasting seat trim for a more upscale look. A separate Entertainment package is available for Advance versions, but upgrades the display to 16.2 inches and adds a 12-speaker audio system. The model boasts an A-Spec appearance package, an enhanced nine-speed automatic, and new interior and exterior color options among other features. MDXs with the Advance Package also gain body-color lower garnishes.

2019 Acura MDX A Spec Black Alcantara Interior Dashboard
With A Spec specification the MDX’s cabin loses the wood trim and gains sport seats with Alcantara suede inserts

Carbon fiber trim, Alcantara and sport pedals dress up the A-Spec model's cabin. Its EPA ratings are a little lower than other models, at 19/25 mpg. 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. Plus, the active damper system, which we previously sampled and enjoyed on the MDX Sport Hybrid, is now offered as an option across the line. The sole engine option, a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 producing 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, remains unchanged, but previously optional stop/start is now standard across the line - and yes, it can be turned off by the driver once you've started the vehicle. 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.

The 2019 MDX is on sale in dealers today. However, during higher-demand situations like full-throttle acceleration, certain uphill and towing situations, and when the Sport mode is selected, the transmission is programmed to prioritize first-gear starts for maximum acceleration and pulling power.

Further drivability refinements are realized via an upgraded Idle Stop feature that is now standard across the MDX lineup for 2019. 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. Power from the engine is sent to the front wheels as standard in the 2019 MDX.

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