The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is all new. Acura says the new MDX Hybrid shares much of its powerplant layout and some of its sporty DNA with the Acura NSX. That would make it a very sporty and fun to drive car. But is Acura correct in connecting the two very different cars?
There was only one way to find out and that’s to compare the new 2017 MDX Hybrid against the Lexus RX450h and Infiniti QX60.
Why not compare it to the NSX?
That thought did cross my mind recently on a rainy day just outside of Seattle, Washington. But while Acura had provided a couple of NSXs for us to drive Acura’s new hybrid supercar also came equipped with a Acura right seat co-pilot and a set drive route.
FYI: There’s very little to be learned about the NSX on a rainy day especially with a co-pilot driving through a residential neighborhood. Instead I jumped into the Lexus RX450h and Infiniti QX60 that Acura had also kindly provided to compare them to the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid. You can watch my mashup review below.
As much as we try it can be difficult for TFL to get competing three cars together to review at our home offices in Boulder, Colorado. When a manufacturer provides competing cars, we jump on the opportunity to drive the competing cars back to back. And that’s exactly what I did as you’ll see in the video below.
I was surprised at how very different all of these cars are when I had a chance to sit behind the wheel…one after another. I walked away certain with the knowledge that while non of these cars are sports cars in hybrid drag, the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is the most sporty of the bunch.
And BTW if are interested in just how the new NSX compares, you can watch my review of the new NSX as I drive it back to back with the old car HERE.