2023 Acura MDX Drops Hybrid and Moves to All-Electric Version

There are some changes coming up for the 2023 Acura MDX. The amazing SUV is getting an update, and it is more than just design changes that appeal to the eye. This 3-row SUV is very luxurious and is competing in the midsize category. It is getting a complete do-over when compared to the 2022 model year, which might seem too soon to most.

But changes for the better are always welcome. Expect to see interior tweaks and exterior improvements in the new 2023 model year. However, the part that we are mostly interested in is what is under the hood. Or should we say the lack of what is under the hood?

There are rumors brewing that Acura is planning to forgo the Hybrid version and go straight to full electrification for their MDX flagship. This is a bit sudden, but there were many clues that led to this decision. The ever-growing danger of environmental danger and decreasing carbon footprint are just some reasons why everyone is racing to electrify their vehicles.

Let us dwell deeper into what is coming up with the new refreshment of the 2023 Acura MDX.


Acura themselves claim that they are not chasing flagships from Mercedes or BMW. Or any other luxury car manufacturer for that matter. They always had the habit of cutting on luxury in order to deliver precision crafting and excellent performance. Their vehicles were always aimed at everyday life, and you won’t see anything too flashy or with a lot of dazzles.

However, this doesn’t mean that their cars and interiors aren’t great-looking. Designers did an amazing job of putting together a cabin that will make your jaw drop. It has seats that are very comfortable, they are not racing car seats though. But the cushioning does a great job at keeping the driver and passengers happy on long rides. You can choose whichever material you prefer, suede, leather, or fabric. There are also plenty of color choices.

We should mention that there are 5 seats available as default with a possibility of the third row of seats being added. This is an excellent plus since it appeals to families that have several children. There is plenty of legroom and headroom.

Also, designers cleverly used space under the seat row for cargo. There are 18.1 cubic feet under the third row and almost 50 cubic feet under the second row. We get 95 cubic feet if we fold the seats when you need to haul cargo. It has automatic locking after 30 seconds if you are not in the car, simply press the button before you exit.

2023 Acura MDX cabin

Better Comfort, More Technologies

The 2023 Acura MDX has just a tiny bit of chrome accents along the cabin to make it look stylish. The instrument panel is mostly soft-feeling plastic, and it looks just fine. There is a central infotainment system as is standard nowadays. The size is 12.3 inches so it is more than enough for everyone to join in the fun. It has great connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. Along with Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi hotspot right in the cabin. There is also the aspect of safety while driving the car.

Acura got us covered here without any issues. They plan to implement safety software to help drivers during trying times and difficult situations. It is still uncertain which one, perhaps they will make one for their 2023 Acura MDX. The design is not completely minimalistic as we have some buttons and knobs present in the cabin. Especially on the steering wheel.

Exterior Changes

There are some changes coming up on the outside of the 2023 Acura MDX. Firstly, we have a wider wheelbase, not a lot but 2.8 inches. This greatly improves stability and control over the huge SUV. The length was also increased by 2.2 inches and the ride height is now 0.6 inches greater. On the front we have the famous Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights, which are the latest technology. This ensures the best possible safety on the road and during night rides. Not to mention that they make the SUV quite stylish, in our opinion.

Also, Acura is using its own Super Performance All-Wheel drive. This improves torque and comes as standard on MDX. This genius solution can transfer over 70% of torque to the back axle or switch the transmission 100 % left or right. This greatly improves handling and control which is sometimes often overlooked in other vehicles. The wheel rims are lightweight and 19 inches.

We have a well-known Acura logo on the front grille. Which is also made of a lightweight material to save weight in a pretty heavy SUV. This improves the power to weight ratio and makes MDX’s performance formidable. Overall, the SUV has a lot of curves and looks stylish and well-designed.

2023 Acura MDX Engine Specs

The 2023 MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter powertrain that can produce around 290 horsepower and 267-pound feet of torque. As for driver reports, it has a lot of power. It has a 10-speed automatic transmission and, as we already mentioned all-wheel drive.

Acura is Discontinuing the Hybrid Version

Per official reports, Acura is not planning to continue production of Acura MDX Hybrid models. The fourth generation of MDX, however, will probably have an all-electric version which might even be better. This was a surprise as the demand for hybrid powertrains is excellent. And this was the only hybrid/electric version available in the MDX line.

2023 Acura MDX new platform

2024 Acura MDX All-Electric Luxury SUV

It has now been confirmed officially that Acura will be releasing an all-electric SUV in 2024. This model might be named differently, Acura ADX. It will utilize Ultium Lithium-ion batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors. But the design and look of the SUV will be all Honda and Acura.

The size is speculated to be bigger than most SUVs on the US market. The advertised range is around 300 miles on a single charge, which is quite good considering the size of the ADX. The overall design will be luxurious and upper class. So it remains to be seen about the actual price of the upcoming 2024 Acura MDX(ADX).

Release Date and Price

We should see the 2023 Acura MDX on the road sometime in late 2022 or early 2023. Prices differ based on the version you pick. The standard price is $48,245-plus delivery.

You can add a technology packet for $4700 which gives you GPS and navigation as well as parking sensors. Also, A-spec costs $3500 extra, and the Advance trim package costs $7050. A fully equipped MDX should stand around $62000.

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