But is anything actually new?
After recently reviewing a 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec, we were impressed by its styling and driving dynamics but less sold on its interior technology and overall material quality. Because the MDX seems in line for a redesign, the fact that a rendering of the next-generation model has leaked is extremely promising. Acura last updated the MDX for the 2019 model year by making small changes to the Sport Hybrid model before welcoming the sporty A-Spec appearance package.
But if you were hoping the 2020 model year would bring more exciting changes, we hate to be the bearer of bad news by telling you those leaked images of the next-generation won't become a reality until at least 2021. And we now know this because Acura has revealed the 2020 MDX with changes that appear to be minimal at best.
The 2020 Acura MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid are now on sale and can be found at your local Acura dealership. Pricing starts at $44,400 for the base MDX, which packs a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and is mated to a nine-speed automatic. Stepping up to the Sport Hybrid will cost $52,900, but that buys you a 3.0-liter V6 hybrid producing 321 hp that comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which Acura says is closely related to the nine-speed DCT in the NSX. With front-wheel-drive, the MDX achieves 20/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined (those numbers drop by one with all-wheel-drive) and the Sport Hybrid, which only comes with AWD, gets an EPA-rated 27-mpg combined.
It's worth noting that these pricing changes for 2020 are increases of just $100, excluding the $995 destination and handling charge. Because it doesn't seem like Acura has made any major changes to the MDX lineup, so you can probably go score a leftover 2019 model at a major discount without missing out on any new features. The MDX remains the best-selling three-row luxury crossover of all-time and sales in 2019 remain strong, even though the smaller and newer RDX now outsells it.