Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year and updated with the brand’s now-trademark diamond pentagon grille and 10-unit Jewel Eye LED headlamps in 2017, the 2019 Acura MDX adds a sporty A-Spec variant to its lineup. Even though the MDX’s bones are now a half-decade old, the A-Spec appearance package adds a sporty look to what already is a dynamically pleasing driver’s vehicle that holds up well to entries from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz costing many thousands of dollars more.
Shown here in A-Spec exclusive Blue Pearl paint, the A-Spec features exterior bling that includes dark chrome and gloss-black trim for the grille, headlamps, tailgate spoiler, and window surrounds; deeper, more-aggressive looking fascias; body-color side-sill extensions, larger exhaust outlets, and wider 20-inch Shark Gray alloy wheels. Including the $995 destination charge, the 2019 version of Acura’s top-selling luxury three-row SUV starts at $45,295. All-wheel drive costs $2,000 more. The subject of this review, the MDX A-Spec with all-wheel drive, costs $54,800. There is also an MDX Sport Hybrid model that costs $53,795.