Acura MDX Sport Hybrid packs both power and fuel economy image

This is Acura’s first ever hybrid sport utility vehicle, and the 321-horsepower hybrid V6 machine is returning not only good performance, but also 27 combined miles per gallon.

The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid should arrive in the showroom this April, coming with 31 more horsepower (23 kilowatts) and a 45 percent better fuel economy over the regular ICE MDX. Just like with the NSX hybrid supercar, power for the MDX Sport Hybrid is provided via a 3.0-liter V6 hooked to a three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain. But it won’t have superSUV credentials, because power has been limited to 321 horsepower (239 kilowatts) and 289 pound-feet (391 Newton-meters) of torque – but that’s still enough to make it both the most powerful SUV Acura has ever produced – as well as the most efficient.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid packs both power and fuel economy 5

EPA has rated its fuel economy at 26 city, 27 highway, and 27 combined miles per gallon which is an impressive surge over the performance of the standard MDX. It will also have features such as idle-stop capability, a more advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and an electric servo brake system. The MDX also gains an Integrated Dynamics System with a new Sport+ mode, and manages nine different dynamic systems including its electric motors, throttle, steering, transmission and Active Dampers. Pricing kicks off at $51,960 – which is $1,500 more than the standard MDX SH-AWD model, which starts at $50,460.