The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid may look like a staid SUV, but it has a few tricks under the sheet metal. 

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The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system makes the Acura a blast to drive in the turns. 

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Under the hood a 3.0-liter V6 puts the power to the front wheels, while there are two electric motors powering the rear. A third motor is integrated into the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and is connected to the front driveshaft via gears. 

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All told, the system puts out a respectable 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque

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Super Handling All-Wheel Drive throws positive torque to the outside rear wheel while cornering, essentially helping the car to rotate in a more controlled manner.  

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The hybrid system, however, can work independently of the gas engine, resulting in torque-vectoring that is always on. Additionally, the SH-AWD in the hybrid can also apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel, resulting in crisp turn in.

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That S stands for Sequential. Press that button and you can shift the MDX from the paddle shifters. 

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The MDX Sport Hybrid boasts four different driving modes to suit your mood.

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The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid starts at $51,960 for the lower trim Technology Package and $58,000 for the Advance Package.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this fun-to-drive three-row SUV. 

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