The 2017 Acura MDX vs. the Competition


The luxury crossover SUV category is one of the fastest growing in the automotive industry, which has resulted in the MDX being amongst Acura's most successful models. 

Even more impressive, the Acura MDX is the most popular dedicated seven-passenger luxury SUV in Canada, thanks to sharp styling that's new for 2017, a high-quality interior that's big on passenger roominess, comfort, leading-edge technology, premium class luxury, and luggage space, strong performance mixed with excellent fuel-efficiency, class-leading safety, and much more. 


To help you figure out how the 2017 Acura MDX compares to premium-branded rivals, we put together a simple, straightforward, point-form list of key standard features and specifications from the base trim levels of top-selling seven-seat competitors in the class, including the Infiniti QX60, Buick Enclave, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Lexus GX, and Mercedes-Benz GLS, thus leaving it up to you to choose the ideal mid-size SUV for your family's needs: 

 Acura MDX  Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD Buick Enclave LeatherVolvo XC90 Momentum Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort  BMW X5 xDrive35iLexus GX 460 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4Matic 


 $53,890 $47,890 $49,135$56,200 $61,900  $68,500$72,850 $82,900 

 LED HIDHID  LEDProjector HID Projector HID  LED   LED

Auto high beam 
 Yes YesNo   YesNo  No Yes  Yes

 Passive keyless entry
Yes Yes No   Yes No No Yes No  
Remote engine start
Yes  NoYes  NoNo  No No No
Pushbutton start
 Yes YesNo Yes  Yes Yes YesYes 

 Electric parking brake
 Yes  No No  YesYes Yes  No  Yes

 Auto-dimming centre mirror
 YesYes Yes Yes  No Yes Yes Yes 

Auto-dimming side mirrors 
No No  No No No Yes  Yes  Driver's side 
Powered steering column Yes Yes No  No  No   YesYes  Yes

 Heated steering wheel
Yes Yes   Yes  No Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  

 Backup camera
Yes (multi-angle) Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes   Yes Yes (360-degree) 
Tri-zone auto climate control
 YesYes Yes Yes Yes   No Yes No 
Garage door opener
 Yes Yes Yes No  Yes No  YesYes 

Siri eyes free compatibility
Yes  No   No   No   No   No  Yes  No 

SMS text/email function 
Yes Yes No  YesNo  YesNo No 

Satellite radio 

Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  No  Yes  Yes 
USB charge ports
 3 3 2 2

Power (hp) 

 290295  288250  252 300301 362 

Cylinder deactivation 
 YesNo  YesNo No No No No 

All-wheel drive (AWD) 
Yes No (FWD)   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes (4x4 capable) 


 9-speed autoCVT 6-speed auto 8-speed auto 8-speed auto  8-speed auto  6-speed auto   9-speed auto

 Fuel Economy (city/hwy/
 12.6 / 9.0 / 11.0 12.5 / 9.1 / 10.915.7 / 10.6 / 13.4 10.8 / 9.5 / 10.2 10.9 / 9.6 / 10.8 13.0 / 9.8 / 11.5 16.0 / 12.9 / 14.6 14.4 / 11.4 / 13.0 

Adaptive cruise control 
Yes No No  NoNo No No No 

Autonomous braking 
Yes No No  Yes YesNo NoNo 
Blind spot monitoring
 No  No  YesNo   No  No Yes No  

Lane keeping assis
Yes No No No No No No No 

 IIHS Top Safety Pick 
 Yes  No No No No NoNo No 

 NHTSA 5-Star

 Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Not rated Yes Not rated  Not rated

Special airbags 
Driver's knee  NoNo  Driver's kneeNo Driver's knee Front knee (x2) + rear thorax Driver's knee  

Maximum passengers 
7 77 (no-cost option of 8)  75 (optional 7) 

Cargo behind 3rd/2nd/1st row
447 / 1,230 / 2,575   447 / 1,155 / 2,166 682 / 1,985 / 3,262420 / NA / 2,027 447 / 1,183 / 2,427  N/A / 648 / 1,869328 / 1,322 / 1,832295 / NA / 2,300 

As you can plainly see, one of Acura's most obvious advantages is safety. The 2017 MDX is loaded up with advanced driver-assistance systems that, together with its inherently rigid body shell and additional safety equipment like a driver's knee airbag, a multi-angle rearview camera, and LED headlights complete with automatic high beams, make it the only vehicle in its class to earn a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating. 

The MDX' powerful standard V6 is also one of only two in the mid-size luxury SUV segment to include cylinder deactivation, which shuts down three of the engine's cylinders under light loads for reduced fuel consumption and emissions, while its nine-speed automatic also delivers class-leading efficiency, the result being one of the better combined fuel economy ratings in the class at 11.0 L/100km. This is especially good when factoring in the MDX' impressive performance. 

Of course, value for money key the Acura MDX' success too, with other notable standard features including proximity-sensing keyless access, a powered steering column, a heatable steering wheel, two colour infotainment displays incorporating Siri Eyes Free plus text message and email reading/responding capability, four USB ports, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, and more. Also positive, the MDX' cargo volume is equal to or better than many of its key rivals. 


Be sure to check out the 2017 Acura MDX in person by contacting Burrard Acura at (604) 736-8890 or dropping by the showroom at 730 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver to find out more. 

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