The 2017 Acura MDX vs. the Competition

December 12 2016, Acura of Langley

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.

Acura of Langley - 2017 MDX

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 Leather Volvo XC90 Momentum  Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort   BMW X5 xDrive35i Lexus GX 460  Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4Matic 


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

 LED  HID HID   LED Projector HID  Projector HID   LED    LED

Auto high beam 
 Yes  Yes No    Yes No   No  Yes   Yes

 Passive keyless entry
Yes  Yes  No    Yes  No  No  Yes  No  
Remote engine start
Yes   No Yes   No No   No  No  No
Pushbutton start
 Yes  Yes No  Yes   Yes  Yes  Yes Yes 

 Electric parking brake
 Yes   No  No   Yes Yes  Yes   No   Yes

 Auto-dimming centre mirror
 Yes Yes  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    Yes Yes   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
 Yes Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes    No  Yes  No 
Garage door opener
 Yes  Yes  Yes  No   Yes  No   Yes Yes 

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

SMS text/email function 
Yes  Yes  No   Yes No   Yes No  No 

Satellite radio 

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

Power (hp) 

 290 295   288 250   252  300 301  362 

Cylinder deactivation 
 Yes No   Yes No  No  No  No  No 

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

 9-speed auto CVT  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 / 10.9 15.7 / 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   No No  No  No  No 

Autonomous braking 
Yes  No  No   Yes  Yes No  No No 
Blind spot monitoring
 No   No   Yes No    No   No  Yes  No  

Lane keeping assis
Yes  No  No  No  No  No  No  No 

 IIHS Top Safety Pick 
 Yes   No  No  No  No  No No  No 

 NHTSA 5-Star

 Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  Not rated  Yes  Not rated   Not rated

Special airbags 
Driver's knee   No No   Driver's knee No  Driver's knee  Front knee (x2) + rear thorax  Driver's knee  

Maximum passengers 
7  7 7 (no-cost option of 8)   7 5 (optional 7) 

Cargo behind 3rd/2nd/1st row
447 / 1,230 / 2,575    447 / 1,155 / 2,166  682 / 1,985 / 3,262 420 / NA / 2,027  447 / 1,183 / 2,427   N/A / 648 / 1,869 328 / 1,322 / 1,832 295 / 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.

Acura of Langley - 2017 MDX

Be sure to check out the 2017 Acura MDX in person by contacting Acura of Langley at 888-690-0290 or dropping by the showroom at 20257 Langley Bypass, Langley BC to find out more.