2018 Acura MDX vs. Its Competition

2018 Acura MDX
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Acura MDX and Volvo XC90 are two premium crossovers that punch above their weight classes, according to us.

The Volvo XC90 is available with a longer-lasting battery hybrid setup (it’s a plug-in) that can power the XC90 for 14 miles on electricity alone.

Infiniti shelved its QX60 Hybrid for 2018, but base versions are adequately powered and offer similar amenities.

We like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE class for their looks and capacities, but both can reach or exceed six figures in top trims.

The GMC Acadia is a reasonable alternative, but has recently shrunk so its third row is best considered occasional-use only.

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Quick Specs
7.3
The 2018 Acura MDX should be atop many lists for luxury buyers looking for spacious family crossovers. Others may do bits and pieces better, but the MDX offers a complete—and well-considered package.
7.8
The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers exactly what luxury buyers want: room for the whole family and some of the most advanced technology ever fitted to a new car.
6.8
The 2018 GMC Acadia is a solid, if not stand-out choice among mid-size crossovers with seating for up to seven.
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The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is an elegant, and simple, solution for families looking for a luxury crossover.
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Performance, plug-in, or pedestrian: there’s a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE for almost every luxury-SUV buyer.
7.2
The 2018 Volvo XC90 is the crossover success that brought new buyers into the brand. Its mix of good looks and excellent tech make it a major player now.
MSRP From     
$44,200$49,900$29,000$43,300$52,200$46,900
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD2.0 TFSI PremiumFWD 4-Door SLFWDGLE 350 SUVT5 FWD 7-Passenger Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777757
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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