Comparison: Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander

January 25th, 2021

Motorists are always searching for the right vehicle that meets their needs and often, they compare vehicles from different manufacturers before making a purchase. Among those comparisons includes questions regarding how the Acura MDX and the Toyota Highlander match up.

A few simple similarities:

  • Both vehicles are mid-sized SUVs with third-row seating available.
  • Each manufacturer offers hybrid options
  • The models are both popular SUVs

While there are likenesses, there are also several differences that elevate one vehicle over the other. Taking a look at the overall scope of both automobiles, it’s clear that the Acura MDX offers an unmatched amount of luxury over its competitor. Let’s find out some of the specific reasons why.

The All-New 2022 Acura MDX

In some sense, it’s not possible to offer a strict comparison of the two vehicles, as manufacturers release new model years at different times. For example, Acura is set to launch the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX, starting this February. The new model will change the game entirely, from design to performance and more.

The revamped MDX is expected to offer powerful new features such as a 290-HP V-6 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission and groundbreaking double-wishbone front suspension. Enhanced models like the Type S will provide even more aggression with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that produces an estimated 355-HP and 354 lb-ft. of torque.

Exterior elements like a longer and wider body and a pronounced appearance couple nicely with interior attributes including the new 12.3-in Precision Cockpit™ Digital Instrument Cluster, as well as modern quilted leather seating and other premium features.

As of early this year, Toyota has not released a 2022 model, but it is projected that there are no significant changes in the works.

An investment in quality

When prospective owners search for comparisons between the Acura MDX and the Toyota Highlander, one of the first designations they search for is price. According to each manufacturer’s website, the current Highlander model has a starting price of $34,810 (MSRP), while the 2020 MDX starts at $44,500 (MSRP).

While the Highlander is less expensive, Kelley Blue Book notes that it actually has a higher starting price than many of its more comparable rivals. It’s well known that Acura drivers experience exclusive exhilaration from performance unlike any other, at an extremely competitive price. The Acura MDX is also a wise investment because of the dependability it offers as a reliable vehicle. In fact, the 2020 Acura MDX was recognized by KBB as the best 5-year Cost to Own vehicle because of its reliability, resale and reputation.

Pricing is only one factor of the vehicle buying process and ultimately, your cost will vary depending on what you want in your MDX and who you purchase it from. Work with a professional Acura dealership that provides an exceptional sales experience and meets your needs.

Different approaches to driving and comfort

You can truly feel the difference when you drive a luxury vehicle. The Acura MDX is loaded with a number of premium features. A favorite is the Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) option that is available for any MDX. It provides increased handling and precision while you’re driving.

Others greatly appreciate the spacious interior that an MDX provides. On every MDX, 50/50 split third-row seats with 3-point seat belts and adjustable head restraints comes standard, as does plenty of space for any passenger. Acura is generous to its back-seat occupants with cupholders, seatback pockets, sizeable rear-quarter windows, as well as options for a USB charging port.

Kelley Blue Book mentions in their comparison of the two vehicles that the Toyota Highlander’s third-row “is snug for adults” and “is better suited for children.”

While there are plenty of options to raise and lower third-row seating, the MDX always stays comfortable. That’s because of the 14.9 cu.-ft. of cargo space provided when all seats are in use, which Acura says is about two times the space of key competitors.

Drivers will find some of the same features on both current models. For technology, the Acura MDX and the Toyota Highlander both offer options for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You’ll find other technology and safety features that meet industry standards and each vehicle rates well for fuel economy.

Professional Acura MDX Dealer

If you’re ready to discover the capabilities of a first-class Acura MDX, visit Muller’s Woodfield Acura in Hoffman Estates today. Our team of professional auto sales associates will get you behind the wheel of a vehicle that is designed with you in mind. Since 1985, we have served the Chicagoland area by providing quality Acura vehicles and we can help you too. Contact us today to get started or call (847) 908-9844 for more information.

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