2020 Acura MDX vs. Buick Enclave vs. Lexus RX vs. Lincoln Corsair vs. INFINITI QX60

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Offering the perfect solution for families with growing families or those living active lifestyles, midsize luxury SUVs feature a perfect blend of luxurious comfort and go-anywhere capabilities to help you chase your next adventure.

With this segment growing in popularity each year, you may be struggling with your purchasing decision. Motorcars Acura wants to help clear up the confusion with our in-depth midsize luxury SUV comparison guide. We’ve taken the time to compare the striking Acura MDX head-to-head against its top rivals including the Buick Enclave, Lexus RX, Lincoln Corsair, and Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX vs The Competition — Quick Comparison

2020 Acura MDX VS 2020 Buick Enclave 2020 Lexus RX 2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 Infiniti QX60
Standard Power Sunroof Optional Optional Optional Standard
23** Combined MPG** 21 23 25 22
Driver Seat Memory Requires Higher Trim Optional Standard Requires Higher Trim
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Standard Requires Higher Trim Requires Higher Trim
90.9 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume 97.6 cubic feet 56.3 cubic feet 57.6 cubic feet 76.2 cubic feet

Acura MDX vs Buick Enclave

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2020 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2020 Buick Enclave Preferred FWD
20** ✓ City MPG** 18
27** ✓ Highway MPG** 26
23** ✓ Combined MPG** 21
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
Driver ✓ Seat Memory Requires Higher Trim Level
Leather ✓ Seat Material Cloth
AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite ✓ Radio Type AM/FM
8 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Front ✓ Height-Adjustable Seat Belts Not Available

Our first matchup puts the Acura MDX FWD Base up against the equivalent Buick Enclave Preferred FWD. Whether you look at city, highway, or combined fuel economy number — the MDX outperforms the Enclave across all three categories. Drivers looking to spend less time at the pump should choose Acura.

Choosing the MDX over the Enclave means that you will receive more premium features and cutting-edge technology as standard. Features like a power sunroof, seat memory for the driver, and leather seating surfaces make the interior of the MDX a more pleasant environment than the Enclave.

Drivers and passengers will both enjoy standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio along with a greater number of speakers for a superior listening experience inside the Acura MDX. Height-adjustable seat belts offer greater protection for front seat occupants while allowing them to remain comfortable on long journeys. Another great driver-assistive feature found on the MDX is standard adaptive cruise control which helps maintain a preset following distance in stop-and-go traffic.


Acura MDX vs Lexus RX

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2020 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2020 Lexus RX 350 Base FWD
Starting at $44,500* MSRP* Starting at $44,150
9-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
Standard with separate controls ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
7 ✓ Seating Capacity 5
Driver + Passenger ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Driver ✓ Seat Memory Optional
Leather ✓ Seat Material Leatherette
90.3 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 56.3 cubic feet
133 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 121 cubic feet

Next up to challenge the MDX is the Lexus RX 350 FWD. Again, comparing base trim levels reveals a few noticeable advantages for Acura. Although they share very similar starting MSRPs, only the MDX comes equipped with an advanced 9-speed automatic transmission for greater response throughout the power band.

You’ll also find far more refinement and premium features inside the interior of the Acura MDX. First of all, the MDX has the ability to seat up to 7 passengers thanks to standard third row seating. The RX 350 only seats five and requires a step up to the RX 350L in order to seat 7 for nearly $4,000 more than the base trim. Additionally, the MDX offers rear HVAC controls to allow passengers to customize their climate preferences.

Leather seats offer superior comfort than the leatherette seats found in the RX 350. The MDX seats also feature standard memory for the driver along with heating functions on both front seats. You will be required to pay extra for similar equipment. While lacking many amenities found on the MDX, the Lexus RX 350 also fails to compete with the cargo and passenger volume found inside the Acura. When packing for an extended vacation or loading up the team for soccer practice across town, the far better choice is the Acura MDX.


Acura MDX vs Lincoln Corsair

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2020 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2020 Lincoln Corsair Reserve FWD
3.5L V6 ✓ Engine Size 2.0L I4
290 ✓ Horsepower 250
9-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
7 ✓ Seating Capacity 5
90.9 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 68.8 cubic feet
133 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 108 cubic feet

For the third comparison, we’ll look at the Acura MDX FWD Base against the equivalent Lincoln Corsair Reserve FWD. The first category which we’ll investigate is performance. The larger 3.5-liter V6 engine found beneath the hood of the Acura MDX is larger than the tiny 2.0-liter 4-cylinder of the Corsair and produces 40 more horsepower for greater exhilaration.

You’ll also have more standard driver-assistive safety technologies when you choose the MDX. Standard adaptive cruise control gives you a helping hand when you need it most. This great feature requires a more expensive trim level on the Lincoln Corsair.

The advantages for the MDX continue when comparing interiors. You will have room for up to 7 passengers inside the MDX compared to just 5 for the Corsair. Those rear seat passengers will also have access to separate rear HVAC controls in the Acura while Lincoln does not offer this feature.

Convenience features help improve each drive with the Acura MDX. With the touch of a button, you can open the standard power sunroof or the power rear liftgate for quick access to the cargo area. As we’ve seen previously, the competition cannot compete with the cargo and passenger volumes found inside the Acura MDX.


Acura MDX vs Infiniti QX60

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2020 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2020 Infiniti QX60 Pure FWD
Starting at $44,500* MSRP* Starting at $44,350
23** ✓ Combined MPG** 22
9-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission Xtronic CVT
Standard ✓ LED Daytime Running Lights Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Driver ✓ Seat Memory Requires Higher Trim Level
8 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
90.9 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 76.2 cubic feet

Our final rival to square off against the Acura MDX is the Infiniti QX60. While both SUVs share nearly identical starting prices in base trim levels, the MDX has the edge when it comes to combined fuel economy ratings. This is due in part to a more advanced 9-speed automatic transmission. Along with offering greater response and efficiency, the simulated gearing of the Infiniti QX60 offers a less-engaging experience compared to taking a seat behind the wheel of the Acura MDX.

Adaptive cruise control on the MDX also gives you greater confidence when stuck in stop-and-go traffic by maintaining a fixed following distance to the vehicle ahead of you. Standard LED daytime running lights also offer a stylish complement to the eye-catching front grille of the MDX.

As we’ve seen previously, the Acura MDX offers a far greater cargo capacity than the Infiniti QX60. Standard memory for the driver’s seat allows you to always return to your ideal driving position. Two additional speakers also allow for a superior listening experience when enjoying your favorite tunes.


mdx10Now that we’ve tallied the results of this comparison, the clear winner is the Acura MDX. None of the competition is able to compete with the incredible value, premium features, efficiency, interior volume, and striking style found on every MDX. Want to learn more? Motorcars Acura welcomes you to come experience all that the MDX has to offer.


*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.