2022 Acura MDX vs. the Competition

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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 Lexus RX-L, Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX vs The Competition — Quick Comparison

2022 Acura MDX VS 2022 Lexus RX-L 2022 Audi Q7 2022 BMW X5 2022 Infiniti QX60
Standard Power Sunroof Optional Standard Standard Standard
23** Combined MPG** 22** 22** 23** 22
Driver Seat Memory Optional Standard Standard Requires Higher Trim
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Standard Requires Higher Trim Level Optional Requires Higher Trim
95.0 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume 58.5 cubic feet 69.6 cubic feet 72.3 cubic feet 76.2 cubic feet

Acura MDX vs Lexus RX-L

Acura MDX
Lexus RX-L
2022 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2022 Lexus RX 350L Base FWD
Starting at $47,200* ✓ MSRP* Starting at $48,150
10-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
Standard with separate controls ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
7 Seating Capacity 7
Driver + Passenger ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Driver ✓ Seat Memory Optional
95.0 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 58.5 cubic feet
139.1 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 117 cubic feet

First up to challenge the MDX is the Lexus RX 350L 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 10-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. Additionally, the MDX offers rear HVAC controls to allow passengers to customize their climate preferences. A price tag that’s almost $1,000 less than the Lexus helps to demonstrate the tremendous value represented by Acura.

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 Audi Q7

Acura MDX
Audi Q7
2022 Acura MDX Base FWD VS 2022 Audi Q7 45 Premium
$47,200* ✓ MSRP* $56,900
290 HP / 267 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 248 HP / 273 LB-FT
10-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Lane-Keeping Assist Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Wireless Smartphone Charging Not Available
AcuraLink Smart Device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
95.0 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Capacity 69.6 cubic feet
6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓ Powertrain Warranty Coverage 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

The second competitor to challenge the Acura MDX is the Audi Q7. Comparing base trims of both SUVs, the MDX offers a sizable $6,700 price advantage over the Q7. This is only the beginning of the extensive list of reasons why it makes the most sense to choose the MDX over the Q7.

Comparing performance figures, the Q7 is simply no match for the superior horsepower and torque offered by the MDX. In addition to more power, the more advanced 10-speed automatic transmission included as standard on the Acura MDX provides more responsive gear changes and enhanced efficiency. Standard driver-assist technologies you’ll enjoy on the MDX include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Both features are not available on the Q7.

Other premium features you’ll find inside the MDX include a smart-device remote start system and Qi wireless smartphone charging capabilities. Again, you won’t find these great features on the Q7. In terms of overall cargo capacity, the MDX is also the clear favorite with an impressive 25.4 cubic feet of additional room compared to the Q7. Finally, Audi cannot match the outstanding powertrain warranty protection that’s included as standard on every new Acura vehicle.


Acura MDX vs BMW X5

Acura MDX
BMW X5
2022 Acura MDX Base FWD VS 2022 BMW X5 sDrive40i
$47,200* ✓ MSRP* $59,400
10 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
4,503 lbs ✓ Curb Weight 4,828 lbs
Standard ✓ Wireless Charging Not Available
AcuraLink Smart Device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Standard ✓ Lane-Keeping Assistance Optional
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
7 Passengers ✓ Seating Capacity 5 Passengers
95.0 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Capacity 72.3 cubic feet
6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓ Powertrain Warranty Coverage 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

For the third comparison, we’ll look at the Acura MDX against the equivalent BMW X5 sDrive40i. As we’ve seen previously, the sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission provides crisper gear changes while a 300-pound lower curb weight delivers more agile handling compared to the much-heavier X5. Useful convenience features like a remote start system and wireless smartphone charging inside the MDX help enhance your drive. BMW shoppers will be disappointed to learn that these features are unavailable on the X5.

Driver-assistive safety is another category in which the Acura MDX outperforms the BMW X5. Lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control are both included as standard on the MDX while you’ll have to shell out additional cash for them on the X5. Seating for an extra 2 passengers and an extra 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space are two other reasons to choose the MDX. A longer term of powertrain warranty coverage also adds confidence and peace of mind from choosing Acura over BMW.


Acura MDX vs Infiniti QX60

Acura MDX
INFINITI QX60
2022 Acura MDX FWD Base VS 2022 Infiniti QX60 Pure FWD
$47,200* MSRP* $46,850
22** Combined MPG** 21 (estimated)
10-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 9-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Wireless Charging Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Standard ✓ Rear Collision Warning Not Available
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 10-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. Other advantages of the MDX include standard wireless charging, a remote start system, and standard Rear Collision Warning for maximum confidence. As we’ve seen previously, the Acura MDX offers a far greater cargo capacity than the Infiniti QX60.


Acura MDXNow 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. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2022 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.