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2019 Acura MDX

Starting Price: $45,295 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliability, good resale, a ton of premium amenities and decent safety features that undercut most of the fancier German brands

Below Average: Less cachet than BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz, seats only 7, tows no more than 5,000 pounds

Consensus: Sure, it has less label recognition than some European competitors but the Acura MDX gets points for reliability and above average resale. 

 

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2019 Buick Enclave

Starting Price: $40,995 | Price yours

Above Average: An American 3-row SUV with seating for 7, a sense of style combined with the ride and handling of a midsize sedan

Below Average: No more than 7-passenger seating, not-so-great fuel economy, and no standard driver-assist features on base models

Consensus: The Buick Enclave offers luxury and styling at a reasonable price.

 

When it comes to reliability and resale Acura (under the Honda brand) has both in spades. The Acura MDX gets a new 9-speed automatic transmission for 2019 and its stop/start system has been further refined to make the feature faster. It also comes with a standard V6 engine and has an advanced AWD system that makes the MDX feel more athletic than it might appear to be. All models come with standard AcuraWatch, a host of active-safety features that include forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Inside you get ample passenger room and comfortable seats — especially those in the front with 14-way adjustments. While the infotainment and climate control system takes some getting used to, overall the 2019 Acura MDX is a good bet for hauling 7 people. The 2019 Buick Enclave offers a smooth ride, powerful engine and comes well equipped. At the Avenir trim it rivals the MDX. However, the 2019 Buick Enclave falls behind the MDX in the standard safety features department. In order to get things like blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert you have to step up to the second trim level, the Buick Enclave Essence. Inside the Enclave you get a lot of luxury touches including a padded dash and wood and chrome accents, and Buick’s Quiet Tuning process makes the cabin an incredibly silent place to spend time.

Similarities

Luxurious touches both inside and out for both the Acura MDX and the Buick Enclave make either one a good buy.

Acura MDX Advantages

Safety and driver assist features come standard on the Acura MDX even at the base level.

Buick Enclave Advantages

Luxurious, spacious interior and an incredibly quiet cabin make the Buick Enclave a really good bet.

Final Recommendation

The Acura MDX edges out the Buick Enclave since it does come standard with safety and driver assistance features at its entry level, and has a strong reputation for reliability. While it is roomier inside, the Buick Enclave is also slightly less fuel-efficient than the Acura MDX.

  2019 Acura MDX 2019 Buick Enclave
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter, V6 i-VTEC 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm 310 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission 9-spd automatic 9-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy) 21 mpg (18 city, 26 hwy)
Also Available Hybrid  
Specs    
Warranty 4 years or 50,000 miles 4 years or 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 120.9 inches
Overall Length 196.2 inches 204.3 inches
Width 77.7 inches 89.3 inches
Height 67.4 inches 69.9 inches
Turning Diameter 38.7 feet 39 feet
Headroom, Front 38.1 inches 41.0 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.3 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 35.6 inches 37.6 inches
Legroom, Front 41.4 inches 41.2 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.5 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 28.1 inches 33.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.1 inches 62.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 59.1 inches 61.7 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 54.7 inches 57.3 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 132.7 cu. ft. NA
EPA Cargo Volume 90.9 cu. ft. 97.6 cu. ft.
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