2018 Acura MDX

Starting Price: $45,195 | Price yours

Above Average: Outstanding safety, handling, reliability

Below Average: Luxury appointments

Consensus: A practical choice in the segment


2018 Audi Q7

Starting Price: $50,875 | Price yours

Above Average: Interior design, infotainment

Below Average: Third row space

Consensus: Performance and style combine for one satisfying ride


The Acura MDX’s reputation for high reliability and rock-solid safety make it an appealing choice in the luxury SUV segment. The MDX also has a starting price on the lower end of most of its competitors. There is also the option for a hybrid powertrain that offers more horsepower and better fuel economy. The Audi Q7 has a stylish interior and advanced tech and infotainment, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and virtual cockpit instrumentation. The Q7 is significantly lighter, with a lower center of gravity, enabling spirited performance. Plus, a new suspension makes the Audi more agile and one of the most fun luxury SUVs to drive.

Acura MDX Advantages

Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body construction enables safety that is at the top of the segment, starting price is more than $5,000 lower than the Q7, hybrid option, third row space

Audi Q7 Advantages

Audi virtual cockpit and MMI all-in-touch technology make operating navigation and audio simpler, luxurious interior, attractive design 


Warranty and NHTSA Overall Safety Rating, smooth handling, impressive power

Final Recommendation

The luxury, performance and safety in the MDX offers all the practicality in a luxury SUV. The Q7 is a sleek ride that includes plenty of tech-savvy options on the inside. As packages add up, the Audi can get expensive compared to the Acura. Both are excellent choices in this segment.

  2018 Acura MDX 2018 Audi Q7
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 2.0 liter, turbocharged 4-cyl
Horsepower 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm 252 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 273 hp @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy) 21 mpg (19 city/25 hwy)
Also Available 3.0-liter V6 hybrid 3.0-liter supercharged V6
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 117.9 inches
Overall Length 196.2 inches 199.6 inches
Width 77.8 inches 77.5 inches
Height 67.4 inches 68.5 inches
Turning Diameter 38.7 feet 40.7 feet
Headroom, Front 38.1 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.3 inches 38.8 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 35.6 inches 35.9 inches
Legroom, Front 41.4 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 36.6 inches 38.8 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 28.1 inches 29.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.1 inches 59.5 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 59.1 inches 58.5 unches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 54.7 inches 49.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 132.7 cu. ft. N/A
EPA Cargo Volume 90.9 cu. ft. 71.6 cu. ft. 
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