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Comparing the 2020 Acura MDX to the Competition

Acura models continue to prove that they sit at the top of the luxury market, giving the 2020 Acura MDX an edge over the competition. With up to seven seats, some of the most advanced features, and a look that no other SUV can match, even other luxury models don't stand up to models from Acura. Not many people put Acura in the same league as manufacturers like Audi or BMW, but a closer look will change that.

The 2020 Acura MDX has direct competitors from other major manufacturers, making it easy to draw direct comparisons for some of the most popular features. The Compact Luxury SUV segment is one that is right for many families because they are not too large but still have the usability of an SUV. We want to put the 2020 Acura MDX head-to-head with some of these options, making sure you can see how the Acura is right for you.

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2020 Acura MDX vs 2019 BMW X5

  • The 2020 Acura MDX gives you the choice of driving with SH-AWD® or front-wheel drive while the 2019 BMW X5 only comes with all-wheel drive.
  • The eight-speed transmission of the BMW X5 doesn't match the capabilities of the 2020 Acura MDX with a nine-speed transmission.
  • There will be nearly 18 cubic feet of more max cargo space in the 2020 Acura MDX.
  • While the 2019 BMW X5 only comes with a one-year subscription to Apple CarPlay™, the 2020 Acura MDX comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
  • The ODMD™ 2.0 system with its eight-inch screen in the 2020 Acura MDX is a better choice than the BMW X5 that uses the iDrive infotainment system.
  • There are up to seven USB ports in the 2020 Acura MDX and only up to three in the BMW X5.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX comes with an available hybrid powertrain; the BMW X5 does not offer a hybrid option.
  • There is an available rear entertainment system in the 2020 Acura MDX when there isn't one in the 2019 BMW X5.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX has options like Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard while the BMW X5 does not.
  • There are apps that help you control your vehicle from your phone on both of these models.

2020 Acura MDX vs 2019 Audi Q7

  • The base engine on the 2020 Acura MDX is more powerful than the base engine of the 2019 Audi Q7.
  • The nine-speed automatic transmission of the 2020 Acura MDX gives a more decisive driving experience than the eight-speed automatic of the 2019 Audi Q7.
  • There are many features in the 2020 Acura MDX that come standard, features that do not come standard in the 2019 Audi Q7.
  • The 2019 Audi Q7 comes standard with all-wheel drive, having no other options, but the 2020 Acura MDX can have either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
  • The 12-way power front seats of the 2020 Acura MDX offer more comfort settings than the 8-way power front seats of the 2019 Audi Q7.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX offers more cargo space when than the 2019 Audi Q7, giving you the best combination of gear storage and seats.
  • Both models come standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Integration.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX has a GPS-Linked Climate Control system while the 2019 Audi Q7 does not.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX offers a 16.2-inch rear entertainment screen while the Audi Q7 doesn't offer one at all.
  • The interior of each model comes standard with the most advanced comfort features, including tri-zone automatic climate control.


  • The 2020 Acura MDX comes with Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control as standard, only being offered as an option in the 2019 Lexus RX.
  • Both models come equipped with a variety of safety features through AcuraWatch™ in the 2020 Acura MDX and with Lexus Safety System+ in the 2019 Lexus RX.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX will give you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim, neither of which are offered in the 2019 Lexus RX.
  • The interior of the 2020 Acura MDX comes with more upscale features than the 2019 Lexus RX, offering an available GPS-controlled climate system and rear seat entertainment system.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX offers a higher passenger volume than the 2019 Lexus RX does.

2020 Acura MDX vs 2019 Lexus RX

  • Both models start at a comparable starting price with the Lexus RX only being slightly lower.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX comes standard with three-rows, but the 2019 Lexus RX makes you choose it as an option.
  • The 2020 Acura MDX offers Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) while the 2019 Lexus RX only offers All-Wheel Drive.
  • Each model offers a gas-powered powertrain as well as an available hybrid powertrain.
  • The cargo space of the 2020 Acura MDX outclasses the space provided by the 2019 Lexus RX.

 
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