Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander

Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander

Looking for something new to lead you around Westwood, Dedham, Needham, and Norwood, MA? Well, why not go with a capable and stylish SUV, like the Acura MDX or Toyota Highlander?

To help you decide which of these top options is a better fit for your style, our team at Ira Acura Westwood created this Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander comparison just for you.

Read on and feel free to contact us with any questions along the way!

Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander Quick Facts


Acura MDX

Toyota Highlander

Standard Torque

267 lb-ft

263 lb-ft

Standard Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Maximum Cargo Space

95 cu. ft.

84.3 cu. ft.

Standard Touchscreen

12.3 in.

8 in.

Acura MDX Engine Specs

Bold & Versatile Performance: MDX vs Highlander

First things first, let’s take a closer look at how the performance of these two top SUVs stacks up. For that, we’ll need to start under the hood.

In both SUVs, you’ll find a standard 3.5L V6 engine churning out plenty of power. You’ll have roughly 290 standard horsepower in each. However, the MDX packs just a bit more of a punch with up to 267 lb-ft of torque, while the Highlander maxes out at just 263 lb-ft.

Additionally, the MDX also offers a more advanced system when it comes to the handling and control of your SUV. That’s thanks in large part to the 10-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on all models. Some credit also goes to the impressive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD) system.

In comparison, while also offering available all-wheel drive, the non-hybrid Highlander models only feature 8-speed automatic transmissions.

Acura MDX Interior Space

Space to Stretch & Store: MDX vs Highlander

The first thing most notice with an SUV like the Acura MDX or Toyota Highlander is their size. In these two SUVs, each with three rows of seating, passenger and cargo space isn’t hard to come by.

In terms of passenger space, things are fairly even between the MDX and Highlander. Though, your passengers in the third row are sure to appreciate the extra space of the Acura. If you’re looking to squeeze in more passengers, the MDX undoubtedly is the way to go. Here’s what your third-row passengers can look forward to:

  • Headroom: 36.2 in.
  • Legroom: 29.1 in.
  • Shoulder Room: 55.2 in.
  • Hip Room: 40.6 in.

On the other hand, the third row of the Highlander falls just a bit short, maxing out at 27.7 inches of legroom.

Though, that’s not the only dimension in which the Acura outshines the Highlander. When it comes to cargo space, you’ll have much more space to store grocery bags, vacation luggage, or golf clubs in the MDX. The standard 18.1 cubic foot cargo area easily outdoes the 16 cubic feet offered by the Highlander.

Then, if you need even more room for large moving boxes or surfboards for a trip to the coast, the MDX can provide up to a whopping 95 cubic feet of cargo space with both rear rows folded down. With the Highlander, you’ll only have up to 84.3 cubic feet of space available to you.

Acura MDX Interior Technology

Connected & Protected With Technology: MDX vs Highlander

Both the Acura MDX and Toyota Highlander are equipped with impressive suites of technology that control not just your entertainment systems, but the intuitive driver-assistive features that protect you along the way as well.

On the side of infotainment and connectivity tech, things are, once again, fairly similar. The MDX does offer a breathtaking 12.3-inch HD dual-content center display, while you may have a harder time seeing things through the 8-inch touchscreen of the Highlander.

From there, they both offer many of the same connective systems, such as Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Bluetooth®, and Amazon Alexa. Luckily, it makes getting connected in both SUVs a breeze.

Plus, each SUV also comes equipped with an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technology, including the brilliant AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assist system. With this comes a slew of features that have your back along the way, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Advanced Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist & Lane Departure System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

The MDX even features an available surround-view camera system. Paired with front and rear parking sensors, this birds-eye camera view of your SUV helps you effortlessly navigate your close surroundings. While the Highlander features its own standard backup camera, it doesn’t offer anything that can compete with this advanced camera system.

Learn more about the Acura MDX with our informative review!

The Final Verdict: Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is certainly an impressive SUV with lots to offer. However, with advanced power, significantly more space, and a more comprehensive collection of tech, the Acura MDX easily emerges as the top option.

To get a closer look at the MDX and what it can bring to your rides around Westwood, Dedham, Needham, and Norwood, Massachusetts, you’ll need to stop by for a test drive.

Contact us at Ira Acura Westwood to schedule yours today!

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