Compare the Acura MDX to the Audi Q7
The MDX has established itself as a leading luxury SUV for years, so what could Acura possibly have done to improve the vehicle’s status? What it always does: Push driver-focused technologies inside the cabin and under the hood. The track-tested Acura MDX outperforms the Audi Q7 in multiple categories. For 2014, MDX power may be best measured by intelligence quotient; its 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing the kind of efficient horsepower that garners a higher EPA mileage rating. The MDX’s 28 mpg2 (highway) rating and MDX SH-AWD’s 27 mpg2 (highway) rating are considerably higher than the Q7’s 22 mpg (highway) rating. So smart.
Acura’s continued dedication to the driver has inspired improved comfort. While both the MDX and Q7 have seating for 7, the Acura possesses greater passenger and cargo volume. In addition, the MDX’s standard tri-zone climate control and driver’s memory seats shine a spotlight on its total value. Driver’s memory seats are only available on the Q7 through a Premium Plus package upgrade, which is over $10,000 more expensive than the MDX base model.
Both the MDX and Q7 have available features that can proactively help keep the vehicle inside its lane and monitor for possible frontal collisions. Moreover, other MDX features, such as Jewel Eye™ LED headlights that use less energy and enhance clarity, Adaptive Cruise Control53 and front-wheel drive, are either unavailable or cost extra on the Q7.
Finally, Acura delivered more technology. The Acura MDX and Audi Q7 both offer color screens for information and, if equipped, navigation system10 displays. But the MDX provides audible SMS/Email function (you can have your messages read to you), which is absent from the Q7.
When shopping for a mid-size luxury SUV, the MDX has clear advantages over the Audi Q7.