In comparing the 2020 Acura MDX's and the 2020 Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and reliability. The 2020 Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2020 Acura MDX and 2020 Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Acura MDX's and the 2020 Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is a better car than the 2020 Acura MDX.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Pricing
A used 2020 Acura MDX ranges from $29,123 to $40,999 while a used 2020 Toyota Highlander is priced between $29,599 to $42,989.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Acura MDX loses 53.7 percent of its value and the 2020 Toyota Highlander loses 38.1 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Toyota Highlander retains 15.6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Acura MDX.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura MDX is 8.8 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 9.0 out of 10. This results in the Acura MDX being ranked 1 out of 24 Best Luxury 7-Seater SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 21 Best 7-Seater SUVs.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Acura MDX is 9.4 out of 10. For the Toyota Highlander the reliability rating is 8.7 out of 10. This gives the Acura MDX a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Toyota Highlander.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the 2020 Toyota Highlander base engine makes 295 horsepower. The MDX is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 527 miles. The Highlander is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 501 miles.This gives the 2020 Toyota Highlander the advantage in fuel efficiency and the 2020 Acura MDX the advantage in maximum range. The MDX uses premium unleaded, and the Highlander uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the 2020 Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering more front head room, rear head room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The 2020 Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Toyota Highlander have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.