When we compare the Acura MDX's and the Toyota 4Runner's specifications and ratings, the Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Toyota 4Runner has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and resale value. Based on this comparison of the Acura MDX's and the Toyota 4Runner's specifications and ratings, the Acura MDX is a better car than the Toyota 4Runner.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota 4Runner Pricing
A used 2023 Acura MDX ranges from $48,965 to $65,154 while a used 2023 Toyota 4Runner is priced between $41,975 to $63,500. For a new model, the Acura MDX's price is between $53,544 and $74,873, with the Toyota 4Runner priced between $43,838 and $57,189.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota 4Runner Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Acura MDX loses 53.7 percent of its value and the Toyota 4Runner loses 24.7 percent of its value. This means the Toyota 4Runner retains 29.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Acura MDX.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota 4Runner Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura MDX is 8.8 out of 10 while the Toyota 4Runner's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Acura MDX being ranked 2 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs and the Toyota 4Runner being ranked 3 out of 28 Best Midsize SUVs.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota 4Runner Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Acura MDX is 9.4 out of 10. For the Toyota 4Runner the reliability rating is 9.2 out of 10. This gives the Acura MDX a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Toyota 4Runner.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Toyota 4Runner base engine makes 270 horsepower. The MDX is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 481 miles. The 4Runner is rated to deliver an average of 17 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 437 miles. This gives the Acura MDX the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Toyota 4Runner. The MDX uses premium unleaded, and the 4Runner uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Acura MDX, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Toyota 4Runner, a midsize SUV, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front leg room, rear head room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Acura MDX has higher safety ratings than the Toyota 4Runner, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Acura MDX has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.