When we compare the Acura MDX's and the Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of reliability and base engine power. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Acura MDX's and the Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the Acura MDX.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander Pricing
For a new model, the Acura MDX's price is between $53,181 and $75,258, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $41,975 and $54,683.
Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander 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 Highlander loses 38.1 percent of its value. This means the Toyota Highlander retains 15.6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Acura MDX.
Acura MDX vs. 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.
Acura MDX vs. 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 Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 265 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, rear head room and rear leg room. The Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear shoulder room and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Acura MDX and the Toyota Highlander have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.