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Acura MDX vs. Volkswagen Atlas

When comparing the Acura MDX to the Volkswagen Atlas, the Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Atlas 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 fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Acura MDX versus the Volkswagen Atlas, the Volkswagen Atlas is a better car than the Acura MDX.

Acura MDX versus Volkswagen Atlas Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Acura MDX ranges from $37,500 to $50,998 while a used Volkswagen Atlas from the same model year range is priced between $31,083 to $48,266. For a new model, the Acura MDX's price is between $48,741 and $62,494, with the Volkswagen Atlas priced between $36,537 and $53,685.

Acura MDX versus Volkswagen Atlas Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura MDX is 8.7 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Atlas' quality rating is 7.6 out of 10. This results in the Acura MDX being ranked 2 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs and the Volkswagen Atlas being ranked 15 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Atlas base engine makes 235 horsepower. The MDX is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 481 miles. The Atlas is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 465 miles. The MDX uses premium unleaded, and the Atlas uses regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Acura MDX has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2023 Volkswagen Atlas

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$48,741 - $62,494

Used Asking Price:

$37,500 - $50,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

53.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,537 - $53,685

Used Asking Price:

$31,083 - $48,266

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

9.3 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.6 / 10

Reliability:

5.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 67
1 / 21
2 / 67
2 / 21
4 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 25
8 / 31
12 / 25
14 / 61
15 / 31
15 / 25
16 / 25
20 / 31
22 / 31
33 / 61
37 / 61
48 / 61

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

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Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SH-AWD, Base, SH-AWD w/Tech, w/Tech, SH-AWD Type S w/Advance Package, SH-AWD w/Advance, SH-AWD w/A-SPEC, SH-AWD Type S

Trim Levels

2.0T SEL 4Motion, 2.0T SE 4Motion, 2.0T SE, V6 SEL R-Line Black 4Motion, V6 SEL 4Motion, V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion, V6 SE, V6 SE 4Motion

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

267 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.068 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

235 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

19 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

352 / 481 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 25 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

391 / 465 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.6 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.3 inches

Cargo Space:

16.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

71.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

155.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.8 inches

Cargo Space:

20.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

96.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

174.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4271 lbs

Width:

78.7 inches

Height:

67.1 inches

Length:

198.4 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4261 lbs

Width:

78.4 inches

Height:

70.1 inches

Length:

200.7 inches

Wheelbase:

117.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

255/55R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P245/60R18