Acura MDX vs. Audi Q7

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - August 29, 2016

Audi and Acura occupy similar roles as the luxury divisions of much larger companies. Volkswagen owns Audi, while Honda created the Acura brand. Though many Audis are closely related to Volkswagens, buyers often perceive Audi as the independent automaker it once was. That gives it an advantage over Acura, which most regard as a purveyor of upscale Hondas.

Does this difference in perception impact the competition between the Acura MDX and the Audi Q7 crossovers? Is the MDX able to elude its its downmarket association with Honda and overcome the Q7?

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What the MDX Gets Right

The MDX comes standard with a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base price also includes features like leather seating, driver memory, a sunroof, and a power tailgate. Needless to say, the MDX is equipped like a proper luxury vehicle from the start.

The MDX ranks as midsize and offers three rows of seating, but less interior room overall than the largest crossovers. That said, cargo space is undeniably generous at 91 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The standard power-sliding second row is a welcome touch that allows third-row passengers to get in and out with dignity.

What the Q7 Gets Right

The Q7's standard 10-speaker audio system definitely takes its cabin to a level that the base MDX's sound system does not. The Q7 also has many more trim levels to choose from, including the fully-loaded Prestige. The Q7 is roomier in all three rows and has a higher cargo capacity.

Under the hood, the Q7 carries 3-liter V6 with 333 horsepower. This engine, along with a strong chassis, allows the Q7 to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Has Acura Overcome the Honda Tie-In?

Without opening the hood and seeing a Honda-built engine, the Acura MDX is not recognizable as a Honda. Its sharp body lines, luxurious interior, spirited performance, and overall utility set it apart from its parent company's crossovers.

Verdict: Acura MDX

Sure, the Q7 is slightly more prestigious, but with the MDX you're buying Honda quality, which means fewer repair bills in the future. The Q7 is also significantly more expensive to buy and doesn't have enough compensating qualities to make up for it.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


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