Acura MDX vs. Infiniti QX60

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, Automotive Editor - November 22, 2021

There’s no shortage of midsize SUVs on the market. Two Japanese options that compare well to one another in the three-row luxury segment are the Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX. Both midsize SUVs have been redesigned for the 2022 model year and may deserve a serious look from shoppers comparing luxury SUVs.

Beyond being midsize SUVs that were recently fully redesigned, the MDX and QX60 have a lot of similarities. They offer similar tech features, seating for up to seven, high-end interiors, upscale styling, and punchy V6 engines. While the MDX and QX60 share a lot of similarities, there are quite a few differences between the two models that make one option the better choice for the majority of people.

What the Acura MDX Gets Right

Midsize SUVs aren’t the prettiest vehicles on the market, but the all-new MDX has a sharp design that the QX60 can’t match. The MDX’s slim headlights, bold grille, angular taillights, and large exhaust outlets help the SUV look like an oversized sports car. With its design, you won’t lose the MDX in a packed parking lot.

Despite having a sportier design, the MDX is the more spacious SUV on the inside. In the third row, the MDX has 29 inches of rear legroom, an inch more than the QX60. With all three rows in place, the MDX offers more cargo space than the QX60. Behind the third row, the MDX has 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while the QX60 has 14.5 cubic feet of space. The MDX also has a configurable middle seat that can work as a seat or a middle console. It can also be removed entirely, leaving second-row captain’s chairs.

Acura offers more standard safety features on the MDX than Infiniti does with the QX60. Standard features on the MDX that you won’t find on the QX60 include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, a driver drowsiness monitor, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.

Midsize SUVs aren’t nearly as sporty as sedans, but the MDX offers surprisingly agile handling and is one of the sportier choices in the segment. Acura will offer the MDX in a sporty Type S trim with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 355 horsepower, Brembo brakes, and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.

Read Our Overview of the Acura MDX

What the Infiniti QX60 Gets Right

While both the MDX and QX60 come with standard V6 engines, the QX60 has a more powerful motor. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 295 hp. The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the MDX is rated at 290 hp.

The QX60 may have a more powerful engine, but it’s more efficient than the MDX. The QX60 is rated to get up to 23 mpg combined, while the MDX can get up to 22 mpg combined. When properly equipped, the QX60 can tow up to 6,000 pounds, 1,000 pounds more than the MDX.

In the back, the QX60 has more cargo space than the MDX behind the second row and in total. The QX60 has 41.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and a total of 75.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The MDX has 39.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row and a total of 71.4 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.

Read Our Overview of the Infiniti QX60

Plan to To Regularly?

The fully redesigned QX60 is a far better SUV than the one it replaces. Compared to the MDX, the QX60 offers a more powerful standard V6 engine and better towing capacity. Shoppers that plan on towing large cargo regularly will find the QX60’s 6,000-pound capacity to be more usable than the MDX’s 5,000-pound figure.

Our Verdict

In this comparison, the Acura MDX is the better overall SUV. Not only is it more enjoyable to drive and available in a performance-oriented trim, but the MDX also offers more features, a more versatile interior, and more third-row legroom than the QX60. These qualities make it the winner in this comparison.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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