Infiniti QX60 vs. Acura MDX

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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 24, 2016

Three-row midsize crossovers are the ultimate minivan alternative for buyers with large families. Models like the Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX have room for all the kiddos and still look the part of an SUV. They also toss in plenty of features and a healthy dose of luxury.

But which of these premium people movers is the best buy?

See a side-by-side comparison of the QX60 & MDX »

What We Like About the QX60

Three-row crossovers are never known for their third-row legroom, but the QX60 has a more livable third row. The second row gives you a pinch more legroom as well. There's also tons of available safety features like rear collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, and a surround-view camera system. Finally, the QX60 inches ahead of the MDX with better fuel economy and a lower base price.

What We Like About the MDX

The MDX has a more traditional look than the QX60. Many times, a unique look is nice, but the QX60's looks can be polarizing. The MDX is also more versatile, as its third-row bench is split-folding, meaning you can fold one half and leave the other side open for a passenger. Also on the Acura’s side is its powertrain. You get significantly more horsepower and a precise-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Finally, the MDX receives higher marks in government crash tests.

Do Looks Matter to You?

Looks are, of course, a subjective thing, and some people prefer to stand out from the crowd. The QX60 does just that, whereas the MDX has more subdued styling. If this bold look is what you're looking for, then the QX60 is perfect for you. Otherwise, the MDX is the better vehicle.

Our Verdict: Acura MDX

Other than its relatively anonymous styling and tighter rear seats, the MDX outdoes the QX60 in nearly every measure. It's more powerful, more versatile, safer, and smoother. That also makes it the victor in this head-to-head comparison.

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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.