Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander

January 15th, 2018 by

2018 Acura MDX on the road

For Chicago area drivers shopping for a new crossover, some important factors to consider include equipment, capability, and safety. Drivers want their crossover to be equally at home in different driving situations, from the daily commute to work to a night on the town. The 2018 Acura MDX and the 2018 Toyota Highlander both offer drivers flexibility on the road and comfort inside, but which vehicle holds the better value and offers drivers more? We compare the 2018 MDX SH-AWD to the 2018 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD and find that the MDX outperforms the Highlander with:

  • A more spacious and versatile interior
  • More features
  • Better safety ratings

Spacious and Versatile

The MDX offers driver a more spacious interior for both passengers and cargo. It features a rear seat at a 60/40 split that allows for several different seating and cargo configurations. When you need a lot of room for cargo, fold the rear seats down to get a cargo volume of 90.9 cubic inches. For comparison, the Highlander only has a maximum cargo volume that measures at 82.6 cubic inches. The MDX also has more headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats than the Highlander.

2018 Acura MDX Front Interior Features
2018 Acura MDX Interior Seating


Though the MDX and the Highlander both offer comfort, convenience, and technology features, the MDX includes many standard features and equipment mainstays that are not available at all on the Highlander. These include:

  • Standard Paddle Shifters
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • LED Headlights
  • Noise Cancellation
  • Speed-Sensing Interval Wipers
  • 2-Position Memory Steering Column
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension
2018 Acura MDX rear view
2018 Acura MDX models parked

Safety and Value

The 2018 MDX scored a perfect 5 stars on the NHTSA’s* Front Driver Crash Test, while the Highlander scored just 4 stars. And with a lower base price and a basic warranty of 48 months and 5,000 miles, the MDX offers drivers a better value than the Highlander, with its basic warranty of just 36 months and 36,000 miles.

2018 Acura MDX Safety Feature
2018 Acura MDX Safety Feature

Test Drive Today

Find out more about the 2018 Acura MDX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Chicagoland Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel for some first-hand experience with a test drive today.



*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).