What Makes the Best Luxury SUV?

October 7th, 2013 by

Although coming up with some kind of criteria for “best luxury SUV” might sound easy, the fact is that many drivers want different things out of their vehicles. That said, at Chicagoland Acura Dealers, we have a few ideas of what we think makes a luxury vehicle truly top notch, and the 2014 Acura MDX meets them all.

Put simply, it carries a higher residual value, more features, and is more fuel efficient than competition like the 2014 Audi Q7. Let’s take a look.

Check Out the 2014 Acura MDX

Even though you’re driving a luxury car, we know that you still value fuel efficiency—nobody likes draining their wallet at the pump every week, right? The 2014 MDX with six-speed automatic transmission has earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg on the highway.*

Now, you may expect that the Q7 could have some similar efficiency, right? Apparently their engine only manages 22 mpg on the highway. This is despite Acura’s engine offering 290 hp to the Audi’s 280 hp. Yet another victory for Acura engineering.

The Acura also comes with more standard features, including the following:

  • Memory adjustable driver-side features
  • Built-in rearview camera
  • Rear heating and air conditioning controls
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Power moonroof

Now, you can add some or all of these on to an Audi Q7, but they will add on to the cost of the vehicle, while Acura includes them as standard.

And finally, the Acura retains its value better, with a 36-month value retention of 60% as reported by ALG. The Q7 comes in at just 58%.

Test Drive an Acura Today

We think it’s pretty clear just which SUV we think comes out on top, but before you decide, you should visit a Chicagoland Acura Dealer and take one for a test drive. Don’t forget that we have plenty of other high-quality, affordable luxury vehicles available as well.


*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.

Chicagoland Acura Dealers includes Joe Rizza Acura, Acura of Libertyville, Muller’s Woodfield Acura, McGrath Acura of Westmont, Continental Acura of Naperville, Arlington Acura in Palatine, Ed Napleton Acura, McGrath Acura of Morton Grove, Pauly Acura, McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago, and Muller Acura of Merrillville

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