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Compare the 2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Acura MDX


2018 Toyota Highlander

290 lb-ft


184 lb-ft
3.5-liter V-6


2.7-liter 4-cylinder
290 hp


185 hp

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Midsize crossovers have always been popular, since they provide a balanced blend of size, affordability, and economy. And in recent times, they have become better than ever before: with more advanced technologies and more seating accommodations. Among such vehicles are the Acura MDX and the Toyota Highlander, which tend to be viewed as some of the higher-end offerings in their shared class. For 2018, Acura continued to make changes on the MDX, which received a major update the year before. By contrast, the Highlander remained unchanged, seemingly satisfied with its last major update—in 2016. The result is an Acura crossover that beats Toyota’s long-running nameplate, especially in the following categories:

Seat Accomodation

Although both the 2018 Acura MDX and the 2018 Toyota Highlander are three-row vehicles, that’s where the similarity ends. At the base level, the MDX impresses with leather upholstery and heated front-row seating that consists of a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The Highlander starts off with cloth seats; you’d need to upgrade to at least the LE Plus (a notch above the base-level LE) to get any power adjustability on the driver’s seat—and it’s “only” 8-way. Leather upholstery and heating ability do not appear until you jump another notch to the XLE, and the top-level Limited is the only trim with power adjustability on the front passenger seat (4-way).

Infotainment System

With the 2018 model, Acura was able to refresh its infotainment system. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay ™ are now standard; you can use your iPhone or Android device to execute infotainment functions. Neither of those apps is present on the 2018 Toyota Highlander, which is a glaring omission, since more vehicles than ever before incorporate them as standard features. Plus, while other crossover SUV stick with a single infotainment screen (and the Highlander is no exception, with its 6.1- or 8-inch touchscreen), the MDX has two: an upper 8-inch display for vehicle and driver information; and a lower 7-inch touchscreen—which was revised this model year for quicker, more accurate response—to execute infotainment functions.

Driver-Assistance Technology

The 2017 model year is significant for the MDX, since it was when Acura made its AcuraWatch™ suite of driver-assistance technologies standard on all the vehicle’s trims. So, with the MDX, you don’t need to pay an extra amount of dollars to have lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking. The only aforementioned advanced safety features that are also present on the 2018 Toyota Highlander are forward collision warning (which Toyota refers to as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection) and lane keep assist.

Ready to check out the 2018 Acura MDX, as opposed to the 2018 Toyota Highlander? If you are in the Washington, D.C. metro area, come check out our Chantilly, Virginia dealership. We have a solid reputation for providing customer satisfaction in the National Capital Region and beyond, with highly favorable aggregated reviews on Google, DealerRater.com, and Edmunds. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with one of our Acura specialists.

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