Acura MDX vs Toyota Highlander Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
MSRP
$44,500
Invoice
$41,774
Average Price Paid
$37,636
1,475 listings nationwide

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2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
MSRP
$36,200
Invoice
$33,050
Average Price Paid
$33,498
465 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
Fair Price
$39,403
Good Price
$36,627
Great Price
$35,039
2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
Fair Price
$34,424
Good Price
$32,752
Great Price
$31,796

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$45,298
54 listings nationwide

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2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$36,607
12 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Acura MDX, a premium 3-row crossover, is similar to the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX L. The MDX is among the oldest vehicles in that class, having arrived for 2014. It...

2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
Clifford Atiyeh Test Drive Review:

Midsize three-row SUVs are all spacious and powerful, but only the Toyota Highlander reaches the premium threshold for passenger comfort. Redesigned for 2020, the Highlander's revised ...

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  • Look and Feel 7
  • Performance 6
  • Form & Function 9
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
GeeDubya16 writes:
Sporty appearance with roomy interior especially for just two people with no kids or pets.
Power Ranked 2015 INFINITI Q50 3.7 Premium AWD better.
"More horsepower and torque."
Family Car Ranked 2015 INFINITI Q50 3.7 Premium AWD worse.
"More available seating in the MDX."
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GuruHGT79 writes:
Purchased after testing other luxury brands. Bought for style, ride, comfort and value. An excellent traveling...
Front Seats Ranked 2020 BMW 5 Series worse.
"Seats fit around you with just enough padding to be comfortable on a long drive. BMW is an excellent car but not quite up to Acura standard."
Family Car Ranked 2020 BMW 5 Series worse.
"Three row seating with room in the back and storage underneath. Even third row is reasonably comfortable whereas some 3rd row models not so much. "
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Guru6Q56S writes:
great
2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
DARLENE writes:
After looking at both vehicles for a month, I chose the Subaru Ascent Touring edition with captain chairs. Thi...
60
src652 writes:
Reliable
Front Seats Ranked 2020 Ford Explorer XLT AWD better.
"Roomy"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2020 Ford Explorer XLT AWD better.
"More stuff"
Value Ranked 2020 Ford Explorer XLT AWD better.
"FAST Better handling If cops use it, its good for me."
Would Buy Ranked 2020 Ford Explorer XLT AWD better.
"Looks better. More aggressive."
Iggi77 writes:
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Acura MDX worse.
"Comfort "
Value Ranked 2020 Acura MDX better.
"Color and looks "

Specs

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
Powertrain 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
20 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
27 MPG
27 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 19.5 gal 17.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
290 hp @ 6,200 RPM
295 hp @ 6,600 RPM
Torque
267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM
263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
10.8:1
Displacement
3,500 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.5 in x 3.66 in
3.7 in x 3.27 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 7 seats 8 seats
Front Legroom 41.4 in 40.4 in
Back Legroom 36.6 in 41 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15 cu ft 16 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,336 lbs 1,605 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior
Length 196.2 in 194.9 in
Width 77.7 in 76 in
Height 67.4 in 68.1 in
Wheelbase 111 in 112.2 in

Available Options

2020 Acura MDX
FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Majestic Black Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Performance Red Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
2020 Toyota Highlander
L AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Blueprint
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Opulent Amber
  • Special Color

Option Packages

  • Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Package
  • Protection Package #3
  • Running Boards (TMS)
  • Tow Hitch Receiver W/Wire Harness

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