Acura MDX vs GMC Acadia

2024 Acura MDX
2024 Acura MDX
$50,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 GMC Acadia
2020 GMC Acadia
$29,800MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Acura MDX
$50,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 GMC Acadia
$29,800MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview

MSRP

$50,150

MSRP

$29,800

Average price

$29,555

Average price

$24,157

Listings

9105

Listings

9335
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Strong engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Lots of standard features
Cons
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Ride can be firm for some
  • Small third row
Pros
  • Spacious third row
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance

Reviews Summary

The Acura MDX is a mainstay of the luxury SUV segment, and it covers the bases remarkably well. Its well-rounded nature is perhaps because it shares a platform with the Honda Pilot (another fantastic family hauler) but for that same reason, it doesn’t offer the same cachet as a BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Whether you are on a road trip or heading to work, the MDX is comfortable, refined, and has space for the family and their gear. For 2024, there’s a new Type-S trim level, bringing a new level of performance to the three-row, seven-passenger midsize luxury SUV. But as we’ll get into in a bit, the MDX is held back by a maddening infotainment system that could truly be a sticking point to overshadow all other positive attributes.

Verdict: The MDX is a beautiful, safe, and cost-effective luxury SUV, and the new Type-S trim level delivers a higher level of performance. However, it doesn’t offer as much space as some of its competitors, and we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone easily frustrated by finnicky tech interfaces.

Reviews Summary

Long story short, as a friend of mine likes to say, GMC screwed up. This is just my opinion, of course, but when GMC redesigned the Acadia for the 2017 model year, the SUV shrank in size and switched to a softer look in order to plug a huge hole in the Buick-GMC SUV lineup.

Fast-forward to 2020, and GMC may have decided this move was a bad idea. As part of a refresh, the new Acadia adopts bolder styling and adds a new AT4 trim level with greater off-roading capability. Additional changes include the availability of a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and new and updated technology.

These revisions do help the Acadia to better stand out in what is now an ocean of midsize SUVs, from Hyundai to Kia and Honda to Toyota, and everything in between, but it’s up to GMC to make people aware of this fundamentally good, but oh-so-vanilla SUV. And the company must also address the Acadia’s questionable value.

No video found
Popular Features & Specs

Engine

3.5L 290 hp V6

Engine

2.5L 193 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

7

Seating Capacity

7

Horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

Horsepower

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

MPG City

19

MPG City

21

MPG Highway

26

MPG Highway

27
2024 Acura MDX
2024 Acura MDX
$50,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 GMC Acadia
2020 GMC Acadia
$29,800MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Acura MDX
$50,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 GMC Acadia
$29,800MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$50,150
$29,800
Average price
$29,555
$24,157
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.5
4.5
Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Read full review

7.0 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Strong engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Lots of standard features
Cons
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Ride can be firm for some
  • Small third row
Pros
  • Spacious third row
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
Summary

The Acura MDX is a mainstay of the luxury SUV segment, and it covers the bases remarkably well. Its well-rounded nature is perhaps because it shares a platform with the Honda Pilot (another fantastic family hauler) but for that same reason, it doesn’t offer the same cachet as a BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Whether you are on a road trip or heading to work, the MDX is comfortable, refined, and has space for the family and their gear. For 2024, there’s a new Type-S trim level, bringing a new level of performance to the three-row, seven-passenger midsize luxury SUV. But as we’ll get into in a bit, the MDX is held back by a maddening infotainment system that could truly be a sticking point to overshadow all other positive attributes.

Verdict: The MDX is a beautiful, safe, and cost-effective luxury SUV, and the new Type-S trim level delivers a higher level of performance. However, it doesn’t offer as much space as some of its competitors, and we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone easily frustrated by finnicky tech interfaces.

Long story short, as a friend of mine likes to say, GMC screwed up. This is just my opinion, of course, but when GMC redesigned the Acadia for the 2017 model year, the SUV shrank in size and switched to a softer look in order to plug a huge hole in the Buick-GMC SUV lineup.

Fast-forward to 2020, and GMC may have decided this move was a bad idea. As part of a refresh, the new Acadia adopts bolder styling and adds a new AT4 trim level with greater off-roading capability. Additional changes include the availability of a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and new and updated technology.

These revisions do help the Acadia to better stand out in what is now an ocean of midsize SUVs, from Hyundai to Kia and Honda to Toyota, and everything in between, but it’s up to GMC to make people aware of this fundamentally good, but oh-so-vanilla SUV. And the company must also address the Acadia’s questionable value.

Video
No video found
Popular Features & Specs
Engine
3.5L 290 hp V6
2.5L 193 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
7
7
Horsepower
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
193 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG City
19
21
MPG Highway
26
27
CarGurus logo

By: CarGurus + AI

This car comparison has been created with using generative AI. It is based entirely on CarGurus expert review content, ratings and data, and leverages our extensive library of hands-on product tests to create thousands of unique comparisons to help shoppers choose the right car.