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Cross-shopping the 2014 MDX AWD + Tech with the 2014 Highlander AWD LTD?
Check the following video reviews by Alex Dykes to see how these two SUVs compare in feature content, style, performance and price:
2014 Toyota Highlander AWD LTD and LTD + Platinum Pkg Video link: (http:// "")
2014 Acura MDX AWD + Tech Video link: (http:// "")
While many would consider comparing these two SUVs is like comparing apples (MDX AWD + Tech = luxury mid-size SUV) and oranges (Highlander AWD LTD/+ Platinum Pkg = near luxury mid-size SUV), families with kids do cross-shop these vehicles. My take: MDX has the edge over the Highlander in style (design language) and performance (acceleration and AWD handling); Highlander has the edge over MDX in price by $6-10 K when feature content and options are the same, and in user friendliness of the improved Highlander Entune infotainment system over that of the MDX. Both are great rides. What's your take?
A not so hot review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"The touch-screen radio-HVAC control system has cemented itself as the system I never, ever want, especially in a big crossover. Want to adjust the seat heating? Press the seat heater touch-screen button, then get a row of buttons to adjust heating or cooling. Want to adjust where the air is flowing? Touch screen. Want to change the radio station? Press audio, then pick from the choices."
Driver's Seat: Acura MDX is a big beast with flaws
Cross- shopping the 2014 MDX AWD + Tech with the 2014 Dodge Durango AWD LTD or Citadel ?
Why would I do that, you say. Well they are both great rides, they both are 3-row mid-size CUVs/SUVs, but you have some towing concerns--- then you may want to consider the Dodge Durango AWD LTD or Citadel, which has much better room in the 3rd row, and much better towing capacity than the MDX.
-MDX: More refined exterior styling, Acura badging, better MPG
-Durango: More muscled/macho styling, better towing by 1,200 lbs (with the V6: 6,200 lbs vs 5,000 lbs) or up to 2400 lbs (with the V8: 7,400 lbs vs 5,000 lbs), better (ZF) transmission (and the MDX transmission has been somewhat problematic in past), better acceleration (with 5.7 Hemi V8), nicer and more user friendly infotainment system, front passenger seat lumbar (power) option (MDX nada), more room for third row passengers, better pricing when options are equivalent, better MPG (26-30 MPG) and torque when V6 Eco-diesel power plant arrives in 2015.
You may find the following excellent print (and embedded video) reviews by Alex Dykes helpful:
-2014 Durango AWD:
-2014 MDX AWD:
2014 MDX is a Top Pick (Plus) for Safety Award by IIHS for 2014
The 2014 MDX is not only a winner when it comes to design and performance but also when it comes to keeping our families safe. The MDX is one of only a couple of mid-sized SUVs that excelled in the 2014 IIHS safety awards.
You may be interested in the following:
IIHS list of 2014 Top Picks (Plus): (http:// "http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/thirty-nine-vehicles-meet-tougher-criteria-to-earn-2014-safety-awards-from-iihs"),
and video of the 2014 MDX IIHS small overlap crash test: (http:// "")
A reporter is looking to speak with someone who recently bought a fully-loaded 2014 vehicle with all the bells and whistles, including navigation and infotainment features. If you can assist, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info by 4/13/14.
2014 MDX Review and Comparison to the Infinity QX60
Check it out: (http:// "http://www.truedelta.com/Acura-MDX/car-reviews-293/2014")
The MDX beats the QX60 in most measures, except the QX60 has more interior lux, a more user friendly infotainment system, and the nice Around View camera Monitor system on the QX60 (although the MDX does offer a similar system, Surround View, but it is currently only available at Acura dealers in Canada; perhaps we will see Acura's Surround View Monitor/camera system in the Advance Pkg in the 2015 MDX at US dealers?).
Consumer Reports Changes it's rating of 2014 MDX from 79---> 81
Interestingly, CR changed it's rating of the MDX from 79---> 81 in the June 2014 issue; last month it was 79. Go figure! Check it out: (http:// "http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/acura/mdx.htm")
Head-to-Head Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander versus 2014 Acura MDX
Actually, these two are cross-shopped a lot. Personally, I like the MDX better, except for the user unfriendly infotainment system; hopefully Apple CarPlay will help improve that MDX shortcoming.
Check out the following video review by Brian Cooley of CNET (especially the first 4 minutes) which addresses my concerns of the MDX infotainment system shortcomings: (http:// "")
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