Comparison: 2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Lincoln MKX

April 12th, 2018 by

If you’re in the Middletown, New York area and shopping for a luxury SUV that can haul the whole family in style, your Friendly Acura rep has just what you need. But you may be wondering how our models compare to the competition.

Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Acura MDX and the 2018 Lincoln MKX. Both utes feature class-leading features and styling, but one has an edge in safety and interior. See our one-to-one comparison, then visit us in Middletown for a test drive:

Safety Ratings and Features

Acura MDX

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 MDX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety backs the Fed’s assessment, naming the 2018 MDX a 2018 Top Safety Pick. ‡

The 2018 MDX is standard equipped with a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and LED Daytime Running Lights. Available features include a Surround-View Camera, Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor, Road Departure Mitigation, Heads-Up Warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Lincoln MKX

The NHTSA also gave the MKX a 5-Star Overall Rating, but the IIHS docked points for the Lincoln’s headlights. This, combined with the SUV’s lack of standard front crash prevention tech, means it is not a top pick for the IIHS.

The Lincoln MKX comes standard with a Reverse Sensing System, rearview camera, and MyKey teen driver technology. Unfortunately, if you want any additional driver assistance tech, you’ll need to upgrade to the highest trim. The most expensive model is equipped with a 360-degree camera, Adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Forward Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

Features and Tech

Acura MDX

The seven-passenger, three-row MDX embodies luxury, with deluxe seating and tech that will remain functional and intuitive for years to come. All trims feature leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver’s seat with Easy Entry, 8-way power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, Third-Row Access One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In, three-zone climate control, and a memory system for seating, mirrors, audio, and climate.

Premium options include perforated Milano leather with contrast piping and stitching, passenger’s power lumbar support, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and second-row captain’s chairs (reduces seating to six).

Lincoln MKX

The 2018 MKX comes standard with 10-way power front seats with driver-side memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a manual tilting/telescoping steering wheel.

Upgrade to the Select trim and you’ll add wood accents, steering column memory, universal garage door opener, and leather seating. The MKX Reserve has a power panoramic vista roof and the option for a heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats.

We think the MDX is a better value, but you won’t know until you get inside. Visit us today in Middletown for a test drive.


Acura MDX

Starting at $44,200 MSRP**

Lincoln MKX

Starting at $39,035 MSRP

Category: Comparison
Tags: 2018 MDX, Lincoln, midsize SUV, comparison


‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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