COMPARISON: Acura MDX vs Infiniti QX60
Perfect for families or drivers who want a little extra space, the 2016 Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60 are two of the best luxury crossover SUVs on the market. Both include three rows of seats, sleek interior, and exterior designs, and fantastic features throughout the car and under the hood. Learn more about these two vehicles and find out what the next car you’ll want to be driving is.
The 2016 Acura MDX has had a technology upgrade. This new model is truly state-of-the-art with the inclusion of Siri Eyes Free voice control for Apple users and SMS and email features for everyone. These allow you full control over everything from texts to music without the distraction of looking at a phone. You’ll be able to stay connected and safe at the same time.
The tech-centric interior also features Homelink, an on demand multi-use display front and center, and automatic climate control. There are options for lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, GPS-linked climate control, premium audio systems, Real-time traffic, AcuraLink the Next Generation Navigation, destination database and rear seat entertainment systems.
The new MDX boasts a stylish, luxury interior with the subtle, elegant touches that make the cabin come alive. The wood trim, silver flourishes and simple contours of the interior’s design make the MDX comfortable and beautiful. Drivers will also love the optional push button start and easy-entry front seat new for 2016. The MDX is also exceptionally quiet.
It’s not just the 2016 MDX that has plenty of interior features that drivers will love, the 2016 Infiniti QX60 also includes a number of helpful features standard or optional.
Like many luxury SUVs, the Infiniti QX60 has high-quality materials, comfortable seats and a nearly flawless design to make for a beautiful cabin that you will enjoy driving. But it’s the Fuki-Urush-inspired lacquered wood that makes this interior unique and sets it apart from the rest.
Aside from the stylish interior, the extra large moonroof gives owners the option of letting the outside in without any of the wind or noise. The QX60 also features the top technology inside the cabin for streaming music and navigating your trips. Infiniti Connection allows you digital interaction with your vehicle whether you’re sitting in it or miles away. There are also personal security and concierge optional features that give the QX60 that extra touch.
The QX60 also features a third row of seats, for seven total, and no one needs to be left out of the entertainment. The optional rear entertainment suit features high-quality screens on the front head rest and Bose surround sound.
Interior features can be the most fun, but if you’re investing in a car that needs to get you through rough New York winters and take you into the mountains, it’s critical you look at the exterior and under the hood as well.
The Infiniti QX60 is a sporty, luxury SUV with an aerodynamic look and new lights for 2016. Infiniti has added new headlights and taillights for a fresher exterior look as well as a quieter engine mount and comfortable ride.
Drivers have the option of the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 265 horsepower or a 2.5L 250 horsepower hybrid engine. The V6 gets an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon highway and 21 city with two-wheel drive and 26/19 highway/city as an all-wheel drive model. The hybrid engine is only slightly better with 28 mpg highway and 26 mpg city with two-wheel drive and 28/25 mpg for AWD.
The updated 2016 Acura MDX now includes a nine-speed automatic transmission to go along with its 3.5-liter direct injection V6. With 290 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque, the MDX gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg city for front-wheel drive and 26/18 mpg highway/city for AWD models*.
Although it gets slightly fewer miles per gallon on average than the front-wheel drive, the 2016 AWD MDX is responsive, quick and can come in handy during long Upstate NY winters.
On the outside, the 2016 Acura MDX has an athletic design ready for drivers to show off or take into rough terrain. The beautiful exterior is anchored by the MDX’s Acura Jewel Eye headlights which include a set of coordinated LEDs to illuminate the darkest nights to daylight brightness; brighter and whiter than halogens.
On the Safeside
Safety is paramount with any vehicle. Luckily these SUVs both have above average safety features. The 2016 Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 were both named 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety achieving the highest possible scores in all crashworthiness categories.
The QX60 features blind spot warning and detection, forward emergency pedestrian braking, 360-degree parking assistance, lane departure warnings and Infiniti Safety Shield® to prevent collisions in the first place. These safety systems and options are in addition to the standard safety features of this well-designed midsize crossover.
The 2016 MDX AWD, which also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration‡, has the option of the AcuraWatch safety system that combines radar and camera technology to protect every passenger. Drivers have the opportunity to get crash mitigation braking and road departure warnings along with standard features such as vehicle stability assist, anti-lock braking system, and the proven ACE body structure.
Both cars have excellent safety records, superior technological features and sporty, fresh designs. The MDX has an edge on engine power with 290 horsepower, but why not try it yourself? Head to the Friendly Acura in Middletown and take a test drive yourself. You’ll see why the new MDX ranks above the rest.
‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).
*2016 EPA mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.