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2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Acura MDX Review

New 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota
Highlander

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New 2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura
MDX

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MSRP*
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$34,600 to $48,800
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$44,500 to $61,750
Invoice* $31,589 to $44,555 --
MPG - City 20 - 21 19 - 20
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 25 - 27
Engine(s) V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 6 - 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested *****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Acura MDX. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Toyota Highlander and the Acura MDX.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Toyota Highlander as you will with the Acura MDX, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Clearly, the Toyota Highlander is a better financial choice over the Acura MDX, when considering MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Toyota Highlander will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Acura MDX.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Highlander is much slimmer than the Acura MDX, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Toyota Highlander takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Acura MDX.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Toyota Highlander and the Acura MDX are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Toyota Highlander has a smaller turning radius than the Acura MDX, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Toyota Highlander will do just as well as the Acura MDX, since they have about the same towing capacity. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Toyota Highlander and the Acura MDX.

Utility
The Toyota Highlander offers greater seating capacity than the Acura MDX, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Toyota Highlander has less cargo space than the Acura MDX, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Toyota Highlander is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Acura MDX.