Comparison - Acura MDX Base 2017 - vs - Lexus NX 300h Base Hybrid

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
49,576
Updated: 
28 Nov 2016
44,405
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2017
2015
Total Seating: 
7
5
Transmission: 
9-speed Shiftable Automatic
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
no
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
19.50gals
14.80gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Crystal Black Pearl
#2A2A2A
Dark Cherry Pearl
#532831
Lunar Silver Metallic
#A9A9A9
Modern Steel Metallic
#616267
White Diamond Pearl
#DEDDDA
Color: 
Atomic Silver
#ABAAB8
Eminent White Pearl
#F2F2F2
Fire Agate Pearl
#503D39
Matador Red Mica
#730527
Meteor Blue Mica
#476178
Nebula Gray Pearl
#4F5052
Obsidian
#090909
Silver Lining Metallic
#BBBDBA

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2017 Acura MDX ranks 10 out of 21 Luxury Midsize SUVs. The 2017 Acura MDX is a well-rounded and reasonably priced option for drivers looking for a well-equipped luxury midsize SUV.The 2017 Acura MDX ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize SUVs category.

Pros
Balanced ride and handling
Excellent fuel economy
More standard driver assistance features than rivals

Cons
Cumbersome infotainment system
Less cargo space than 3-row rivals

By: 
usnews.com

The 2017 Acura MDX is one of the best-driving, most technologically advanced three-row luxury crossovers, and a new Sport Hybrid model and active suspension should only add to that reputation.
Among luxury crossovers, the Acura MDX is a standout in nearly every possible way—and it stands as quite a counterpoint to the brand’s sedans, which can’t seem to get proper traction in the market.While this model is already one of the best-driving models in its class, the 2017 Acura MDX has been given ride and handling improvements, more standard active-safety features, and a new Sport Hybrid variant that promises both better performance and higher fuel economy numbers.We give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Pros
New Sport Hybrid
Refined and quiet
Great handling
Space for six

Cons
Rough-shifting transmission
Too much bright trim
Complex infotainment interface
Lacks steering feedback

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2017 Acura MDX receives a comprehensive face-lift, including a new front end with fresh headlight and grille designs. A Sport Hybrid model debuts with more power and better fuel economy than the regular MDX. New standard features for 2017 include capless fueling, an electronic parking brake, auto high beams, additional USB ports and the AcuraWatch suite of active safety aids (previously optional on some MDX versions). Newly available features include 20-inch wheels, LED foglights, automatic locking when you walk away from the vehicle, power-folding mirrors, a surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, upgraded wood trim and second-row captain's chairs.

Pros
Generous array of features and active driver aids for the money
Optional SH-AWD system enhances handling and all-season surefootedness
Smooth and confident acceleration from the V6 engine
Quiet, comfortable and spacious cabin

Cons
Touchscreen isn't user-friendly and graphics are subpar
Cabin looks and feels less luxurious than some rivals
Clunky auto stop-start function
Adaptive cruise control can be slow to respond and abrupt when it does

By: 
edmunds.com

HIGHS:
Standard active-safety tech, newly refined schnoz, excellent handling.

LOWS
No longer the best, expensive option packages, frustrating infotainment system.

Still a compelling alternative to European luxury SUVs.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Reviewers say the 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid’s standard four-cylinder engine, electric motor and automatic transmission don’t make it feel particularly fast, although some say that it offers swift acceleration from a stop.

The NX gets outstanding fuel economy for the class, earning an EPA-estimated 35/31 mpg city/highway. Some test drivers like the NX 300h's poised handling, but others say that there is quite a bit of body lean in turns and the ride is more tuned for comfort over bumpy roads than agility through fast corners

The 2015 Lexus NX 300h features a handsome, intelligently built cabin, according to critics. While some think that the NX hybrid’s faux metal trim looks tawdry, most appreciate the high-end materials used elsewhere in the car. Critics report that the front seats are comfortable and roomy, and the rear seats provide ample head- and legroom. The NX Hybrid's cargo space is a bit low for the class.

"The NX300h deserves to be a strong contender in the compact luxury crossover segment." -- AutoWeek

"In other words, if you're single or a couple without kids, the 2015 Lexus NX 300h is a new compelling entry in a segment admittedly filled with other compelling entries. If your priority is to find the most fuel-efficient of those, though, your choice might have become a lot easier." -- Edmunds

Pros
Excellent fuel economy for the class

Cons
Slow acceleration
Limited cargo space
Regenerative brakes don't operate smoothly

By: 
cars.usnews.com

The 2015 Lexus NX 300h is an all-new model

The 2015 Lexus NX 300h hybrid is a distinctive entry in the compact luxury crossover segment, boasting excellent fuel economy, impeccable cabin quality, eye-catching styling and a surprisingly sporty driving experience.

Not only is there an abundance of compact luxury crossovers on the market now, it's hard to pick one we wouldn't recommend. It also just got a bit harder, thanks to Lexus and its entry with the generally impressive all-new NX. However, while the regular turbocharged version struggles to stand out appreciably from its rivals when it comes to fuel economy and performance, the 2015 Lexus NX 300h hybrid version certainly does.

Perhaps to no one's surprise, the company that is almost synonymous with luxury hybrids has produced by far the most fuel-efficient luxury compact crossover. Through its combination of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and multiple electric motors powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, the NX 300h is capable of returning a Lexus-estimated 32 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. The only other hybrid in the segment ? the Audi Q5 ? manages 26 mpg combined, while diesel-powered entries (the other fuel-efficient alternative) are in that same ballpark. This fuel economy advantage does come with a trade-off, however. The NX 300h is one of the slowest vehicles in its class -- alternatively fueled or otherwise.

Pros
Class-best fuel economy
Generous backseat room for the segment
Impeccable cabin construction
Copious high-tech features.

Cons
Small cargo capacity
Pokey acceleration
Potentially distracting Remote Touch interface.

By: 
edmunds.com

Lexus should have been finding the fairway with the NX, no doubt about it. Between the current crop of usual diesel suspects and the near-future prospect of plug-in electric runners, there was an opportunity for Lexus to present its tried and tested hybrid tech as a desirable and common-sense source of power for a compact SUV.

In practice swings, many of the constituent parts are still there, it being supremely quiet, strikingly handsome, nicely appointed, typically well equipped and – in hybrid form – efficient, especially in regard to the rising concern about NOx emissions.

But elsewhere, Lexus has failed to make a sufficiently strong case. Its crossover is too aloof to pedal, too tempestuous to sit in and, in this trim, too expensive to seriously consider, given its rivals.

Lexus fans will continue to celebrate the brand’s short game, played considerately, smoothly and in a veiled hush. To crossover buyers at large, it’s predictably one-dimensional.

Pros
The striking appearance
Typically upmarket interior
Crisp and quiet in traffic

Cons
Brusque ride
Detatched hybrid powertrain
Poor hybrid motorway economy

By: 
autocar.co.uk

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
19.00mpg
35.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
27.00mpg
31.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.50L
2.50L
Torque: 
267ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
152ft-lbs
at 4 400rpm
Horsepower: 
290hp
at 6 200rpm
194hp
at 5 700rpm
Cam Type: 
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
38.70Feet
39.04Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
no
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Destination Download*
Roadside Assistance*

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
196.20in
182.30in
Width: 
77.20in
73.60in
Height: 
67.40in
64.80in
Ground Clearance: 
5.60in
6.90in
Front Track: 
66.30in
63.10in
Rear Track: 
66.30in
63.40in
Wheel Base: 
111.00in
104.70in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
38.10
38.20
Rear Head Room: 
38.30
38.10
Front Leg Room: 
41.40in
42.80in
Rear leg room: 
36.60in
36.10in
Front Hip Room: 
57.50in
55.10in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.10in
57.30in
Rear Hip Room: 
57.80in
53.90in
Rear Shoulder room: 
59.10in
55.30in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
68.40cu.ft
53.70cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
3500lbs
1500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
14.90cu.ft
16.70cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
14.90degrees
28.70degrees
Angle of Departure: 
17.40degrees
24.50degrees
Curb Weight: 
4001.00lbs
4055.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
4 one-touch power windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
8 -way power driver seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Height adjustable passenger seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
8 -way power passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Leather
Multi-level heating passenger seat
8 -way power passenger seat
Bucket front seats
Leatherette
Height adjustable driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Height adjustable passenger seat
8 -way power driver seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding with storage center armrest
Split-folding rear seatback
Reclining rear seats
Manual folding split-bench third row seats
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Split-folding rear seatback
Folding center armrest
Rear ventilation ducts
Reclining rear seats

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Front stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
rear stabilizer bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
no
More Comfort Features: 
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Leather steering wheel
Leather steering wheel
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual zone climate controls - driver and passenger
Turn signal in mirrors
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
8 total speakers
1 subwoofer(s)
432 watts stero output
Speed sensitive volume control
3 Months of provided satellite radio service
USB with external media control
8 total speakers

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
no
More in Glass and Roof: 
Intermittent rear wiper
Privacy glass
Intermittent wipers
Remote sunroof operation
Power glass sunroof
Variable intermittent wipers
Privacy glass
Intermittent rear wiper
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 x 8.0 in
17 x 7.0
Wheels more: 
All season tires
Underbody mounted spare tire
Null spare wheel
Alloy wheels
Temporary spare tire
Inside mounted spare tire
All season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
65
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
no
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
no
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Post-collision safety system
Rear height adjustable headrests
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear center 3-point belt
LED headlamp
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Turn signal mirrors
Pre-Collision System w/Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Intuitive Parking Assist
Blind Spot Monitor w/Auto-Dimming, Reverse Tilt, Heated and Memory Mirrors
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance*
Airbag Deployment Notification*
Post-collision safety system
Rear center 3-point belt
Remote anti-theft alarm system

Options

Packages: 
Preferred Accessory Package
Preferred Accessory Package
Navigation Package
Comfort Package
Luxury Package
Premium Package
Exterior Options: 
Mudguards
Door Edge Guards
Body Side Moldings
Rear Bumper Protector
Reverse Tilt, Heated and Memory Mirrors
18" Wheels w/All-Season Tires
LED Headlamps w/o Auto High Beams
Power Tilt and Slide Moonroof
Power Rear Door
Auto-Dimming, Reverse Tilt, Heated and Memory Mirrors
Wheel Locks
Paint Protection Film
Interior Options: 
Illuminated Door Sills
Cargo Mat
Cargo Net
Smart Access Key Gloves
Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror w/Homelink Universal Transmitter and Compass
Leather Heated Steering Wheel
Qi-Compatible Wireless Charger
All-Weather Floor Mats
60/40 Power Folding Rear Seats
Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror w/Homelink Universal Transmitter

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Ebony, leather
#101010
Graystone, leather
#78756F
Parchment, leather
#CFC0A3
Color: 
Black, leather
#464646
Creme, leather
#B3A18A
Creme, leatherette
#C5B39C
Flaxen, leatherette
#A07E64