Comparison - Ford Explorer ST 2021 - vs - Acura MDX Sport Hybrid 2020

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
$
52,605
Updated: 
25 Jan 2020
$
59,650
Updated: 
02 Aug 2019
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
2020
Total Seating: 
6
6
Transmission: 
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
7-speed dual-clutch
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.60gals
19.40gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Carbonized Gray Metallic
#4F453E
Star white Metallic Tri-coat
#FDFFFB
Atlas Blue Metallic
#0741D6
Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#4A1414
Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#E60E28
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0
Color: 
Majestic Black Pearl
#1C252D
Gunmetal Metallic
#5F5E63
Lunar Silver Metallic
#A9A9A9
Modern Steel Metallic
#616267
Platinum White Pearl
#F4F4F4
Fathom Blue Pearl
#123969
Performance Red Pearl
#971C30
Canyon Bronze Metallic
#6D5247

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Ford has made a few tweaks to its mid-size crossover for 2021, such as making heated seats standard on the XLT, offering a heated steering wheel as an optional feature on that model, and including an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat on the Limited, ST, and Platinum models. A Sport Appearance package is now available on the XLT trim, and it includes 20-inch aluminum wheels that are coated in Carbonized Gray paint.

Pros
Smooth and controlled ride,
cargo friendly interior design,
comfortable front seats.

Cons
Third row space is tight,
plasticky interior bits,
most desirable models are pricey.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.

Pros
Wide range of powertrains
Good looks
Great active safety tech
Available hybrid
Quiet interio

Cons
Hybrid isn’t refined
Not a great value
Cramped third row
Clunky second row

By: 
thecarconnection.com

New Sport Appearance package available on XLT trim.Minor changes to standard and optional feature availability.

Pros
Strong engines for quick acceleration
Rear-wheel-drive platform improves handling and towing
Roomy cargo area

Cons
Too much wind noise at highway speeds
The price can get frighteningly expensive in a hurry
Lackluster interior material quality

By: 
edmunds.com

For 2020, the MDX carries over without any changes to its appearance, mechanical components, or available features. The lineup continues to offer a gasoline and gas-electric hybrid model as well as a second-row bench that allows up to seven passengers or captain's chairs that seat up to six. However, Acura did increase the base price of the regular MDX and the Sport Hybrid by $100.

Pros
Entertaining to drive—for a three-row crossover, quick and smooth hybrid powertrain, standard driver assists.

Cons
Unremarkable passenger space, quirky touchscreen setup, options inflate the price.

By: 
usnews.com

The 2020 Acura MDX is a stately three-row family crossover that has aged well.

PROS
Handsome looks
Confident power
Spread-out space
Good efficiency from hybrid
Standard active safety features

CONS
Pricey options packages
Top trims don’t feel quite as luxurious as we’d expect
Third row can be cramped for tall adults
Shallow cargo area

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual.No significant changes for 2020.

Pros
Generous array of features and active driver aids for the money
Excellent all-wheel-drive system allows for sharp handling
Generous interior storage
Quiet, comfortable and spacious cabin

Cons
Cabin looks and feels less luxurious than those of some rivals
Adaptive cruise control can be slow to respond and abrupt when it does
Dual-screen infotainment system can be quite difficult to use
Handoff between all-electric and engine power is clunky

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
18.00mpg
26.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
24.00mpg
27.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Hybrid

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
24
Cylinders: 
6
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.00L
3.00L
Torque: 
415ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
289ft-lbs
at 5 000rpm
Horsepower: 
400hp
at 5 500rpm
321hp
at 6 300rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Turning Circle: 
38.40Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
yes
Side view Camera: 
yes
yes
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Heated Steering Wheel
Automatic Parking Assist
Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Keyless Ignition
Sun Sensor
Heated Steering Wheel
Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
199.30in
196.20in
Width: 
78.90in
77.70in
Height: 
70.20in
67.40in
Ground Clearance: 
8.30in
7.30in
Front Track: 
66.90in
66.30in
Rear Track: 
66.90in
66.30in
Wheel Base: 
119.10in
111.00in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.70
38.10
Rear Head Room: 
40.50
38.30
Front Leg Room: 
43.00in
41.40in
Rear leg room: 
39.00in
35.60in
Front Hip Room: 
59.20in
57.50in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.80in
61.10in
Rear Hip Room: 
59.10in
57.80in
Rear Shoulder room: 
61.90in
59.10in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
87.80cu.ft
68.40cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
5600lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
18.20cu.ft
15.00cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
14.90degrees
Angle of Departure: 
21.00degrees
17.40degrees
Curb Weight: 
4701.00lbs
4486.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Leather
6 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
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
Premium Leather
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Power Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding Rear Seatback
Multi-Level Heating
Folding Center Armrest
Multi-Level Heating
Reclining rear seats
Manual folding split-bench third row seats
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Folding Rear Seatback

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
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Three Zone Climate Control
Three Zone Climate Control
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
USB With External Media Control
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
12 Total Speakers
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)
USB connection
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
11 Total Speakers
1 subwoofer(s)
529 Watts Stereo Output
Speed sensitive volume control
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Body-color door handles with black insert
Liftgate Appliqué - black
Black mesh insert with chrome bars
EXPLORER badge on hood
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Intermittent rear wiper
Privacy glass
Intermittent wipers
Remote sunroof operation
Power glass sunroof
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
20 In.
20 X 8.0-In
Wheels more: 
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
All season tires
Painted Alloy Wheels
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R20
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Front Disc
Front ventilated disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Rear Ventilated 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: 
yes
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: 
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Post-collision safety system
Rear height adjustable headrests
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
LED headlamp
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Turn signal mirrors
Pre-Collision Safety System
Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Airbag Deployment Notification
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance
Destination Download
Destination Guidance (Also Turn-By-Turn Navigation)

Options

Packages: 
Smoker's Package
ST High-Performance Pack
Equipment Group 401A
Premium Technology Package
ST Street Pack
Exterior Options: 
Wheel Lock Kit
Roof Rails
License Plate Bracket
Dual Panel Moonroof
Splash Guards
Roof-Rail Crossbars
Interior Options: 
2nd Row Bench
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System
Cargo Area Management System
All-Weather Floor Mats W/Carpet Mats
Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Ebony, leather
#000000
Color: 
Ebony, leather
#101010
Graystone, leather
#78756F
Parchment, leather
#CFC0A3
Espresso, leather
#473C38