Comparison - Volkswagen Touareg V6 Executive 2017 - vs - Acura MDX Base 2017

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Model: 
Average Price: 
60,195
Updated: 
02 Dec 2016
49,576
Updated: 
28 Nov 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2017
2017
Total Seating: 
5
7
Transmission: 
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
9-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
no
Navigation: 
no
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
26.40gals
19.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Black Oak Brown Metallic
#281F1A
Canyon Gray Metallic
#595B58
Dark Flint Metallic
#374142
Deep Black Metallic
#000000
Moonlight Blue
#202E37
Pure White
#FFFFFF
Reflex Silver Metallic
#D8D8D8
Sand Gold Metallic
#A69F95
Reef Blue Metallic
#243551
Color: 
Crystal Black Pearl
#2A2A2A
Dark Cherry Pearl
#532831
Lunar Silver Metallic
#A9A9A9
Modern Steel Metallic
#616267
White Diamond Pearl
#DEDDDA

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.

The Touareg is attractive inside and out, but it is very conservative and cautious.

With just one engine on offer, Touareg is down on power compared to rivals. However, it rides and handles very well.

The Touareg's interior is a massive step above other VWs, but not quite luxury-grade.

Expanded availability of Touareg's collision avoidance tech is a plus, but it has not been tested by NHTSA.

Although it lacks some things buyers might expect at this price, the VW Touareg impresses with an overall high-end feel.

At just 19 mpg combined, VW's Touareg pales against many rivals.

Pros
Over-engineered feel inside and out
Composed, refined driving experience
Rarity; you won't see yourself coming or going

Cons
Mercedes money, VW warranty
Light on high-tech options
No third row

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The only thing missing from the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a luxury badge. If you appreciate a well-crafted cabin and lots of convenience and luxury features, you'll surely enjoy the Touareg. But this level of refinement doesn't come cheap

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is largely unchanged, though the base Sport trim level gets the previously optional Technology package as standard equipment this year. Also, the previous Lux trim level is now referred to as the Wolfsburg Edition.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg's V6 engine can feel strained during hard acceleration, and many rival crossovers are notably quicker. On the bright side, the eight-speed automatic transmission provides almost imperceptible upshifts along with responsive downshifts on demand. In general, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is pretty enjoyable to drive. It has responsive steering with plenty of road feel, and it stays stable and secure when you're going around turns. Luckily, none of this means it's uncomfortable on the highway. It's also quiet, smooth and confident over bumpy roads, all of which contribute to its luxury feel.

The Touareg is similarly competent off-road thanks to a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. That system makes up for most of the capability gap with competitors that have traditional low-range gearing. With a respectable amount of ground clearance and a compliant suspension, the Touareg powers over washboard roads and light-duty trails without breaking a sweat.

Pros
Classy interior is near-luxury; impressive handling when going around turns; high towing capacity could be useful for large trailers; huge amount of standard features

Cons
Pricier than the typical crossover SUV; no third-row seat available; limited cargo capacity; unremarkable performance from V6 engine.

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is the German brand's flagship SUV, but its $50,000 starting price makes it as awkward a fit in its segment as its name is to pronounce (try "tour-egg"). Ostensibly this 5-passenger SUV is more luxurious than a Ford Edge or Jeep Grand Cherokee but not quite as fancy as a BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE or even its cousins the Audi Q5 and Q7, and Porsche Cayenne. In reality, we'd recommend just about any competitor over the Touareg. This VW SUV has much going against it beyond a high price and aging platform. The Touareg's brightest aspect -- a strong and efficient diesel engine -- is gone due to VW's emissions-cheating scandal, leaving a tired and overburdened V6 as its only motivation.

A year after the hybrid powertrain was put out to pasture, the once-loved diesel option is gone, too, in the wake of VW's scandal. Base models get active safety features and driving aids like active cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. The mid-trim Wolfsburg model replaces the Lux trim.

Pros
Reasons to buy a Touareg in light of far better rivals are few. But this VW does offer some premium appeal and active safety features even in its base model, and there's no arguing that it is ruggedly handsome and offers confident traction on snow and dirt thanks to its full-time all-wheel-drive system.

Cons
The Touareg offers only one engine, and its $50,000-plus starting price is hardly a value. You can do far better in everything ranging from a Ford Edge or Lincoln MKX to a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus RX or Mercedes-Benz GLE.

By: 
kbb.com

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg ranks 20 out of 22 Luxury Midsize SUVs. The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg offers a compelling mix of standard equipment, refinement, and advanced safety features. However, subpar engine performance moves this Volkswagen toward the bottom of the class.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Touareg has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg offers a compelling mix of standard equipment, refinement, and advanced safety features. However, subpar engine performance moves this Volkswagen toward the bottom of the class.

"The only thing missing from the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a luxury badge. If you appreciate a well-crafted cabin and lots of convenience and luxury features, you'll surely enjoy the Touareg. But this level of refinement doesn't come cheap." -- Edmunds

"Unlike most other Volkswagen models, which have become less expensive and less sophisticated in order to gain mass-market appeal, the Touareg midsize SUV is a genuine luxury... -- Left Lane News

“Reasons to buy a Touareg in light of far better rivals are few. But this VW does offer some premium appeal and active safety features even in its base model, and there's no arguing that it is ruggedly handsome and offers confident traction on snow and dirt thanks to its full-time all-wheel-drive system.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Pros
Plenty of standard advanced safety features
User-friendly infotainment system

Cons
Underpowered V6 engine
High starting price for a nonluxury brand

By: 
cars.usnews.com

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

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
17.00mpg
19.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
23.00mpg
27.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
24
Cylinders: 
6
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.60L
3.50L
Torque: 
266ft-lbs
at 2 500rpm
267ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
Horsepower: 
280hp
at 6 200rpm
290hp
at 6 200rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Turning Circle: 
39.00Feet
38.70Feet

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
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Keyless Ignition
Driver Assisted Parking Assist
Electric Power Steering
Cooled Storage Compartment
Extended Cabin Heating

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
188.80in
196.20in
Width: 
76.40in
77.20in
Height: 
68.20in
67.40in
Ground Clearance: 
7.90in
5.60in
Front Track: 
65.00in
66.30in
Rear Track: 
66.00in
66.30in
Wheel Base: 
113.90in
111.00in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
39.60
38.10
Rear Head Room: 
38.90
38.30
Front Leg Room: 
41.40in
41.40in
Rear leg room: 
36.70in
36.60in
Front Hip Room: 
58.30in
57.50in
Front Shoulder Room: 
59.80in
61.10in
Rear Hip Room: 
57.40in
57.80in
Rear Shoulder room: 
56.70in
59.10in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
64.00cu.ft
68.40cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
7716lbs
3500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
32.10cu.ft
14.90cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
26.00degrees
14.90degrees
Angle of Departure: 
26.00degrees
17.40degrees
Curb Weight: 
4696.00lbs
4001.00lbs

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: 
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
10-way power passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Leatherette
10 -way power driver seat
Height adjustable passenger seat
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Driver 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
Leather
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Split-folding rear seatback
Rear ventilation ducts
Reclining Rear Seats
Folding center armrest
Heated
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

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: 
Extended cabin heating
Leather steering wheel
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Cooled storage compartment
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Leather steering wheel

Entertainment

DVD player: 
yes
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
yes
no
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
3 Months of provided satellite radio service
Speed sensitive volume control
10 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Memory card slot
620 Watts Stereo Output
Dynaudio Premium Brand Speakers
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

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
no
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Privacy glass
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Roof rack
Intermittent rear wiper
Privacy glass
Intermittent wipers
Remote sunroof operation
Power glass sunroof
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
21 X 9.5 In
18 x 8.0 in
Wheels more: 
Fullsize non-matching spare tire
Inside mounted spare tire
All season tires
All season tires
Underbody mounted spare tire
Null spare wheel
Alloy wheels
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R21
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60

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 brakes
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
no
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: 
Brake drying
Self-leveling headlights
Post-collision safety system
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Turn signal mirrors
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
Rear center 3-point belt
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Pre-Collision Safety System
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Cornering Lights
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

Options

Exterior Options: 
Roof Rack
Roof Edge Spoiler
Splash Guards
Trailer Hitch Extras
Interior Options: 
Roadside Assistance Kit
Rubber Mat Kit
Luggage Net
First Aid Kit

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
#101010
Black Anthracite, leatherette
#B4A599
Cornsilk Beige, leatherette
Color: 
Ebony, leather
#101010
Graystone, leather
#78756F
Parchment, leather
#CFC0A3