2019 Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander- Which Is the Better Choice?

February 22nd, 2019 by

2019 Acura MDX Exterior
The 2019 Acura MDX and 2019 Toyota Highlander are both 3-row SUVs that deliver a powerful performance and offer high-tech and luxurious amenities inside. But when compared side by side, the Acura MDX quickly outshines its competition with a “combination of quality and value” according to U.S. News and World Report. With a lower MSRP, better warranty, and a larger cargo volume, the Acura MDX is one of the best three-row SUVs on the road.


Though comparable equipped, the Acura MDX Standard SH-AWD comes at a lower price point than the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD, making it a better deal. The Highlander Limited Platinum slots in as a mid-level trim, where as the Acura MDX Standard is the entry-level model, allowing more room for drivers to move up the lineup in search of upgraded technology and luxury.

  • Acura MDX Standard SH-AWD – $46,300*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD – $47,210


Not only does the Acura MDX come at a more affordable price point, but drivers will get more bang for their buck with longer and more comprehensive warranties than the Toyota Highlander offers.

Acura MDX

  • Basic Warranty – 48 months / 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty – 72 months / 70,000 miles

Toyota Highlander

  • Basic Warranty – 36 months / 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty – 60 months / 60,000 miles

Cargo Dimensions

The 2019 Acura MDX features more cargo space than the Toyota Highlander. Behind the third row seat, the MDX will boast up to 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Highlander’s more cramped 13.6 cubic feet. The MDX also features more versatile bench seats in the rear rows at a 60/40 split, so drivers can accommodate more cargo without sacrificing all of the passenger space.

Cargo Space

  • MDX – 15.8 cubic feet
  • Highlander – 13.6 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Volume (rear seats folded down)

  • MDX – 90.9 cubic feet
  • Highlander – 78.6 cubic feet

Safety Ratings

As a family friendly SUV, the Acura MDX takes safety as one of its top priorities and earns a NHTSA Front Driver Crash Test** rating of 5 stars. In comparison, the Highlander falls short with a rating of just 4 stars for the same crash test.

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2019 Acura MDX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Twin City Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and experience the MDX firsthand when you sit behind the wheel with a test drive today.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or
destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and
$995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set
their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information
on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov .