Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Acura MDX VS 2013 Audi Q7 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Acura MDX

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2013 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

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The MDX offers an optional Collision Mitigating Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q7 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The MDX’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q7 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The MDX offers optional AcuraLink, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q7 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the MDX and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the MDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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The engine in the MDX has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Q7 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

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The MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (290 vs. 280) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the MDX SH-AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 3.0T (18 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the MDX’s fuel efficiency. The Q7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura MDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The MDX offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The MDX has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q7’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The MDX has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the MDX flat and controlled during cornering. The Q7’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MDX is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

For better maneuverability, the MDX’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Q7’s (37.6 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Acura MDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The MDX is 6.7 inches shorter than the Q7, making the MDX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The MDX has .1 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear shoulder room and 6.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The MDX’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

MDX

Q7

Behind Third Seat

15.8 cubic feet

10.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.4 cubic feet

42 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.9 cubic feet

72.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The MDX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left down on the MDX the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Q7 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Standard AcuraLink for the MDX allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q7 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The MDX offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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