Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Acura MDX VS 2015 GMC Yukon Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Acura MDX

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2015 GMC Yukon

Safety Comparison

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The MDX’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Yukon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the MDX uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Yukon uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Acura MDX is safer than the GMC Yukon:

MDX

Yukon

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

33%

Neck Stress

244 lbs.

372 lbs.

Neck Compression

34 lbs.

198 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

283

285

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

34%

Neck Stress

177 lbs.

199 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Acura MDX is safer than the GMC Yukon:

MDX

Yukon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

481 lbs.

893 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Yukon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The MDX comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Yukon’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the MDX 1 year longer than GMC covers the Yukon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Yukon ends after only 5 years.

The MDX’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Yukon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the MDX has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Yukon.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Acura MDX is faster than the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8:

MDX

Yukon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.8 sec

12.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the MDX gets better fuel mileage than the Yukon:

MDX

Yukon

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8

6.2 V8/Auto

n/a

15 city/21 hwy

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8

6.2 V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/21 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The MDX stops shorter than the Yukon:

MDX

Yukon

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The MDX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yukon SLE/SLT’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Acura MDX has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The GMC Yukon has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

The MDX SH-AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Yukon SLT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The MDX SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Yukon SLT (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the MDX’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Yukon’s (37.6 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Acura MDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1300 to 1400 pounds less than the GMC Yukon.

The MDX is 10.3 inches shorter than the Yukon, making the MDX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MDX is 7.7 inches shorter in height than the Yukon, making the MDX much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction makes the MDX’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Yukon doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The front step up height for the MDX is 3.4 inches lower than the Yukon (19” vs. 22.4”). The MDX’s rear step up height is 5 inches lower than the Yukon’s (17.4” vs. 22.4”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

MDX

Yukon

Behind Third Seat

15.8 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the MDX easier. The MDX’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.5 inches, while the Yukon’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

The MDX’s cargo area is larger than the Yukon’s in almost every dimension:

MDX

Yukon

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

21.05”/47.3”/81.7”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

55”

n/a

Min Width

45.3”

49.3”

Height

29.5”

33.9”

Ergonomics Comparison

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The MDX’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Yukon’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Yukon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The MDX has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Yukon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Acura MDX has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

MDX

Yukon

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

n/a

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