2019 Acura MDX vs. 2019 BMW X7

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura MDX are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the MDX and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MDX the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the MDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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The engines in the MDX have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the X7 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MDX Sport Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i (26 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the MDX’s fuel efficiency. The X7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The MDX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura MDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X7.

The MDX offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The X7 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MDX stops shorter than the X7:

MDX

X7

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The MDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The X7 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the MDX Sport Hybrid’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.4 feet vs. 42.8 feet). The MDX’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Acura MDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1350 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The MDX is 7.1 inches shorter than the X7, 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 X7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The MDX has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear shoulder room and 6.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

The front step up height for the MDX is 1 inches lower than the X7 (19” vs. 20”). The MDX’s rear step up height is 3.1 inches lower than the X7’s (17.4” vs. 20.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The MDX’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.

MDX

X7

Second Seat Folded

90.9 cubic feet

90.4 cubic feet

The MDX’s cargo area is larger than the X7’s in almost every dimension:

MDX

X7

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

21.05”/47.3”/81.7”

18.5”/45”/81.5”

Max Width

55”

48”

Min Width

45.3”

43.5”

Height

29.5”

32”

The MDX’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 19% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the MDX has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The MDX offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The MDX is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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