2019 Maserati Levante vs. 2019 Acura MDX

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Safety

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The Levante has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MDX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Levante. But it costs extra on the MDX.

Both the Levante and the MDX 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Levante’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the MDX’s camshafts. If the MDX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the Levante is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Levante’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The MDX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Levante has more powerful engines than the MDX:

Horsepower

Torque

Levante 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Levante S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

Levante GTS 3.8 turbo V8

550 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

Levante Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

590 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

MDX 3.5 SOHC V6

290 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

MDX Sport Hybrid 3.0 SOHC V6

321 HP

289 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante (base engine) is faster than the Acura MDX V6:

Levante

MDX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Levante has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Levante has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Levante Trofeo’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The MDX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Levante’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MDX:

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

MDX

MDX Sport Hybrid

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

The Levante’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MDX are solid, not vented.

The Levante stops much shorter than the MDX:

Levante

MDX

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Levante has larger standard tires than the MDX (265/50R19 vs. 245/60R18).

The Levante’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MDX’s standard 60 series tires. The Levante’s optional 265/35R22 front and 295/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the MDX A-Spec’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Levante has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the MDX. The Levante’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the MDX.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the MDX, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Levante has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Levante’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The MDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Levante’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The MDX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 7.3 inches longer than on the MDX (118.3 inches vs. 111 inches).

The Levante’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the MDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Levante more stable handling and braking.

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the MDX SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the MDX SH-AWD (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (9.7 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Levante uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The MDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Levante has 2.1 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Levante’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The MDX doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Levante’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MDX’s (6000 vs. 3500 pounds).

While the MDX SH-AWD Sport Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Levante can tow a minimum of 6000 pounds.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Levante is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MDX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Levante and the MDX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Levante is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The MDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Levante’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Levante to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MDX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Levante offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Levante offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The MDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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