2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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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 Levante doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Levante 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 Levante 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 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 153 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante 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 Maserati covers the Levante. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Levante ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The MDX’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 2 times as many Acura dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MDX’s warranty.

Reliability

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The engines in the MDX have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Levante 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 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante:

MPG

MDX

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

A-Spec 3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

Hybrid 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl.

26 city/27 hwy

Levante

4WD

3.0 twin-turbo 6 cyl.

15 city/21 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo 6 cyl.

15 city/21 hwy

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

Regenerative brakes improve the MDX Sport Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 Levante doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Acura MDX higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the MDX produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

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 Levante.

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 Levante doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MDX stops shorter than the Levante:

MDX

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

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 Levante doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MDX is 2.1 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Levante.

The MDX SH-AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Levante pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Acura MDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Maserati Levante.

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

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the MDX SH-AWD is quieter than the Levante S:

MDX

Levante

At idle

36 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The MDX has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Levante can only carry 5.

The MDX has 5.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

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

MDX

Levante

Third Seat Folded

43.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.9 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

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

MDX

Levante

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

21.05”/47.3”/81.7”

n.a./40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

55”

46.7”

Min Width

45.3”

39.5”

Height

29.5”

n/a

Ergonomics

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The MDX offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the MDX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Levante 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 Levante doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The MDX SH-AWD 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 Levante 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 Levante doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Acura MDX outsold the Maserati Levante by over 14 to one during 2019.

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