2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Audi Q7

Rear end of the 2018 Acura MDX on the left with the 2018 Audi Q7 on the right

These days its harder than ever to choose among your options, with safety ratings and reliability almost evenly matched. You’ll likewise find that available features tend to be similar across the board. So how do you select the right model for you? When it comes to the 2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Audi Q7, we think you’ll find a few reasons to consider our luxury option.

Both the 2018 Acura MDX and the 2018 Audi Q7 are three-row SUVs with roomy interiors and high-quality materials. Though they are similar in much of what they offer, the Acura MDX does stand out thanks to its hybrid option and better transmission.

2018 Acura MDX


2018 Audi Q7

3.5-liter V6 Standard Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
290hp Standard Horsepower 252hp
Available Hybrid? No
9-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters Standard Transmission 8-speed automatic

Features of the 2018 Acura MDX

As you can see, one of the key reasons the 2018 Acura MDX stands out is because the vehicle has a more potent standard engine and an available Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive option. The 2018 Audi Q7 does offer an available V6 engine, but its fuel economy ratings end up being a huge compromise in order to achieve extra power. One thing to keep in mind is that the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD does differ from the standard V6 MDX in that it has a motor-integrated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of the 9-speed automatic.

When it comes to interior space, it’s difficult to tell which model is a roomier option simply because Audi doesn’t list overall passenger volume. What we do know is that front headroom is 38.1 inches for the MDX and 38.4 for the Q7, suggesting the differences aren’t likely to be noticeable for most. Cargo space is likewise similar, with the MDX offering 14.9 cubic feet behind the third row and the Q7 offering 14.8 cubic feet.

Standard features found in the 2018 Acura MDX include Jewel Eye LED headlights with automatic high and low beams, a power moonroof, a leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless access with push-button ignition and smart entry and much more.

The 2018 Acura MDX has three available packages in addition to the standard features. Find out more when you stop by Karen Radley Acura for a test drive.