The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Demolishes the 2022 Acura MDX in Consumer Reports’ Ratings

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne and 2022 Acura MDX are both popular midsize luxury SUVs, but which one is the better choice? Let’s look at whether Consumer Reports recommends the 2021 Porsche Cayenne or 2022 Acura MDX, and what makes it a great choice.

A red 2022 Acura MDX speeds down a highway.
2022 Acura MDX | Acura

Both the Porsche Cayenne and Acura MDX have a good road test score

A silver 2021 Porsche Cayenne speeding with mountains in the background.
2021 Porsche Cayenne | Porsche

Consumer Reports gives both the 2021 Porsche Cayenne and 2022 Acura MDX a 4/5 for acceleration. 

The Cayenne’s transmission scores a 4/5. Routine handling receives an excellent 5/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Porsche Cayenne’s max avoidance speed is 50 mph.

On the other hand, the MDX’s transmission scores a 4/5. Routine handling receives a very good 4/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Acura MDX’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph.

Braking is better in the Cayenne. It scores a 4/5, while the MDX gets just a 3/5.

The MDX has better headlights, scoring a 4/5. The Cayenne’s headlights only score a 3/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne gets a reasonable 3/5 for its ride. It’s quiet: it scores a perfect 5 for its noise. Both front and rear seat comfort get perfect scores as well. 

The MDX scores similarly, with a 4/5 for its ride. It’s fairly quiet: it scores a 4/5 for its noise. Both front and rear seat comfort also get perfect scores. 

Both the Porsche Cayenne and Acura MDX value safety   

A white 2022 Acura MDX against a white background.
2022 Acura MDX | Acura

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2022 Acura MDX comes standard with all of these safety features, which is excellent. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne comes standard with nearly all of these features. The exceptions are lane-keeping assist and blind-spot warning, which are optional. Unfortunately, rear cross-traffic warning isn’t available. 

Reliability and owner satisfaction is excellent in both the Porsche Cayenne and Acura MDX

A red 2021 Porsche cayenne with trees in the background.
2021 Porsche Cayenne | Porsche

To determine the reliability of a vehicle, Consumer Reports sends out surveys to people who have bought previous versions of the vehicle. They then combine this survey data with what they know about the current model. They say that with these two pieces of information, they can “expertly predict the reliability of new and redesigned models.”

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a 3/5 for its predicted reliability, while the MDX scores just a 2. Problem spots in the 2019 Cayenne include the engine minor, brakes, and power equipment.  Major problem spots in the 2020 Acura MDX include the drive system, paint and trim, and body hardware. Other problem areas include the transmission minor and the body integrity.

Both the Porsche Cayenne and Acura MDX get a 4/5 for owner satisfaction. Most notably, the Cayenne’s driving experience and comfort are a 92. Owners give the MDX driving experience a 74 and comfort a 79.

Overall, it isn’t difficult to see why Consumer Reports gives the 2021 BMW X5 an 84, making it the highest-rated midsize luxury SUV. On the other hand, the 2022 Acura MDX scores just a 61, though it still has good overall ratings. If you’re shopping for a midsize luxury SUV, you really can’t go wrong with either.

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