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There are many midsize luxury SUVs on the market, which makes it difficult for shoppers to narrow down their options. Since it’s difficult to compare many at once to make a final determination, we’re narrowing down the comparison to two. In this 2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Acura MDX comparison, we determine which midsize luxury SUV to choose.

2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Acura MDX: specs

2021 AudiQ7, a midsize luxury SUV facing forward
2021 Audi Q7 | Audi

If you’re the type to focus on gas mileage, there’s not much difference with either vehicle. The Audi Q7 has 19 mpg for city driving, 23 mpg for highway driving, and 21 mpg combined. In comparison, the Acura MDX receives 19 mpg for city driving, and 25 mpg for highway driving, with a combined mpg of 21. The Audi Q7 is slightly taller, but the Acura MDX is somewhat broader.

The 2022 Audi Q7 has an overall length of 199.3 inches, a width of 77.6 inches, and a height of 68.5 inches. For comparison, the 2022 Acura MDX has an overall length of 198.4 inches, a width of 78.7 inches, and a height of 67.1 inches. The Audi has slightly more headroom and legroom than the Acura. 

The front and back headroom spaces are 39.9 inches and 38.8 inches, while the front and back legroom space on the Audi Q7 is 41.7 inches and 38.8 inches, respectively. In the Acura MDX, the front and rear headroom is 38.5 inches and 38.1 inches, while the front legroom and the rear legroom are 41.6 inches and 38.5 inches, respectively.

2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Acura MDX: performance

2022 Acura MDX | Acura

For the engines, per Autotrader, the 2022 Acura MDX has more horsepower but less torque. It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, 290 hp at 6,200 rpm and 267 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm for torque. In contrast, the 2022 Audi Q7 has a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine with 248 hp at 5,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm for torque. The two midsize luxury SUVs have an automatic transmission, but the Audi has an 8-speed automatic while the Acura has a 10-speed automatic.

2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Acura MDX: safety features and ratings

Safety is one of the top concerns people have in mind when getting a new or used vehicle. The 2022 Acura MDX received an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), while the 2022 Audi Q7 has yet to receive a rating at the time of this writing.

Safety features that both vehicles have include:

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Front, side, and overhead airbags
  • Pretensioners to automatically tighten seatbelts
  • Security system
  • Stability control

The Acura MDX has knee airbags and anti-whiplash head restraints, which the Audi Q7 does not.

2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Acura MDX: interior features

2022 Audi Q7 interior features include:

  • Leather seats
  • Top view camera
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Sunshades for rear door, side windows, and tailgate
  • Smartphone interface

2022 Acura MDX interior features:

  • Built-in Alexa
  • HD Center display
  • Wireless charging
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Moonroof

Is the Audi Q7 or Acura MDX worth the money?

The 2022 Audi Q7 and the 2022 Acura MDX are both excellent choices for a midsize luxury SUV. The MSRP for the 2022 Acura MDX is $48,000, while the MSRP lists the 2022 Audi Q7 for $57,500. 

The Acura has a little more horsepower and a perfect safety rating from the NHTSA, while the Audi has yet to receive a rating.


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