We all want our families and friends to enjoy a comfy ride in a tranquil and elegant cabin, but not everyone has the money and garage large enough to secure a full-size SUV. This explains why mid-size three-row luxury SUVs are the top choice for most shoppers these days.
Both SUVs are essentially unchanged for 2023.
Engine And Transmission
Every 2023 Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6 that coughs out 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque—the engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an optional feature. The V6 helps the Enclave to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a fair 6.5 seconds.
On the Acura side of things, the MDX features a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 that cranks out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to the Buick. The difference, however, is that Acura offers a performance-enhanced Type S model of the MDX with sporty enhancements, standard all-wheel drive, and a 355-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. The base engine hustles the MDX from 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds, but the Type S does a lot better at 5.5 seconds.
Both SUVs have a max towing capacity of 5000 pounds.
According to EPA, both SUVs have similar fuel economy estimates; however, the most fuel-efficient is the MDX which earns 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The Enclave follows closely at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
The Enclave’s interior offers many desirable tech and comfort features; however, it lags behind the MDX in terms of build quality and luxury appointments. Standard features include a user-friendly 8.0-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging, heated front seats, etc. Higher trims usher features like head-up display, 10-speaker Bose sound system, etc.
On the other hand, the Acura MDX has what it takes to compete against the more palatial options in this class. It spots a richly-appointed interior outfitted with quality leather upholstery and open-pore wood trims. Standard features include dual 12.3-inch displays, while options like massaging seats and a 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D sound system are available on higher trims.
Safety And Driver Assistance
Both SUVs have an impressive list of standard safety features. Shoppers looking for heightened driver assistance technology can opt for higher trims. The features include;
- Forward collision warning system
- Lane departure warning system
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control
- Front and Rear Parking sensors
- 360° camera system, etc.
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