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Old 05-02-2019, 12:25 PM
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Is the MDX losing the "Best 3 Row SUV" title?

MDX is by far one of the best 3 row SUVs in the market. The sales number demonstrate that for the past two decades. I am noticing in the past few months, Infiniti QX60 is outselling the MDX in Canada and USA. I checked the pricing and MDX is more expensive but still, it's a concern to me. We need the new MDX The truth is the QX60 is old too and doesn't offer anything wow. I believe the lower cost attracts people.
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MDX has never been rated the best.However it always had decent ratings up in the top third of the group in reviews. IMHO one of its biggest negatives is fuel requirement. In this day and age regular 87 octane fuel should be the norm.
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You get in an Infiniti these days and you can just tell the quality isn't there. It's a nice vehicle but the interior just isn't premium enough for my taste.

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MDX has never been rated the best.However it always had decent ratings up in the top third of the group in reviews. IMHO one of its biggest negatives is fuel requirement. In this day and age regular 87 octane fuel should be the norm.
Strongly disagree. Give me an engine which performs better with the best fuel.
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LOL the 2019 MDX is actually the same 0 to 60 time as the Pilot. So again all you get for that extra 30 cents a gallon is a lighter wallet

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MDX is by far one of the best 3 row SUVs in the market. The sales number demonstrate that for the past two decades. I am noticing in the past few months, Infiniti QX60 is outselling the MDX in Canada and USA. I checked the pricing and MDX is more expensive but still, it's a concern to me. We need the new MDX The truth is the QX60 is old too and doesn't offer anything wow. I believe the lower cost attracts people.
To me the Infiniti is ugly but the interior in some regards is more luxurious. Where you loose me is the CVT tranny. I think the Infiniti would be more expensive, similarily equipped.
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The Infiniti QX60 have the best 3 row seating space. I had the opportunity to compared the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60, and Audi Q7. Of all of them the QX60 tops them all as far as leg room. Worst was the Q7 and XT5. Then XC90 and then MDX came out marginal on leg room
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Unless looking at base model the top of the line the QX60 is about $5k-$6k more expensive then the MDX Advance with Entertainment. Fully loaded QX60 is about $66k-$67k, while MDX is just over $61k. In terms of interior cargo space the QX60 has a slight leg up on the MDX but by far has more front legroom. 2nd and 3rd row legroom between models is all very comparable. 3rd row headroom however is worse then MDX with sloping roofline.

Honestly if the QX60 offered Android Auto/Car play I may have considered it even though ride quality and driving dynamics aren't anything resembling the "Infiniti" of old and not close to the MDX in my opinion. QX60 hasn't been meaningfully changed in close to 9 years now, Infiniti's entire lineup outside of the new QX50 (which well over a year after launch still doesn't have Android Auto or CarPlay even though at launch they were promising it was coming soon) is extremely stale.

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I never really considered the Infiniti brand when I was looking to add another vehicle to my stable. I've been so loyal and exclusive Honda/Acura since 1994. Honda/Acura has ran into some higher than average quality issues of late. So far, all my quality and recall issues never left me stranded, loaner is always available, and I can usually wait until the next M.I.D. service before I need to take the vehicle in for repair. I didn't even consider trading in one of my other Acura (06 TSX +152K, 08 RDX +163K, 11 MDX 128K) when I purchased my 19 MDX. It hard to find in my area other luxury brands +10 years old still on the road going strong.

Acura might be a victim of its own success with the MDX. No reason to upgrade if the 17 MDX will be 95%-99% exactly the same as the 2020 MDX (carplay and price increase only)? Previous owners of the MDX or other Acura models might be hanging on to older models longer instead of turning them over like MB, BMW, Lexus, etc... I didn't upgrade until now because my older Acura still are running great like the day of purchase. I only purchased another Acura because my daughter is in the Army in Korea and was temporary assigned to San Antonio for +6 months. It was just easier on her to loan her my 08 RDX for a while.
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Before my 19 MDX I owned 2 used Audi's (my A6 was fine but my A8L was garbage), when I got tired of all the problems with my A8 I bought a new Infiniti G37s coupe which was great, then upgraded to an Infiniti FX35 in 2010 (still own that vehicle). I never had any major problems with either Infiniti, have always had great experience with the dealer and their dealership is quite nice (service department too) compared to the Acura dealerships near me. So honestly if it weren't for the CVT, the fact the QX60 hasn't been touched in forever, lackluster driving performance and missing Android Auto, it would have been neck and neck between the MDX and the QX60. Infiniti has gotten so complacent lately and their lineup is very stale (same with Nissan, even the GTR is basically the same as when it was launched almost a decade ago). So for me the MDX was a no-brainer. The service experience at the Acura dealer was fine but definitely not as nice looking inside as my local Infiniti dealer (and looks have nothing to do with quality of service itself)

Both Acura and Infiniti as of late have had their share of quality/reliability issues as of late but both I have faith the manufacturer will own up to and fix any problems.
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Actually, in Canada, the QX60 fully loaded vs MDX fully loaded, the MDX is more expensive.
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When we were looking, we were comparing the MDX, Pilot, CX9, and Highlander. In terms of 3rd row usability, they ranked from lowest to highest, CX9, Highlander, MDX, Pilot. Merely our opinion.

We were coming off a 2007 Odyssey and frankly nothing is as good at moving more than 5 people in relative comfort than a minivan. Our 3rd row requirement changed when our daughter changed schools and no longer needed to carpool. So, the 3rd row was not a deciding factor in our purchase. Had it been, we probably would have gone with the pilot. In fact, that MDX 3rd row hasn't been up in the 14 months of ownership, so we clearly don't "need" it. It is there cause it came with the car, and it is nice to know that one day it may come in handy if we get stuck with that extra friend or family member needed a ride.

On a related note, the carpool had 2 Odysseys, a Sequoia, VW Atlas, and previous gen MDX. From worst to best for overall comfort including 3rd row (that my daughter preferred) they ranked; MDX, Sequoia, Atlas, Odysseys (winner again).
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:08 AM
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Actually, in Canada, the QX60 fully loaded vs MDX fully loaded, the MDX is more expensive.
Interesting. In US here is the fully loaded comparison (no accessories, chose color without extra cost) and the MDX is over $5k less expensive. If you got rid of the limited package then in US the QX60 would still be $50 more expensive than the MDX but basically a wash

QX60 Luxe AWD ($48,150)
+ Essential Package ($2,900)
+ Theater Package ($2,150)
+ Sensory Package ($3,500)
+ Proactive Package ($3,400)
+ Limited Package ($5,000)
+ Destination ($995)
TOTAL QX60 = $66,095

MDX ($44,300)
+ SH-AWD ($2,000)
+ Technology Package ($5,000)
+ Advance Package ($6,750)
+ Entertainment Package ($2,000)
+ Destination ($995)
TOTAL MDX = $61,045
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I chose the MDX Hybrid because it is best in class in driving dynamics, horse power, price to own and reliability. Anything else better would of been a European competitor which would of came with a $60k+ price tag for a base model. Now if those Europeans can get their reliability issues sorted out I wouldn't mind spending the extra $10-$20k and that's coming from a guy who owns only Acura/Honda/Lexus vehicles.
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that would be the Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade.
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