2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2011 Honda
Accord EX-L

2011 Acura MDX

10.0

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$55,340
"Thrilling performance when it comes to acceleration."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's transmission
"It’s an excellent vehicle worthy of your attention."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Acura MDX

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Has 3 rows of seats
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Honda Accord EX-L

9.7

Runner-up

Honda Accord EX-L

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's controls
"It's an elegant ride."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Accord EX-L
  • The MDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Room for more than 5.5x more stuff, 83.5 ft3 vs 14.7 ft3
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the MDX ; no amount of money can buy it on the Accord EX-L
  • The MDX has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 7
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The best price we've seen is $24,815 cheaper (more than 40% less), $30,525 vs $55,340
  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.7

Performance

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM The MDX is of average power, but the Accord EX-L is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The MDX 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Accord EX-L
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 17.9 lb/hp The MDX is a sporty car, while the Accord EX-L is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The MDX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 ft vs 37.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MDX has lots of passenger seats and the Accord EX-L is OK, too
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Highway driving range 441 miles vs 629 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance, but the MDX is very limited
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 14.7 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room, but the Accord EX-L has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 55.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 10 vs 4 The MDX has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
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Accord EX-L
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Number of speakers 10 vs 7 The MDX has more speakers and the Accord EX-L is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The MDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the MDX ; no amount of money can buy it on the Accord EX-L

Cost

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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MSRP $55,340 vs $30,525 The Accord EX-L has a reasonable price, while the MDX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 23 mpg The Accord EX-L has great city mileage and the MDX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MDX 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Accord EX-L's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The MDX 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Accord EX-L's is very short

Safety Features

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The Accord EX-L is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the MDX
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The MDX is 1.5x safer than the Accord EX-L

Luxury Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Honda
Accord EX-L
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The MDX 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Accord EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 125 ft The Accord EX-L has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the MDX is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 90 mph vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.79 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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