2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland

2011 Acura MDX

10.0

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$53,440
"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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Good cargo space
83.5 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

9.8

starting from

$43,120
"Another strong point: You name your preferred electronic feature, the Grand Cherokee's got it."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's controls
"Robust, refined chassis."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

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Comparable towing weight
1650 lb
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Spacious back seats
50.8 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.6"
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Good range on the highway
541 miles
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Grand Cherokee Overland
  • The MDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The MDX has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The MDX has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 83.5 ft3 vs 68.7 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The MDX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 9
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Very inefficient in the city
  • Very expensive
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Performance

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The MDX has more gears and the Grand Cherokee Overland is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the MDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Grand Cherokee Overland's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions 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 Grand Cherokee Overland
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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 15.3 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp The MDX is a sporty car, while the Grand Cherokee Overland is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Overland's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 ft vs 37.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MDX has lots of passenger seats and the Grand Cherokee Overland is OK, too
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 68.7 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room and the Grand Cherokee Overland is pretty good
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1150 lb vs 1650 lb Average towing capacity
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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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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 10 vs 6 The MDX has a good number of cupholders, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The MDX 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Grand Cherokee Overland does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Cost

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
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Grand Cherokee Overland
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MSRP $53,440 vs $43,120 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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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 Grand Cherokee Overland'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 Grand Cherokee Overland's is very short

Safety Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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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 Uconnect

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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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 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 7.3 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 138 ft The MDX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 15.4 s @ 92 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.74 g The MDX has good cornering abilities, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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sm (4:58 AM, February 21, 2014)
a grand cherokee overland is not a summit and the summit beats that acura in everything except number of passengers