2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2011 Lexus
GS 450h

2011 Acura MDX

9.9

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$55,340
"Thrilling performance when it comes to acceleration."
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"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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Average number of gears
6
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
2011 Lexus GS 450h

9.3

Runner-up

Lexus GS 450h

starting from

$59,825

Reasons to buy the Lexus GS 450h

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Is a hybrid
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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More airbags
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the GS 450h
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Almost the same
  • The MDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • Almost the same
  • The MDX has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Room for around 8x more stuff, 83.5 ft3 vs 10.6 ft3
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 450h Winner: GS 450h
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  • The GS 450h has 2 more airbags (including Knee, Rear Side), 7 vs 5
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
  • Very expensive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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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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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

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MDX
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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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 Optional Like your tunes? In the GS 450h, you can upgrade to 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 No The MDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the GS 450h

Performance

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MDX
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 340 HP @ 6,400 RPM The GS 450h is fairly powerful, but the MDX is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The MDX has an OK number of gears, while the GS 450h has very few
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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 GS 450h
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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 12.2 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 ft vs 36.7 ft The GS 450h can make tight turns, and the MDX is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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MDX
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MDX has lots of passenger seats and the GS 450h is OK, too
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Highway driving range 441 miles vs 430 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 10.6 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room, but the GS 450h has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3 The MDX has average-sized front seats, while the GS 450h is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The MDX 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the GS 450h
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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 Optional The MDX 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the GS 450h
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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

Safety Features

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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 7 The GS 450h has great airbag coverage, whereas the MDX is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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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 SafetyConnect

Cost

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MDX
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MSRP $55,340 vs $59,825 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 22 mpg The GS 450h has great city mileage and the MDX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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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

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MDX
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 5.9 seconds The GS 450h has a good 0-60 time, but the MDX is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 90 mph vs 14.5 s @ 101 mph The GS 450h's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the MDX 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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MDX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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