2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2011 Lexus
GS 350

2011 Acura MDX

9.8

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$53,440
"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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Has 3 rows of seats
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Good cargo space
83.5 ft3
2011 Lexus GS 350

9.7

Runner-up

Lexus GS 350

starting from

$49,725

Reasons to buy the Lexus GS 350

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More airbags
7
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
42.9 ft3
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Fast 0-60 time
5.7 seconds
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the GS 350
  • The MDX has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Room for more than 6.5x more stuff, 83.5 ft3 vs 12.7 ft3
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350 has 2 more airbags (including Knee, Rear Side), 7 vs 5
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GS 350
  • The MDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,715 cheaper (around 10% less), $49,725 vs $53,440
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • The MDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the GS 350
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
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 -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.7

Practicality

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MDX has lots of passenger seats and the GS 350 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 441 miles vs 470 miles The GS 350 has OK highway range, but the MDX is very limited
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 12.7 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room, but the GS 350 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 350 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 350
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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 350
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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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MDX
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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 350 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

Performance

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 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 GS 350
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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 13.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-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 35.4 ft The GS 350 can make tight turns, and the MDX is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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MDX
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MSRP $53,440 vs $49,725 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Entertainment System

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MDX
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GS 350
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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 350, 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 Yes 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 350

Luxury Features

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MDX
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2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
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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
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 5.7 seconds The GS 350 has a good 0-60 time, but the MDX is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 136 ft The MDX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the GS 350 is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs Unknown
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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
2011 Acura MDX
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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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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