Read the complete Acura MDX vs Intiniti QX60 Comparison at AutoGuide.comLike a luxurious minivan but without the stigma
by Mike Schlee
Ignore the styling for a minute and look at the stats because the 2014 Acura MDX and 2014 Infiniti QX60 couldn’t be much closer.
The engines are both 3.5-liter V6s powering all four wheels and rear trunk space is an identical 15.8 cubic feet. Both can carry seven passengers with rear seat occupants enjoying a full entertainment set-up. As-tested pricing is separated by a mere $450 and they can each tow 5,000 lbs. (although the MDX needs a few dealer installed components to pull it off).
By now you might be wondering what in tarnation a QX60 is? That’s simple. It’s the one-year-old JX35 renamed to fit Infiniti’s new nomenclature. Not much has changed for this vehicle since 2013 except for the new name and tacky “3.5” badges on the front fenders.
NEW VS RENAMED
The MDX, on the other hand, is an old favorite in the segment. For years, it has been one of the best all-around luxury crossovers to offer a combination of minivan space and luxury sedan handling. For 2014, it enters a third generation and undergoes significant weight loss, stripping over 300 lbs. from the previous generation. This leaves the new vehicle at 4,332 lbs., which is also 130 lbs. lighter than the QX60.
Besides the weight savings, Acura has downsized the engine as well. Replacing the 3.7-liter V6 is a new direct injection 3.5-liter V6 making 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. These figures are slightly lower than what the old 3.7-liter put out, but with the MDX losing weight and adding another gear thanks to a new six-speed automatic, its power-to-weight ratio actually improves.
Infiniti counters with a 3.5 L V6, but it makes significantly less power. At only 265 hp and 248 lb-ft, the heavier QX60 feels noticeably slower, especially at lower speeds where the continuously variable transmission (CVT) causes noticeable acceleration lag. At higher speeds, the gap shrank and neither vehicle felt particularly fast or slow.