2018 Acura MDX SH-AWD vs. the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD

April 6th, 2018 by

2018 Acura MDX Rear

There’s no denying that the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD has much to offer, but you might wonder if it really measures up to comparably priced competitors. Nearly everyone—including the writers at Motor Trend—have great things to say about the 2018 Acura MDX SH-AWD, and when these models go head to head, you’ll be excited about the Acura too. No matter what you’re hoping for in your next new car, you’ll love what the MDX can do. We think it’s perfect for Kansas City’s drivers.

By the Numbers: Acura Comes Out On Top

We chose to compare the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD to the 2018 Acura MDX Standard with Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. Though comparably priced, you’ll be pleased to learn that the MDX’s MSRP is more than $2,000 lower than that of the Explorer.

2018 Acura MDX Standard SH-AWD has an MSRP of $46,200*

2018 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD has an MSRP of $48,225

  • Fuel Economy: The Ford Explorer gets 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg in combined settings. The MDX gets 18 mpg city, 26 highway mpg, and 21 combined mpg** in each of these categories, respectively.
  • Drivability: Unlike the Ford Explorer, the MDX features Adaptive Variable Suspension and Paddle Shifters. Both models offer 290 hp, and where the Explorer offers 255 hp, the MDX offers 267.
  • Accident Avoidance: The AcuraWatch safety suite comes standard on this MDX trim, but you’ll have to pay extra to get similar features in the Explorer. The safety suite includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.
  • Cargo Volume: The Explorer has a slight advantage in cargo space when all its rows of seating are upright, but this advantage disappears when their seats are folded down. At maximum, the Explorer offers 80.7 cu. ft. of cargo space. With its rear seats folded down, the MDX offers 90.9 cu. ft. of space.
2018 Acura MDX
2018 Acura MDX

Test Drive the MDX!

Now that you’ve seen where the Acura MDX wins over the Ford Explorer, visit your local Kansas City Acura Dealer to take one for a test drive! We think you’ll love how you feel in the cabin of the all-time best-selling three-row SUV, and there’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel. Contact us today to check out our current offers and get ready to take the next steps on your adventure!

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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