2022 Acura MDX vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Toyota Highlander

2022 Acura MDX vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

There is an abundance of mid-sized SUVs in the market, so choosing the perfect one can be a daunting task. As automotive manufacturers vie for attention, only a handful of models stand out from the crowded pack. The all-new 2022 Acura MDX and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are two frontrunners of the segment, so it only makes sense to compare them head to head.

At Maple Acura , we are proud to offer the 2022 Acura MDX with its complete redesign. You are able to build our own MDX by picking one from our new vehicle inventory online and equip it the way you want it. With an abundance of technology and safety features, the 2022 MDX has everything you need and more.

Head to Head: MDX vs Highlander

The 2022 Acura MDX and 2021 Toyota Highlander are featured in the mid-size SUV segment, but they differ quite a bit in exterior dimensions. The MDX has a longer wheelbase, wider chassis, and an extra 1.3 inches on the front and 1.5 inches on the rear track. This showcases its beautiful exterior design but also adds a practical benefit: more interior space.

Both vehicles have a different design approach, with the Toyota taking a more conventional SUV design and the MDX with a next-generation design language. Each features smooth lines and distinctive elements, but the MDX is the more exquisite vehicle.

Step Inside

The exterior dimensions of the MDX translate into a noticeably roomier interior. The MDX not only offers more cabin space with all the seats up but luxury and soft-touch materials throughout. Acura has also outfitted the MDX with all the creature comforts that you would expect from this prestigious brand. You will find dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, available 16-way power adjustable with massage, and so much more. The Toyota being a popular SUV, also provides consumers with a unique experience. It offers features like available leather trimmed seats, heated seats, and available moon roof to name a few.


Safety is one of Acura's top priorities, and the MDX is equipped with some of the best technology in the industry. The NHTSA gave the MDX an overall five-star rating, and IIHS gave it Good ratings in almost every category. For 2022, the MDX comes with AcuraWatch, a suite of driver-assist safety features that include technology like lane departure warning with corrective steering assist, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control, to name a few. In-vehicle technology adds another dynamic to the driving experience, with a 12.3-inch screen at the top of the dashboard. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are standard with extra USB ports for charging and loading audio. You can find a lot of great technology and safety features in the 2021 Toyota Highlander as well, however the MDX offers a more refined and upscale experience.


The 2022 MDX is equipped with the legendary 3.5-litre V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the standard engine on the Highlander is a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 that produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Only one vehicle offers an optional engine, the MDX with its power Type S trim features a twin-turbo V6 that pumps out an estimated 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The MDX features an efficient and smooth 10-speed automatic, while the Highlanders standard transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

If you need more information regarding this comparison, please don't hesitate to contact us and don't forget to explore the many services we offer at Maple Acura. From our state of the art service centre to a parts centre that offers genuine Acura parts. We have everything you need under one roof.

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