Head-to-Head Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander versus 2014 Acura MDX — NY…

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Head-to-Head Review: 2014 Highlander versus 2014 MDX

Here, we have two freshly seven-passenger SUVs—one from the Acura brand, and the other workaday Toyota. With an price difference of roughly how close could these family SUVs really be? Is a badge worth a premium or does Toyota manage an victory?

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander is new. But does this crossover have what it to unseat a highly-regarded rival a luxury badge?

These a luxury experience doesn’t come with a luxury This applies to everything cars and clothes, to hotels and This is good news for the but it also puts heat on brands to build extra into products. Otherwise, all really getting is a fancy

So what happens when gently revises the redesigned MDX while Toyota pulls out the redesigning its Highlander. You get two vehicles are surprisingly close to each except in price.

On the outside, the and Highlander look very The Acura’s design is all-new, but it similar to last year’s though with the edges over. To tell it from the MDX, you have to know to look for – if you see a thin row of LED headlamps or light-pipe tail lamps, looking at the 2014 model. a design standpoint, Acura it safe.

Toyota The 2014 price ranges from for the basic LE trim level, to for the Highlander Limited model Highlanders can crest the $50-grand however).

The 2014 Toyota on the other hand, is virtually as a Highlander. And that, as Martha might say, is a good The last model’s dowdy is replaced by square-jawed good with its 2.7-inch longer creating more room The tall front end has a bold giving a semblance of big-rig

The overall look is elegant and especially for the normally quite Toyota brand. For exterior the handsome Highlander wins.

the lobby of a high-end hotel – think W or Andaz – the interior of the MDX is overtly modern. There are metallic surfaces, understated inserts on the dash and doors, and a multi-screen dash certain to to gadget fans. Thing is, the outside, there’s little feels massively different the new one versus last year’s

The Highlander’s interior, while low-key, is similarly fresh and The Highlander boasts tons of space, including a broad running the length of the dashboard, the steering column to the passenger This is perfect for stashing phones, pens, tissues, or whatever else you like to inside your vehicle. trucks came with and top-stitched interior surfaces and (on the Toyota, anyway) rear sunshades for an extra layer of

The MDX (with the Advance package) shines in seat comfort, Covered in super-soft leather, the front seats are fabulous. In the Highlander’s perforated leather and cooled as they may be—feel and flat. Our Highlander featured captain’s chairs versus the bench seat, making it for little ones to climb into the third row.

vehicles are skimpy on knee-room in the far but the Toyota can technically seat versus the Acura’s two, that if you ordered the second-row the Highlander holds up to eight The cabin battle goes to by a hair.

As tested, there’s not daylight between the Highlander with the Driver Assistance and the MDX in terms of safety and interior both feature the latest systems and mobile app syncing. optional Rear Seat package includes an excellent sound audio system, and 16.2-inch rear seat screen.

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Toyota The Highlander is available a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder, or optional V-6 engine. Customers can also between front and all-wheel-drive.

The also arrived with seat entertainment, with a 9-inch drop-down screen. The and Toyota were equipped rearview cameras, pre-collision emergency notification systems, adaptive cruise control, and spot and lane departure systems. The Acura also standard LED headlamps and lane system that keeps the from drifting out of its intended When the tech is tallied, the comes out slightly ahead.

It doesn’t have a glamorous but the 2014 Toyota Highlander is big on (and value).

In addition to slightly lighter in weight, the MDX is more powerful than the and surprisingly, more fuel on the highway. Brakes and body are also quite mannerly for a crossover, and the steering is more If you were ever to take the MDX on a (and let’s face it, of buyers won’t), the torque-vectoring MDX would shock you with its

The Highlander is hardly a wimp equipped with its optional V-6 engine. Unfortunately, the engine a drone at around 2,000 which tends to be right the revs fall during The steering is also numb by to the Acura.

In normal driving these vehicles are roughly as as each other. But when gotta get a move on, you’ll the MDX.

The Winner: 2014 Highlander Limited

The big story is not that one of these cushy is vastly superior to the other; that they’re so close is remarkable! Both are very looking, and each of them lots of people and things. also remarkably well-mannered on streets or on the open highway. than in mind, however, the seems like an MDX with on the hood.

The Acura MDX is very good, but level of cash savings a long way for most of us. Despite the badge, the 2014 Toyota scores a high-content and high-value

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