2014 Acura MDX: Deciding on a Three-Row Crossover SUV for Around $50,000
April 17, 2014
I really like our 2014 Acura MDX. It's versatile, enjoyable to drive and equipped with a nice selection of convenience and luxury-oriented features. If I were shopping for a three-row luxury crossover SUV, it would be very high on my consideration list.
But it's not the only one on the list.
Our MDX, as equipped with the Technology and Entertainment packages, stickers for $51,460 and has an Edmunds TMV for Santa Monica, Calif., of $49,197 as of this writing.
Here are a few other crossovers that I find pretty appealing that could potentially be priced in the same neighborhood. In each case I used Edmunds' configuration tool to equip the following models as close as I could to our MDX.
The 2014 Infiniti QX60 isn't as performance oriented as the MDX, but it's superior for taking on a lot of passengers. With options similar to what our MDX has, Edmunds TMV is $49,723.
On the other side of the spectrum is the 2014 BMW X5. It's sportier but not as roomy. It's also, umm, rather pricey. TMV for a base X5 xDrive35i is $54,195, which isn't too bad. But when I added features to the X5 to make it similar to our MDX, TMV shot up to $66,986.
I also think there are some great choices under $50,000 for some non-luxury branded models. The Ford Flex has been around for a while, but I still think it looks cool and offers great versatility. With MDX-similar options, Edmunds TMV for a Flex Titanium with the turbocharged V6 engine is $44,363.
The 2014 Ford Explorer Sport is very similar. Edmunds TMV is $45,138.
Finally, a 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel with the V8 and a full load of features is $49,256 for Edmunds TMV.
What would you consider getting in this price range for a new three-row crossover SUV?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,945 miles