|2017 Cadillac Escalade||2017 Acura MDX|
|6.2-L, V-8||Engine||3.5-L, V-6|
|Eight-Speed Auto.||Transmission||Nine-Speed Auto.|
|94.2 cu.-ft.||Max. Cargo Space||90.9 cu.-ft.|
2017 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2017 Acura MDX
At the top of the large luxury SUV class it’s the Cadillac Escalade and everyone else is playing catch up. This gap in capability is very clear in the battle between the 2017 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2017 Acura MDX. There is almost no commonly used metric to evaluate vehicles where the 2017 Escalade doesn’t out perform or out class the 2017 MDX. After all of these years, the Escalade remains the top option for people looking for a vehicle that effortlessly combines plenty of space for people and cargo, confident handling on almost all road conditions and features today’s latest technology.
On paper, it would seem the 2017 Cadillac Escalade and 2017 Acura MDX fairly closely matched. Both SUVs offer three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. This is about where the similarities end. The large and luxurious 2017 Escalade has one of the most well-appointed passenger cabins in the entire automotive industry. The finest materials continues to be used and each of the passengers can enjoy their ride with almost zero outside road noise making an unwanted intrusion. Additionally, the 2017 Escalade offers a number of high-tech features that can’t be matched by the 2017 Acura MDX. For instance the Escalade again offers the 4G LTE Wi-Fi mobile hotspot and integration with today’s top smartphones with the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.
Performance of the 2017 Escalade
The heart of the performance that makes the 2017 Cadillac Escalade so special lies with its powerful and reliable power plant. Under the hood of each 2017 Escalade at Don Wheaton sits a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Don Wheaton customers can also choose a version of the 2017 Escalade with a two-speed transfer case for better performance over rough terrain. By comparison, the 2017 Acura MDX is more suited for more sedate duties on pavement. The competing 2017 MDX only offers a V-6 engine and lacks the off-road capability of the 2017 Escalade.