Acura MDX  vs Audi Q5 TDI 

Acura MDX

  • $43k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 20 city 28 hwy
VS

Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 31 hwy
We're happy with any of the carry-over powerplants, especially the 2.0-liter turbo four-it's lighter and almost as quick as the Q5 3.0T, with its 272-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of MDX vs 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

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Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic 

RideNerd recommends the Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic  based on its fuel economy and climate friendly.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Acura MDX vs Q5 TDI

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Acura MDX

Reasons to consider the
Acura MDX

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Much less energy used per car made 1,916 kWh/vehicle vs 2,680 kWh/vehicle Around 30% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes vs No Cylinder deactivation can improve fuel economy
Front view of Audi Q5 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 6 vs 5 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Better city driving range 475 miles vs 390 miles More than 20% further in the city
Better highway driving range 613 miles vs 546 miles More than 10% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$42,565 16.1¢/mile Acura MDX
Audi Q5 TDI $46,500 14.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Acura MDX is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Audi Q5 TDI only makes sense if you drive more than 52,000 miles per year.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Acura MDX Audi Q5 TDI
Price $8,513 ($42,565) $9,300 ($46,500)
Fuel $2,418 (3,268 gallons) $2,190 (2,807 gallons)
City 20 MPG 24 MPG
Highway 28 MPG 31 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Acura MDX  vs Q5 TDI 

9.2
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It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.
Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Acura MDX  vs
Q5 TDI 
Brand Acura Audi
Model year 2015 2014
City range 390 miles 475 miles
Highway range 546 miles 613 miles
MSRP $43k $47k
Annual cost $10,885 $11,491

Manufacturing Emissions

Energy per car made 1,916 kWh/vehicle 2,680 kWh/vehicle

power & handling

Max HP 290 HP @ 6,200 RPM 240 HP @ 3,750 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 13.88 lb/hp 18.65 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 feet 38.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio N/A Standard
CD player N/A Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A Optional, $1,950

features

Cruise control N/A Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry N/A Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $0
Navigation system N/A Optional, $3,550
Roof rails N/A Standard
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors N/A Standard
Power outlets N/A Standard
Power steering N/A Standard
Power windows N/A Standard

emissions

Acura MDX  vs
Q5 TDI 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 5 6
Combined CO2/mile 416 g 385 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes No

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.5L 3.0L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Gas
Diesel
Cylinders V6 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 8-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 245 235
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 55

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Antilock brakes N/A Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control N/A Standard
Traction control N/A Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 66.3 in 63.7 in
Height 67.6 in 65.2 in
Ground clearance 7.3 in 7.9 in
Length 193.6 in 182.6 in
Wheelbase 111 in 110.5 in
Curb weight 4,025 lb 4,475 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 7 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 48 ft³
Acura MDX
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