Acura MDX  vs Honda Accord Plug-in 

Acura MDX

  • $43k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 20 city 28 hwy
Front view of Acura MDX

Honda Accord Plug-in

  • $40k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 47 city 46 hwy
Front view of Honda Accord Plug-in
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid uses a 2-motor hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Acura MDX vs Accord Plug-in

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

Acura MDX

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

Acura MDX

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Acura MDX

Reasons to consider the
Acura MDX

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Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes vs No Cylinder deactivation can improve fuel economy
Front view of Honda Accord Plug-in

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Saves significantly on fuel $1,169 vs $2,372 2x cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Significantly better city driving range 573 miles vs 390 miles More than 45% further in the city
Cheaper annual cost $9,125 vs $10,885 More than 15% less expensive per year
Higher EPA city mileage 47 MPG vs 20 MPG More than 2.2x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Higher EPA highway mileage 46 MPG vs 28 MPG Around 65% better on the interstate

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

$42,565 16.1¢/mile Acura MDX
Honda Accord Plug-in $39,780 7.9¢/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 Honda Accord Plug-in is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Acura MDX Honda Accord Plug-in
Price $8,513 ($42,565) $7,956 ($39,780)
Fuel $2,418 (3,268 gallons) $1,192 (1,611 gallons)
City 20 MPG 47 MPG
Highway 28 MPG 46 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Acura MDX  vs
Accord Plug-in 
Brand Acura Honda
Model year 2015 2014
City range 390 miles 573 miles
Highway range 546 miles 561 miles
MSRP $43k $40k
Annual cost $10,885 $9,125

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.5L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 11.5 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 11.1 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 225
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 50

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 Standard
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 66.3 in 62.4 in
Height 67.6 in 57.7 in
Ground clearance 7.3 in 5.8 in
Length 193.6 in 193.5 in
Wheelbase 111 in 109.3 in
Curb weight 4,025 lb 3,799 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 7 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 47 ft³


Acura MDX  vs
Accord Plug-in 
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes No

Manufacturing Emissions

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

power & handling

Max HP 290 HP @ 6,200 RPM 195 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 13.88 lb/hp 19.48 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 N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


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 N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors N/A Standard
Power outlets N/A Standard
Power steering N/A Standard
Power windows N/A Standard
Acura MDX
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