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Crossover buyers are being introduced to a "new" member of the INFINITI family with the release of the INFINITI QX60. In 2013 this model was referred to as the JX35, but the only change INFINITI made for this highly successful SUV model was it's name. On the other hand the Acura MDX is a revamped version of the same vehicle that has been around since 2001.
When you look at the Acura MDX from the outside, you are not likely to see many differences from the 2013 model, despite the fact Acura is billing it as an all-new model. At 196.4 inches in length the QX60 is definitely the larger of the two, which translates to more room on the inside. The overall look of the QX60 has also not changed much from its predecessor other than to receive a name change. The intent here was that if you have something that works and is highly successful, why would you want to change it?
Pretty colors and sheet metal apart, every SUV owner knows what's under the hood that really counts. The QX60 sports a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 265 horsepower, which is more than enough to power this 4,595 pound luxury SUV. While the MDX also sports a 3.5 liter V6, it lacks the CVT automatic transmission that continuously supplies drive power to all four wheels.
Third row seating has become a very important factor in the success of these larger vehicles, and the INFINITI QX60 offers full size third row seating that provides plenty of room for adults. Access to these seats is made simple with easy fold second row seats. At the other end of the spectrum, the Acura MDX offers cramped third row seating that many find to be suitable for younger children only.
True to its INFINITI heritage, the QX60 comes loaded to the hilt with the latest in high tech gear. Start with a three-zone climate control system, add in a satellite radio with Bluetooth and a USB 2.0 port, and you just scratch the surface. You can have radar controlled cruise control, twin 7 inch monitors mounted behind the front seat headrests, and a Bose audio system featuring 15 speakers. Up front is an 8 inch full color display that can be connected to all-around view cams, and many other features. The Acura/ELS system offers 12 speakers, and a single 16.2 inch DVD screen for those in the rear. It does offer satellite radio with a single CD player and an audio input jack. However, while voice recognition is available in the INFINITI QX60, it is not available in the MDX. For entertainment the QX60 offers far more value for your money. For anyone interested in getting the best value in a new crossover SUV, the INFINITI QX60 offers far more with regard to overall quality, interior features, and reliability when compared to the Acura MDX. As a way of showing how much they believe in the quality of their new QX60, INFINITI offers a superior warranty for one of the finest vehicles on the road today.