Comparison: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2017 Acura MDX


Albany drivers shopping for a new luxury SUV often ask us how the Discovery Sport compares to the competition. While it’s almost unrivaled in terms of off-road ability and comfort – a rare combination – we understand it’s important to shop around.  

When comparing the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport to a competitive ute like the 2017 Acura MDX, there are some surprising differences (including price) that may factor into your decision. See which of these luxury SUVs comes out ahead in our one-to-one comparison: 

Comfort and Convenience

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2017 Discovery Sport comes in three trims: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. Standard interior features include dual-zone climate control, a Cabin Air Quality Sensor, leather steering wheel, partial leather seating, 8-way power front seats, ambient interior lighting, and a 60/40 split-folding second row. All models are available with heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel – which you’ll need during those New York winters. The Discovery Sport also has the option to add a third row, which increases seating to seven passengers. 

You also have the option for Windsor leather seating, 10-way power front seats with memory, and heated and cooled front seats. The Convenience Package is available on all trims and includes a power gesture tailgate, Keyless Entry, HomeLink universal transceiver, and auto-dimming mirrors. Ask your Land Rover Albany representative about the features included in the Vision Assist Package, Cold Climate Package, and Row 3 Package.  

Acura MDX 

The 2017 MDX has one trim but comes available with a Technology Package or Advance Package if you want to upgrade from the base. Standard interior features include power-adjustable front seating, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seating, and active sound control.

Available features include sport seats with premium leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats, second-row sunshades, GPS-linked climate control, and LED puddle lights. The MDX is not available with a power gesture tailgate, and it comes with three rows only – cutting down on your cargo capacity when all seats are upright.

Tech and Entertainment

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Each model of the Discovery Sport comes standard with a Land Rover Enhanced Sound System with 10 speakers, Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Aid, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Push-Button Start, Bluetooth wireless tech, and InControl Remote and Protect. Additionally, all trims have an available Meridian Sound System, Sirius XM Satellite and HD Radio, and InControl Touch Navigation, Apps, and Wi-Fi. 

Available safety technology includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, a Blind Spot Monitor with Reverse Traffic Detection, Surround Camera System, automatic high beams, Driver Condition Monitor, Park Assist, and a Head-Up Display.

Acura MDX 

The 2017 MDX comes equipped with Siri Eyes Free, SMS text messaging, a multi-information display, Bluetooth tech, Aha compatibility, Sirius XM Radio, iPod integration, and an 8-speaker sound system. Buyers can also upgrade with an Acura Navigation System with 3D View, Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink, a 12-speaker audio system, and a Rear Entertainment System. 

The Acura SUV also comes available with a Forward Collison Warning System, Collision Mitigation Braking, Head-Up Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Multi-View Rear Camera, Surround-View Camera, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.


Land Rover Discovery Sport

Starting at $37,695 MSRP

Acura MDX 

Starting at $44,050 MSRP
Categories: Comparisons