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Drivers in the greater Albany area who need a new luxury SUV may want to know how the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar compares to competitors like the 2018 Acura MDX.

These two high-end midsize SUVs are favorites in New York, but there are some major differences buyers should know about before deciding. Check out our one-to-one comparison below, then visit us in Albany to get behind the wheel of the Velar.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Range Rover Velar

The Velar has six trims (base, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE, and First Edition) and three engine options. The base powertrain is a 247-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 269 lb-ft of torque, and drivers also have the option for a 180-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine with 317 lb-ft of torque. Upper trims feature a 380-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine with 332 lb-ft of torque.

All Velar models have torque-on-demand all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics and single-speed transfer case. Additionally, all engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the most fuel-efficient model of the Velar gets 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Acura MDX

The MDX lineup features one gas engine, so you’re out of luck if you’re looking for a turbo diesel or enhanced horsepower. The powertrain is a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is available but not standard.  

The Velar has a slight edge on fuel economy, as the MDX gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Features and Tech

Range Rover Velar

Land Rover knows luxury, so each model of the Velar is equipped standard with Luxtec and suedecloth seating, a 250-watt 8-speaker audio system, Voice Control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Rear View Camera, Lane Departure Warning, and the Land Rover Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The S trim adds a power gesture tailgate, auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, a Meridian Sound System with 11 speakers and subwoofer, Navigation pro, and perforated grained leather seating with power front seats.

The Velar SE adds the Drive Package with Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limited, Driver Condition Monitor, and Blind Spot Monitor. It also has the Park Package with Reverse Traffic Detection and a 360-degree parking aid.

Upper trims include the Drive Pro Package with Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Assist, and more. Other premium features include 20-way power seating with massage, heating, and cooling, as well as a heated steering wheel, Head-Up Display, and configurable ambient lighting. To get the full picture, you’ll have to visit us in Albany for a test drive.

Acura MDX

The MDX is available as a base model, Technology Package, or Advance Package. Acura does not offer an infotainment system comparable to the Touch Pro, and the MDX is also not available with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Traffic Sign Recognition, a 20-way driver’s seat, massage chair function, configurable ambient lighting, or a Head-Up Display. (The MDX does have an optional Head-Up Warning.)

The base includes a 10-way driver’s seat, leather-trimmed interior, power tailgate, HD Radio, Pandora, Siri Eyes Free, On-Demand Multi-Use Display, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Available features include fog lights, GPS-linked climate control, Sport Seats with perforated Milano leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, Acura Navigation, ELS Studio Premium Audio, and a rear entertainment system.


Range Rover Velar

Starting at $49,900 MSRP

Acura MDX

Starting at $44,200 MSRP

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