Wisconsin Drivers, is an Acura or a Lexus the Best Choice for You?

August 5th, 2014 by

Wisconsin drivers, you have many luxury brands available to you when you’re looking for your next sedan or crossover, but here at Wisconsin Acura Dealers, we’ve found that most of you have it narrowed down to two brands when you visit us for a test drive: Acura and Lexus. We’re clearly fans of Acura vehicles here, but don’t think that makes us biased in favor of the Acura lineup. We favor the Acura lineup because, when we put it side by side next to the competing Lexus lineup, we find the Lexus vehicles lacking.

So if you find yourself wondering if you should go with an Acura or a Lexus, keep reading and see where the real value lies in the luxury market.

Driving an Efficient Luxury Vehicle

Did you know that there are still drivers thinking that you have to choose between an efficient luxury vehicle and a powerful one? Acura has been employing engineers that design engines capable of offering some of the highest efficiency, highest power vehicles on the market, and when you compare their fuel economies to competing Lexus models, we think it’s clear which brand offers the more fuel efficient options:

 Acura MDXBMW X5Lexus GX 460Infiniti QX60Audi Q7
2014 Acura MDX2014 BMW X52014 Lexus GX 4602014 Infiniti QX602014 Audi Q7
Comparably Equipped Price (MSRP)*$42,290$68,725$51,795$44,545$54,595
FUEL ECONOMY
City MPG**
(EPA estimated)
20 mpg18 mpg15 mpg20 mpg16 mpg
Highway MPG**
(EPA estimated)
28 mpg27 mpg20 mpg26 mpg22 mpg
POWERTRAIN
Engine Typei-VTEC® 3.5L V63.0L I64.6L V83.5L V63.0L V6
Horsepower290 hp300 hp301 hp265 hp280 hp
WARRANTY
Warranty72-month/70,000-mile
powertrain warranty
48-month/50,000-mile
powertrain warranty
72-month/70,000-mile
powertrain warranty
72-month/70,000-mile
powertrain warranty
48-month/50,000-mile
powertrain warranty
Build Your MDXCompareCompareCompareCompare

We weren’t just inflating the egos of Acura engineers either. Each of those four vehicles has the power to back up its fuel economy; take a look:

  • The 2015 RDX’s has 273-hp V6 engine with 251 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2015 MDX’s V6 engine is good for 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2015 ILX features a 2.0L four-cylinder with 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque under the hood.
  • The 2014 RLX gets its power and speed from a 310-hp 3.5L V6 with 272 lb-ft of torque.

It really is possible to have the best of both worlds, fuel efficiency and power, if you drive an Acura vehicle.

Features Abound on Acura Models

We know that for some of you, you come to the luxury market for features and conveniences more than for the powertrain, and if Acura only led in the engineering, we could understand some drivers going for a Lexus. Here are just some of the features you can find on each 2015 RDX, 2015 MDX, 2015 ILX, and 2014 RLX, including the entry-level models:

  • Front Heated Seating
  • Paddle Shifters
  • LED Headlights
  • Power Moonroof
  • Rearview Camera

Now, we aren’t saying you can’t find these features on Lexus models, in fact, you can equip most Lexus models to be on par with their competing Acura, but you have to upgrade to put it on the same level as an entry-level Acura. To see the value, all you have to do is look at what the comparably equipped prices of the competing vehicles are. We think you’ll quickly see which offers Wisconsin drivers the superior value for the features:

 Acura RLXBMW 528iLexus GS 350 RWDMercedes E350Audi A6
2014 Acura RLX2013 BMW 528i2013 Lexus GS 350 RWD2014 Mercedes E350 Sedan2014 Audi A6
Comparably Equipped Price (MSRP)*$48,450$59,250$55,895$51,905$46,095
FUEL ECONOMY
City MPG**
(EPA estimated)
20 mpg24 mpg19 mpg21 mpg25 mpg
Highway MPG**
(EPA estimated)
31 mpg34 mpg28 mpg30 mpg33 mpg
POWERTRAIN
Engine TypeVTEC 3.5L V62.0L TwinPower Turbo
4-cylinder
3.5L V63.5L V62.0L Inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower310 hp240 hp306 mpg302 mpg220 hp
WARRANTY
Warranty72-month/70,000-mile
powertrain warranty
48-month/50,000-mile
powertrain warranty
72-month/70,000-mile
powertrain warranty
48-month/50,000-mile
powertrain warranty
48-month/50,000-mile
powertrain warranty
Build Your RLXCompareCompareCompareCompare

Acura Offers an Incredible Warranty

mdx2015As if it’s not enough, the Acura warranty is one of the best in the luxury car world, protecting both basic components and powertrain components longer than many competing luxury brands:

  • 48-month/50,000-mile Basic Warranty
  • 72-month/70,000-mile Powertrain Warranty

So, let’s recap: Acura has an amazing warranty, includes a variety of features as standard that many luxury brands require upgrades for, and creates powerful and efficient engines. But maybe you aren’t yet convinced. Why not see how two popular Acura models compare to the competition. We did side-by-side comparisons between four luxury brands and two of our most popular Acura vehicles:

Visit a Wisconsin Acura Dealer Today

We think we’ve made a pretty compelling case for the Acura brand, but you really need to see it for yourself to decide. Visit a Wisconsin Acura Dealer near you and let one of our sales experts put you behind the wheel to see everything the Acura brand has to offer; we think you’ll agree that it’s one of the best choices around.

 

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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