2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Coming soon for drivers in the Orland Park, Tinley Park, and Naperville area, the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is the year’s hybrid SUV to beat. The new MDX Sport Hybrid features a redesigned and gorgeous exterior, and it delivers the quintessential rugged SUV drive without sacrificing fuel economy. See how the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid fares in this side-by-side comparison with the competitive 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and then visit Joe Rizza Acura to learn more about this stellar hybrid SUV.

Comparing Hybrid SUV Performance

Featuring the same engine layout as the NSX supercar, the new MDX Sport Hybrid comes equipped with a 3L V6 hybrid engine and lithium ion battery. This platform offers a net 325 horsepower and a confident, robust, all-wheel drivetrain. Its perfectly positioned electric motors give the MDX Sport Hybrid impressive torque vectoring, and they afford it an unparralelled versatility. Instead of being centralized, the power is spread out, which gives the MDX Sport Hybrid an exciting and engaging ride that feels very much like a sports car. In addition to its overall performance, the MDX Sport Hybrid is also incredibly economical — Acura predicts the new 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will handily beat out the main 2017 Acura MDX model’s efficiency*.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid does offer stiff competition when it comes to efficiency. Its 2.5L, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC hybrid engine earns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway. But that slight advantage comes at a significant disadvantage — the RAV4’s engine can only deliver 194 horsepower. That’s a little more than half of the power offered by the MDX, and the RAV4 similarly lacks the MDX Sport Hybrid’s underlying sporty layout. As a result, the RAV4 is more sluggish and slower to respond, which compounds its power defecits. Overall, even with its advantage in fuel economy, the RAV4 simply cannot compete when it comes to performance.

Comparing Available Features

Now let’s see what available features each car offers. We’ll start by taking a look at those available on the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid:

  • Olive ash burl or black limba wood interior
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Surround-view camera
  • Ultra-widescreen rear entertainment system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Now let’s see what features the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid offers:
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Lane departure alert
  • Dynamic radar cruise control

The Winner: The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid does offer active safety features of a similarly high quality to the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, but it cannot offer the same luxurious interior appointments or rear seat comforts. Additionally, the MDX Sport Hybrid offers significantly better overall handling and an astonishing amount of power. The RAV4 does provide marginally superior fuel economy, but that slight advantage is not enough to compensate for its performance and features defecits, which is why the winner of this comparison is so clear.

Learn More About the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid at Joe Rizza Acura

If you’re a driver in the Orland Park, Tinley Park, or Naperville area, you can learn more about the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and how it compares to other hybrid SUVs at Joe Rizza Acura. Give us a call at 800-934-4015, or contact us online. We look forward to seeing you at 8150 West 159th Street in Orland Park, IL!


*Based on 2016 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 models only) and other factors. Some 2016 model year images shown. Final production model may vary.