2016 Lexus RX vs 2016 Acura MDX2016 Lexus RX vs Acura MDX Comparison

For nearly 15 years, the Acura MDX and Lexus RX have competed for drivers that are looking for a luxury mid-size SUV that won’t break the bank.  2016 sees the competition heat up as both models have gotten a full redesign.  If you’re looking for a luxury mid-size SUV that can deliver a comfortable ride, reliability, and safety to boot, the 2016 Lexus RX and 2016 Acura MDX are probably your top choices.  But which one is right for you?

Interior

Lexus RX InteriorAcura MDX Interior 3rd Row Seating

The RX has always been known for its premium interior materials, such as soft, comfortable leather seats and luxurious trim.  The 2016 RX adds a new dimension of comfort as its extra 5 inches of length adds a surprising amount of extra room in both the front and back seats.  The interior of the 2016 MDX is also built with premium materials, though not quite as high-quality as the RX.  The MDX offers an available third row of seating, something lacking in the RX, but this added convenience makes the MDX feel a bit more cramped for its front-seat passengers.  Both the RX and MDX offer infotainment systems with 8-inch display screens and all the features you’d expect in 2016.  The RX offers significantly higher quality sound with its nine-speaker audio system than the Acura’s system with eight speakers.  As far as the interior goes, the edge goes to the 2016 RX. 

Exterior

2016 Lexus RX Exterior Design2016 Acura MDX Exterior Silver

While exterior preference is always in the eye of the beholder, there are stark contrasts between the 2016 Lexus RX and the 2016 Acura MDX.  The RX features a bolder, more modernized design, and while the word “bolder” can often be overused in the automotive world, the edgy front grille and triple-L LED headlights certainly warrant that description for the RX.  The MDX can almost be described as a sport-wagon with its tapered roofline and sloping rear end.  While not especially eye-catching, the MDX exterior does look like a traditional Acura distinguished with its chrome grille strip and jewel-eye LED headlights.  If you want to blend in with the crowd, consider the MDX.  If you want to stand apart, the RX is the choice.

Performance and Safety

Lexus RX Offroad Performance & Safety2016 Acura MDX Performance

The 2016 MDX offers a single engine choice – a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 – and a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.  The 2016 RX has an eight-speed automatic transmission, but gives drivers two engine options with its standard 295-horsepower 3.5-liter direct injection V6 on base models or a 308-horsepower 3.5-liter hybrid V6 on the RX 450h.  Both base models of the RX and MDX offer solid fuel economy, with the RX getting an ever-so-slight edge, and the hybrid easily winning battle.  Both vehicles also offer similar safety features with standard items including a rear-view camera, side-curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes with traction control.  Both have upgraded safety features like forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning that are optional.

Verdict

The 2016 Lexus RX

Although both are quality vehicles, the ride provided by the 2016 Lexus RX is considerably more comfortable, while giving you a stylish, modern exterior.  And with an MSRP lower than the MDX, the RX almost becomes a no-brainer.  Test drive a 2016 Lexus RX near Washington D.C. at DARCARS Lexus of Silver Spring today and see for yourself.  We’ve got a number to choose from at our Lexus dealership near Columbia, MD.

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Sedans

IS Base MSRP
$37,825*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
ES Base MSRP
$38,900*
21/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GS Base MSRP
$46,310*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LS Base MSRP
$72,520*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Coupes

RC Base MSRP
$40,155*
22/32 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LC Base MSRP
$92,000*
16/26 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

SUVs

NX Base MSRP
$35,085*
22/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RX Base MSRP
$43,020*
18/25 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
GX Base MSRP
$51,280*
15/20 City/Hwy MPG* AWD
LX Base MSRP
$89,380*
13/18 City/Hwy MPG* Full-Time 4WD

Hybrids

CTh Base MSRP
$31,250*
43/40 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
NXh Base MSRP
$39,720*
35/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RXh Base MSRP
$53,035*
32/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
ESh Base MSRP
$41,820*
40/39 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GSh Base MSRP
$63,635*
29/34 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LCh Base MSRP
$96,510*
26/35 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Performance

GS F Base MSRP
$83,940*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
RC F Base MSRP
$64,165*
16/25 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
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