2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Acura MDX

Interested in a luxury SUV? Two of the most popular options on the market today include the 2017 Acura RDX and 2017 Acura MDX. Both are high-end vehicles that are packed with sophisticated features and are a pleasure to drive. So what’s the difference between the two? Which one is right for you? Let’s take a closer look and find out:

Size and Capacity

The first and most obvious difference between the RDX and the MDX is size. The RDX is a compact SUV that seats five, with passenger volume of 2,931 litres and cargo volume of 739 litres, or 2,178 litres with the second seat folded down. The MDX is a midsize SUV with a standard third row and seating for seven. Its passenger volume is 3,758 litres, and maximum cargo volume is 2,575 litres with the rear seats folded down. No matter how much space you need, both the RDX and MDX offer flexibility with folding rear seats that allow you to pack all the things you need to take with you. The MDX is longer and wider than the RDX, measuring 4,984 mm long and 1,975 mm wide, while the RDX is 4,685 mm long and 1,872 mm wide. Depending on your needs, you can go for the smaller and more agile RDX or choose the more spacious MDX.

Interior and Exterior

The RDX and MDX share many similarities on the inside, with both models containing some of the same fundamentals. The overall look and feel of both is the same, and you’ll see that the dashboard, switchgear, steering wheel, gauges, and infotainment screens are virtually identical. On the outside, these vehicles look like siblings, with the same sleek shape and tapering window lines. They both sport Acura’s distinctive front grille, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, and LED tail lamps. A one-touch power moonroof and power tailgate come standard on both, as well.

Engine Power and Performance

When it comes to engine power and performance, the RDX and MDX actually offer the same 3.5L V6 engine, but it produces more power in the MDX, with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque versus 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque in the RDX. The RDX comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, and the MDX includes 9-speed automatic transmission as a standard feature. As for fuel economy, the RDX has a slight edge, with an estimated 10.7 litres/100 km combined mpg. The MDX gets up to an estimated 11. litres/100 km combined mpg. On a side note, the MDX has a fuel tank that can hold 73.8 litres of fuel, while the RDX’s can only hold 60 litres. That means fewer trips for fuel with the MDX.

Technology Features

As premium-level Acura vehicles, both the RDX and the MDX are loaded with luxury features designed to make your life simpler and more comfortable. Let’s start with the things they both have—a dual-screen infotainment center, Bluetooth streaming audio, power outlet, USB device connector, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, and available navigation. They also include a host of safety capabilities like a collision mitigation braking system, lane-departure warning system, and forward collision warning, to name just a few. The MDX has a few offerings that might make it more attractive as a family SUV, including an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rear-window sunshades, and heated rear seats.

Pricing and Trim Levels

As you might expect, the RDX is the less expensive option, with entry-level pricing beginning at $42,190 MSRP.

The Tech trim, which adds heated second-row seats, voice-recognition navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more, starts at $45,190 MSRP.

The RDX Elite trim starts at $46,790 and includes everything in the Tech package plus unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and more.

Base level MSRP for the MDX starts at $53,690 MSRP.

The Navi trim adds a wealth of features including surround-sound audio, voice-recognition navigation, and a blind spot information system. Pricing begins at $57,190 MSRP.

The Tech trim builds on the Navi package with a DVD entertainment system, heated rear seats, and more, starting at $60,190 MSRP.

Finally, the Elite trim, priced at $65,790 MSRP, adds upscale touches like genuine olive ash or black limba wood trim, ventilated front seats, HDMI input, surround view camera system, and more.

Two Great Options: Acura RDX and Acura MDX

If you compare the 2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 MDX, then you see that both of these vehicles offer the benefit of a luxury driving experience, combined with the all the capabilities of an SUV. Both are worth a closer look and a test drive. Let Harmony Acura help you learn more about the RDX and the MDX. Stop by our dealership, or contact us today!