MDX vs. RDX: Choosing the Right Acura SUV

September 23rd, 2016 by

Acura MDXTwo entries in the luxury SUV market, the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Acura RDX, are blowing away Chicago drivers. Both SUVs offer advanced technology, comfort, and safety features, but knowing more about each model will help you choose the Acura SUV that’s right for you.


The MDX and the RDX are both top-of-the-line luxury SUVs that can suit the needs of families or lone travelers on the go. For many, a car buying decision comes down to price. The 2017 Acura MDX front-wheel drive models are priced at $43,950 MSRP,* while 2017 Acura RDX base models are priced at $35,570 MSRP.* Look at the features each offers and see which SUV fits your needs.

Performance and Efficiency

Both the RDX and MDX are high-performing SUVs. Each comes equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine. The RDX can pump out 290 hp with 267 lb-ft of torque while the MDX can muster 270 hp with slightly less torque, making the RDX a great option for drivers looking for the rugged capability of an SUV. While both have respectable fuel efficiency, the expanded power of the RDX sacrifices just a bit in terms of mpg. On front-wheel drive models, the MDX has an EPA-estimated 19 city / 27 highway mpg** compared to the RDX front-wheel drive model’s EPA-estimated 20 city / 28 highway mpg.**


The MDX and RDX both offer great standard features like automatic climate control; power windows, doors, and moonroof; and a universal garage door opener. The MDX has seating for seven, which makes it great for growing families on the go, while the RDX has seating for five, making it more fit for the independent traveler looking to get away.

The Right Acura Luxury SUV

Whichever vehicle you choose, experts at any Chicagoland Acura Dealer location are ready to show you all the features and give you a test drive. Stop in today and pick the Acura luxury SUV that best suits you.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or a $940 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2017 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.

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