Compare the Acura RDX vs MDX

The Car Connection notes that the 2020 Acura MDX “makes all the right moves for family buyers” and calls the 2020 Acura RDX “a stylish, strong-performing crossover SUV worthy of a place on any shopping list”. There’s no bad choice, but what about when you need to compare Acura RDX vs. MDX?

Learn the difference between Acura MDX and RDX when it comes to:

  • Price and Packages
  • Power and MPG
  • Size and Space
  • Features
  • Safety

Acura RDX vs MDX Price and Packages

Prices and trims are a natural place to start when comparing Acura MDX vs. Acura RDX, so we’ve set out everything you need to know.

2020 Acura RDX Homepage Vehicle Tile

Acura RDX Price & Packages:

  • Standard: Priced at $37,600 MSRP* (FWD)
  • Technology: Priced at $40,800 MSRP* (FWD)
  • A-SPEC: Priced at $43,800 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
  • Advance: Priced at $45,700 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)

2020 Acura MDX Homepage Vehicle Tile

Acura MDX Price & Packages include:

  • Standard: Priced at $44,400 MSRP* (FWD)
  • Technology: Priced at $49,400 MSRP* (FWD)
  • A-SPEC: Priced at $54,900 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
  • Advance: Priced at $56,150 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
  • Entertainment: Priced at $51,400 MSRP* w/ Technology Package or $58,050 MSRP* with w/ Advance Package (FWD)

Acura RDX vs MDX Performance

Both Acura SUVs offer keenly responsive performance, but the Acura RDX is better for efficiency while the Acura MDX focuses more on performance.

Start by comparing engines:

  • Acura RDX: Uses a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo aluminum-alloy with all-new direct injection and turbocharging to produce up to 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It tows up to 1,500 lbs.
  • Acura MDX: Uses a 3.5L V6 to make up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) deactivates certain cylinders when they aren’t needed to increase efficiency. It tows up to 3,500 lbs. in FWD or 5,000 lbs. with SH-AWD.

Acura RDX vs MDX MPG Ratings

The Acura MDX is more powerful, but the Acura RDX is more efficient:

Combined City Highway
2020 Acura RDX Standard FWD 24 mpg 22 mpg 28 mpg**
2020 Acura MDX Standard FWD 23 mpg 20 mpg 27 mpg**

Both models offer Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) for sportier performance and all-weather, all-traction control.
The MDX is also available with a Sport Hybrid powertrain to increase performance and efficiency.

Acura RDX vs MDX Size and Space

Acura RDX Acura MDX
5 Maximum Passenger Capacity 7
104 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 132.7 Cubic Feet
79.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Space Behind 1st Row 90.9 Cubic Feet
31.1 Cubic Feet Cargo Space Behind 2nd Row 43.4 Cubic Feet
N/A Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row 15.8 Cubic Feet
186.7 Inches Exterior Length 196.2 Cubic Feet
74.8 Inches Exterior Width 77.7 Cubic Feet

If you have a growing family, regularly need to take more than a few friends, or want a larger cargo area, the Acura MDX’s spacious interior will appeal. To combine a roomy SUV interior with a vehicle easier to move around the city, the Acura RDX makes sense.

Acura RDX vs MDX Features

You’ll find a wide range of features fitted as standard in both models, including:

  • 2-Memory Adjustments for Driver Side Include Automatic/Delayed Locking, Automatic Headlights, Exterior Mirrors and Seat
  • Power Liftgate
  • Front Heated Seats


Features only standard on the Acura RDX include an auto-dimming interior mirror. The Acura MDX pulls ahead when it comes to available technology, mainly due to the following Entertainment Package features.

2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD Interior Steering Wheel Closeup

With Technology Package:

• 9-Inch Full VGA Screen
• 11 Speaker Sound System
• Second Row Captain’s Chairs
• Three Position Second-Row Seating with Heated Outboard Seats
• Rear Door Sunshades
• Two Wireless Headphones
• Removeable Ceiling-Mounted Remote Control
• Front Center Console 110-volt Power Outlet

2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD Interior Seating 3rd-Row Access

With Advance Package:

• 16.2-inch Ultra-Wide Full VGA Screen with Split Screen Capability
• 12 Speaker Sound System
• HDMI Compatibility
• Second-Row Bench Seating
• Three-Position Second-Row Seating with Heated Outboard Seats

Acura RDX vs MDX Safety

Both Acura SUVs feature a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for top-tier protection, plus the following driver assistance technology as standard:
• Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
• Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
• Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
• Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
• Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System
Available safety features include:
• Surround-View Camera System
• Blind Spot Information (BSI) System
• Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Find Out More About Acura SUVs by Visiting Your Local Acura Showroom

Whether asking “is the RDX or MDX bigger”, wondering about Acura reliability, or keen to check out AWD models, the team at your local Chicagoland Acura dealer can help. Contact us today to explore the latest current offers and our fantastic range of top luxury SUVs.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
**Based on 2019 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.
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