Lexus RX vs Acura MDX 
2020 Lexus RX vs. 2019 Acura MDX

The Lexus RX is one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market, and for good reason. Luxury, performance, and safety are hallmarks for cars like the Lexus RX. There are many luxury SUVs, like the Acura MDX, trying to be like the Lexus RX. Here's a comparison of the two vehicles, and after reading, you'll see why the Lexus is the vehicle of choice.


Lexus RX Performance  

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The Lexus RX outperforms the Acura MDX in many ways. The RX comes in nine trims, whereas the MDX has only three. The Lexus offers a luxury trim, and the Acura does not. The Lexus RX also offers hybrid versions of the all-wheel-drive, sport, and luxury trims.

Lexus Acura 
 RX 350 FWD
RX 350 AWD
RX 350 F Sport FWD
RX 350 F Sport AWD
RX 450h AWD
RX 450h F Sport AWD
RX 450hL AWD
MDX Sport Hybrid AWD

The Lexus RX 350 and the Acura MDX both use a 3.5-liter engine, but the RX puts out 295 horsepower against 290 horsepower from the MDX. The RX also puts out a little more torque than the MDX.


The Lexus RX is designed for luxurious comfort. The MDX is slightly longer and taller. However, the increase doesn't translate to the interior as the RX offers more passenger room.

  • RX Front Headroom: 39.4 inches
  • MDX Front Headroom: 38.1 inches
  • RX Rear Headroom: 39.1 inches
  • MDX Rear Headroom: 38.3 inches
  • RX Front Legroom: 44.1 inches
  • MDX Front Legroom: 41.4 inches
  • RX Rear Legroom: 38.0 inches
  • MDX Rear Legroom: 36.6 inches

In addition to the Lexus being more spacious on the inside, its outside measurements make it more maneuverable.

Luxury and Convenience

With Lexus, it isn't just about offering more space inside. It's what they do with the space. When it comes to luxury appointments, cars like the MDX can only dream of matching the RX. The table below looks at the luxury versions of both vehicles.

Lexus RX 450L

Acura MDX 

Semi-Aniline Perforated Leather Trimmed Interior

Ultra soft, dyed fully through for better wear

Only regular leather, exterior dye only; wears out easier

Second Row Captains Chairs



Power Folding 3rd Row Seating



Wood Accents

Three options: Matte Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Open-Pore Brown Walnut

One option: Olive Ash

Seat Memory

Three-person; adjusts seat position, side view mirrors, and steering wheel position

Two-person; adjusts seat position only

The Lexus RX also has a number of features the MDX simply doesn't offer.

  • The RX has power folding, auto dimming side view mirrors.
  • The MDX does not.
  • The RX comes standard with power tilt and telescoping steering wheel.
  • The MDX does not.
  • The RX comes with exterior glass with UV reduction.
  • The MDX does not.

There are so many ways the Lexus RX outperforms cars like the Acura MDX. Come test drive a Lexus today, and see for yourself why the RX is the best luxury SUV on the market.