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The popularity of crossover SUVs is now at an all-time high. If you are seeking a luxurious driving experience, look no further than the 2018 Acura MDX. A spacious interior design and world-class safety features make the new MDX a highly recommended family vehicle. It’s also among the best-handling crossovers in the class. Striking exterior styling sweetens the deal. When shopping for a new family vehicle, you may also consider the 2018 Lexus RX 350. Let’s see how these two luxury crossovers stack up against each other.
Both vehicles come equipped with a powerful V6 engine. The extra muscle ensures strong acceleration in all driving conditions. Despite the Lexus RX 350’s impressive output, it can’t match the Acura MDX’s nimble driving dynamics. According to KBB, the MDX delivers exceptional handling. If you desire enhanced agility, opt for Acura’s renowned Super Handling AWD system. Not only does this sophisticated AWD system enhance traction in bad weather, but it also enables you to take corners with greater confidence. This is a big advantage for the drivers who desire an extra degree of sportiness.
While the 2018 Lexus RX 350 is comfortable, it has a few disadvantages on its side. In contrast to the five-passenger Lexus RX 350, the 2018 Acura MDX can accommodate up to seven passengers. This quality makes the MDX a more suitable choice for large families. Second-row passengers will also enjoy an extra half-inch of legroom and 1.7 inches more hip room inside the Acura MDX. The extra space will prove to be a valuable asset on long road trips.
You can always rely on the Acura MDX to keep you and your loved ones secure. An AcuraWatch safety package now comes standard throughout the lineup. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and road departure mitigation help you to maintain a strong sense of awareness. The Lexus RX 350 also proves to be a safe automobile. However, it does have a noticeable shortcoming. Upon taking a closer look at the crash-test scores, you’ll see that the Lexus RX 350 provides less impact protection in the front.
Although the Lexus RX 350 is a solid vehicle, it comes up short against the 2018 Acura MDX. To experience how the new MDX performs on the road, contact your local Acura dealer to request a test drive.
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.