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Many of today’s drivers appreciate the versatility of a crossover SUV. If you are in the market for a luxury crossover, Both the Acura RDX and MDX will leave you impressed. The main difference betweeen the Acura RDX and MDX is the size. The Acura MDX offers third-row seating for larger families, while the smaller RDX offer class-leading room for its smaller frame. Both vehicles offer punchy engine choices with top-tier luxury features to ensure your ride is comfortable and safe.
Both crossovers come standard with a potent V6 engine. While the RDX’s i-VTEC® engine generates 279 horsepower, Acura tuned the MDX’s base engine to produce 290 horsepower. The MDX does also offer a special Sport Hybrid model. Its high-tech engine pushes out a spectacular 321 horsepower** and 289 pound-feet of torque. Like the RDX, the MDX can be equipped with an advanced AWD system. However, only the MDX offers Acura’s renowned Super Handling AWD package. It allows the MDX to carve twisty roads like a much smaller vehicle. You can also take advantage of the MDX’s 3,500-pound towing capacity.
On the inside, the Acura RDX is designed to comfortably accommodate up to five passengers. Edmunds gives the RDX a perfect rating for its roominess. Even when sitting in the rear seat, your family members will enjoy ample head- and legroom. There is also a rewarding 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. While most people will be perfectly happy with the RDX, large families should check out the MDX. Its third-row seat enables a total of seven people to climb aboard. In contrast to the RDX, the MDX can be equipped with heated second-row seats.
Many automotive publications consider the 2018 Acura RDX to be an incredible value. A multi-view backup camera, a 360-watt sound system, and Bluetooth connectivity all come standard. Several advanced safety technologies are also available, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Although the RDX clearly offers a lot of creature comforts, there are certain upgrades that are only available on the MDX. Available as an option, the MDX's rear-seat entertainment system is a feature that will keep children satisfied on long road trips. Meanwhile, drivers can take full advantage of the MDX’s available surround-view parking camera.
As you can see, both of these luxury crossovers bring a lot of great qualities to the table. While the RDX is smaller and easier to maneuver in tight spots, the MDX’s seven-passenger cabin will prove to be a valuable asset for some families. To find out how both models perform on the road, contact your local Acura dealer to schedule a test drive.
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**Horsepower and torque figures includes the maximum power of the engine and all motors combined that can be produced at any one time. Not SAE net.