Compare Acura RDX vs. MDX

January 2nd, 2019 by

2019 Acura RDX Blue

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura MDX Red

2019 Acura MDX


When you’re looking for a luxury SUV to cover the roads of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond, you might just end up comparing Acura RDX vs. MDX.

Standard and top-of-the-line model options include:

  • 2019 Acura RDX Standard: $37,300*
  • 2019 Acura MDX Standard: $44,300*
  • 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/ Advance Package: $47,400*
  • 2019 Acura MDX SH-AWD w/ Advance and Entertainment Packages: $60,050*

Beyond price, it makes sense to consider factors such as performance, efficiency, dimensions, and features. That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of key differences.

Performance and MPG

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura MDX
276 hp Standard Horsepower 290
280 lb-ft Standard Torque 267 lb-ft
22 Standard City MPG** 20
28 Standard Highway MPG** 27

The Acura RDX offers a more impressive set of standard MPG ratings, but keep in mind that only the Acura MDX is available as a Sport Hybrid. Adding three electric motors allows it to make up to 26 mpg in the city**.


2019 Acura RDX 2019 Acura MDX
Up to 5 Passengers Up to 7
N/A Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row 15.8 Cubic Feet
31.1 Cubic Feet Cargo Space Behind 2nd Row 43.4 Cubic Feet
79.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Space Behind 1st Row 90.9 Cubic Feet

As noted by The Car Connection, the Acura MDX “seats at least seven adults, and does so comfortably”. Of course, the Acura RDX still offers generous seating for five, and it’s a little easier to drive in the city thanks to tighter exterior measurements.


Both the Acura MDX and Acura RDX come fitted as standard with premium features, including the following AcuraWatch driver assistance technologies:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

Acura RDX advantages include:

  • Standard Auto Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Available Front 16-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support, Power Thigh Extension and Power Side Bolsters

Acura MDX advantages include:

  • Standard Android Auto™ Integration
  • Available Acura Rear Entertainment System with 9-inch or 16.2-inch Full VGA Screen
2019 Acura RDX Exterior
2019 Acura MDX Exterior

Take a Closer Look at Acura Luxury SUVs by Visiting Your Nearest Showroom

The latest range of premium Acura SUVs soars above the competition, and the team at your local Twin City Acura dealer can help you choose between them and take advantage of the latest special offers. Feel free to visit today.

*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 2018 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.