Comparing Acura SUVs: The RDX vs. MDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura MDX

Michigan drivers love a good SUV, and Acura makes some of the most innovative models on the market today. If you’re on the hunt for an ideal vehicle that can handle harsh weather and long road trips with ease, then you’ve likely encountered the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Acura MDX. But when comparing the RDX vs. MDX, which one comes out on top? Both are incredible SUVs, but one model may suit you more than the other. Learn all about these two phenomenal vehicles with our comparison guide, and then head to Jeffrey Acura to see them in person!

Pricing and Packages

Let’s start with your budget. Both vehicles are packed with the advanced technology and refined comforts that drivers expect from the Acura brand, but the Acura RDX is a little easier on the wallet. In fact, most trim levels are $40,000 or less. Here is a brief rundown of the five different RDX packages:

  • Standard: Starting MSRP of $35,670*
  • AcuraWatch Plus: Starting MSRP of $36,970*
  • Technology: Starting MSRP of $39,370*
  • AcuraWatch Plus and Tech: Starting MSRP of $40,670*
  • Advance: Starting MSRP of $42,320*

What if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury? Then the Acura MDX is just right for you. This midsize SUV offers total sophistication with some of the top technology on the market. Plus, it comes in several different packages.

  • Standard: Starting MSRP of $44,050*
  • Technology Package: Starting MSRP of $48,460*
  • Advance Package: Starting MSRP of $54,500*
  • Entertainment with Technology Package: Starting MSRP of $50,460*


Next, we move into performance. Acura is well-known for smooth, reliable performance with plenty of power. Both vehicles deliver a robust ride through Michigan, but the two powertrains differ. The Acura RDX has a 3.5L V6 engine with direct injection technology. Horsepower clocks in at 279 with 252 lb-ft of torque, which results in one dynamic ride. Choose between Front-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive to suit your preferences. Fuel economy reaches up to 28 mpg on the highway**.

The MDX offers not just one but two quality engine options. The standard engine is also a 3.5L V6, but this powertrain reaches 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy stays strong at up to 27 mpg on the highway**. What if you’re interested in green technology but you don’t want to sacrifice power? Check out the Sport Hybrid. This innovative model reaches 257 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque with a unique hybrid powertrain. So, you have great options in either model.


What are your space requirements? Are you looking for a vehicle easy to maneuver through narrow roads and tight parking spots, or are you looking for a larger vehicle with plenty of space for a larger family? The 2017 Acura RDX is the smaller of the two, though the basic dimensions are fairly similar. The RDX has 38.7 inches of headroom in the front, while the MDX has 38.1 inches. The RDX has 42.0 inches of legroom, which is just a little more than the 41.4 inches of legroom in the MDX.

However, they key difference is in design. The three-row MDX has much more total interior space than the two-row RDX. The Acura MDX has a total of 132.7 cubic feet in passenger volume, and the Acura RDX only has 103.5 cubic feet in total. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then the MDX also has more space for your heavy cargo. Behind the first row, you’ll find 68.4 cubic feet in the MDX and only 61.3 cubic feet in the RDX. Larger families will get good use out of that valuable third row of seating and space in the MDX, while smaller families may prefer the benefits of the smaller RDX.


No matter your driving style, you’ll want a vehicle with plenty of safety features to protect you on every journey. Luckily, Acura is full of state-of-the-art amenities that inspire total confidence when you’re behind the wheel. From stability systems to cutting-edge Driver Assistive Technology, you’re in good hands when you drive an Acura. Both vehicles include:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Multi-View Rear Camera
  • Available Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Available Blind Spot Information System

Test Drive a New Acura Today

The Acura lineup is exceptional and no matter your preferences, you’re bound to find an impressive Acura SUV. Between the MDX vs. RDX, which one is your next purchase? The choice is up to you! If you have any additional questions about the lineup, then feel free to contact us; our Acura experts will get back to you promptly. But to really get a sense of both models, head to Jeffrey Acura for your test drive!

* Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or a $975 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2017 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 only) and other factors.