2020 MDX

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Acura RDX

If you’re shopping for your next luxury SUV on Providence and Warwick roads, you may be wondering what’s the difference between Acura MDX and RDX models. And since both models are updated for 2020, you’ll want to know more about the latest interior, performance, and safety features you’ll have with either of these two vehicles. That’s why First Acura is here to compare the RDX vs. MDX to see which one is right for you!

2020 Acura MDX


2020 Acura RDX

$44,400 MSRP**

Starting Price

$37,600 MSRP**
290 hp, 3.5L V6

Standard Engine

272 hp, 2.0L VTEC Turbo
Sequential SportShift Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission

Standard Transmission

Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission





Acura MDX vs. RDX: Seating Space and Cargo Capacity

Many drivers are drawn to the incredible style and space found in a luxury vehicle, and the MDX and RDX are no different as you’ll find plenty of comfort and space for passengers along with great options for storage in both models. However, when you opt for the RDX you’ll have a little more interior space while the MDX is slightly more compact. See how the interior dimensions for both models differ below:

  • The Acura MDX is 196.2 inches long, and 77.7 inches wide. The RDX is just 186.7 inches long and 74.8 inches wide, so you’ll have an easier time parking.
  • The MDX and RDX offer near-equal amounts of legroom in their first and second rows. However, the MDX offers a comfortable third row of seating, as well as more shoulder room in both the front and rear rows.
  • With all seats upright, the MDX offers 15.8 cubic feet of storage, compared to 29.5 cubic feet in the RDX.
  • Fold the rear seats down, and it’s the MDX which comes out ahead. It offers a total of 90.9 cubic feet with both the third and second rows flat. The RDX cargo capacity tops out at 58.9 cubic feet.

Acura MDX vs. RDX: Engine Specs and Performance

In addition to plenty of cabin space, luxury SUV drivers want the incredible performance that comes along with a vehicle like the RDX or MDX. While both models boast well-rounded and reliable performance to keep you moving, you’ll have a stronger engine configuration with the MDX while you’ll get a better overall fuel economy from the RDX. And, no matter which matches your driving needs, you can find the model in the drivetrain of your choice. Take a closer look at the performance specs for both models below:

  • The Acura MDX comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The RDX receives a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, with 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
  • As standard, the RDX is the more efficient option. You’ll get 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, compared to 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with the MDX*.
  • Are you interested in upgrades? Both the MDX and the RDX offer Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). However, only the MDX is available with Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® technology.

Acura MDX vs. RDX: Safety Features

Although you may have to make some decisions on interior space and performance between these two models, you won’t have to worry about safety as behind the wheel of the MDX and RDX you have access to a wide range of features with the standard AcuraWatch™ safety suite. You’ll have even more peace of mind with plenty of driver-assist features to help you stay more alert and protected no matter if you’re around town or far from home. Take a look at some of the outstanding safety features of the RDX and MDX:

  • Blind spot information system
  • Surround-view camera
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor
  • AcuraLink®
  • Vehicle stability assist

Find the New Acura MDX and Acura RDX For Sale at First Acura

After comparing the MDX vs. RDX you can find even more comparisons at First Acura such as the RDX vs. Lexus NXAcura MDX vs. Lexus RX, MDX vs. Porsche Cayenne, and MDX vs. Honda Pilot. We have a great selection of new MDX and new RDX models for sale so be sure to make your way over to our dealership to experience these great luxury SUVs in person. Contact us today to learn more by speaking to a member of our sales team and be sure to schedule a test drive near Cranston!

*Based on 2019 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

**Prices shown do not include taxes, license or a destination & handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.

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