2016 Lexus RX vs. 2016 Acura MDX

2016 Lexus RX vs 2016 Acura MDX Comparison

If you’re in the market for an affordable yet luxury SUV, you’ve probably done some research on the Acura MDX and Lexus RX.  These two models are some of the most popular mid-size luxury SUVs on the market year after year, and 2016 is no different.  However, there are plenty of differences between the two, so let’s dive into the details.

Interior & Design

2016 Lexus RX Interior Space and Seats2016 Acura MDX Gray Interior Space

Lexus is notorious for providing drivers some of the highest quality interiors in the industry, and the 2016 Lexus RX certainly lives up to these standards.  With soft, comfortable leather seats and exquisite trim, you’ll certainly feel the luxury.  The 2016 Acura MDX, while offering quality cabin materials, does not quite match the luxury of the RX.  Comfort has been increased this year as the 2016 RX was built with five extra inches of length.  This extra room is given to the front and rear seat passengers in the form of extra legroom.  The 2016 MDX does feature a third row of seats, though drivers report it’s very cramped.  As far as exterior design is concerned, the RX features a sportier, more modern design than the more traditional MDX.  The RX features triple-L LED headlights, while the MDX has Acura’s jewel-eye LED headlights – both attractive in their own right.  Where the RX catches the eye over the MDX is in its bold, black front grille, and sharp, chiseled frame.

Safety & Technology

2016 Lexus RX Tech Features2016 Acura MDX Safety Features & Tech

The 2016 RX and 2016 MDX are very similar in this arena.  Both vehicles are equipped with 8-inch display screens and modern technology features like Bluetooth, USB and climate control for both passengers.  The RX does feature one more speaker than the MDX, and drivers love the sound system.  As far as safety goes, both vehicles feature a rearview camera, a full suite of airbags, and ABS standard, while additional features like forward collision and lane departure warning systems are optional.


2016 Lexus RX Engine Bay2016 Acura MDX Engine

The 2016 Lexus RX comes in two options – the RX 350 with a 3.5-liter direct injected V6 that delivers 295-horsepower and the RX 450h with its 3.5-liter hybrid V6.  Both trim levels feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.  The 2016 Acura MDX has a nine-speed automatic transmission, but features only a single engine option – a 3.5-liter V6 that offers 290-horspower.  Both base models of the RX and MDX offer solid gas mileage for their class, but the RX hybrid blows them both out of the water.

VerdictThe 2016 Lexus RX For Sale

These models actually stack up pretty evenly in some areas, but the smoother ride, comfortable and roomy interior, and stylish exterior gives the 2016 RX the clear edge.  With a lower MSRP than the MDX, the decision to go with the RX becomes even easier.  View our inventory of the 2016 Lexus RX in Los Angeles, CA, then schedule a 2016 RX test drive at Jim Falk Lexus of Beverly Hills.

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