Acura RDX vs MDX

Two crossovers from Honda, the Japanese manufacturer of vehicles, is the comparison we have for you in this piece. To get a salient definition out of the way before delving into deeper aspects of our comparison, a crossover is the short-form for “crossover SUV” and it is the phrase used for sports-like SUVs.

Now that we have re-clarified that especially if you are pretty new to the world of cars, we shall look at the differences and the similarities of this duo from Honda under its Acura brand.


The Acura RDX has a 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission under its hood and this engine produces 272 horsepower and pulls a torque of 280 lb-ft.

On the flipside, the Acura MDX has two engines to choose from – the 3.5L V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that produces 290 horsepower and pulls 267 lb-ft of torque or the 3L turbocharged V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that produces 355 horsepower and pulls 354 lb-ft of torque; this gives you more optionality in engine choices.

When we move further to the drivetrain, the RDX and MDX offers the same options: either the Front-Wheel Drive or the All-Wheel Drive.

Passenger Accommodation

With its two-row seating setup, the RDX can comfortably seat 5 adult passengers; the MDX has an upper hand here because its three-row seating arrangement grants it the needed space to seat 7 adult passengers.


Both cars have touch screens that visually tell you they slid out of the dashboard from underneath; this positioning is great for the sake of safety because when you are behind the wheel, you need not have to lower your gaze by more inches to switch from entertainment to information or navigation.

Safety is strongly aligned with tech features here with the inclusion of, to mention a few of them, the Lane Keeping Assist feature, the Multi-View Camera System, the Forward Collision Warning System and the Adaptive Cruise Control system. Moving away from safety into comfort and luxury, technology comes into play as well with premium features such as the Acura/ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System, Tri-Zone Climate Control, and Memory Seats.

These are all available in both crossovers except for the Memory Seats which only feature in the MDX.

Cargo Capacity

When both seat rows in the RDX are in place, the trunk holds 31.1 cu.-ft worth of cargo and when the second-row seat goes flat (by folding it down), the trunk expands to hold 79.8 cu.-ft worth of cargo.

Because of the three-row nature of the MDX, the cargo capacity is in triple measures: first, there is the trunk’s capacity to hold 18.1 cu.-ft worth of cargo; second – and this is when you have the third-row seat flat folded – there is the trunk’s capacity to hold 48.4 cu.-ft worth of cargo and third when you have both the second-row and third-row seats folded, there is the trunk’s capacity to hold 95 cu.-ft worth of cargo.

At your best Philadelphia dealership offices at 7418 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, we have these duos from Acura. What’s better? We will match your stimulus check when you stop by or call us at 215-821-3557 to purchase either of them.


Vista Auto Group