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Compare the 2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Acura RDX


2018 Lexus NX

3.5-liter V6


2.0-liter I-4



Seating Capacity


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When you want a luxury crossover, you’ve got a lot of choices. If you want to get more for your money, you will want to start with the 2018 Acura RDX. Just look at how it stands up to the 2018 Audi Q5.


Let’s look at how the two compare when it comes to performance. Lexus has refined its engine. The new powertrain is rated for 235 horsepower. Torque thrust is rated at 258 lb.-ft. The Acura RDX can beat those figures. An RDX driver commands 279 horsepower from a powerful V6 engine. The torque rate is nearly comparable with the Lexus. Passing and merging are no problem for the RDX. Fun to drive is how a Kelley Blue Book reviewer puts it. Suitably upmarket writes the critic at the Car Connection. RDX models also weigh about 200 pounds less than the NX models, and this means it takes less power to move the Acura than it does the Lexus. Despite their very different engines, the two rivals both earn 28 mpg highway. To reduce fuel use, the RDX has vehicle cylinder management which cuts back from six to three cylinders whenever it is possible to travel with less power.


Acura has made it a theme to offer more in the basic package than most rivals. So it should come as no surprise to many shoppers that the RDX offers some key features that aren’t standard on the NX. For starters, every RDX has a sunroof. Likewise, it has heated front seats, a must-have for winter. Finally, it has a power liftgate. That would seem like an essential item on a luxury vehicle, and it is interesting that only the RDX has it. Both models offer a full suite of infotainment features including a touchscreen. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) calls the RDX screen easy to use while Edmunds calls the NX system fussy. KBB also notes that the Acura standard sound system has such quality that listeners would think it cost twice as much.


The RDX has a big backseat with plenty of room for six-footers. It can go toe to toe and knee to knee with the NX in terms of interior space, beating it in almost every front and rear category. In fact, it is slightly wider, taller, and longer than its Lexus rival. In terms of utility, both offer folding rear seats. However, numbers tell an interesting story here. While the NX has a mere 17.7 cu.ft. behind the rear seats, the RDX can offer 26.1 cu.ft. As a result, the NDX can offer 61.3 total cargo area while the NX is rated at 54 cubes. If you are loading up for a big trip or moving across town, you’ll appreciate more space for your luggage or boxes. Sure these are called compacts, but clearly Acura thinks you should get your money’s worth for your luxury purchase.

The 2018 Acura RDX is just a test drive away at Pohanka Acura. Visit is to experience the fun drive of this crossover SUV.

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All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Acura RDX AWD 4dr SUV w/Advance Package for Sale in inventory


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