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Which is Better? The 2019 Acura RDX or 2019 Lexus NX?

2019 Acura RDX 2019 Lexus NX Versus

2019 Acura RDX


2019 Lexus NX

2.0-liter VTEC Turbo


2.0-liter I4
22 city / 28 hwy*

Fuel Economy

22 city / 28 hwy
272 hp


235 hp

Serving Chantilly, Washington D.C., and Alexandria

To some customers, it’s not just enough getting a crossover SUV, which balances spaciousness and a heightened ride with remarkable fuel efficiency and family-friendly drivability. It also has to include premium features as standard to boost luxuriousness. The Acura RDX and the Lexus NX are two such examples. In 2019, though, they are at different points in their overall production history. While the RDX is totally redone to kick off its third generation of production, the NX is five years into its first production cycle, virtually unchanged from the previous model year. Ultimately, the Acura offering has the upper hand due to the following.


Still propelling the 2019 Lexus NX is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In an effort to become more fuel-efficient than ever before, the RDX ditches the 3.5-liter V6 of the second-gen model for a brand-new, direct-injected VTEC turbo 2.0-liter I4. Sure, it has the same general specs as its Lexus counterpart, but don’t be fooled: It packs more of a punch. It produces 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s 37 more horsepower and 32 more lb-ft of torque than the NX’s I4!

Cargo Volume

One of the major criticisms of the 2019 Lexus NX is its relatively small cargo volume, which is, at the very least, measured between the rear seats and the tailgate. Standard cargo space is measured at 17.7 cubic feet, with the option of folding down the rear seats to expand it to 54.6 cubic feet (i.e., space between the front seats and liftgate). On the 2019 Acura RDX, standard cargo space is almost doubled, at 29.5 cubic feet. Plus, you can fold down the rear seats to maximize the cargo space to 58.9 cubic feet, which is 4.3 more cubic feet than what the NX offers.

Smartphone Integration

At a time when more vehicles provide smartphone integration technologies like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, the 2019 Lexus NX is surprisingly devoid of these. To its credit, the 2019 Acura RDX is Apple CarPlay™-compatible. That means you can connect your iPhone—which should be an iPhone 5 model or newer running iOS 7 or newer—to the USB port, select “Apple CarPlay” on the touchscreen, and enable familiar Apple application icons to appear on the screen. Thus, you can use Apple CarPlay™ to make and receive phone calls, play music, or even use Apple’s navigation software. In other words, the RDX screen becomes the TV screen and the iPhone becomes the remote control. And this is a feature that is completely missing on the Lexus NX; it is not even offered as an option.

Want to test-drive the 2019 Acura RDX and see how it compares to the 2019 Lexus NX? Call us today at our Washington, D.C. area dealership and set up an appointment with one of our Acura experts, who will be more than happy and willing to assist you.

*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.

Current Inventory

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Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/condition, and other factors.

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