The 2015 Acura MDX and the 2015 Lexus RX are mid-size luxury cross-over SUVs which have been very successful in the past and have a large following of loyal customers. These models have been basking in the success of their predecessors with only minor updates to new models which makes this comparison very fascinating as it will show which model has fallen behind its rival.
Minor differences include the fact that the Acura is a three row-seater while the Lexus is available with either a conventional gasoline drivetrain or a hybrid. Be sure that these are not only differences between these two models so keep reading this comparison article.
The Acura MDX will be powered by a 3.5 L V6 SOHC i-VTEC engine with variable Cylinder Management that will deliver 290 hp and 267 lb-ft torque. Its transmission will be 6-speed automatic. On the other hand, the Lexus RX 350 gasoline drivetrain will have a 3.5L V6 engine that will deliver 270 hp while the hybrid version has a 3.5 L V6 Atkinson-cycle engine that is paired with electric motor offering total system output of 295 hp. The Rx 450 will also have a 3.5 L gasoline engine that will deliver 295 hp. In this category, it’s hard to get the apparent winner since the figures are almost the same with only slight variations. Lexus does offer hybrid powertrain and this could be one of the biggest advantages that it offers.
2015 Acura MDX Vs 2015 Lexus RX
Since the 2015 Acura MDX is offered in two versions, FWD and SH-AWD, there is a difference in its fuel economy ratings. The FWD is rated at 20mpg City, 28 mpg Highway and 23 mpg Combined and the SH-AWD is rated at 18 mpg City 27 mpg Highway and 21 mpg Combined. The Lexus Hybrid has an average fuel efficiency rating of 30 mpg the conventional gasoline model is rated at 18/25/21 mpg city/highway/combined. Both the Acura and the RX have tried to outdo each other when it comes to fuel efficiency but the Lexus Hybrid model has pinned the RX at the top.
The 2015 Lexus RX will be available in two versions: RX 350 FWD which starts at $40,260 and the RX 450 which starts at about $47,000. The 2015 Acura MDX on the other hand starts at a slightly higher price of $57,000 when bundled with its array of goodies or about $43,000 for the base version and without added features. Given the fact that the Lexus RX is more comfortable, elegant with an exotic and beautiful design, it’s a much better alternative as a family SUV. Both car models are expected to be available in late 2014.
Both of these models come with interesting design and it is only a question what do you prefer more. Looking on the outside we do need to give slight advantage to vehicle that is delivered by Lexus. We could hear many bad reviews about MDX but still it manages to get decent amount of sales.
Comparison Of 2015 Lexus RX Vs 2015 Acura MDX
The 2015 RX lack of a third row-seater may come as a letdown, but think of the extra cargo space you will have. It offers all the standard equipment needed in a luxury mid-size SUV which should be ok for most people. The Acura on the other hand is for those in need of high end luxury and comfort equipment which explain its costly price tag. The overall winner is therefore the 2015 Lexus RX for providing better fuel efficiency and being pocket friendly.