Read a comparison of the 2019 Acura RDX and the 2019 Acura MDX.

Here at West Side Acura in Edmonton, we're lucky enough to have two of the finest SUVs in North America in our inventory: the 2019 Acura RDX and the 2019 Acura MDX. You can't go wrong with either one, although they play different roles in Acura's line up. One model may fit your lifestyle, transportation needs, and budget better than the other. Learn which one may be the best SUV for you, and then swing by our showroom for a test drive and compare them for yourself.

The 2019 Acura RDX

The RDX is the slightly smaller of the two, with a total length of 4.74 metres versus the MDX's 4.98 meters. Yet in some dimensions the RDX actually has the advantage, such as ground clearance: 208 mm (no load) for the RDX compared to 185 mm for the MDX. Moreover, the RDX packs a punch into its smaller frame. Its turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC direct-injection four cylinder engine pumps out 272 horsepower and a hefty 280 Lb.-ft. of torque. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) comes standard on all trim levels. The RDX seats five passengers. Prices begin at $43,990.

The 2019 Acura MDX

Being slightly larger, the MDX offers three standard rows of seats with seating for six or seven passengers, depending on the trim level. Power comes from a larger, 3.5 litre direct injection V6 producing 290 horsepower and 267 Lb.-ft. of torque. SH-AWD is standard on the MDX, too. A Sport Hybrid trim level offers a more eco-friendly option with better fuel economy. Prices begin at $54,390.

Which One is Right for You?

It depends on your lifestyle. The RDX achieves a city/highway fuel economy figure as low as 9.9 L/100 km, contrasted with 10.8 L/100 km for most trim levels of the MDX. So as a commuter vehicle, the RDX may be the better choice. However, the MDX range is topped by a Sport Hybrid model that achieves a combined mileage rating of 9.0 L/100 km. Plus, the MDX offers a far better towing capacity at up to 2,269 kg thanks to its larger V6, compared to a maximum of 680 kg for the four-cylinder RDX.

The interior volume of the MDX is substantially larger, enabling its three-row seating. Yet the RDX actually offers substantially more cargo room with the rear seats up or down thanks to having only two rows of seats. However, in the MDX you can fold down the third row of seats for extra cargo room and still have the advantage of having two rows of seats available to use.

The Verdict

Both models offer full suites of technology, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AcuraLink subscription services, and the AcuraWatch safety suite. Both feature cutting-edge interior and exterior design and terrific performance. Ultimately the RDX in most configurations may be a better commuter vehicle and a better vehicle for singles, couples, and smaller families with active lifestyles. The MDX may be a better vehicle for larger families and people who need to tow equipment.

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