Acura Suvs Vs Lexus Suvs

Exceptional levels of luxury, comfort, performance, safety, and dependability make Acura and Lexus two of the most popular lines of SUVs on the road today. While the two brands have much in common, the base models of each also differ considerably when it comes to standard features. Here's a look at the 2019 editions of the Acura MDX, the Acura RDX SH-AWD, the Lexus RX 350L, and the Lexus NX 300 AWD, and how the two brands match up in the categories of performance, interior comfort and convenience, safety, and exterior styling.


Both the RX 350L and the MDX come equipped with a 290 HP 3.5L V-6 with the Lexus linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the Acura mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The RDX differentiates itself a little more from the NX 300 as the 2.0L DOHC VTEC Turbocharged I-4 on the Acura generates thirty-seven more horsepower more than its Lexus counterpart. The RDX also comes standard with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and AWD Torque Vectoring, the NX 300 does not.


The four vehicles share many of the same safety features such as Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. All have Rear Cameras (single view on the Lexus models and multi-view with dynamic guidelines on the Acuras), as well.

Interior Comfort and Convenience

As expected, all four SUVs come loaded with the latest interior comforts. Standard features on every model include Automatic Climate Control with an Air-Quality Sensor and Air Filtration, Leather Upholstery, HD and Satellite Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, and Mobile Hotspot capability. All four also feature excellent sound systems controlled by large touchscreen displays (single on the Lexus models and dual on the Acuras). Other notable capabilities found on both Lexus and Acura sound systems are Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, and SMS Text Messaging. The Acura sound systems are also compatible with Pandora and Aha music streaming services. MDX owners will appreciate the push-of-a-button easy access to its third row. Acura passengers also enjoy an enhanced audio experience thanks to Acura's Active Sound Control technology.

Exterior Styling

Lexus and Acura SUVs look noticeably different on arrival. While all four vehicles feature similar overall body shapes, thanks to somewhat bolder lines, a wider stance, and their honeycomb grille, the two Acura models make a much bolder and sportier statement. Acura's standard wrap-around Jewel Eye headlamps and panoramic moonroof give the MDX and RDX easy victories in the area of exterior styling.

Acura and Lexus vehicles both offer buyers a tremendous level of luxury, comfort, performance, safety, and dependability. However, when it comes to buying a new or used Acura SUV in Edmonton, no dealer matches the incredible level of service and reliability as Westside Acura. Our friendly staff, expert service department, and large selection of new and used Acura cars, trucks, and SUVs make us the best place to buy an Acura vehicle in Edmonton, and all of Canada, as well.