2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Acura MDX

Acura RDX

  • Standard Engine3.5L V6
  • Horsepower279
  • MPG (city/hwy) *20 / 28
  • Seats5

Acura MDX

  • Standard Engine3.5L V6
  • Horsepower290
  • MPG (city/hwy) *19 / 27
  • Seats7

Specs at a Glance


If you are looking to purchase a new vehicle that is easy to drive without having to sacrifice cargo capacity or comfort, then you will be extremely happy with a luxury crossover utility vehicle. These unique vehicles offer all of the perks of a SUV and hatchback in one attractive package. There may be an influx of crossovers on the market right now, but you will still be best served to choose from the two great choices offered by Acura. While it is hard to go wrong when choosing between the 2018 Acura RDX and 2018 Acura MDX, it is still worth examining these two great crossover utility vehicles because they offer some slight differences that will help influence the purchasing decision.

The 2018 Acura RDX and MDX both have a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but they still perform differently on the road. The RDX's engine provides 279 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs of torque. The MDX's engine will give you 290 horsepower and 267 ft-lbs or torque. This extra power allows the 2018 MDX to haul 2,000 more pounds than the RDX, but it comes with a sacrifice in fuel efficiency. The MDX offers a fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. You will be able to get approximately 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway in the 2018 Acura RDX thanks to its less powerful engine.


While they are both crossover utility vehicles from the same manufacturer, it is fairly easy to differentiate between the 2018 Acura RDX and MDX. The main difference in the appearance in these two vehicles is their overall size. The MDX is approximately 12 inches longer, four inches wider and two inches taller than the RDX. There are also slight difference in the look of the grille and tires of both vehicles. The RDX features a metal grille and silver tires. The MDX has a black grille and machined aluminum tires. Everything else on the exterior of these two luxury crossovers from Acura are identical.


The 2018 Acura RDX features a plethora of features to ensure that all five passengers are comfortable and safe while riding in the vehicle. Some of these important features are Bluetooth compatibility, touchscreen infotainment system, heated memory seats, brake assisting and an electronic stability system. You will be able to get even more great features in the 2018 Acura MDX. In addition to everything found in the RDX, the new MDX comes with third row seating, adaptive cruise control, hands-free calling with voice recognition and a lane departure warning light.

Since it is obvious that the 2018 Acura RDX and MDX are amazing crossover utility vehicles, it is time to stop by the dealership for more information. You will have the opportunity to get all of your questions answered and go on a short test drive in both vehicles during the visit.

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Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

* Based on 2018 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 models only) and other factors.