The 2020 Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350 are two popular and market-leading luxury SUVs. The luxury SUV market is crowded, but the MDX and RX stand out from the pack, and you probably have them on your shortlist. In this post, you will learn how to choose between them and what makes each one special. At Sutton Acura, we think the MDX is a better fit for most buyers, and we'd love to explain why we believe that.


The MDX and the RX are approximately even when it comes to the engines. However, they do differ considerably in their cornering. The Acura MDX is wider and roomier, but it also has a tighter turning radius. Despite the wider dimensions, it is easier to park, handles turns better, and is easier to maneuver. The MDX also has more torque and offers better towing performance.

The MDX has more room for seats as well as cargo because it has a third row in the base trim. There is a costly upgrade trim for the Lexus RX that adds a third row. The similar engines mean the MDX and RX will have about the same acceleration and fuel economy, but when it comes to how much space they have or how easy it is to get around, the MDX wins out.


The Acura MDX has a lower base cost, and in general, its features come cheaper than on the Lexus RX. Considering that their engines and other core elements are similar, that is an advantage for the MDX. Although it is a luxury vehicle, when you buy a new car or SUV, it is still better to save where you can. The lower price for the MDX starts at the lowest trim and continues up through the trim levels and feature sets.

When you combine that with the expanded interior size, you just get more when you go with the MDX. Size matters more in an SUV compared to a car because a third row really expands your options in terms of cargo and passengers. In Macon, GA you want a vehicle that has all the capacity you need, and you can't always predict what that will be from day to day. That is why it pays off to have more rather than less space, and why it's better to be able to get that space in a base trim instead of paying extra.

Interior Features

The MDX and RX take slightly different approaches to the interior design. The RX 350 has slightly nicer materials, but the infotainment system is smaller and has an older, clunky interface. The MDX feels newer and sleeker, with the tech more integrated into the design. They are both comfortable cars and they both certainly live up to the luxury label, but the Acura MDX's interior is more modern and contemporary. In the Macon area it's nice to be up to speed on the latest tech and know that you have ready access to it in your SUV.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that you won't go wrong with either the Acura MDX or the Lexus RX 350, and they are both well-designed luxury SUVs. Both would make you happy if you owned them. But the MDX simply has more to offer for your money. It's especially true if you are in the market for a luxury SUV that has three rows instead of just two. When you run down the list of features and options for both vehicles, it is clear that the MDX does come out ahead. Give it a test drive and you will be able to see for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!

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