Acura MDX vs Lexus RX

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Would you like to compare the features offered by the MDX vs Lexus RX? Your Desjardins Acura dealership in Montreal has done it for you!

Read on below to find out more about the 2023 Acura MDX and its strengths compared to its competitors, like the Lexus RX!

Acura MDX vs Lexus RX: price and trims

The Acura SUV, named Best Luxury Midsize SUV for 2023 by the Car Guide, is offered in 6 trims, with the following MSRP:

  • MDX: $ 61,806
  • Tech: $ 65,806 
  • A- Spec: $ 68,806 
  • Platinum Elite: $ 72,806
  • Type S: $ 82,906
  • Type S Ultra: $ 86,906

As for the Lexus RX, 3 trims are offered:

  • 350: $ 61,465
  • 350 h: $ 62,965
  • 500 h: $ 82,615

As you can see, the entry-level trims for both of these SUVs are offered at an almost identical price.

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Interior and Exterior Design for the MDX and the RX

Firstly, we can easily confirm that both of these SUVs boast a stunning style that will leave no one indifferent. The athletic lines, coupled with 19- 20- or 21- inch rims for the MDX (19- and 21- inches for the Lexus SUV), along with the wide radiator grille, give both of these vehicles a refined and spectacular style.

The interior of the MDX is spacious and elegant, and is in no way lacking when compared to its rival; although the Lexus does also offer an exceptional level of luxury. Leather, genuine wood and brushed metal meet for a truly stunning overall look with outstanding fit and finishes.

But it is mostly when it comes to available space that the MDX truly shines compared to its rival. In fact, thanks to its 3 rows of seats, up to 7- passengers can take place aboard the MDX, while the Lexus RX only offers enough seating for 5, all trims included.

cockpit view of a 2023 Acura MDX Cockpit - 2023 Acura MDX
cockpit view of a 2023 Lexus RX Cockpit - 2023 Lexus RX


The MDX also stands out thanks to its exterior and interior dimensions, which are more generous than the RX, mostly when it comes to cargo space:

Acura MDX Lexus RX
Longueur 5,039 mm 4,890 mm
Largeur 2,000 mm 1,920 mm
Hauteur 1,724 mm 1,710 mm
Empattement 2,890 mm 2,850 mm
Volume utilitaire 461-2,690 litres 838-1,308 litres

Here we quickly notice that the cargo space offered by the MDX –behind 1st row of seats- is literally double what the Lexus RX offers.

Acura MDX vs Lexus RX: Powertrains and Performance

By opting for the 2023 Acura MDX, you will have the choice between two performant powertrains: a 3.5 L V6 with 290 horsepower or a 3.0 L turbo V6 with 355 horsepower. Both of these powertrains are coupled with a 10- speed automatic transmission and the SH-AWD system.

When it comes to the 2023 Lexus RX, you will have the choice between 3 powertrains: a 2.4 L 4- cylinder turbo with 275 horsepower, alongside 2 hybrid engines offering 246 and 367 horsepower, coupled with (depending on selected powertrain) an 8- speed automatic transmission or a e-CVT transmission and all-wheel drive. The hybrid engines do give the RX a certain edge, attracting buyers looking for energy efficient powertrains.

The Acura MDX does offer another advantage compared to the RX: it can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg), while the Lexus SUV only offers a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, no matter the model.

Technologies, Safety Features and Amenities

On this subject, the MDX is truly impressive as well! In fact, depending on selected trim and options, aboard, you might find:

  • Impact reduction braking with pedestrian detection
  • Front collision alert
  • Lane departure alert
  • Lane assist
  • Departure mitigation
  • Blind spot surveillance
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Road sign recognition
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Navigation with voice command
  • A 12.3- inch touch screen
  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Peripheral vision
  • Climate control over 3 zones
  • 12- or 16- way power driver’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Wireless cellphone charging
  • And so much more.
dashboard view of a 2023 Acura MDX Dashboard - Acura MDX 2023
dashboard view of a 2023 Lexus RX Dashboard - Lexus RX 2023


As you can see, the 2023 Acura MDX is an excellent choice if you are shopping for a luxury midsize SUV. It is in no way lacking when compared to the competition, including the Lexus RX.

To find out more about the equipment and performance the 2023 Acura MDX offers or to book your test drive, come and meet us today at Desjardins, your Acura dealership in Montreal!

2023 Acura MDX vs 2023 Lexus RX

Price range $ 61,806 - $ 86,906 $ 61,465 - $ 82,615 
Trims 6 3
Powertrains 3.5 L V6 290 HP
3.0 L turbo V6 355 HP
2.4 L 4- cyl. turbo 275 HP
2.5 L Hybrid engine 246 HP
2.4 L turbo Hybrid engine 367 HP
Towing Capacity 3,000 — 5,000 pounds 3,500 pounds
Cargo Space 461-2,690 liters 838-1,308 liters
Seating 7 5
rear side view of a 2023 Acura MDX parked next to a house