header image Acura RDX 2022 vs MDX 2022

If you are looking for a luxury SUV that is reliable and sells at an advantageous price, Acura vehicles are definitely an excellent option for you. The manufacturer offers two high-quality sports utility vehicles. Between the 2022 Acura RDX vs 2022 MDX, find the perfect one for you and your needs!

Desjardins Acura in Montreal presents both vehicles, highlights the differences between the two and talks about each ones’ strengths.

Discover the Acura RDX and MDX

As you have probably guessed it, both SUVs are perfectly suited for different types of buyers. In fact, the MDX is a midsize SUV, more voluminous and spacious, while the RDX is a compact and agile SUV that is also more energy efficient. Discover them in greater detail below.


Under the hood, there are powerful –but different- powertrains on each model. The Acura RDX SUV is equipped with a 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbocharged engine that will provide you with 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. maximum torque.

As for the MDX, there are two options. The first, a standard offered engine, is a 3.5 L V6 with 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. maximum torque. The second offers even more power, given that it is a Type S version: a 3.0 L turbocharged V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. maximum torque.

In both cases, it is coupled with a 10- speed automatic transmission that will give you smooth gear changes. On the highway, the MDX proves to be more powerful, while the RDX is more agile and vivid thanks to its smaller dimensions and lighter weight.

Interior volume

Being the larger of the two, the Acura MDX SUV will obviously give you access to a particularly spacious interior, with enough space to seat up to 7- passengers. As for cargo space, it reaches up to 513 liters in the trunk and up to 2,690 liters when rear seats are folded.

Even though it can welcome up to 5- passengers, the RDX remains quite generous with a total of 881 liters in the trunk alone and up to a maximum of 2,260 liters of total cargo space!

side by side view of the cargo space of Acura MDX et RDX 2022 models

Towing Capacity

Greater power obviously translates into a greater capacity to tow heavier loads: the MDX is the one that offers you the most with a towing capacity that ranges between 3,000 to 5,000 pounds (with the towing package).

The RDX will be perfect for those who have a little less or lighter gear to carry: towing capacity still reaches 1,500 pounds.


Budget is obviously an important thing to consider for many consumers. The RDX, which is smaller and has slightly lower capacities, is offered at a base price of $ 46,900 and reaches up to $ 59,100 for the A-Spec Platinum Elite version. You can shop for your 2022 Acura RDX to find out more details about prices.

The price range for the Acura MDX is just a little higher: base version sells for $ 59,300. A total of 6 trim levels are offered, culminating with the Type S Ultra starting at $ 84,400. Come and shop for your 2022 Acura MDX to find the perfect trim level for you!


The Acura RDX vs MDX both offer loads of added technologies and safety features. With the help of a 10.2- inch screen with the RDX or 12.3- inch screen for the MDX, you can easily navigate all of your applications (Apple and Android), your music or optional navigation system.

In both cases, driver assist technologies are taken care of with the standard offered AcuraWatch system, which includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System;
  • Blind Spot Information System;
  • Rear Cross Trafic Alert;
  • And much more!

Interior Design

Between the standard offered 12- way power heated front seats and several options like ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and more, you will be sure to find yourself comfortable with either of the two SUVs.

The A-Spec trim levels are particularly unique with their leather and Ultrasuede upholstery. The MDX offers an added touch of luxury with a metallic pattern and metal trims or optional genuine wood trims.

The Type S Ultra trim level takes this a step further with front seats with massage function and seat bottoms with padded leather.

side by side view of the cockpit of Acura MDX and RDX 2022 models

Exterior Design

Other than their dimensions, the Acura SUVs both share several common traits. We can easily recognize the Acura style with the pentagon-shaped radiator grill, the extremely bright Jewel Eye LED headlights and a well-sculpted body.

side by side view of the exterior design of Acura MDX and RDX 2022 models

Here is how the 2022 Acura RDX vs MDX compare, at a glance:

Features Acura RDX 2022 Acura MDX 2022
Price 46 900 $ à 59 100 $ 59 300 $ à 84 400 $
Powertrain 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo 3.5 L V6
3.0 L turbo V6 (Type S)
Power/Torque 272 horsepower/280 lb-ft. 290 horsepower /267 lb-ft.
355 horsepower /354 lb-ft. (Type S)
Cargo Space 881 liters – 2,260 liters 513 litres – 2,690 liters
Maximum Towing Capacity 1 500 lb 5 000 lb

Do you need more advice? Are you ready to shop for your future Acura SUV? Visit your Acura dealership website or come and visit us in Montreal. Desjardin Acura is eagerly awaiting your visit!

rear view of a 2022 Acura MDX on a mountain road