Acura Hunt Valley 2020 Lexus RX vs. the 2020 Acura MDX Comparison page
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Nowadays, SUVs have become a driver favorite thanks to the top-rated safety, luxurious comfort, and the versatility they offer for families and adventurers alike. The 2020 Acura MDX has led the competition in many ways, but the 2020 Lexus RX is another vehicle with great features that make for tough competition. So, how do these vehicles compare?


Fuel Efficiency: 2020 Lexus RX vs. 2020 Acura MDX

When it comes to large vehicles, fuel efficiency usually isn't their strong suit. But the 2020 Lexus RX and the 2020 Acura MDX will pleasantly surprise you because their base powertrains both deliver 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. However, the Acura MDX has a larger fuel tank capacity at 19.5 gallons versus the Lexus RX's 17.2-gallon tank. So, if you want to go farther without stopping to fill-up than the 2020 Acura MDX is the winner here.

Both SUVs also offer a hybrid powertrain for even better gas mileage, but the Acura MDX Hybrid is a much more comfortable drive. The Lexus RX hybrid's driving dynamics are strangely coarse and unnatural when switching between EV and regular drive modes, and it provides less power than the Acura MDX hybrid, so you'll feel less punch when you hit the pedal to accelerate.

The 2020 MDX also has an available AWD 321-hp Sport Hybrid version that is quicker and even more engaging. In fact, it's such a pleasure to drive that you might choose the hybrid MDX for its driving dynamics rather than for efficiency! But the 26mpg city and 27mpg highway is definitely a major perk. Unfortunately, the 2020 Lexus RXL doesn't offer a hybrid powertrain, so you're only option is a gas guzzler.


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Performance: 2020 Lexus RX vs. 2020 Acura MDX

A big appeal of SUVs is the muscle and response they offer for merging and overtaking cars on the highway, navigating through challenging terrain, and towing capability. Both the MDX and RX have a similar standard 3.5L V6 engine, but the handling is drastically different. The Lexus RX has a stiffer suspension and vague steering compared to the Acura MDX's fine-tuned suspension and tight steering that make for a smoother & more controlled ride for driver and passengers alike.

If you're looking for towing power, then the MDX is the way to go. It can pull up to 5,000 lbs, compared to the RX's 3,500 lb towing capacity. The 2020 Acura MDX also has a smaller turning diameter, making it easier to maneuver and pull out of tight spots. Taking all of these factors into account, it's clear that the MDX outperforms the RX in the power and capability category.


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Space & Design: 2020 Lexus RX vs. 2020 Acura MDX

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a family vehicle is the amount of space available so that everybody can ride in comfort. In this category, the Acura MDX wins by a landslide. Its configuration has more hip room, headroom, and legroom in the front and rear seating, plus there is almost double the amount of cargo space and more back-seat cubbies than the RX. The MDX also comes with a standard third-row, which is an option on the RX, but it's going to cost you extra to get that longer wheelbase.

The 2020 Acura MDX also sets itself apart with its quality interior design outfitted with standard leather upholstery compared to the Lexus RX's vinyl outfit and more compact cabin. The MDX comes with ambient interior lighting, an automatic-dimming frameless rearview mirror, and fast-charging USB outlets that elevate the driving experience to the next level. The RX also has some good comfort features available to add on, but it pales in comparison to the standard luxury you get with a 2020 Acura MDX.

Safety & Technology: 2020 Lexus RX vs. 2020 Acura MDX

It wouldn't be a luxury SUV without the added convenience and comfort of advanced technology. And although the 2020 Lexus RX has plenty of nifty features, it falls short next to the thoughtful and extensive tech in the 2020 Acura MDX.

For example, 2020 MDX's crisp Acura/ELS® Premium Audio System blows the average Lexus audio system out of the water when it comes to balanced acoustics and bumping bass. The Acura MDX's infotainment system is also much easier to use with its intuitive controls and touch-screen display. The RX's infotainment system is controlled with a difficult-to-use erratic joystick and no-touch display that is distracting and takes a long time to get anything done, according to critics.

Every 2020 Acura MDX comes with AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive driver-assist system that includes forward-thinking features like Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, and so much more. Plus, it is built with the Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to ensure you and your passengers remain safe in the event of an accident. All of these features in addition to the MDX's reliable performance is what granted it a 5-Star NHTSA safety rating, which leaves the 2020 Lexus RX's 4-Star NHTSA rating in the dust. And when it comes to safety, you never want to compromise. Keep your peace of mind by driving the 2020 Acura MDX.


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Even though both the MDX and RX are fine vehicles, it's clear that the 2020 Acura MDX is the better luxury SUV option when it comes to fuel efficiency, performance, comfort, technology, and safety. Pair this with the hometown sales and service offered here at Acura Hunt Valley, and the decision is a no brainer for drivers of Cockeysville, Lutherville-Timonium, and Phoenix!

Call or visit us at Acura Hunt Valley today to learn more about the 2020 Acura MDX!

   * Prices shown do not include taxes, license or a destination & handling charge. Destination charge for MDX $1025.00. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.

** Based on current year 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.
** Government 5-Star Vehicle Scores are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit