2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Acura MDX: Find Your Next Luxury SUV

2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Acura MDX

For drivers looking for their next SUV, the 2019 Acura RDX and the 2019 Acura MDX are two excellent choices, with each offering something a little different for different drivers. Ranked #2 in its class by U.S. News and World Report, the RDX “delivers on all fronts.” It has seating for 5 passengers and a cabin with all the latest technology. The MDX gives drivers more space inside, with seating for 7 passengers, as well as a Sport Hybrid engine option that improves fuel economy. Which Acura model is right for you: the high-tech RDX or the luxurious MDX? Let’s take a look at each vehicle side by side.

Acura RDX vs MDX Price and Packages

Prices and trims are a natural place to start when comparing Acura MDX vs. Acura RDX, so we’ve set out everything you need to know.

2019 Acura RDX

Acura RDX Price & Packages:

Standard: Priced at $37,400 MSRP* (FWD)
Technology: Priced at $40,600 MSRP* (FWD)
A-SPEC: Priced at $43,600 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
Advance: Priced at $45,500 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)

2019 Acura MDX

Acura MDX Price & Packages include:

Standard: Priced at $44,300 MSRP* (FWD)
Technology: Priced at $49,300 MSRP* (FWD)
A-SPEC: Priced at $54,800 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
Advance: Priced at $56,050 MSRP* (FWD, requires Technology Package)
Entertainment: Priced at $51,300 MSRP* w/ Technology Package or $58,050 MSRP* with w/ Advance Package (FWD)


Performance and Engine Options

Whether the sporty RDX is more your style, or the fuel economy of a Sport Hybrid engine on the MDX is right for you, between these two SUVs there are three engine choices to choose from. No matter which engine is right for you, drivers can opt for the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which ensures better traction control, even on slippery road surfaces.


  • Turbo Aluminum-Alloy 2.0L 4-cylinder Engine – This engine at the heart of the RDX achieves up to 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It can come with the standard front wheel drive configuration or with the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.


  • 3.5L Direct Injection V6 engine – This standard engine on the MDX can come with standard front wheel drive or the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. This engine will produce up to 290 hp.
  • Sporty Hybrid – This fuel efficient engine comes with the SH-AWD system and produces a total system horsepower of 257 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque.


Both the RDX and MDX achieve impressive fuel economy estimates. Depending on whether the FWD or SH-AWD system is right for you, the fuel efficiency will vary slightly. For the best fuel economy, consider the MDX equipped with the Sport Hybrid engine.


  • 2019 Acura RDX Standard FWD – 22 city / 28 highway / 24 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Acura RDX Standard SH-AWD – 21 city / 27 highway / 23 combined mpg**


  • 2019 Acura MDX Standard FWD – 20 city / 27 highway / 23 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Acura MDX Standard SH-AWD – 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Acura MDX Technology Package Sport Hybrid – 26 city / 27 highway / 27 combined mpg**


Passenger Space

The RDX is a 5-passenger crossover, while the MDX accommodates 7 passengers. In every row, passengers will have plenty of head and leg room to sit comfortably, even on longer journeys.


  • Headroom – 40 inches (front) / 38 inches (rear)
  • Legroom – 42 inches (front) / 38 inches (rear)
  • Shoulder Room – 60 inches (front) / 57 inches (rear)
  • EPA Passenger Volume – 104 cubic feet for 5 passengers


  • Headroom – 38.1 inches (front) / 38.3 inches (2nd Row) / 35.6 inches (3rd Row)
  • Legroom – 41.4 inches (front) / 36.6 inches (2nd Row) / 28.1 inches (3rd Row)
  • Shoulder Room – 61.1 inches (front) / 59.1 inches (2nd Row) / 54.7 inches (3rd Row)
  • EPA Passenger Volume – 132.7 cubic feet (FWD and SH-AWD) / 131.4 cubic feet (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD)

2019 Acura RDX cargo space

Cargo Space

Whether you’re carting groceries for the week or camping gear for the weekend, the RDX and MDX provide drivers with plenty of versatile cargo space. The more compact RDX has a maximum cargo volume of 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded completely flat. For the most cargo space, the MDX measures at 68.4 cubic feet with both rear rows folded down.


  • Behind 2nd Row – 29.5 cubic feet
  • Behind 1st Row – 58.9 cubic feet


  • Behind 3rd Row – 15.0 cubic feet
  • Behind 2nd Row – 38.4 cubic feet
  • Behind 1st Row – 68.4 cubic feet



Both the MDX and RDX make safety a top priority with a long list of standard safety features, including AcuraWatch, a suite of driver-assistive technology.

  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning



Standard Features

The Standard Package of the RDX and MDX offer drivers luxurious amenities and the latest technology. The RDX features both a mobile hotspot and the True Touchpad Interface as standard features. The MDX brings a tri-zone automatic climate control system as well as a sophisticated leather interior to its entry-level model.


  • Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control
  • Keyless Access System
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • True Touchpad Interface
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability
  • Apple CarPlay Integration


  • Sport Seats with Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 3rd Row Access One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Pushbutton Ignition
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • SMS Text Message Function and Email Capability

2019 Acura MDX Tech Package

Upgraded Features

As drivers explore the upper trim levels of either vehicle there are even more upgrades, edits, and additions to the list of equipment and features inside. A navigation system will guide drivers to their destination using the best routes with traffic rerouting. Both vehicles will also have available heated rear outboard seats to combat the cold Wisconsin winter months.

  • Acura Navigation System with 3D View and Traffic Rerouting
  • Head Up Display
  • Upgraded Audio System
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
  • Heated Rear Seats (Outboard Positions)
  • Rear Entertainment System (MDX Only)


Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2019 Acura RDX and the 2019 Acura MDX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Wisconsin Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and experience the model that is right for you firsthand with a test drive today.


*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 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.

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