Grey 2022 Acura MDX vs  Grey 2021 Lexus RX

2022 Acura MDX v. 2021 Lexus RX

2022 Acura MDX


2021 Lexus RX
$46,900 MSRP*

Starting MSRP

$45,170 MSRP
95.0 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

58.5 cubic feet
139 cubic feet

Maximum Passenger Capacity

100 cubic feet

Safety Technology

Lexus Safety System +
290-hp 3.5L V6 engine

Standard Engine

295-hp 3.5L V6 engine
10-speed automatic


8-speed automatic

If you want to blend the practicality of an SUV with the sophistication of a modern luxury car, there may be plenty of options on the market, but which is right for your Hartford travels? In this guide, we’ll pit two of the titans of this luxury segment head-to-head: the 2022 Acura MDX vs. 2021 Lexus RX. And while both are impressive in terms of performance and amenities, we think you’ll find that one model surges ahead.

MDX vs. Lexus RX: Base Trim Price

Between the Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX, you’ll find two similar price points. The Acura MDX may have the higher starting price, but the difference is owed to a more spacious interior and dynamic performance – including the option for Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™. Add in special offers and incentives, and the difference is even more negligible. Here are the differences in the MDX vs. Lexus RX base trim:

2022 Acura MDX

  • Front-wheel drive: $46,900 MSRP*
  • SH-AWD™: $48,900 MSRP*

2021 Lexus RX

  • Front-wheel drive: $45,170 MSRP
  • All-wheel drive: $46,570 MSRP

MDX vs. Lexus RX: Performance Components

Between the 2022 Acura MDX vs. 2021 Lexus RX, you’ll find two similar powertrains. Both have a 3.5L V6 engine and a standard 3,500-pound towing capacity. Both models include standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive for better grip on the West Hartford roads.  But one of the biggest performance improvements is the 10-speed automatic transmission on the Acura MDX. Compared to the RX’s 8-speed automatic transmission, the MDX offers a more nuanced and smooth ride . This not only boosts performance, but efficiency as well. Plus, Acura’s additions of Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters and multiple driving modes give you total control on the West Hartford road.

MDX vs. Lexus RX: Interior Features and Space

We’ve covered price and performance, but the Acura MDX truly excels in the area of interior space. While the Lexus RX only has 58.5 cubic feet to spare, the Acura MDX delivers a whopping 95.0 cubic feet max of cargo space. Add in 39 cubic feet of extra passenger space, and it’s clear that the Acura MDX is the much more spacious vehicle. Plus, the MDX offers standard features that aren’t standard on the RX, like:

  • Heated front seats
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • 2nd-row 60/40 split-folding bench seat
  • Acura Premium Audio System with 9 Speakers

Test Drive a New SUV with Acura of Avon

Between the Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX, we think it’s clear that the 2022 Acura MDX is the winning SUV in the segment. But if you want to see for yourself, why not take a test drive at Acura of Avon in Canton? Contact us with any questions about the lineup and take a look at our new MDX lineup online to get started!

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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