2017 Acura MDX vs. 2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

Luxury SUVs like the 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 Acura RDX are built around bespoke needs more than your average one-size-fits-all model. Each one lives up to the high standards of the Acura lineup, and yet they diverge at several key points to ensure a close fit with different personal needs. Whether you live in Nashville, Knoxville, or somewhere far afield, if you’re not sure which would best suit your lifestyle, just read on.

Powertrains and MPG

Whether behind the wheel of an Acura MDX or an Acura RDX, you’ll enjoy a spirited and vibrant drive that never seems to take its toll on your fuel tank. That said, they do differ subtly, so it’s worth considering whether your needs run more towards power or more towards efficiency.

The Acura MDX fits a V6 capable of 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, while the Acura RDX uses its own V6 for 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The former will feel a little more potent when you hit the gas, and it’s the only one of the two available with Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). However, the Acura RDX makes up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway* with FWD to the Acura MDX’s 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* with FWD. Not a huge difference, but one worth considering if you regularly travel long distances.

Space and Versatility

Space inside the cabin is likely to be the most compelling factor when choosing between the Acura MDX and the Acura RDX. Most significantly, the Acura MDX makes room for up to seven passengers, and the third row’s beverage holders, storage pockets, and optional USB charging port make it one of the most well-fitted in the segment. The second-row even folds and slides at the touch of a button for easier access.

The Acura RDX can carry only five, so it isn’t quite as ideal for ferrying plenty of passengers. That said, it does offer a little more cargo room behind its rear row, with up to 26.1 cubic feet to its rivals 14.9 cubic feet. The Acura MDX can provide more room by flipping the rear seats, but that can become tiresome if this needs to be done on a daily basis.


Both the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Acura RDX deliver plenty of premium technologies as standard, including heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a Multi-View Rear Camera.

However, the Acura MDX pulls away slightly when you turn to optional equipment. As a three-row model, it caters more distinctly to larger families, offering a 16.2-inch rear entertainment screen that will keep everyone entertained even during long runs between Nashville and Knoxville. There’s also an available Surround View Camera to make parking this larger model feel effortless.

Find Your Ideal Luxury SUV by Visiting the Acura of Chattanooga Showroom

Whether you’re set on the Acura MDX, desperate for the Acura RDX, or still unsure which one is right for you, visiting Acura of Chattanooga is the next step. We’ll be able to answer your questions, introduce you to each vehicle, and arrange some test-drives.


*Based on 2016 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.