2017 Acura MDX vs. 2017 Lexus RX 350


It can certainly be difficult to choose between all of the options in the midsize luxury crossover SUV segment, especially if the 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 Lexus RX 350 are at the top of your list. These are two compelling options, given their commitment to performance, distinct styling, and innovative features. However, the 2017 MDX edges out the competition in terms of capacity and speed. See how these models compare below before making your official choice at Acura of Chattanooga.


Both the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 have 3.5L V6 powertrains that have essentially identical outputs, there are important differences to consider between the two. For example, the MDX has quite the impressive nine-speed automatic transmission, while the Lexus RX 350’s transmission has only eight speeds. Likewise, the Acura MDX is quicker, as it sprints to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and it takes the Lexus model a lethargic 7.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. For a bit more oomph from your powertrain setup, then, the 2017 Acura MDX will serve you best.


One main advantage the 2017 Acura MDX has over the 2017 Lexus RX 350 is space, for both passengers and cargo. The Acura midsize crossover has three rows for passengers, while the Lexus has only two rows. What’s more, the MDX has a much more cavernous maximum cargo capacity than the Lexus RX 350. Whereas the Acura MDX can fold the rear seats flat to open up a whopping 90.9 cubic feet, the Lexus model manages only 56.3 cubic feet total. Whatever your priorities are, then, the 2017 Acura MDX has you covered, and definitely more so than the 2017 Lexus RX 350.


The 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 are fairly similar when it comes to their introductory feature offerings, as both have extensive safety technology. However, the base MDX model proves itself with two dashboard displays—a 7-inch touchscreen below an 8-inch regular screen—whereas the RX 350 has only an 8-inch display screen. Additionally, the Acura model’s first trim has tri-zone automatic climate control, while the Lexus crossover starts with dual-zone automatic climate control. Also important to note is the 2017 Acura MDX begins the lineup with leather upholstery, as compared to the Lexus RX 350’s simulated leather. These items and so many other contribute to the 2017 Acura MDX looking and feeling much more advanced and luxurious than its competitors.

Make the 2017 Acura MDX Your Own at Acura of Chattanooga

Make your ultimate decision easier by checking out the 2017 Acura MDX in person at Acura of Chattanooga. We’re happy to serve drivers from Knoxville, Nashville, and beyond at our conveniently located dealership, 2131 Chapman Rd in Chattanooga, TN. We’re happy to chat if you have any questions or would like more information before planning your trip here!