Acura’s known for producing phenomenal SUVs in the form of the MDX andRDX. Critics agree, with Kelley Blue Book praising the new MDX’s “standout safety features,” “long list of amenities,” and “plenty of power,” whileEdmunds hails the RDX as “one of our top picks in the segment.” And to top it off, both models are available with all-wheel drive—but there are some differences between their AWD systems.
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*Prices shown include a destination & handling charge but do not include taxes or license. Destination charges for ILX, TLX and RLX is $995.00, NSX is $1800.00 and MDX and RDX is $995.00. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.
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What the Difference Between the Acura RDX and MDX AWD Systems?
As we said, these two SUVs offer different AWD systems: The RDX can be had with All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control System, while the MDX offers the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. Here’s a look at each:
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™: This system continuously directs engine power to match the vehicle’s weight distribution, traction, and other conditions. It also favors efficiency: when cruising in a straight line in ideal conditions, it can send up to 90% of the vehicle’s power to the front wheels.
All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control System: In normal cruising conditions, this system directs 100% of torque to the front wheels, but can split power 50/50 between front and rear wheels as conditions dictate.
We think you’ll be thrilled with the RDX or MDX, but you really have to drive them for yourself to see which is right for you. To take a test-drive, visit our dealership at 2131 Chapman Rd. in Chattanooga, TN.