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2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura MDX


2020 Acura RDX
$44,500 MSRP**

Starting Price

$37,800 MSRP**
290 hp, 3.5L V6

Standard Engine

272 hp, 2.0L VTEC Turbo
6-7 Passengers

Maximum Seating Capacity

5 Passengers



Sport Hybrid Technology

Not Available
5,000 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

The 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Acura RDX are both strong options for drivers in the greater San Jose area. After all, they both offer impressive performance and capacities that our neighbors desire, while maintaining their value well over the years! Although you really can’t go wrong either way, you can probably only choose one for your Santa Clara and Monterey adventures!  If you’re comparing the Acura MDX vs. RDX, you’ll need to keep the following points in mind:

  • The main difference between Acura MDX and RDX models is that the MDX has three rows of seating, while the RDX has two.
  • Both models offer plenty of power and impressive fuel economy, but if you plan on doing much towing, you’ll want to go for the larger MDX.

Ready to take a closer look? Read on to compare specs with our team.

Power, Efficiency, and Towing: Acura MDX vs. RDX

  • Starting Engines: The 2020 Acura MDX comes equipped with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Acura RDX carries a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, offering 272 hp.
  • All-Wheel Drive: Both models are available with Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. However, only the Acura MDX offers Sport Hybrid Super-Handling SH-AWD®.
  • Fuel Economy: As standard, the smaller RDX is the more efficient model. However, the availability of Sport Hybrid technology allows the MDX to offer a higher maximum on city streets.
  • Towing Capacity: The 2020 Acura can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. While this makes it a capable contender in its own class, the MDX towers overhead with a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

If you’re comparing the Acura RDX vs. MDX on performance, you have plenty of reasons to consider both models. If you need to tow heavy cargo or you want to explore advanced performance options, you’ll probably lean towards the MDX.

Acura MDX vs. RDX: Dimensions and Capacities

  • Exterior Dimensions: The MDX measures 196.2 inches from bumper-to-bumper. The RDX, at 186.7 inches, is slightly easier to park and maneuver on the crowded streets of Santa Clara.
  • Interior Dimensions: Your passengers will want to compare the Acura MDX vs. RDX on legroom. While these Acura SUVs are nearly identical across the first two rows, the MDX offers a standard third row, and more shoulder room.
  • Cargo Space: When all seats are in their upright positions, the Acura RDX offers 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Acura MDX offers 15.8 cubic feet under the same condition, but you can lay down two rows of seating to make more room. At maximum, the RDX offers 58.9 cubic feet, compared to 90.9 cubic feet in the MDX.

Compare the Acura RDX vs. Honda CR-V to see how it compares to a less luxurious in-class competitor. While you’re at it, check out the available Acura RDX colors for 2020, or explore the Acura MDX packages in depth.

Test Drive Both Models at Los Gatos Acura!

If you really want to understand the difference between Acura MDX and Acura RDX SUVs, you’ll need to see them both in person! Find a new MDX or a new RDX for sale on our Los Gatos Acura lot today, and then drive in to take your test drive. Make sure to check out our new Acura specials, and find your favorite model at an even more competitive price!

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*Based on 2019 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 only) and other factors
**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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