2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Lexus RX

An Acura MDX and Lexus RX side-by-side comparison

2020 Acura MDX Standard


2020 Lexus RX 350

Starting MSRP

90.9 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

56.3 cubic feet

Safety Technology

Lexus Safety System +
20 city mpg/27 hwy mpg**

Fuel Economy

20 city mpg/27 hwy mpg
3.5L V6 engine

Standard Engine

3.5L V6 engine
9-speed automatic transmission


8-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission

When you’re searching for a three-row SUV that will satisfy the whole family, the 2020 Acura MDX and the Lexus RX are undoubtedly two of your strongest options. However, drivers who desire a more engaging performance or a more luxurious cabin will be hard-pressed to pass over the MDX for its rival. Compare the 2020 Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX below, and find out why the Acura is a better fit for Cherry Hill adventures.

Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX: Pricing and Value

The 2020 Acura MDX starts at $44,500 MSRP* with the standard package, while the 2020 Lexus RX 350 starts at $44,150 MSRP. Although the RX does have a very small edge in terms of pricing, the MDX simply gives you more for your money. Compare a few of their standard features and options here:

MDX Standard Features and Options

  • 12-way power seat with lumbar support
  • Standard heated front seats
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display touchscreen™ (ODMD™)
  • Smarty Entry w/ push start ignition
  • Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™

RX Standard Features and Options

  • Available heated front seats
  • 8-way power seats with lumbar support
  • Smart Access
  • Available sunroof
  • 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen

Perhaps the single biggest difference between the RX and the MDX is the fact that the Acura SUV offers up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space at maximum. The RX 350 doesn’t even come close, with a maximum volume of 56.3 cubic feet.

Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX: Fuel Economy and Performance

The 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Lexus RX both come equipped with 3.5-liter V6 engines, and what’s more, both offer exactly 267 lb-ft of torque and close to 290 hp. However, there are a few key differences between their powertrains that deserve a closer look:

  • The MDX comes standard with a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters for a more engaging drive through Maple Shade or Medford.
  • The Lexus RX only comes with an 8-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission. While you might expect the less engaging RX to deliver better fuel economy, the two models have received identical EPA estimates in their base configurations**.
  • Both models come standard with front-wheel drive, and although the RX does offer all-wheel drive, the latter system pales in comparison to exclusive Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™.

Still not sure if the MDX has everything you need? Compare the Acura MDX vs. INFINITI QX60 or compare it to the smaller Acura RDX.

Test Drive the Acura MDX and More at Acura Turnersville

Now that you’ve had a chance to compare the Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX in depth, we know you’ll be eager to see the winner in person! Explore the new MDX inventory at Acura Turnersville, learn about the Acura MDX redesign, and make sure to check out our new vehicle specials, too. While you’re here, be sure to check out our comparison between the 2022 Acura MDX and the Lexus GX!

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
**Based on 2020 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.

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