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How do the Acura RDX and MDX compare?

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Cartelligent clients love Acura SUVs for their reliability, good looks, and their abundance of technology. We've compiled the details for the RDX and the MDX

  

RDX vs MDX?

In this article, we've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We've based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.

  • 2019 Acura RDX with Technology: Our sample RDX includes all-wheel drive, leather seats, premium sound and a multi-view rear camera. MSRP, as configured, is $41,895.

  • 2018 MDX with Technology:  Our example MDX includes all-wheel drive, leather seats, premium sound and a multi-view rear camera. MSRP, as configured, is $51,595.

 

Vehicle Comparison

We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.

  RDX MDX
Model Type 2019 RDX 2018 MDX
MSRP $41,895 $51,595

 

Engine and Fuel Economy

  RDX MDX
Engine 2.0t I4 3.5L V6
Horsepower 272 290
City mpg 22 19
Highway mpg 28 27

 

The MDX has the more powerful engine, but the RDX offers better fuel economy.

 

Capacities

  RDX MDX
Seating 5 7
Cargo volume (behind seats) 26.1 ft3 15.8 ft3
Cargo volume (rear seats folded) 61.3 ft3 90.9 ft3


When all the rows are folded down the MDX has much more storage room; the RDX can seat five comfortably while the MDX can seat seven.

 

Cost to purchase: RDX vs. MDX

First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing but are subject to change.

  RDX MDX
MSRP $41,895 $51,595
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $745 $930
Total of payments over five years $46,455 $57,370


The RDX is around $185/month less than the MDX and saves about $11,500 in payments over the course of five years. 

 

Cost to lease: RDX vs. MDX

Next, we'll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 12,000 mile/year lease.

  RDX MDX
MSRP $41,895 $51,595
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $545 $595
Lease disposition fee $350 $350
Total of payments over three years $20,875 $23,675

 

The RDX is again the lowest cost option, saving around $50/month and $1,800 over the course of the lease.  

 

Which to buy: RDX or MDX?

Both vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.

 

Whether you want a new Volkswagen SUV or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.