Acura MDX vs Acura RDX Comparison

With Acura's reputation for performance, luxury, and reliability, the MDX and RDX are two of the most desirable SUVs on the market. But at a glance, it might be difficult to tell what sets these two models apart. To help with that Joe Rizza Acura has put together this helpful guide to break down the important differences between the two popular models.

Acura MDX VS Acura RDX Quick Facts

Acura MDX   Acura RDX

2024 Acura MDX


2024 Acura RDX


Starting MSRP*

Seating for 7


Seating for 5
3.5-liter V6

Standard Engine

2.0-liter Turbo I4
290 / 267 lb-ft

Standard Horsepower / Torque

272 / 280 lb-ft
355 / 354 lb-ft

Optional Horsepower / Torque


All-Wheel Drive

19 / 26 / 22

Fuel Economy (FWD) (city / highway / combined)**

22 / 28 / 24
5,000 lbs

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs

Climate Control


Panoramic Moonroof


LED Exterior Lighting


The biggest difference between the MDX and RDX is that the larger MDX has three rows of seating, and seats 7 versus the smaller RDX that only seats 5. Both vehicles produce fairly similar power numbers, but in a different way. The MDX has a naturally-aspirated V6, while the RDX uses a more compact turbocharged I4. The smaller engine in the RDX allows for a few more mpg, while the bigger V6 in the MDX is why you get a better towing capacity. Another engine-related difference is that there is an MDX Type S, which comes with a more powerful engine.

Both models come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is available for both as well. Because they are produced by Acura, both are loaded with tons of desirable standard features like a panoramic moonroof and full-LED exterior lighting.


Acura MDX Interior   Acura RDX Interior

2024 Acura MDX


2024 Acura RDX

3 Row Seating

Rows of Seats

2 Row Seating
38.5 inches

First Row Headroom

40 inches
41.6 inches

First Row Legroom

42 inches

First Row Shoulder Room

60 inches
95 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

79.8 cubic feet
198.4 inches


187.4 inches
113.8 inches


108.3 inches
78.4 inches


74.8 inches

Here we can see some of the bigger differences between the MDX and RDX, namely that the MDX is clearly the bigger of the two. The additional length and width allow the MDX to have a third row of seats while the more compact RDX has just 2 rows. That said, the amount of space per individual seat is pretty similar, with both offering ample room to comfortably settle in.

The best way to fully appreciate either, or both, of these SUVs is to experience them in person. Let Joe Rizza Acura help you to find which one is right for you.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for cars is $1,195 and SUVs is $1,350. Premium Paint colors are $600 and not included. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2024 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.