2016 MDX vs. 2016 RDX

2016 Acura MDX

2016 Acura MDX

2016 Acura RDX

2016 Acura RDX

When it comes to the 2016 Acura MDX or the 2016 Acura RDX, Naperville, Orland Park, and Tinley Park drivers know that Joe Rizza Acura can help them find the perfect fit. Both vehicles offer great performance, comfortable luxury, and plenty of features that keep you connected and safe wherever the road takes you. Whether you need versatility to transport the whole soccer team or optimal comfort for a long drive, the right Acura crossover is easy to find with just a quick comparison. Read on to help narrow down your choice between the 2016 MDX and the 2016 RDX.


Both vehicles offer the power of a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine, with similar output results. If you are looking for strength and acceleration, then the MDX will be your choice, since it offers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. This helps to propel the MDX, with its three rows of seating, to a highway fuel efficiency estimate of 27 mpg in the front-wheel drive model*. The 2016 RDX still offers 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. With two rows of seating, the RDX is a bit more efficient, offering an impressive 29 mpg on the highway in the front-wheel drive model*.

*Based on 2016 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 models only) and other factors.

Comfort and Convenience

The RDX and the MDX are representative of two different vehicle segments, so their spaciousness and offerings do vary. The RDX is a small crossover with two rows of seating within 103.5 cubic feet of total passenger volume. Cargo capacity is 26.1 cubic feet, or 61.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The MDX offers a little more room with three rows of seating in 132.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. Rear cargo space is a little smaller, at 15.0 cubic feet, but overall cargo capacity is 68.4 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Standard comfort and convenience features on both vehicles include:

  • 2-driver memory for seat, mirrors, steering wheel, and headlights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Speed-sensing interval wipers
  • Rearview camera
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • And more!


Safety is a priority for the Acura line, and these two crossovers are no exception. Both offer comparable National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scores, including five-star crash test ratings for the front driver and passenger positions. In addition, Acura offers extra safety features in the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages, which offer sensor-based protections like a lane keep assist program, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Other visibility assists include the blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitor, and lane departure warning. With these enhancements, you can keep an extra eye out for potential dangers, hopefully keeping you out of the shop and on the road for miles to come.


The 2016 RDX also offers plenty of standard and available features for drivers who want to stay connected, with a 5-inch infotainment color display and Bluetooth Hands Free link. Upgrades include the on-demand multi-use display, GPS-linked climate control, Siri Eyes Free, and more. Drivers can also opt for an available navigation system, including AcuraLink Real-time traffic and weather updates, as well as a comprehensive destination database. The 2016 MDX offers the same standard and available features, as well as a few extras, including:

  • Standard multi-view rear camera
  • Available parking sensors
  • Available rear cross traffic monitor
  • Available blind spot information system
  • Available remote engine start
  • Standard home link
  • Available rear entertainment system
  • And more!

Ready to take a test drive to compare the two? Stop by Joe Rizza Acura at 8150 W. 159th Street in Orland Park today. If you call ahead at (800) 934-4025 to plan your visit, we can help you start the process of financing and application so you can get behind the wheel of the Acura crossover that best fits your needs!