Comparison: 2018 Acura RDX vs 2017 Infiniti QX50
Comparison shopping is key when looking for a luxury midsize SUV. You’ll want to be sure you’re getting all the features you want and avoid paying for those you don’t need, looking for the best possible value.
In the one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Acura RDX and the 2017 Infiniti QX50, we’ll examine how these two luxury utility vehicles stack up regarding safety ratings, technology, and interior features and space.
Middletown drivers who want to know more about the RDX and its competition can read on, then visit our convenient location for a test drive.
Safety and Driver Assistance Tech
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s named the 2018 RDX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible scores in crash tests and feature evaluations, including crash avoidance and mitigation tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 RDX a top 5-Star Overall Rating, making the Acura RDX one of the safest SUVs on the road.‡
The Acura RDX is available with the AcuraWatch system of driver assistive technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Lane Keeping Assist. It’s also available with a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Blind Spot Information System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. The RDX also features AcuraLink, which helps locate your vehicle in the event of theft or accidents.
The IIHS didn’t fully evaluate the Infiniti SUV, but it received best-possible scores in three crash tests, and its crash prevention and mitigation system scored three bars lower than the RDX’s. It also earned worse marks for its headlights (Marginal) and child seat anchor ease of use (Poor) than the Acura. The NHTSA does not have any recent ratings for the QX50.
The 2017 QX50 comes with the option fro Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Brake Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. The Acura model does not have the option for cross traffic monitoring. Additionally, while it does come standard with a Vehicle Security System, it does not feature an equivalent to AcuraLink.
Comfort and Convenience
The 2018 RDX has a spacious cabin with ample room for both passengers and cargo. It has 103.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 26.1 cubes of cargo space behind the second row. When you fold the rear seats, you have 61.3 cubic feet of space for whatever you need to haul.
The RDX comes standard with heated front seats, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, leather steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Smart Entry with push-button ignition, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You can also opt for perforated leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, GPS-linked climate control, and an 8-inch navigation display.
The 2017 QX50 has considerably less space than the RDX, with 96.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and 18.6 cubes of cargo space. With the rear seats down, the Infiniti SUV has 49.7 cubic feet of room.
The QX50 comes standard with leather-appointed seating, 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, and dual-zone climate control. Options include an auto-dimming mirror, Advanced Climate Control, dual-occupant memory system, and Entry/Exit Assist for driver’s seat and steering wheel. The QX50 does not have the option for ventilated seats or GPS-linked climate control.
Starting at $36,000 MSRP**
Starting at $34,650 MSRP**
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‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.
**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.