Comparison: 2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Lexus NX 300

January 22nd, 2018 by

Comparison: 2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Lexus NX 300

Comparing luxury crossovers often comes down to the details, as automakers know how competitive the segment is an up their ante accordingly. This means you get excellent options, but need to do your homework.
Middletown drivers who want to know how the 2018 Acura RDX compares to the 2018 Lexus NX 300 can check out our head-to-head review below to see how these two crossovers stack up.
For instance, you’ll be glad to know that the Acura comes standard with a power moonroof and heated seats (both optional on the Lexus), but there are more practical reasons to love it. Read on, then come see the RDX in action:

Safety Ratings and Tech

Acura RDX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Acura RDX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Safety Administration gave it a top 5-Star Overall Rating. The Acura crossover won five stars in all categories except rollover, where it earned four. ‡

The RDX is available with the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping System, Blind Spot Information System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. Additionally, all models feature a Multi-View Rear Camera and automatic headlights.

Lexus NX 300

The 2018 NX was also named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and received a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA. However, it earned four stars in tests for rollover, front driver-side impact, and front passenger-side impact.

The 2018 Lexus crossover comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, and is available with a Panoramic View Monitor and Intuitive Parking Assist. A blind spot monitor is also available via the Comfort Package.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Acura RDX

Under the hood, the RDX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with available all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive variants get 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while the RDX AWD gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. *

Both the 2018 RDX and the 2018 NX 300 are backed by a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

Lexus NX 300

The 2018 NX 300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. The system produces just 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Despite having less power, the NX won’t necessarily save you at the pump. Front-wheel drive models get 22 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive variants get 22 MPG city and 24 MPG highway. *


Acura RDX

Starting at $35,800 MSRP**

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MPRP**

Category: Comparison
Tags: 2018 RDX, Lexus, crossover, comparison

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

*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 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.

**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.


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