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    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Acura RDX

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Acura RDX

    If you want a luxury crossover with technology that won’t soon become outdated, Lexus is your best bet. Its advanced system of driver-assistive technology is standard on most new models because it’s been tested and, time and again, results in top safety ratings for the automaker.

    When comparing the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 Acura RDX, you’ll notice not only better third-party ratings, but a better offering of standard tech on the Lexus. Read on to see why the NX is unbeatable in California. Then, visit us in San Jose to test drive a brand-new Lexus SUV.

    Safety Ratings and Technology

    Lexus NX 300

    The Lexus NX is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2018 Top Safety Pick. It earned best-possible scores in all categories, including crashworthiness, crash avoidance and mitigation, and child seat anchors ease of use. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    All models of the 2018 NX come standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High Beams. Options include a Panoramic View Monitor, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Acura RDX

    The new RDX is also a 2018 Top Safety Pick, but it scored lower than the NX in the following areas: front crash prevention, headlights, and child seat anchor ease of use. The Acura crossover also won a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.

    The 2018 RDX includes a standard multi-view rearview camera and other passive safety systems, but you’ll need to upgrade to an upper trim for driver assistance tech. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Information System, and Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor.

    Entertainment and Convenience

    Lexus NX 300

    Each Lexus NX is equipped with a Lexus Display Audio system with 8-inch color display, Scout GPS Link navigation, Remote Touchpad controls, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist.

    Individual options include a power rear door, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, heated front seats and steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Other available convenience features include a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, rain-sensing wipers, and the Lexus Memory System.

    Acura RDX

    The RDX comes standard with a 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System, Sirius XM Radio, USB audio interface, Bluetooth, SMS text function, HomeLink universal transceiver, an auto-dimming mirror, and the Maintenance Minder system. Available features on the RDX include GPS-linked navigation, heated seats, Siri Eyes Free, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, navigation with voice recognition, and Aha compatibility.

    The Acura crossover is not available with a heated steering wheel, power doors, or a memory system. Considering the Lexus’s lower base price and ample standard features, there’s no question which small luxury ute is the better value.


    Lexus NX 300

    Starting at $35,985 MSRP

    Acura RDX

    Starting at $36,000 MSRP

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