In the world of luxury crossover vehicles, you have those that are built to perform and those that are built for looks. Drivers in San Jose, California need nothing less than a crossover that has power, features, comfort, and style – and there’s just one that fits the bill.
The Acura RDX comes close to the 2017 Lexus NX in some areas but falls short in others. Here's our one-on-one comparison:
In safety evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the all-new NX received a best possible Five-Star Overall Rating, earning perfect scores in all tests by the organization. Safety features include Lexus Enform with Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S., backup camera, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage and passenger side airbags, and all of the technologies that come with the Lexus Safety System+.
The RDX similarly earned a Five-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA. It also has electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, tire pressure warning, backup camera, airbag occupancy sensor, and side impact beams.
The Lexus NX has an 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free communication, full digital power amplifier, smartphone integration, 7-inch screen for audio and navigation controls, voice recognition, and traffic information.
For your comfort and convenience, it also has 8-way power adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat, 60-40 folding split-bench rear seats, leather steering wheel, proximity key, push-button start, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.
The Acura crossover features a 7-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text function, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, Pandora capability, USB port and smartphone integration, speed-sensitive volume control, and HomeLink.
Inside, drivers have an 8-way power seat, manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, leather steering wheel, push button start, remote keyless entry, leatherette trim, cruise control, and air conditioning.
The NX is a sportscar in a crossover’s body, with a turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 engine that gets 235 horsepower at 4,800 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,650 RPM. It comes with front-wheel drive and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets and impressive 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, for a combined 25 MPG.
The Acura RDX has a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with 279 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 252 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 RPM. It’s also a front-wheel drive vehicle with 6-speed automatic transmission. When compared to the NX, you’ll be paying more at the pump, as the RDX gets about 20 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined.
Starting at $36,060 MSRP
Starting at $35,510 MSRP