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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    If you want a luxury crossover with technology that won’t soon become outdated, Lexus is your best bet.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


    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Bay Area drivers know quality when they see it, which is why Lexus has long been a favorite in the region. Those seeking a crossover SUV with elegant styling, a luxurious interior, and top safety ratings will want to come take the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo for a test drive.

    But first, check out our full review to see why it’s the perfect small ute for California roads:

    Entertainment and Convenience

    You expect to have everything you need at your fingertips in a luxury car, and the NX delivers. It features an available Remote Touchpad for easy access to media, climate, and navigation controls via a responsive touch surface area with intuitive pinch, swipe, and flick gestures and pulse feedback. Additionally, the NX Turbo comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth tech, and Siri Eyes Free.

    You also have the option to add a Qi-compatible wireless charger, a 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destinations, and the entire Enform App Suite for access to all of your favorite apps, wherever you go.

    Interior and Comfort

    Each model of the 2017 NX is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, NuLuxe interior trim, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. As individual add-on options, you can also choose heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, power moonroof, power rear door, and a heated steering wheel.

    The Comfort Package adds Lexus Memory System for the driver’s seat and mirrors, as well as a power tilting/telescoping steering column. The Luxury Package gives you Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed seating, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, and power rear door.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, as it earned perfect scores in all crash tests.

    The 2017 NX comes available with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors.


    The 2017 NX Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes a solid 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive or optional with all-wheel drive. If you have plans to haul a small boat or trailer, you’ll be glad to know that the NX Turbo has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. According to EPA estimates, it gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.


    Starting at $35,285 MSRP


    COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus NX vs Acura RDX

    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