Poll: Lexus RX 350 or Acura MDX?

Poll: Lexus RX 350 or Acura MDX?

Which luxury crossover would YOU rather own, the Lexus RX350 or Acura MDX? Vote in our latest poll and let the world know!

These two immensely popular haulers are great rivals. They both offer luxury appointments, powerful and efficient drivetrains, Japanese quality and both have Top Safety Pick+ crash ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to brag about.

Starting with the Lexus, in RX 350 trim this high-end hauler features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 295 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched exclusively to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. For optimum choice, both front- and all-wheel drive is available.

In similar fashion, the MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. It delivers extremely similar figures compared to the RX 350, with 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of twist on tap. Giving it an edge over the Lexus, this engine is matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Likewise, front- or Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive are two items on the options menu.

As for fuel efficiency, front-wheel-drive versions of these luxury machines are – surprise, surprise – all over each other. The Lexus stickers at 20 miles per gallon city, 28 highway and 23 MPG combined. The Acura is rated at 20 city, 27 highway and also 23 combined. Neither vehicle has an advantage in consumption.

And that’s a quick look at this week’s competitors, two very evenly matched rivals. Choosing a favorite is not an easy task. If you need more information about each one you can compare them directly right here. Oh, and please vote in our latest poll to help us determine whether the Lexus RX 350 or Acura MDX is more popular.

  • smartacus

    if it weren’t for gas prices trending on the rise again; i’d punt and say Infiniti QX60.
    Those brakes!
    and the noticeably cushier ride.
    *Mike Schlee once noted it was easier to get to the 3rd row than in the MDX 🙂

  • Rocket

    I can’t stand Lexus’ styling direction, so if forced to choose between these two I’d have to take the MDX despite the wonky 9-speed. But if choosing from any 3-row crossovers, I’m probably going downmarket with the Highlander or upmarket with the Q7. Or more likely, I’d wait to see if the CX9 is as good as it looks.

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  • wcjeep

    We had a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with the ZF 9spd transmission. It’s a terrible choice. Honda seems to be having problems with the upper level trim 2016 Honda Pilot. Slow infotainment, bad Fm radio, bad 9spd and engine stop/start issues. Might be wise to hold off the 2017 MDX to be sure the quality control is taken care of.

  • ZX-10R

    Neither…The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the choice…Luxury and durable.

    Done let the WCJEEP rain on Jeep because mine has gone offroading, trailing dirtbikes, and hauling golf clubs and people.

    Lexus = shopping car
    Acura = Minivan pretending to be an SUV

    Both the Lexus and Acura are a dime a dozen and you will look like everyone else who read consumer reports but don’t really do any “outdoors activities”.

    Don’t be sheeps.

  • Shiratori1

    You’re a troll.

  • ClayManBob

    Why is this even a vote? 7-Seater vs. 5-Seater. No comparison if you need 7 seats!
    Oh yeah, Jeep is crap, imho.

  • ZX-10R

    You are a fool.By the way I remember your name Shitori…I would think you are more the troll and ogre on top of that.

  • James Wilson

    This is such a dumb poll. The RX350 should be paired against the RDX, not MDX. The MDX is a class above the RX.
    Now as for styling the new RX has been beaten with the ugly stick unfortunately. I’m not sure why Lexus is trying to go over the top with the grille and side profile.

  • Tim

    The new rx reminds me in 2009 when acura screwed up the tl. Now lexus is on that path, both trying to sell $$$$$ something new but not attractive.

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