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.