Clash Of The SUVs Acura's 2019 RDX Vs. MDX

This isn't really a “clash,” as the difference between Acura’s RDX and MDX’s starting base price is $6,900; not a fair fight. However, if Acura is your badge of preference and you’re trying to decide which SUV to buy for, say, your brood, read on; we just pushed both models over streets, hills, parking lots and highways for a week each, back to back.

Outside: The MDX looks more menacing than any SUV in this price range has a right to, yet it lacks the unnecessary, annoying bloat of some similar models.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The optional A-Trim takes it from a not-unremarkable crossover to a swank ride with blacked-out headlights and taillights, dark chrome installed all over the body, 20-inch grey-painted wheels, body-colored side sills and a shiny pair of extra-large exhaust tips. You won’t wish, when you roll, that you were in in Benz’s AMG 63 S.

The RDX got a total makeover for this coming year that’s a significant improvement on all levels, particularly its ballsy, aggressive-looking exterior and the A-Spec trim available as well.

2019 RDX A-SpecAcura

Short jaunts were quick, nimble and satisfying; longer rides were smooth and assured. The big interior news for 2019 for the RDX is its new infotainment system, Acura's True Touchpad Interface (TTI) featuring a touchpad controller on the center console that mirrors the display screen. To select an icon on the screen, you press the corresponding location on the touchpad. We did not find we needed to use this screen during our week’s test, but tech nuts will welcome it and you can spend hours playing with it in your spare time.

Interior:  We really liked the MDX's innards, which delighted both its driver and passengers with its sport seats with red or black leather and black Alcantara inserts, contrast stitching, and A-Spec badging all around.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The RDX, too, is both handsome and comfortable inside, with a floating center console separating the driver and front passenger. Conclusion: both trims boast exquisite interiors for the price asked, and are fun to be in and fun to drive.

A-Spec InteriorAcura

Engines: The RDX, for 2019, finds its V6 replaced with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 7 less horsepower than its predecessor but an additional 28 lb.-ft. of torque.The previous generation’s 6-speed automatic transmission’s been replaced by 10-speed automatic gearbox whose shifting is light as a feather. 

2019 Acura RDX A-SpecAcura

The MDX, by contrast, is powered by a 290-hp, 3.5L V-6 Engine delivering around 22 miles per gallon. The MDX is also offered in a Sport Hybrid trim boosting its mileage to a healthier 26 MPG city/27 highway.

Neither trim is a monster acceleration-wise, but they’re not supposed to be, and that’s fine.

Price: The MRX starts at $37,300 and the base MDX  starts at $44,200; prices naturally rise from there depending on options.

Safety: The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety gives both the RDX and the MDX their highest rating of “good” except, in the case of the MDX, their headlights and ease of child-seat installation, which received “acceptable.” The ratings make both the RDX and MDX two of the safest rides in the world of crossovers available on the market. 

Audio system: It’s a banner year sound-wise for Acura, who have introduced their ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio system with the A-Spec or Advance packages equipped.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The full ELS Studio 3D system with 16 speakers delivers four high-range speakers into the ceiling, ensuring audiophiles have sufficient clarity, crispiness and bass as they roll. How does it sound? Like a great home sound system, only everyone shares in it including Fido in the back-back. We simply loved the above-average sound wafting throughout the cockpit and elsewhere. 

Winner: There is no “winner” in this case; the RDX is totally redone and is worth a tire-kick and a drive for all the reasons listed above. The MDX can haul a mob and looks great doing it. You decide.

 

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This isn't really a “clash,” as the difference between Acura’s RDX and MDX’s starting base price is $6,900; not a fair fight. However, if Acura is your badge of preference and you’re trying to decide which SUV to buy for, say, your brood, read on; we just pushed both models over streets, hills, parking lots and highways for a week each, back to back.

Outside: The MDX looks more menacing than any SUV in this price range has a right to, yet it lacks the unnecessary, annoying bloat of some similar models.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The optional A-Trim takes it from a not-unremarkable crossover to a swank ride with blacked-out headlights and taillights, dark chrome installed all over the body, 20-inch grey-painted wheels, body-colored side sills and a shiny pair of extra-large exhaust tips. You won’t wish, when you roll, that you were in in Benz’s AMG 63 S.

The RDX got a total makeover for this coming year that’s a significant improvement on all levels, particularly its ballsy, aggressive-looking exterior and the A-Spec trim available as well.

2019 RDX A-SpecAcura

Short jaunts were quick, nimble and satisfying; longer rides were smooth and assured. The big interior news for 2019 for the RDX is its new infotainment system, Acura's True Touchpad Interface (TTI) featuring a touchpad controller on the center console that mirrors the display screen. To select an icon on the screen, you press the corresponding location on the touchpad. We did not find we needed to use this screen during our week’s test, but tech nuts will welcome it and you can spend hours playing with it in your spare time.

Interior:  We really liked the MDX's innards, which delighted both its driver and passengers with its sport seats with red or black leather and black Alcantara inserts, contrast stitching, and A-Spec badging all around.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The RDX, too, is both handsome and comfortable inside, with a floating center console separating the driver and front passenger. Conclusion: both trims boast exquisite interiors for the price asked, and are fun to be in and fun to drive.

A-Spec InteriorAcura

Engines: The RDX, for 2019, finds its V6 replaced with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 7 less horsepower than its predecessor but an additional 28 lb.-ft. of torque.The previous generation’s 6-speed automatic transmission’s been replaced by 10-speed automatic gearbox whose shifting is light as a feather. 

2019 Acura RDX A-SpecAcura

The MDX, by contrast, is powered by a 290-hp, 3.5L V-6 Engine delivering around 22 miles per gallon. The MDX is also offered in a Sport Hybrid trim boosting its mileage to a healthier 26 MPG city/27 highway.

Neither trim is a monster acceleration-wise, but they’re not supposed to be, and that’s fine.

Price: The MRX starts at $37,300 and the base MDX  starts at $44,200; prices naturally rise from there depending on options.

Safety: The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety gives both the RDX and the MDX their highest rating of “good” except, in the case of the MDX, their headlights and ease of child-seat installation, which received “acceptable.” The ratings make both the RDX and MDX two of the safest rides in the world of crossovers available on the market. 

Audio system: It’s a banner year sound-wise for Acura, who have introduced their ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio system with the A-Spec or Advance packages equipped.

2019 Acura MDX A-SpecAcura

The full ELS Studio 3D system with 16 speakers delivers four high-range speakers into the ceiling, ensuring audiophiles have sufficient clarity, crispiness and bass as they roll. How does it sound? Like a great home sound system, only everyone shares in it including Fido in the back-back. We simply loved the above-average sound wafting throughout the cockpit and elsewhere. 

Winner: There is no “winner” in this case; the RDX is totally redone and is worth a tire-kick and a drive for all the reasons listed above. The MDX can haul a mob and looks great doing it. You decide.

 

Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshmax/2018/10/08/clash-of-the-suvs-acuras-2019-rdx-vs-mdx/

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