2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 Lexus NX 300

2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 Lexus NX 300

Introduced in 2014 as a 2015 model, the NX is the newest member of the Lexus luxury crossover stable. For 2018, the NX 200t has a new name: NX 300. It has mildly refreshed styling, more standard safety features and a revised display-screen system. It is offered in base and F SPORT trim levels with a number of available option packages. The NX 300 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid version is also available (NX 300h) with a Continuously Variable Transmission. All models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Although the NX offers a great deal of luxury and technology, its options are offered in pricey groups. The RDX has an array of standard features, and a number of driver-assist features not available on the NX.

Acura RDX advantages over Lexus NX 300:
• The RDX uses a larger-displacement V-6 engine that doesn’t require an expensive turbocharger to generate power.
• More horsepower (279 hp vs. 235 hp)
• Standard Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) for improved fuel efficiency
• Larger standard wheels and tires (18-inch vs. 17-inch)
• Smaller turning circle diameter – curb-to-curb (38.9 feet vs. 39.8 feet)
• Standard multi-view rear camera1 (vs. single-view)
• More front headroom (38.7 inches vs. 37.4 inches)
• More rear legroom (38.3 inches vs. 36.1 inches)
• More interior passenger volume (103.5 cu. ft. vs. 70.8 cu. ft.)
• More cargo room2 with the second-row seats up or down
• The RDX comes with a host of standard and available features that you won’t find on the NX 300:
––Available GPS-linked3 climate control when equipped with navigation
––Available remote engine start
––Standard Active Sound Control
––Available Song By Voice® and Aha™4 compatibility
––Available On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™)
• In addition, you’ll have to pay extra on the NX 300 to get these standard RDX features:
––Power moonroof
––Remote-linked power-operated tailgate
––Heated front seats
––Automatic dimming rearview mirror
––Pandora®6 capability

Lexus NX 300 advantages over Acura RDX
• Standard fog lights (vs. available)
• Available power adjustable tilt/telescopic steering column
• Higher towing capacity (2000 lb. vs. 1500 lb.)
• Better corrosion warranty (6 years/unlimited miles vs. 5 years/unlimited miles)

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1 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.
2 Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements.
3 Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for information regarding navigation system area coverage.
4 Aha is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply.
5 HomeLink and the HomeLink house are registered trademarks of Johnson Controls®.
6 Compatible with select smartphones. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.