Acura MDX vs Lexus RX 350L ComparisonIn this comparison, we take a closer look at the elongated version of the popular Lexus RX 350, which adds 3rd row seating, and compare it to Acura's MDX three-row SUV. The new Acura MDX is a great mid-sized SUV with good cargo room and a spacious interior, but how does it stack up against the Lexus RX 350L?

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 2019 Acura MDX Pros and Cons Compared

Acura MDX Quick Look

Acura MDX Pros
  • Confident acceleration from V6 engine
  • Quiet, comfortable, & spacious cabin
  • Generous array of features
  • Good cargo capacity and load-in
Acura RDX Cons
  • Options bundled into packages without separate add-ons
  • Upgrade to Premium package encouraged for a more upscale, luxury interior than other luxury brands

Lexus RX 350L Quick Look

Lexus RX 350L Pros
  • Upscale cabin
  • Quiet, smooth ride
  • Advanced safety features
Lexus RX 350L Cons
  • Substantially slower acceleration than entire class
  • 3rd row space is tight for all but small kids
  • Less cargo capacity than competitors
Lexus RX 350L Pros and Cons Compared

Acura MDX VS Lexus RX Specifications Chart

Acura MDX

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Lexus RX 350L

3.5L V6
Engine3.5L V6
290-HPHorsepower290-HP
6 yr/70,000 miPower-train Warranty6 yr/70,000 mi
196″ L x 78″ W x 67″ HVehicle Dimensions197" L x 75″ W x 67″ H
9-Speed AutomaticTransmission 8-Speed Automatic

Acura MDX Vs Lexus RX 350L Comparison Review

The RX 350L, introduced in 2018, is an elongated version of Lexus' best-selling luxury SUV, the RX 350. While the new version of the RX offers seating up to seven, it doesn't have the cabin space or cargo room that's available with its main rivals, like the MDX. 

This vehicle performs noticeably worse than the standard RX 350 for acceleration and braking, falling behind the segment, but it is still a Lexus and the ride quality is still smooth and fun. Advanced safety features are also included. If you leave the third-row stowed, the interior is luxurious and roomy. 

However, raising the third-row seats actually reduces the room for the second and third-row, making it a tight fit for anyone but children in either row. We'd like to see a true re-design of the RX in the future to be truly competitive in the three-row luxury SUV segment. Stretching the wheelbase and making a few changes just didn't do the job.

Thanks to a constant stream of new updates, Acura MDX continues to dominate as a top choice in the three-row luxury SUV segment, despite not having a full re-design in several years. With a large, comfortable cabin, plenty of cargo space, and advanced safety features standard, Acura MDX is the perfect family vehicle. 

The MDX base engine is a 290 horsepower V6, so the MDX has plenty of power, even with the base model. Alternatively, there is an available V6 hybrid engine for improved fuel-efficiency. All MDX's have available super handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD). We'd like to see a more luxurious interior on all trims, but, overall, the new Acura MDX is a leading option for three-row luxury SUVs!

Ready to Drive a Superior Luxury Three-Row SUV for Less?

We love luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX 350L, but Acura MDX has better acceleration, better handling, more space, more cargo room, more comfort, and is less expensive. You can also lease a new Acura MDX for an incredible price at Napleton's Acura. Test-drive a new Acura MDX by calling us at (877) 363-2817 or send us a message in the form below. Thank you for your consideration!

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***Government 5-Star Vehicle Scores are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019.  Award for the 2019 model year MDX FWD and AWD.

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