2017 Acura MDX vs. 2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

The 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 Acura RDX are two exceptional luxury SUVs that hit all the right notes. While both will serve you well in all the seasons that New Jersey could throw at you, there are some key differences. For instance, the RDX is a compact SUV while the MDX is a midsize model—but the differences go beyond size and appearances.

Powertrains and MPG Ratings

Both vehicles come equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine and both are available with all-wheel drive, but there are differences in output, efficiency, and even the AWD systems:

  • Output
    • The 2017 MDX is the more powerful the two, leveraging an impressive 290 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque to get you where you need to go.
    • The 2017 RDX—while less powerful than it’s larger sibling—is no slouch, producing 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.
  • Efficiency
    • When equipped with 2WD with Idle Stop, the 2017 MDX offers 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway*; the numbers are barely affected with SH-AWD with Idle Stop, only falling to 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.*
    • Efficiency is an area in which the RDX edges out the MDX, offering 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway* with 2WD or 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway* with AWD.
  • AWD Systems
    • The MDX can be had with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which is designed to constantly adjust where the engine’s power is sent based on weight distribution, traction, and other conditions. This sophisticated system can also send up to 90% of the engine’s torque to the front wheels for the sake of efficiency.
    • The RDX is available with All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control, which is focused on melding efficiency and capability. In normal cruising situations, it functions as a FWD model by sending all torque to the front wheels; in adverse conditions, though, it can direct up to 50% of torque to the rear wheels. It’s a system that’s built to adjust on the fly.


SUVs are lauded in part because of their size and the versatility that comes with that, making them great choices for families, even on trips far away from Freehold and Matawan. Both offer significant cargo and passenger room, but the MDX is the clear winner in terms of size.

  • The 2017 Acura MDX is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven. Total passenger volume comes in at 132.7 cubic feet, while total cargo capacity is a generous 90.9 cubic feet.
  • The RDX is a bit smaller, with two rows of seating to accommodate up to five adults. Total passenger volume is 103.5 cubic feet, while cargo capacity tops out at 76.9 cubic feet.

The MDX or RDX—Which is Ideal for You?

The 2017 Acura MDX is a bit bigger than the 2017 RDX, but that comes at the cost of a modest penalty to its efficiency. Both will serve you well, and both are loaded with incredible features. To spend some time with each, come to Acura of Ocean at 909 Route 35 in Ocean, NJ.

* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.