The 2021 Acura RDX and 2021 Lexus NX benefit from the reliability and resale reputation of their parent brands. Here’s how they stack up.
Acura RDX 2021
Above average: AWD available; 10-speed automatic; spacious cabin; lots of standard equipment.
Below average: No hybrid option; lean 1,500 pound tow package.
Consensus: The 2021 Acura RDX brings its own virtues to the luxury compact SUV segment with a powerful I4 turbo developing 272 horsepower. You also benefit from the division’s reputation for reliability and resale value.
Lexus NX 2021
Above average: Hybrid and AWD available; high resale value; fuel economy.
Below average: Emphasizes driving and the silence of the cab in relation to handling; spit grill an acquired taste.
Consensus: The 2021 Lexus NX comes with a long list of standard features, a thoughtful interior, and competitive pricing. The brand’s impeccable reputation for solid sales and high reliability are among the reasons to consider it.
RDX vs NX: reliable sources
Acura RDX 2021
The Acura RDX is a well-built premium compact crossover utility vehicle that features a luxurious interior with the latest technology and style. The RDX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 producing 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which happens to be more than any of its German rivals. This power is transmitted to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission and either standard front-wheel drive or award-winning Super Handling (SH-AWD) all-wheel drive.
Inside, the Acura RDX includes features and technologies such as a power tailgate with height adjustment, 19-inch alloy wheels, an ultra-wide panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control. An optional technology package includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, front / rear parking sensors, navigation with real-time traffic updates, air conditioning linked to GPS, leather upholstery and a highly rated 12-speaker ELS audio system. RDX has a push-button gear selector that quickly becomes second nature.
In addition to Lexus’ reputation for luxury and reliability, the NX includes a lot of style and technology. Both the NX and NX F-Sport models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 235 horsepower. It mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The NX 300h features 2.5-liter inline-4 hybrid power with additional assists from an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 194 horsepower. The AWD hybrid uses a CVT.
Inside is the impeccable build quality of the NX. The technology is also there and includes an 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system with 14 speakers and Harman / Kardon Clari-fi technology to restore audio quality from compressed digital music files. One downside is the Remote Touch interface which is more boring than it is worth.
AWD available; luxurious interiors filled with technology; power satisfying; solid resale value.
Advantages of the Acura RDX:
Powerful motor; 10-speed automatic transmission; free-access door locking function. automatically does its job if it is forgotten.
Benefits of the Lexus NX:
Quiet cabin; smooth driving; hybrid available.
The Acura RDX offers Honda-like reliability, resale and more. The Lexus NX offers these same qualities but their Toyota lineage. All other things being equal, we believe the Lexus ownership experience is better.
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|Acura RDX 2021||Lexus NX 2021|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo I4||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Power||272 hp at 6,500 rpm||235 hp at 4,800 rpm|
|Couple||280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm|
|Transmission||10 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||24 mpg (22 city / 28 hwy)||25 mpg (22 city / 28 hwy)|
|Also available||AWD||2.5-liter I4 hybrid; AWD|
|guarantee||4 years / 50,000 miles||4 years / 50,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||6 years / 70,000 miles||6 years / 70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||108.3 inch||104.7 inch|
|Total length||186.7 inch||182.7 inch|
|Width||74.8 inch||73.6 inch|
|Height||65.7 inch||64.8 inch|
|Turning diameter||39.0 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, front||40.0 inch||38.2 inch|
|Headroom, rear||38.0 inch||38.1 inch|
|Legroom, front||42.0 inch||42.8 inch|
|Legroom, rear||38.0 inch||36.1 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||60 inch||57.3 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||57.0 inch||55.3 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||104.0 cu. ft.||71.6 ft3 ft.|
|Cargo volume||29.5 ft3 / 58.9 ft3 ft.||17.7 cu. / 54.6 ft3 ft.|