COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus NX 300h vs Acura RDX

Los Angeles Comparison Lexus NX Hybrid vs Acura RDX

Shopping for a small luxury crossover SUV in El Monte can be a challenge given all the great options out there. Lexus is ultimately the gold standard, but it’s always smart to do your homework before making a purchase.

When choosing between the 2017 Lexus NX 300h and the Acura RDX, here’s what you need to know:

Safety

LEXUS NX 300h

The 2017 Lexus NX earned the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and injury-preventing headrests. You can also add driver assistance technologies, such as lane-departure warning and pre-collision alert system.

ACURA RDX

The RDX similarly earned the Top Safety Pick+ title (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Rating (NHTSA). It also has a system of airbags, safety belts, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and headrests to prevent whiplash. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitor, parking sensors, and automatic windshield wipers.

Features

LEXUS NX 300h

The Lexus NX is stacked with features, including power seats, dual-zone climate control, and leather steering wheel and accents. For your entertainment, it also has standard Lexus Display Audio with a 7-inch screen, a configurable interface to view multiple systems at once, and voice command and recognition. You can also enjoy the visibility and efficiency of LED lighting both inside and out, as it’s equipped with LED interior lighting, low-beam headlights, and taillights. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features available in the Navigation, Comfort, and Premium packages.

ACURA RDX

The RDX has standard dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, noise cancellation, rearview camera, and infotainment system with a 5-inch display and 7-speaker audio system. You also have the option to add navigation, driver assistance technologies, and adaptive cruise control, but all of these will come at an added cost.

Engine

LEXUS NX 300h

The new NX 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor for the best in both power and fuel efficiency – particularly for an all-wheel drive vehicle. The EPA reports that the 2017 NX 300h gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, so you’ll be saving money at the pump and saving time with fewer stops to fill up.

The NX also has a turbocharged option, which is a 2-liter inline-4 that makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets up to 28 MPG. This comes in either all- or front-wheel drive. Both engine options have a continuously variable transmission.

ACURA RDX

There’s just one engine option with the RDX. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, available in front- or all-wheel drive. EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

Pricing

LEXUS NX 300h

Starting at $35,085 MSRP

ACURA RDX

Starting at $35,570 MSRP

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