Acura RDX Vs. Lexus NX 300

By Justin Cupler | May 14th, 2019

Compact luxury crossovers are on fire right now, burning up new-car sales at a record pace. Two great options in this class are the 2019 Lexus NX 300 and the 2020 Acura RDX. Both models offer our Rochester buyers style and luxury, but which is better for your family? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

On the outside, the Acura RDX was all-new in 2019, and it remains mostly the same in 2020, save for a new Platinum White color option. This look is sharp and luxurious but not too over the top for most buyers. For buyers who prefer something sportier, there is the A-Spec package that adds black wheels, a black grille, and other touches to make it look and feel like a more exclusive vehicle.

The Lexus NX debuted back in 2015 as the NX 200t, and it has remained mostly the same since then. While its age may make some think it will look dated, this new design was way ahead of its time, so it is just now coming into its own as all its competitors follow suit in creating more aggressive bodies. For some buyers, though, the 2019 Lexus NX 300’s looks may be a bit too much to take in. Like the RDX, the NX 300 has a sporty package dubbed F Sport, which includes dark touches, special wheels, and more.

In terms of size, the 2020 Acura RDX is significantly larger than the NX 300 in every key measurable. The biggest differences come in length, wheelbase, and ground clearance. The latter will help with those looking to head off the beaten path.

 

Measurement 2020 Acura RDX 2019 Lexus NX 300 Difference
Length 186.8 inches 182.7 inches +4.1 inches
Width 74.8 inches 73.6 inches +1.2 inches
Height 65.7 inches 64.8 inches +0.9 inches
Wheelbase 108.3 inches 104.7 inches +3.6 inches
Ground Clearance 8.2 inches 6.9 inches +1.3 inches
Curb weight 3,783 to 4,068 pounds 3,940 to 4,050 pounds -157 to +18 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura RDX

  • Sporty A-Spec package
  • Larger and roomier

Advantage: 2019 Lexus NX 300

  • Smaller and easier to handle
  • Sportier design

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Acura RDX is about as modern as crossovers get with its 10.5-inch infotainment screen, electronic gear selector, swoopy dashboard, and more. Want sportiness? The RDX has that too with its A-Spec package that adds red and black seats, red ambient lighting, an A-Spec steering wheel, and tons more.

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 takes a more luxurious approach with its horizontally oriented dashboard with little to set it off. It also features a widescreen infotainment system, but the driver controls it via the infamously impossible Remote Touch Interface touchpad. The RDX also uses a touchpad, but it is the latest True Touchpad where your touches on the pad translate to that specific part of the screen.

In terms of size, the 2020 Acura RDX wins in most of the important areas, including legroom, headroom, and cargo room. This makes it a better option for growing families.

 

Measurement 2020 Acura MDX 2019 Lexus NX 300 Difference
Front headroom 40 inches 37.4 to 38.2 inches +1.8 to +2.6 inches
Front legroom 42 inches 42.8 inches -0.8 inches
Front shoulder room 60 inches 57.3 inches +2.7 inches
Front hip room 55 inches 55.1 inches -0.1 inches
Rear headroom 38 inches 38 to 38.1 inches -0.1 to 0 inches
Rear legroom 38 inches 36.1 inches +1.9 inches
Rear shoulder room 57 inches 55.3 inches +1.7 inches
Rear hip room 50 inches 53.9 inches -3.9 inches
Cargo room (rear seats up) 29.5 cubic feet 25.5 cubic feet +4 cubic feet
Cargo room (rear seats lowered) 58.9 cubic feet 54.6 cubic feet +4.3 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura RDX

  • Modern cabin
  • Very spacious for its size
  • Sharp A-Spec interior updates
  • Multiple great audio systems

Advantage: 2019 Lexus NX 300

  • Toned-down styling
  • The traditional gear shifter is more familiar

Performance

Both the 2020 Acura RDX and 2019 Lexus NX 300 use 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but the RDX has a big power advantage from its Civic Type-R-sourced engine. This makes it significantly quicker to 60 mph, but it sucks fuel a little quicker.

In the corners, the 2020 Acura RDX is tight and nimble, and this only gets better in the sport-tuned A-Spec model. The 2019 Lexus NX is no slouch in handling, but it is not quite at the RDX’s level.

2020 Acura RDX 2019 Lexus NX 300 Difference
Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 272 hp at 6,500 rpm 235 hp at 4,800 rpm +37 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm 258 lb-ft at 1,650 to 4,000 rpm +22 lb-ft
Transmission 10-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.2 seconds 7 to 7.2 seconds 1 to -0.8 seconds
MPG City 21 to 22 mpg* 22 mpg 1 to +0 mpg
MPG Highway 26 to 28 mpg* 27 to 28 mpg -2 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 23 to 24 mpg* 24 to 25 mpg -2 to +0 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura RDX

  • Big power advantage
  • Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  • Quick in the corners

Advantage: 2019 Lexus NX 300

  • Slight fuel economy advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Acura RDX doesn’t have actual trim levels, as its lineup has a base model and three packages — Technology Package, A-Spec, and Advance — that act as trim levels. The RDX’s starting prices range from $37,600** to $45,700**.

 

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 has just two trim levels — Base and F Sport — and their respective starting prices are $36,485 and $38,725.

2020 Acura RDX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $37,600**

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Idle stop
  • Amplitude reactive dampers
  • Snow, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electric power steering
  • 19-inch Glitter Silver alloy wheels
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights with auto on/off
  • LED taillights
  • Heated mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Chrome window molding
  • Gloss-black rear spoiler
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Sport seats
  • Leatherette interior
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access with push-button ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Electronic gear selector
  • Active sound control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
  • Brushed-aluminum trim
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Nine-speaker Acura Premium Audio System
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • USB audio interface
  • HD Radio
  • True Touchpad Interface
  • 10.2-inch HD display
  • 7-inch multi-information display
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Natural language voice recognition
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Multi-View rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights

 

W/ Technology Package: $40,800**

  • All Standard features, plus
  • 19-inch Gray MEtallic machine-finish split-five-spoke wheels
  • Perforated Milano leather upholstery with contrast stitching
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Natural-language voice recognition
  • 12-speaker Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system
  • Two rear USB ports
  • Song By Voice
  • Navigation with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Street and Freeway Conditions
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

W/ A-Spec Package: $43,800**

  • All W/ Technology Package features, plus
  • 20-inch Shark Gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Dark-chrome lighting details
  • LED fog lights
  • Black window moldings
  • A-Spec exclusive dual exhaust outlets
  • A-Spec exclusive bumpers
  • Sport A-Spec seats with
  • Perforated Milano premium leather upholstery with Ultrasuede inserts
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped A-Spec steering wheel
  • Red ambient lighting
  • Dark-brushed aluminum trim
  • A-Spec exclusive red-on-silver gauge cluster
  • Sport pedals
  • Ebony headliner
  • A-Spec garnish on steering wheel and door sill
  • 16-speaker Acura/ELS Studio 3D premium audio system

 

W/ Advance Package: $45,700**

  • Adaptive dampers
  • 19-inch medium alloy silver interwoven wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Acoustic front side glass
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • 16-way power front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Natural olive ash burl wood trim
  • 10.5-inch head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear camera washer

2019 Lexus NX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $36,485

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Drive Mode Select
  • 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Power-folding outside mirrors
  • Power mirrors
  • Smart access
  • Push-button start
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Lexus Multimedia infotainment system
  • 8-inch infotainment screen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Remote touchpad
  • Eight-speaker premium audio system
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Voice command
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

F Sport: $38,725

  • All Base features, plus
  • F Sport front fascia
  • F Sport grille insert
  • F Sport badges
  • Enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn signals
  • Black mirrors
  • 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels
  • F Sport-tuned suspension
  • Sport S and Sport S+ drive modes
  • F Sport front seats with enhanced bolsters
  • F Sport perforated leather steering wheel and shifter
  • Paddle shifters
  • G-force and boost gauges
  • Metallic sport trim
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Black headliner

Who Should Buy the 2020 Acura RDX?

Want the latest and greatest in the compact luxury crossover segment? The 2020 Acura RDX is just that. Plus, it caters to larger families with its roomier cabin and the younger crowd looking for peak performance with its quick sprint and nimble handling.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Lexus NX 300?

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 is great for buyers who want a more traditional luxury interior but still want to stand out in a sea of BMW and Mercedes crossovers. It does just that with its wild exterior styling and timid cabin.

 

Whether you want to zip down country roads or just need to handle Rochester area traffic in comfort, the 2020 Acura RDX handles both situations in style. Stop by Acura of Rochester today to see what the 2020 RDX offers our Pittsford and Fairport buyers. Can’t make it to our Rochester Acura showroom today? Stop by our online showroom to pick the 2020 RDX model that suits your needs and schedule a test drive at your convenience.

 

*Based on 2019 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.

 

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.