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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Lexus NX 300h Review

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2021 Acura
RDX

MSRP*: $38,400 to $51,000
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2021 Lexus
NX 300h

MSRP*: $40,160 to $46,910
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Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $37,751 to $44,096
MPG - City 21 - 22 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 58.9 ft3 53.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 272 hp 154 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 186.7 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 73.6 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Acura RDX than in the Lexus NX 300h. The Acura RDX will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus NX 300h.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RDX as you will with the Lexus NX 300h, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Acura RDX will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus NX 300h. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Acura RDX and the Lexus NX 300h have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Acura RDX is a little wider than the Lexus NX 300h, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Acura RDX, which is slightly longer than the Lexus NX 300h.

Handling
The Acura RDX has a larger turning radius than the Lexus NX 300h, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Acura RDX will do just as well as the Lexus NX 300h, since they have about the same towing capacity. When it comes to horsepower, the Acura RDX greatly out-muscles the Lexus NX 300h.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Acura RDX does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Lexus NX 300h.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Acura RDX and the Lexus NX 300h. The Acura RDX has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Lexus NX 300h.

Warranty
The Acura RDX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus NX 300h.