2017 Acura MDX vs. 2017 Lexus RX 350

2017 Acura MDX White


2017 Lexus RX 350 Red

RX 350

If you’re on the hunt for a luxury SUV in the greater Philadelphia area, you’ve likely narrowed down your choices to the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Lexus RX 350. After all, both vehicles are incredibly luxurious and offer strong capabilities. So, which one is the better option for you? Keep reading for a side-by-side comparison that will help you make your final decision.

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Engine Performance and Fuel Efficiency

For starters, the 2017 Acura MDX offers two engine choices, while the 2017 Lexus RX 350 only has one option.

  • With the MDX, you can choose a sporty 3.0L V6 that includes an innovative Sport Hybrid drivetrain with a 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission and Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, or you can opt for the 290-hp 3.5L V6 engine.
  • The 2017 Lexus RX 350 only offers a 3.5L V6 that delivers only slightly higher horsepower of 295.

The 2017 MDX can achieve up 27 mpg on the highway with FWD,* while the RX, a number also reached by the RX 350. The available Acura MDX Sport Hybrid also offers 27 mpg highway, but ups city mpg to 26,* making those drives between Maple Shade and Cherry Hill as efficient as possible.

Exterior Features

Both the 2017 MDX and 2017 RX 350 have eye-catching exterior designs, but the MDX comes with more standard features than the RX. For instance, the base model of the MDX comes with a power moonroof, while the RX will charge you extra for this feature. And All MDX models are equipped with Jewel Eye LED headlights that contain five LEDs on each side that provide a whiter, brighter beam that use less energy and last significantly longer than HID or halogen headlights — that’s a feature you won’t find on any Lexus model.

Interior Features

The 2017 MDX comes standard with leather-trimmed seating, a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and easy entry, an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and heated front seats. Additionally, the MDX is equipped with an acoustic front windshield, which is not available at all with the RX.

The 2017 Lexus RX 350, on the other hand, does come with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 8-way power front passenger seat, but you will need an upgrade to get leather seats and heated front seats.


The 2017 Lexus RX 350 can be upgraded to include an 835-watt Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system that features patented, proprietary Clari-Fi™ technology, while the 2017 MDX can be fitted with an ELS Studio Premium Audio System that was designed by Grammy award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner. On the sound-system front, you might call it a draw, but the MDX also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with Pandora and AHA capability as standard — features that the RX lacks.

Drive the 2017 MDX at Elite Acura Today

To truly understand the magic that is the 2017 Acura MDX, you’ll need to take it out for a spin. Come to our dealership at 2840 Route 73 North in Maple Shade to do just that. You can also talk to our finance team to learn about your options. We look forward to seeing you soon!

* 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 models only) and other factors.