Acura vs Lexus

2019 Acura MDX, Acura vs Lexus

Japanese automakers have created two popular brands: Acura and Lexus. While they each have an impressive lineup of cars, one may be a better fit for you than the other.

We’ll help you decide which brand is right for you in this Acura vs. Lexus comparison, created by the Elite Acura team. Read through the information below, and contact our dealership near Maple Shade, Moorestown, or Cherry Hill if you have any questions.

Acura vs Lexus Performance

In order to see how these two luxury brands perform on the road, we’ll compare the Acura RDX and Lexus NX.

Each SUV delivers a smooth and comfortable ride along with great fuel economy ratings. However, it’s the RDX that handles better on winding roads. This is partly from the available Adaptive Damper System. It adjusts suspension responsiveness in a split second, staying soft and comfortable at highway cruising and then firm for high-performance handling.

However, an even bigger contributing factor to the Acura model’s impressive performance is the available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. SH-AWD® can help you stay balanced during cornering and maintain better grip while giving you a precise ride. As a result, you can take on any type of road with ease.

The NX has composed handling, as well. Unfortunately, there’s noticeable body roll around turns. Plus, the all-wheel drive system available in this vehicle isn’t as advanced as the one found in the Acura model.

Interior Features

2019 Acura RDX InteriorWe’ll continue using the RDX and NX to go over interior features found in Acura vs. Lexus automobiles.

The Acura RDX is known for having one of the nicest looking interiors in the class. It offers soft, full-grain Milano leather seating that can help keep you cool or warm. Plus, you’ll find various high-grade materials throughout the cabin, including Brushed Aluminum and available Natural Olive Ash Burl Wood.

In addition, the vehicle comes with an intuitive infotainment system with a smart menu layout. It comes standard with features like Apple CarPlay™ and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio to help keep you connected and entertained for hours.

Plus, everything can be accessed easily through the True TouchPad Interface™. It offers quick responses, interacting with the 10.2-inch full-HD Center Display that’s mounted close to your line of sight. There’s a padded wrist rest, too, which provides a comfortable and stable platform for operation.

Then, there’s the Lexus NX, which offers an attractive cabin, as well. However, it has a mix of high- and low-quality materials. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay™, too, but doesn’t offer SiriusXM® Satellite Radio at all. Plus, many people believe this vehicle’s infotainment system is one of the least intuitive in the class and can be difficult to use at times.

Safety Ratings & Options

Acura and Lexus produce very safe automobiles. In fact, they each have a vehicle that earned a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).1

Many vehicles have also earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including the 2019 Acura ILX.2

A major reason the ILX earned this commendation is because of its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. It also comes standard with several driver-assisting technologies, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

Another standard feature is a Multi-View Rear Camera. It has three views to help you see your surroundings better: regular, wide angle, and top-down. Then, available dynamic guidelines help guide your route for easier maneuverability.

The Lexus IS, a comparable sedan, also earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA. It comes standard with the above driver-assisting technologies, too. However, it doesn’t offer a camera system as advanced as the one found in the ILX.

Which Luxury Brand Is Right for You?

By comparing specific Acura and Lexus models, you can see that Acura is the better brand overall.

If you want to see any Acura model up close near Maple Shade, Moorestown, or Cherry Hill, then don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at Elite Acura today!



1 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rating for 2019 Acura RDX, vehicle class midsize luxury SUVs. For more details on 2018 Top Safety Pick+ awards, see

2 Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).  Do not compare 2011 and later models to those from 2010 or earlier.


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