The base engine for the Acura MDX is a 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V6 engine that cranks 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. To experience an even more breathtaking performance, check out the new MDX Sport Hybrid. Acura tuned its 3.0-liter, hybrid V6 engine to produce an impressive 321 hp and 289 lb.-ft. of torque. The Lexus NX’s standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine only puts out 235 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the NX packs enough performance for the average driver, it’s simply not as quick and responsive as the MDX.
Edmunds gives the 2017 Acura MDX a perfect rating for its exceptional, confident handling. An optional Super-Handling AWD system takes this fun-to-drive crossover’s agility to the next level. Torque-vectoring technology enables the all-wheel-drive MDX to corner like a genuine sports sedan. While the Lexus NX feels composed on the road, it can’t match the overall athleticism of the MDX.
If you’re responsible for hauling around your family, the 2017 Acura MDX won’t leave you disappointed. It provides an impressive amount of room on the inside. The three-row MDX can seat up to seven people, unlike the Lexus NX, which only has room for five. While the MDX provides 38.5 inches of legroom for your second-row passengers, the NX offers just 36.1 inches of legroom. The extra space is bound to come in handy on long road trips.
Both crossovers are engineered to provide a secure ride. Like the new Acura MDX, the Lexus NX managed to earn a five-star overall safety rating. However, it’s important to mention the MDX’s more impressive frontal barrier crash scores. While the MDX earned a five-star rating in this important crash test, the Lexus NX only received a four-star rating. For 2017, all versions of the MDX come standard with an Acura Watch Safety package. It features a number of advanced driving aids, including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. To get these cutting-edge safety technologies on the Lexus NX, you’ll have to pay extra, because they’re only available as options.
Putting It All Together
While both the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Lexus NX are worthy luxury crossovers, the Acura MDX is the clear winner of this comparison.