Compare 2018 Lexus NX vs 2018 Acura RDX

2018 Lexus NX 2018 ACURA RDX
Navigation ✔ Standard Navigation ✖ Available on Other Styles
Adaptive Cruise Control ✔ Standard Adaptive Cruise Control ✖ Available on Other Styles
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The 2018 Lexus NX and the Acura RDX are two of the top-selling luxury midsize SUVs on the market for their reliability and sleek design. The car models are known to be rivals of one another and work hard to win over drivers who want to look stylish in the car. Although the vehicles are similar in their appearance and features, there are a few ways to compare both models when you’re shopping for a new car to drive.

Specs at a Glance


The 2018 Lexus NX uses higher quality materials compared to the Acura RDX with padded surfaces that create a cozy interior and feel like butter. The seven-inch screen that is available is also a touch-screen, making it easy and convenient to adjust the settings while on the go.

Acura leather steering wheels and heated front seats make for a comfortable ride but don’t include as many bells and whistles compared to some of its competitors. Chrome and metal are used on the knobs, which allow the dashboard to appear regal, but some of the materials appear cheaper and are hard. An elevated back seat also provides more legroom than previous models, and an ample amount of cargo space is provided.

Interior Features

There are a few interior upgrades that come with the 2018 Lexus NX, which includes a metallic finish on the controls and knobs on the dashboard with HVAC controls that are designed. A 10.3-inch central display screen is also optional and contributes to the futuristic dashboard and instrument panel. The rear seats are also incredibly spacious and roomy, making it easy for adult passengers to come along for the ride without feeling cramped. The vehicle is more generous than the Acura RDX with the features that are included. Drivers can take advantage of power seats, LED interior lighting, voice recognition, and the ability to divide the screen into separate sections.

The Acura RDX is limited with its features for its price tag but still offers a few tech tools and features that can peak drivers’ interest. Two LCD monitors in the front, real-time traffic, push-button start, GPS-linked climate control, sport-shift paddles, and a sport mode when you want to boost the handling.

Exterior Features

The 2018 Lexus NX looks more angular with a large grille and the sharp headlights are the main focal points on the body. The spindle grille is even more pronounced with the new design, which prevents the crossover from looking generic. The model also features thinner tail lights and a rear bumper that has a new shape. The vehicle also includes a touch footpad that automatically opens the tailgate of the SUV, making it easy to load your groceries when you’re hands are full.

The 2018 Acura RDX has a body that is sharp and doesn’t appear overly feminine or masculine with its design. Its LED headlights are hard to miss in the dark and look similar to jewels. Keyless access is also available. Although the exterior is modern and contemporary, the styling takes fewer risks and can blend in with other cars on the road compared to the Lexus NX. It’s also built with fewer exterior features, which can limit the amount of convenience and functionality that is provided.

When you’re ready to see the 2018 Lexus NX and see how it compares to the 2018 Acura RDX, contact us to schedule a test drive at our dealership. One of our team members will provide you with more information and can show you around our inventory of vehicles.

Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.