2017 Acura RDX vs. 2016 Lexus NX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

2016 Lexus NX

2016 Lexus NX

Are you a driver in the Naperville, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Schaumburg, Orland Park, or Chicago area who is on the market for a high-end compact SUV that delivers outstanding performance, efficiency, and creature comforts in an affordable package? If so, you’ve probably looked at both the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2016 Lexus NX. In this special report we’ve compiled just for you, we’re going to take a close look at both vehicles and see why the 2017 RDX outshines the Lexus NX in every category – and how you can take it or one of our other new vehicles for a test drive at McGrath Acura of Westmont.


Choosing the right SUV for your needs is very dependent on performance; your ideal SUV balances power, smooth handling, and efficiency into one sleek, pristine package. Let’s explore the differences in performance between the 2017 RDX and the 2016 NX to see which one wins in this first department:

  • 2017 Acura RDX: 3.5 L V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management technology. Generates a thundering 279 hp and 252 lbs.-ft of torque while achieving an impressive 20/28/23 mpg EPA fuel economy estimate* (FWD).
  • 2016 Lexus NX: 235 hp and a 2.0 L engine. It’s not terrible, but it definitely doesn’t stack up to the Acura RDX. Additionally, both of these vehicles have the same fuel economy estimates – even though the RDX achieves significantly more impressive horsepower and torque ratings.


In addition to outperforming the competition, the 2017 Acura RDX brings a unique combination of features to the table that you won’t find onboard the Lexus NX. You’ll also find a standard rear view camera, rear cross traffic monitor, navigation controls, AcuraLink, advanced stability systems, and more.

Which Vehicle is Right for You?

Ultimately, if you’re looking for the right combination of performance, efficiency, and outstanding automotive tech, then the 2017 Acura RDX is the ideal compact SUV for your automotive needs. The Lexus brings a brand premium along with subpar features when compared to the RDX, so if you want maximum luxury, style, and affordability then it’s definitely worth looking into the new RDX. That’s not to say that the NX is necessarily lacking features; however, it’s certainly not able to compete at this price point with the RDX.

Visit Us Today at McGrath Acura of Westmont!

Want to take the 2017 RDX for a test drive? Visit us today at McGrath Acura of Westmont! We’re located at 400 East Ogden Avenue in Westmont, and you can call us at 630-323-8200 or contact us online. We look forward to showing you this superb compact SUV!

*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 only) and other factors.