2020 Lexus NX vs. Acura RDX for Sale in West Springfield, MA



What could be better than a crossover? A luxury crossover, of course, and in this modern era, owning one isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem. While many European-made luxury models tend to have exorbitant price tags, the premium models coming out of Asia are a little more accessible to a broader range of drivers. Take the 2020 Lexus NX and the 2020 Acura RDX as examples. Both are filled to the brim with amenities, but they’re not priced so that only an elite class of drivers can afford them. These two well-appointed vehicles have their similarities and differences, so let’s dive into the essential details of each to help you decide.

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Pricing and Warranty

While the prices for each model are similar, the 2020 Lexus NX’s base MSRP is nearly $1,000 less. In addition, even though both models come with the same warranty terms (a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty), the 2020 Lexus NX’s corrosion warranty is one year longer than the 2020 Acura RDX’s (6 years vs. 5 years). Lexus has also extended its hybrid battery warranty terms starting with the 2020 model year, raising the coverage from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles. This warranty is also transferable to subsequent owners. The Acura RDX does not even offer a hybrid variant.

Fuel Economy

While both models are neck-and-neck in terms of fuel economy, the 2020 Lexus NX is available in a hybrid that’s capable of returning an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive version of the 2020 Acura RDX achieves 21 mpg around town and 27 mpg on the highway, while the front-wheel drive version is rated for 22 city/28 highway. The AWD 2020 Lexus NX gets 22 city/27 highway, and the FWD version is good for 22 city/28 highway.

Safety and Convenience

Unlike the 2020 Acura RDX, the 2020 Lexus NX offers Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking. This system uses sophisticated sensors to monitor and apply the vehicle’s brakes to prevent or mitigate rear collisions. Otherwise, both models are set up with a similar slate of active safety technologies: forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and surround view monitors. Both are also eligible for all-wheel drive. The 2020 NX and the 2020 RDX scored high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with each earning a 5-star crash-test rating and being named Top Safety Pick+ (the highest accolade).

The 2020 Lexus NX is 4 inches shorter than the 2020 Acura RDX, which makes it a bit easier to handle, maneuver, and park in tight spaces. It also has 4 inches more rear hip room than the RDX. To top it off, rear occupants will likely appreciate the 2020 Lexus NX’s overall more comfortable cabin and especially its reclining rear seats, which aren’t available in the 2020 Acura RDX.

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