2018 Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX***

2018 Lexus RX

2020 Lexus RX 350L***

2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Lexus RX 350L

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lexus RX 350L

$44,400 MSRP*

Base Price (FWD)

$47,300 MSRP
9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters


Eight-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
132.7 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

114.9 cubic feet
5,000 lbs.

Max Towing

3,500 lbs.
20/27/23 MPG**

Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)

19/26/22 MPG
267 lb-ft


263 lb-ft

Standard Sunroof


If you have been searching for the perfect luxury SUV near Denver, it is likely that the 2020 Acura MDX and 2020 Lexus RX 350L have come up in your search. While both vehicles definitely have a lot to offer Aurora drivers, only one can earn a coveted spot in your garage. So, which one will it be? Fisher Acura has performed an SUV comparison to see which one is more deserving of your hard earned dollar.

MDX vs. Lexus RX 350L: Performance

When you look at the standard engines on both the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350L, you will see that they are almost identical in terms of performance power. Both 3.5L V6 engines are capable of producing 290 hp. When it comes to the transmission, that is where the Acura MDX pulls ahead of the competition. The 2020 Acura MDX features a 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, which generates 267 lb-ft of torque. The RX 350L is outfitted with an eight-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT), which delivers 263 lb-ft of torque.

MDX vs. Lexus RX 350L: Fuel Economy and Towing

While the engine specs of the 2020 Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350L are similar, one of these SUVs is more efficient and better suited to towing bulky items on the Broomfield streets.  Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined:

  • 2020 Acura MDX – 20/27/23 MPG**
  • 2020 Lexus RX 350L – 19/26/22 MPG

Now let’s take a look at towing. When properly equipped, the Acura MDX is capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs. That is significantly more than the 3,500-lb. towing capacity offered by the Lexus RX 350L.

MDX vs. Lexus RX 350L: Base Price

Although it looks like the Acura MDX has more to offer than its rival from Lexus, it also has the more affordable base price. The Acura MDX starts at $44,400 MSRP*. That is thousands less than the base price of the 2020 Lexus RX 350L, which starts at $47,300.

Perform Your Own SUV Comparison Today

Now that you have compared the MDX vs. Lexus RX 350L, it is clear that the Acura is the better buy. To experience this luxury SUV in person, contact the team at Fisher Acura to set up a test drive. You can also compare your other favorite Acura models like the MDX vs. RDX or MDX Tech Package vs. Advance Packageif you are still undecided.

Disclaimers:  *Prices shown do not include taxes or license. Prices shown exclude a destination & handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2020 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.

***Photos of 2018 Models

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