2019 Acura MDX vs 2018 Lexus RX 350L

September 23rd, 2019 by

In the luxury mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market, the competition is fierce. No two competitors are more intense than the 2019 Acura MDX and the 2018 Lexus RX 350 L Premium FWD. Even though these two rivals share some specs that are close, one pulls out ahead of the other. At Ed Voyles Acura in Chamblee, Georgia, we examine which SUV comes out ahead and what important differences exist.

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2019 Acura MDX & 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD Engines

Both the 2019 Acura MDX and the 2018 Lexus RX 350 L come with a standard 3.5L V6 engine. Both produce the same amount of horsepower, but the Acura MDX generates more torque at 267 lb-ft, edging ahead of the Lexus RX350L’s lower 263 lb-ft.

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 2019 Acura MDX & 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD

While you’d think that a more powerful engine would be less fuel-efficient, that would be incorrect. Actually, the Acura MDX EPA Miles Per Gallon (MPG) ratings beat the Lexus RX 350L in both city and highway fuel efficiency. The 2019 Acura MDX gets 20 MPG in the city, while the 2018 Lexus gets only 19 MPG. Driving on the highway the Acura MDX gets 27 MPG, while the Lexus RX350L gets only 26. With the larger MDX fuel tank, you’ll be able to go farther on a tank of gas.

Transmissions of the 2019 Acura MDX & 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD

These fuel efficiency differences may be attributable to the differences in each transmission. The 2019 Acura MDX has a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the 2018 Lexus RX 350L only has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Acura MDX & 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD Starting Prices

The Acura MDX for 2019 has a starting price of $44,300, but the 2018 Lexus RX 350L’s starting price is $3,370 higher at $44,300.


2019 Acura MDX

Vs. 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD


Starting Price $47,670

280 lb-ft


267 lb-ft


MPG City



MPG Highway


90.9 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Room

56.3 cubic feet

YES Panoramic Sunroof

Standard Equipment



Heated Seats

Standard Equipment



Apple CarPlay &

Android Auto

Standard Compatibility


9-Speed Automatic Transmission



With the higher starting price, you’d think there would be more standard options with the 2018 Lexus RX 350L, but that would not be right. The Acura MDX comes with a panoramic sunroof and heated front seats as standard equipment, but not with the more expensive Lexus. Also, with the Acura, you have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard. With the Lexus, you have to upgrade the audio system to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Cargo Room Differences Between the 2019 Acura MDX & 2018 Lexus RX 350L Premium FWD

Even the maximum cargo room amounts are markedly different between the two trucks. The 2019 Acura MDX has much more maximum cargo space at 90.9 cubic feet, while the 2018 Lexus RX 350L has only 56.3 cubic feet. If you need to move a lot, the Acura can move more, saving you time, miles, gas, number of trips and, most importantly, money.

When it’s time to step up or step into a top luxury SUV, the 2019 Acura MDX is the top pick in the competitive SUV market. And when you want to end your search and test drive the 2019 MDX, contact us at Ed Voyles Acura in Chamblee, Georgia. We have a large selection of refined and well-equipped Acura MDXs. Just click on the “View Inventory” to find the MDX that’s right for you. We’ll have your MDX choice ready for you today.

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MPG Disclaimer:
Based on model year 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 models only) and other factors.
Prices shown include a destination & handling charge but do not include taxes or license. Destination charge for MY19/20 ILX, TLX, RLX, MDX and RDX is $995.00, 2019 NSX is $1800.00, 2020 NSX is $1,995.00, 2020 TLX PMC Edition is $1,995. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.