Compare 2021 Acura RDX vs 2021 Lexus RX 350

2021 Acura RDX vs 2021 Lexus RX 350
2021 Acura RDX 2021 Lexus RX 350
  280 lb-ft 268 lb-ft
MPG (City/Highway) *
  22/28 20/27
  Standard Available on other styles
Heated Seats
  Standard Optional
Infotainment Display
  10.2-in. 8.0-in.

2021 Acura RDX vs 2021 Lexus RX 350

Serving Memphis, TN

Our sales associates often field questions about the differences between our luxury crossover models and other luxury models on the market. The Acura RDX is a popular compact crossover that is easy to fall in love with, but you may be wondering how its abilities and features stack up to the Lexus RX 350. Like the RDX, the Lexus RX 350 has passenger seating for five adults and many advanced features. However, a quick comparison of these models reveals that the base MSRP for the Acura RDX is substantially below the Lexus RX 350’s starting price. What other differences could affect your next crossover SUV purchase plans?


Handling and overall performance are understandably crucial to your model selection, so a look under the RDX’s hood is a great starting point. For 2021, the Acura RDX has a revised VTEC Turbo 2.0-liter engine linked with a 10-speed auto transmission to produce 272 horsepower. This equipment is accompanied by torque vectoring, paddle shifters, and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. The base engine for the 2021 Lexus RX 350 is a V6 gas engine. While it has a somewhat higher horsepower rating, the RX 350 produces less torque and has a noticeably larger turning radius.


Your comparison of these premium crossovers takes you to the exterior style of the 2021 RDX. This Acura crossover shows off sporty refinement with numerous athletic touches. These include subtle tapering through the roof and crisp accents that swell above the front wheels. Compared to the Lexus RX 350, the sides have more character with well-defined accents running in several directions. The RX 350 has a more level roof with solid molding over the front fascia and an extended angle through the liftgate.


As luxury models that are frequently compared against each other, these five-passenger crossovers have many shared features. For example, they both come with leather material, a navigation system, and heated seats across different trim levels. The Acura RDX for 2021 also has a few standard features that are either not included or not available as base equipment in the RX 350. Some of these are a touch control pad, a 10.2-inch display screen, 12-way powered seat adjustments, a panoramic sunroof, and heated front seats.

Are you excited about getting to know more about the 2021 RDX? Our Acura of Memphis sales associates are eager to answer your questions during your test drive, so schedule time to meet with us soon.

* Based on 2021 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.