2019 Lexus RX 450hL Vs. 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid

If you’re looking for a luxurious three-row hybrid SUV, you’ve probably spent a bit of time thinking about the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL. This imposing machine is lauded for its regal interior, extreme comfort, economical fuel rating, smooth cruise, and impressive reliability. And it doesn’t hurt that it oozes high-end, hard-to-beat styling.

The 2019 Acura MDX is another player in the hybrid luxury SUV game. Like the 2019 RX 450hL, it comes with standard all-wheel drive. How does it compare to the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL? Let’s take a deeper look by pitting these two machines head-to-head in a no-holds-barred model showdown.  

Blue 2019 Lexus RX L and silver 2019 Acura MDX, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" icon.

2019 Lexus RX 450L

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2019 Acura MDX Hybrid

$54,905 Starting MSRP $52,800
29 city / 28 highway mpg Fuel Economy 26 city / 27 highway mpg
308 hp Horsepower 321 hp
6-7 Seating Capacity 6-7
193” L x 75” W x 68” H Dimensions 196” L x 78” W x 67” H
4.5/5 J.D. Power Reliability Rating 2.5/5

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Though the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL costs a bit more than the 2019 Acura MDX Hybrid, buyers get what they pay for. The 2019 RX 450hL has been acclaimed for having a more upscale, stylish look and feel than the 2019 MDX Hybrid. This type of styling and vibe is important for luxury vehicle shoppers, and Lexus again demonstrates its mastery of this element.

The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL also wins out in fuel-economy, an important figure when considering a hybrid. Remembering the gas-guzzling SUVs of years past, it’s incredible to realize how far we’ve come with these vehicles without sacrificing power or drive-quality.

Reliability is another key factor with a new vehicle, and the 2019 RX 450hL solidly wins in this category. Its rating level brings it near being classified as “among the best,” while the 2019 MDX Hybrid is ranked below average. The 2019 RX 450hL also has slightly more compact dimensions, making it a bit easier to park and maneuver.