2020 Lexus NX Vs. 2020 Acura RDX

If you’re scouring the market for a luxury compact SUV that meets your high standards, you’ve likely been butting up repeatedly against the 2020 Lexus NX and 2020 Acura RDX. These two classy machines are both highly reliable, top-quality zoomers. They’ll get you from point A to point B in a flood of style, comfort, and capability.

But as most of us aren’t looking to purchase both, we’ve got to make a decision. Which one should you choose- the 2020 Lexus NX or the 2020 Acura RDX? To come to a conclusion on this conundrum, it helps to know what sets these two vehicles apart. Read on for the breakdown.  

2020 Lexus NX


2020 Acura RDX

$36,720 Starting MSRP $37,600
Up to 33 city / 30 highway Fuel Economy Up to 22 city / 28 highway
2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Engine(s) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
5 / 5 NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 / 5
5 / 5 J.D. Power Reliability Rating* 4 / 5

*Based on the 2019 models (not yet rated for 2020)

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As you can see in the table above, these two vehicles are neck and neck in many categories, but the 2020 Lexus NX manages to eek out ahead. It starts out with a slightly humbler price point, but still manages to get a superior maximum fuel economy. It also offers multiple engine options and scores an extremely impressive perfect reliability rating from J.D. Power.

The 2020 Acura RDX offers no engine upgrades, so buyers are stuck with the base offering. The infotainment system is also a bit of a clunky inconvenience to use. As this vehicle was redesigned for the 2019 model year, there’s no major exciting changes being added for 2020.

The 2020 Lexus NX gets new driver assistance features for the fresh model year that include pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, and lane centering assist. The Mark Levinson Premium Sound System is also now available. Overall, this great value shines for being comfortable and spacious, packed with both cutting-edge features and plush interior materials. Come check it out today at Earnhardt Lexus!

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Front cabin with cream colored seats and accents inside a Lexus NX.