If you are looking for a well-rounded luxury compact SUV that provides great value for money, the 2019 Lexus NX and the 2019 Acura RDX are two options worth considering. Both of these SUVs offer impressive power and handling, comfortable and well-equipped cabins, and many advanced features. Check out the following comparison to determine which of the two SUVs better suits your needs and preferences.

If you are planning to use your new SUV for light towing, the 2019 Lexus NX is a better option. Equipped with all-wheel drive, it has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, while the 2019 Acura RDX can only lug up to 1,500 pounds. Also, the hybrid version of the Lexus NX, the NX 300h, comes standard with a continuously variable transmission. Without "steps" between gears, this type of transmission is able to keep the engine at peak horsepower levels for quicker acceleration and maintain the right engine speed for optimal fuel efficiency.

If you drive regularly in the city, you will appreciate the Lexus NX's better maneuverability. Its turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than that of the Acura RDX, which makes parking and negotiating tight spaces easier. Additionally, the Lexus is about 4 inches shorter than its rival, which further increases its advantage in maneuverability. It also offers more stopping power, thanks to its 12.9-inch front brake rotors. The Acura, on the other hand, comes with 12.4-inch front brake rotors.

Fuel Economy
In the standard front-wheel drive configuration, the 2019 Lexus NX delivers the same fuel economy rating as the 2019 Acura RDX. However, it is slightly more fuel efficient when both vehicles are fitted with all-wheel drive, getting one more mpg than its rival both in the city and on the highway. For more fuel savings, you can opt for the Lexus NX 300h, which features regenerative braking. This technology improves fuel efficiency by turning inertia into energy rather than wasting it. The Acura RDX does not have regenerative braking.

Safety & Security
Whether you choose the 2019 Lexus NX or the 2019 Acura RDX, you will get an extensive list of safety features. Nonetheless, the Lexus NX has several well-thought-out features that are absent in rival cars like the Acura RDX. First, its rear seat belts have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack and reduce the amount of pressure they exert on passengers during a collision. The SUV also comes standard with whiplash-injury-lessening seats, which feature a specially designed headrest to minimize whiplash injury risk to the driver and front passenger.

Additionally, Lexus NX offers an available intuitive parking assistance system with automatic braking. This system uses rear sensors to detect pedestrians, vehicles, and obstacles behind the SUV and automatically applies the brakes to avoid a rear collision.

Despite being slightly more affordable than the 2019 Acura MDX, the 2019 Lexus NX seems to have the upper hand in a number of departments. To find out if the Lexus NX is the right SUV for you, arrange a test drive today!