The 2014 Acura RDX and the 2014 Lexus RX 350 are small size luxury crossover vehicles. The most obvious advantage of the Acura RDX is its price. The RDX also provides a slew of other advantages that make it the better of the two vehicles.
The RDX has a 6 cylinder engine with 3.5 liters, 251 pound feet of torque and 273 horses. It has a special Variable Cylinder Management System that lets engine cylinders rest easy when they are not needed. This typically kicks in when the vehicle is coasting along highway straight-aways. The vehicle has all-wheel drive that functions when the weather or terrain turns nasty.
The RX 350 also provides either front or all wheel drive and is powered by a 6 cylinder engine with 270 horses and 248 pound feet of torque. So, the RDX’s engine is a bit more powerful and has more advanced technology built in.
The RDX is loaded with amenities like heated side mirrors, speed sensing windshield wipers, project beam automatic headlights, Michelin all-season tires, two power outlets, a USB port, push button start, a power moon roof, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio and speed sensitive volume.
The RX 350 comes with many similar features. Its luxuries include keyless entry, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, dual zone automatic climate control, an auto dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, a leather tilt/telescope steering wheel, fog lamps and rear privacy glass. This category balances out as a tie between the two SUVs.
The RDX offers 26 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are in place. This space expands to 61 cubic feet when the seats are uprooted. If the front seats are pushed all the way forward, available space grows to 78 cubic feet. The RX 350’s front seats don’t adjust as flexibly as the RDX’s, making them a bit more cramped and uncomfortable. The RDX does have very roomy back seats though. It also provides a good 40 feet of cargo space and hits nearly 80 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are stowed, which just about matches the space offered by the RDX.
The RDX is loaded with impressive safety technologies including electronic brake force distribution, traction control, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist and 6 total airbags. There’s also a five inch monitor that displays a multi angle view of what’s behind the vehicle with the use of a rear view camera. The RDX earned the best possible score of “Good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its performance in a variety of crash tests.
The RX 350 has traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, an emergency assist button, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, front knee airbags, front and rear side airbags and side curtain airbags. Optional safeguards can be added. These include a rearview camera, a brake priming and pre-collision warning system, blind spot monitors, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. The IIHS also gave the RX350 a “Good” crash test rating, yet it didn’t receive a perfect score after undergoing government crash testing. It earned 4 stars out of a possible 5 on those tests.
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