Originally Posted by acurascientist
Is the MDX really that much better than the RDX?
Yes and no.
As a 2017 RDX Tech owner, Until the 2019 RDX model, I would say MDX (outside of the obvious size differences) has been the better buy...but barely.
The 2016-2018 RDX interiors, drive, for are all on par with the MDX but also have a sportier drive. The Tech packages in the RDX 16-18s have been long-in-the- tooth with aged infotainment features, and especially the NAV which is terrible given the age of CarPlay.
The 2019 RDX has changed that with the NSX inspired cabin and additional trim options, and finally added CarPlay. The 2019 RDXs also finally got rid of the ugly Avengers like front grill and replaced with the same front as the MDX (as well as the other models in the Acura line).
That said, the only thing I don’t like about the 2019 RDX is that they don’t offer a V6 Vtec option (just to have the option on the freeways to go down to 3 cyl would offer gas mileage and I suspect also improve engine longevity).. Until this is resolved, 2016-2018 RDXs were the last to have stock V6s.
I know people swear the V4 Turbos in the 2019 RDX are good performers, but I still would like to have the option.
Interestingly enough the new Honda 2019 Passports (think middle class tier like the Ford Edge) are essentially RDXs without the exterior styling of an Acura and fit of the NSX inspired cabin, but they do offer a V6 option and also finally CarPlay.
So hopefully the 2020 RDXs may bring back at least a V6 option.
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