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Acura MDX vs. Acura RDX

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Acura MDX

2016 Acura MDX
$554
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Acura RDX

2016 Acura RDX
$471
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Acura MDX Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 14 for luxury midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $554 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs are more common, these issues are less likely to be severe than with other cars. Expect to make slightly more trips to the shop with a MDX, but for minor issues.

Excellent

The Acura RDX Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 11 for luxury compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $471 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RDX.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$554
inexpensive
very expensive
$471
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.6
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
7%
minor issues
major issues
7%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(31 Reviews)
(2 Reviews)
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5 star
(1)
4 star
(19)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Acura MDX ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“I just got rid of my 2010 acura mdx at 140K miles. For the last 2 years I have had to spend $4K a year in repairs. Recently I noticed that the transmission lost 2 quarts of fluid in less than 40K m...”

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The Acura RDX ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in engine.

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“Overall a great car....but, the engine management system creates a very annoying vibration when the car reaches "cruising speed" whether it's 25 or 30 or 70 mph. If they don't fix it my next buy wi...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Acura MDX and the Acura RDX are both SUVs from the same carmaker. The MDX is a midsize, three-row luxury SUV. The Acura RDX is a compact, two-row luxury SUV. Both come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

Comparing power outputs, the larger Acura MDX has a standard engine with 290 horsepower, with 321 horsepower available in the Sport Hybrid model. The smaller RDX has a single engine choice with 272 horsepower. 

In terms of cargo space, the Acura MDX has the edge, as you would expect, with a total of 71.6 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. The Acura RDX has 64.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

The choice between the Acura MDX and the Acura RDX comes down to how much space you need. If you need three rows of seating, the MDX is the one. If a two-row will do just fine, go with the RDX.

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