The Lexus RX and the Acura RDX are two of America’s best-selling luxury SUVs. A big part of their appeal is value: They cost less than similarly sized models from the big European luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, providing a more affordable way to get high-end features, design, and engineering.
Strictly speaking, the Lexus RX is a mid-size crossover while the Acura RDX is a compact model. But they’re closer in size than those market classes would suggest, both providing space for five passengers and a decent amount of their cargo. Plus, they’re both Japanese models with similar names. For this review, we’ve tested both models so we could compare them across eight categories and then name an overall winner. Keep reading to learn which one we picked and which one sounds like the better luxury SUV for you.