Premium automakers are scrambling to compete in the compact crossover category. One of the stalwarts of the genre, the Acura RDX, enters its third generation for 2019. The Infiniti QX50 (known as the EX until the 2015 model year) made its debut as a 2007 model, the same year as the first RDX. Both vehicles have evolved and changed over the years, but today they share the same basic formula: Each is a car-based (frameless unibody) premium compact crossover with standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.
Each of these crossovers packs some surprises and some innovative technology, along with sophisticated design, two rows of comfortable seating, and enough cargo capacity to earn that “U” in “Utility.” Similarities aside, which of the two is best?