Infiniti QX50 vs. Acura RDX

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, Automotive Editor - July 24, 2018

Both Acura and Infiniti attempt to draw consumers away from German automakers with luxury offerings that match those from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz with high-end touches. When it comes to compact SUVs, the Infiniti QX50 and Acura RDX are outstanding options with all of the latest features that premium car shoppers are looking for.

Both crossovers are great, but which one deserves a spot in your driveway? That's what we'll answer below.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Infiniti QX50 & the Acura RDX »

What the QX50 Gets Right

The QX50 enters this comparison as an all-new model. Despite being new and having more technology than ever, the QX50 is the more affordable option. Pricing for Infiniti's compact crossover starts at $37,545, which includes destination. The RDX is $750 more with a starting price tag of $38,295. It may cost less money, but the QX50 is handsomely equipped with things like dual-zone automatic temperature control, a six-speaker audio system, LED headlights, a power liftgate, and a dual display system.

In addition to being more affordable, the QX50 is the more fuel-efficient offering, too. Both the QX50 and the RDX are fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but Infiniti's is better at sipping fuel. The QX50 is rated by the EPA to get up to 24 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 27 combined. The RDX can't match those figures with ratings of 22/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Compact crossovers may not have the same cargo capacity as mid-size or large SUVs, but the QX50 is capable of holding more cargo than the RDX. With the rear seats in place, the QX50 can hold 31.4 cubic feet of cargo. That figure expands to 65.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The RDX's figures lag behind slightly with a rating of 26.1 cubic feet and a total of 61.3 cubic feet.

What the RDX Gets Right

The RDX is also an all-new model for 2019. While the QX50 may have a more high-tech engine, the RDX is the option with the more powerful base engine. The RDX 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rated to make 272 horsepower. The QX50's four-cylinder is four hp short with a rating of 268 hp.

When it comes to safety, the RDX has more standard features than the QX50. The RDX comes with a multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and a road departure mitigation system as standard. The base QX50 is missing a lot of those features as standard on the entry-level trim.

Which One is the Clear Winner?

While the QX50 and the RDX used to be evenly matched, the QX50 comes out as the clear victor. It's the more affordable option, the better choice for consumers looking to save money at the pumps, and the choice for drivers that need to carry a lot of cargo. The new QX50 bests the RDX in nearly every category.

Our Verdict: Infiniti QX50

The Acura RDX still has its place in the compact luxury crossover segment, but for those looking for the best all-rounder, the Infiniti QX50 is the obvious choice. It's the hands-down winner in this comparison.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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