2020 Acura MDX Cheaper To Lease Than 2021 RDX

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, Automotive Analyst - April 20, 2021

With the 2022 Acura MDX ushering in a new generation for the luxury SUV, deals have been enhanced on outgoing 2020 models. Now, the 2020 MDX can be up to $29 cheaper to lease than the much less expensive 2021 RDX.

The largest payment difference shoppers will see is between the 2020 MDX Base AWD ($47,525 including destination fees) and the 2021 RDX Base AWD ($41,425). The MDX is available from $409/month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing and a 10,000 mile per year allowance for an effective monthly cost of $492. The RDX starts at $429/month for 36 months with $3,299 due at signing with the same mileage allowance equating to an effective monthly cost of $521. That makes the MDX $29 cheaper despite having a price tag that is $6,100 higher.

For those interested in the rear-wheel drive option, the MDX remains the cheaper option compared to the RDX RWD, but only by $14 ($478 vs. $492). Both vehicles also feature conquest leases for shoppers coming from a competing brand. Although the MDX continues to be cheaper under those leases as well, savings drop to $9 when comparing rear-wheel drive for the two vehicles ($438 vs. $437) and $23 for all-wheel drive ($452 vs. $475).

According to dealer lease documents, the lower lease prices for the MDX are mostly attributed to a much lower money factor amount. While the MDX has a money factor equivalent to 0.24% APR, interest on the RDX has a 2.28% APR equivalent.

Acura MDX

Although choosing the MDX is cheaper than the RDX for all lease options, going with all-wheel drive brings the most savings, whether you go with the regular lease offer or the conquest one. While in most cases opting for all-wheel drive can lead to a significant decrease in fuel efficiency, the MDX AWD (19 city, 26 highway, 22 combined) is only one mile per gallon less efficient than the RWD version (20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined) so opting for the all-wheel drive option could be worth the extra money.

If you prefer the redesigned 2022 model, current Acura owners and those coming from a competing brand see lease offers starting at $439/month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing and a 10,000 mile per year allowance which leads to a great value with an effective monthly cost of $550. For those who don’t qualify for the loyalty/conquest lease, payment increases to $469 with all else the same for an effective monthly cost of $580 which is just shy of a good value.

Current offers are available nationally through May 3.

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, Automotive Analyst

Kelly Campbell is a SoCal native with a background in marketing, communications, and technical writing. Having spent her entire career in the automotive industry, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for cars to her role as an Automotive Analyst at CarsDirect.

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