2019 Acura RDX vs. Cadillac XT5 vs. Lincoln MKC vs. Buick Envision vs. Lexus NX

2019 Acura RDX vs. Cadillac XT5 vs Lincoln MKC vs Buick Envision vs Lexus NX

Offering smart versatility, capable performance, and unparalleled luxury -- compact luxury SUVs have quickly become a hit with drivers. With new entrants joining the segment each year, shoppers now have a variety of options to choose from. While finding the right model to suit your needs and lifestyle might seem difficult, Motorcars Acura wants to help clear up the confusion. In this competitive comparison, you’ll learn exactly how the Acura RDX measures up against its biggest rivals including the Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKC, Buick Envision, and Lexus NX.

Acura RDX vs The Competition - Quick Comparison

2019 Acura RDX

VS

2019 Cadillac XT5

2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Buick Envision

2019 Lexus NX

Standard

Power Sunroof

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

10

Transmission Speeds

8

6

9

6

104 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

104 cubic feet

98 cubic feet

TBD

72 cubic feet

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Requires Higher Trim

Requires Higher Trim

Optional

Standard


Acura RDX vs Cadillac XT5

2019 Acura RDX
 
2019 Cadillac XT5

2019 Acura RDX Base

VS

2019 Cadillac XT5 Base

$38,295* ✓

MSRP*

$41,695

280 lb ft ✓

Torque

271 lb ft

10-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

22 / 28 / 24** ✓

MPG** (city/hwy/combined)

19 / 26 / 22

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Requires Higher Trim Level

Collision Mitigation Braking System ✓

Intelligent Brake Assist

Requires Higher Trim Level

19-inch ✓

Wheel Size

18-inch

Standard ✓

Power Sunroof

Optional

LED low/high beam ✓

Headlamp Type

Halogen

Driver / Passenger ✓

Heated Seats

Optional

Standard ✓

Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror

Not Available

Our first challenger to go up against the Acura RDX is the Cadillac XT5. Looking at base trim levels, the starting MSRP of the RDX is $4,395 less than the XT5. Outstanding value is a core strength of the RDX which we’ll investigate further.

Standard features found on the RDX add convenience, style, and confidence while Cadillac shoppers will have to reach deeper into their wallets in order to receive similar equipment. Heated seats for the driver and front passenger, a power sunroof, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror are each examples of standard features on the RDX. Larger 19-inch wheels offer a more stylish look than the 18-inch wheels on the Cadillac.

When it comes to performance and efficiency, the Acura RDX delivers more than the Cadillac XT5. Not only does the RDX have greater torque than the XT5, it’s also far more fuel efficient. Across all three measurements of fuel economy, the Acura is the superior choice. A more sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission contributes to the MPG figures while providing greater response.

GDriver-assistive technologies help inspire confidence behind the wheel of the Acura RDX. A standard Collision Mitigation Braking System can apply the brakes automatically to help avoid a potential collision. Also helpful in stop-and-go traffic, the RDX comes equipped with adaptive cruise control to help you maintain an appropriate following distance to the vehicle in front.


Acura RDX vs Lincoln MKC

2019 Acura RDX
 
2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Acura RDX AWD

VS

2019 Lincoln MKC Base AWD

272 ✓

Horsepower

245

280 lb ft ✓

Torque

275 lb ft

10-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

21 / 27 / 23** ✓

MPG** (city/hwy/combined)

19 / 25 / 21

19-inches ✓

Wheel Size

18-inches

Standard ✓

Power Sunroof

Requires Higher Trim Level

HomeLink ✓

Garage Door Transmitter

Not Available

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Requires Higher Trim Level

Collision Mitigation Braking System ✓

Intelligent Brake Assist

Requires Higher Trim Level

58.9 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Cargo Volume

53.1 cubic feet

104 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Passenger Volume

98 cubic feet

Next up to face off against the Acura RDX is the Lincoln MKC. Comparing base trim levels equipped with all-wheel drive, the clear performance advantage is held by the RDX. Greater horsepower and torque combined with a more sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission combine for a rewarding driving experience behind the wheel of the RDX. Better still, superior power doesn’t mean sacrificing on fuel economy with the Acura. You’ll enjoy better city, highway, and combined MPG ratings as compared to Lincoln.

Stylish 19-inch wheels on the Acura RDX help give it a confident stance on the road. A standard power sunroof stretches across the front and rear rows of the RDX, while Lincoln owners will have the pay extra for the same feature. A standard HomeLink garage door transmitter adds even more convenience to the RDX.

Inside the RDX, drivers will find the cabin to be perfectly suited for an active lifestyle. Greater cargo volume than the MKC makes the Acura the smarter option when packing gear for a weekend getaway. There’s also more passenger volume inside the RDX, allowing all of your friends to get comfortable on extended road trips.

As we’ve seen previously, standard Adaptive Cruise Control and a Collision Mitigation System provide a helping hand when you need it most. You’ll be required to step up to a higher, and more expensive, trim level to receive these same features on the Lincoln MKC.


Acura RDX vs Buick Envision

2019 Acura RDX A-SPEC
 
2019 Buick Envision

2019 Acura RDX AWD w/Technology Package

VS

2019 Buick Envision Premium II AWD

$43,495* ✓

MSRP*

$43,600

21 / 27 / 23** ✓

MPG** (city/hwy/combined)

20 / 25 / 22

272 ✓

Horsepower

252

10-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Optional

Standard ✓

Power Sunroof

Optional

12 ✓

Number of Speakers

7

41.6 / 38.4 inches ✓

Front/Rear Leg Room

40.9 / 37.5 inches

59.7 / 56.6 inches ✓

Front/Rear Shoulder Room

57 / 55.8 inches

58.9 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Cargo Volume

57.3 cubic feet

The third competitor in this matchup is the Buick Envision. Here, we’re comparing the Acura RDX AWD with Technology Package against a fully-loaded Buick Envision Premium II AWD. While both models come equipped with all-wheel drive, choosing the RDX means that you can enjoy a 20-horsepower advantage over the Envision.

A more advanced 10-speed automatic transmission contributes to the superior fuel efficiency found on the Acura RDX. Whether around town or on the highway, the clear favorite is the RDX. Standard adaptive cruise control makes navigating through dense stop-and-go traffic by maintaining an appropriate following distance relative to traffic in front of you.

Inside the RDX, drivers and passengers alike with appreciate the greater number of speakers for an unparalleled listening experience along with a sunroof which spans across the first and second rows of seating. Comparing the interior dimensions of both SUVs, the RDX offers greater leg and shoulder room across both rows of seating. It also features 1.6 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity, perfect for squeezing in that additional suitcase.


Acura RDX vs Lexus NX

2019 Acura RDX
 
2019 Lexus NX

2019 Acura RDX A-SPEC FWD

VS

2019 Lexus NX F SPORT FWD

272 / 280 lb ft ✓

Horsepower / Torque

235 / 258 lb ft

20 inches ✓

Wheel Size

18 inches

Standard ✓

Blind Spot Monitoring

Optional

Front and Rear ✓

Parking Sensors

Optional

Power Liftgate w/ key fob controls ✓

Rear Cargo Door

Manual Liftgate

Standard ✓

Power Sunroof

Optional

16 ✓

Number of Speakers

8

Standard ✓

Heated / Ventilated Seats

Optional

Driver ✓

Seat Memory

Optional

Standard ✓

Integrated Navigation

Optional

58.9 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Cargo Capacity

54.6 cubic feet

104 cubic feet ✓

Passenger Volume

72 cubic feet

Our final competitor to go up against the Acura RDX is the Lexus NX. When looking at these two, the comparisons will involve the performance-focused RDX A-SPEC FWD and the NX F SPORT FWD. Once glance at the performance data makes it clear that the RDX gives you more horsepower and torque for an exhilarating driving experience. Its standard 20-inch wheels give it a commanding stance and eye-catching side profile.

When you choose the RDX A-SPEC, you’ll have access to an array of innovative technology features. Standard blind spot monitoring along with front and rear parking sensors each provide greater confidence while protecting you from the unexpected. A power rear liftgate on the RDX makes it easy to access the rear cargo area.

There are plenty of luxurious features which are included as standard inside the Acura RDX A-SPEC. The front seats feature heating and ventilation functions along with seat memory for the driver. A standard sunroof brings fresh air and sunlight into the cabin at the press of a button. Giving you an unmatched audio experience, the RDX A-SPEC offers double the amount of speakers of the Lexus NX. Whether you’re looking to carry cargo, passengers, or a blend of both -- the Acura RDX offers greater passenger volume and cargo capacity than the NX.


Winner -- Acura RDX

After going head-to-head against the Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKC, Buick Envision, and Lexus NX -- the winner of this competitive comparison is the Acura RDX. The competition simply cannot compete with the groundbreaking technology, premium standard features, exceptional value, and impressive efficiency found on the RDX. Motorcars Acura cordially invites you to come experience all that the Acura RDX has to offer.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and include destination and handling charge but do not include taxes or license. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.