2021 INFINITI QX50 vs Acura RDX: Which Is Better?

July 15th, 2021 by

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The INFINITI QX50 and the Acura RDX are two of the most popular models in today’s luxury SUV market. These two models offer tons of features and an enjoyable drive, all for a relatively affordable price. If you’re shopping for a new SUV, you might wonder which of these vehicles is the better investment. While both are safe and quality SUVs, you might prefer one over the other. Below, we’ll outline the differences between these two models so you can decide which one is right for you.

Key Differences Between the INFINITI QX50 vs. Acura RDX

The QX50 and the RDX are two of the best models their respective manufacturers offer. However, key differences separate these two models, including:

  • The INFINITI QX50 offers superior interior style and comfort.
  • The Acura RDX offers exceptional technology features, especially its center console touch screen.
  • The INFINITI QX50 is fun to drive and has better fuel economy.
  • The INFINITI QX50’s base model is more affordable than that of the Acura RDX.

INFINITI QX50 vs. Acura RDX: Price & Trim Level

Both the INFINITI QX50 and the Acura RDX come in various trim levels, which differ by price and the features they offer. The INFINITI QX50 comes in five trims: the Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph. The engine and transmission remain the same for all trim levels. The differences between trims mostly lie in the color options available, whether you want all-wheel or front-wheel drive, and the standard technology features. Here’s how the MSRPs break down for the INFINITI QX50 trims:

  • Pure: $38,050
  • Luxe: $41,600
  • Essential: $44,800
  • Sensory: $50,100
  • Autograph: $54,300

The RDX does not offer as many trim options, with only three to choose from. They include the Base trim, the Technology package, and the A-Spec package. As with the QX50, the engine and transmission remain the same across all trim levels. The Technology package offers more interior features, such as a better speaker system and parking assist sensors. The A-Spec package upgrades the vehicle’s comfort and style, offering features such as ventilated front seats and a leather interior. The trims’ MSRPs line up as follows:

  • Base: $38,400
  • Technology: $41,300
  • A-Spec: $44,300

INFINITI QX50 vs. Acura RDX: Performance

One of the biggest priorities for any car buyer is the vehicle’s performance. You want something that provides you with plenty of power, especially when you’re buying a luxury vehicle like the INFINITI QX50 or Acura RDX. The INFINITI QX50 comes with a 2.0-liter turbo gas engine that provides 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. In addition, you’ll get a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission. The entire powertrain combines to provide about 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

In the Acura RDX, you also get a 2.0-liter gas engine. However, this engine provides 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The transmission differs, with the RDX offering a 10-speed shiftable automatic. In the RDX, the powertrain provides 21 and 27 mpg in the city and highway, respectively.

The performance of these two vehicles is similar, with the QX50 offering better gas mileage and the RDX offering slightly better horsepower. Therefore, you’ll have to decide which feature is more important to you. Both are more than adequate in each aspect.


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INFINITI QX50 vs. Acura RDX: Exterior

At first glance, the INFINITI QX50 and the Acura RDX look similar. While the QX50 might have a slightly sleeker appearance compared to the boxier RDX, both are small and sophisticated SUVs. In addition, they share eye-catching exterior features, such as 19-inch painted alloy wheels. They’re also roughly the same size, with identical heights and the Acura RDX measuring only 3 inches longer.

The biggest difference between the two models’ exteriors is likely their color options. The INFINITI QX50 comes in eight colors: Mocha Almond, Lunar White, Hermosa Blue, Black Obsidian, Mineral Black, Graphite Shadow, Liquid Platinum, and Majestic White. The Acura RDX offers the following seven options: Lunar Silver Metallic, Performance Red Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Gunmetal Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, and Modern Steel Metallic.

If you’re in the market for a certain color, you might prefer one model over the other. For example, red is only available on the RDX, not the QX50. If you’re looking for a unique shade of silver, however, the QX50 can deliver.

INFINITI QX50 vs. Acura RDX: Interior

The interiors of the INFINITI QX50 and the Acura RDX differ significantly. One of the first things you’ll notice when you climb into the INFINITI QX50 is its amazing aesthetic. Everything looks like it was designed with style and comfort in mind. The seats offer plenty of room and are cushy yet supportive. In addition, you can adjust the seats to provide individualized settings. When you drive the INFINITI QX50, you’ll hardly notice any noise from the outside, making for a more enjoyable and relaxing ride.

The Acura RDX’s cabin can come off looking a little cluttered. The dashboard has a lot of elements that can detract from the interior’s overall appearance. In addition, while the seats offer plenty of adjustments, they are not as comfortable as the QX50’s seating. Still, the material quality is excellent, and any issues with the interior are mostly nitpicking.

Both SUVs offer smart technology, allowing you to connect to your smartphone and access your favorite apps on the go.

Discover the New QX50 in Jackson, MS

If, after reading this comparison, you think the INFINITI QX50 is the SUV for you, contact Herrin-Gear INFINITI today. Our dealership staff would be happy to help you pick out a QX50 that fits your style. We are also available any time to answer your questions about these two models or take you out for a test drive. If you’re not completely satisfied with the QX50, we’d love to help you find the perfect alternative. However, the QX50 is a popular SUV from INFINITI we’re sure you’ll love.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or simply stop by our dealership in Jackson, Mississippi, during business hours.