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Features Comparison: Acura RDX vs. Acura MDX

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model RDX MDX MDX MDX
Trim Base Base Technology Advance
Engines (show)  
3.5L V6
OHC-4v
273 hp@6200
251 lb-ft@5000
     
3.5L V6
OHC-4v
290 hp@6200
267 lb-ft@4500
 
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
AWD
Tires (show)  
235/60VR18 tires      
245/60HR18 tires  
245/55HR19 tires    
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 360W, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)      
ELS, 410W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)      
Unbranded, 432W, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)      
ELS, 501W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)      
ELS, 529W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)      
ELS, 546W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)      
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.    
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.      
Cruise control  
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.      
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.  
Sound insulation, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power  
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.      
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.    
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.    
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.  
Knee airbag, driver  
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.    
Lane keeping assist systemProactively helps keep the car centered inside a detected lane via steering assistance.      
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.      
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.      
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.      
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.      
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.  
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.  
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.  
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.  
Roof railsNo crossbars.      
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Additional screen for entertainment systemAn additional ceiling-mounted screen for third-row passengers.      
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-Audio-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs.      
Entertainment system, ceiling-mountedA DVD player and ceiling-mounted screen. Often includes a pair of wireless headphones.    
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.  
HDMI portEnables input of HD video.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.  
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.  
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.    
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.  
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.  
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Surround sound  
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.  
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.  
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.  
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.  
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Sunroof
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.      
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.
LED headlightsLED headlights last longer and use less energy than other types.  
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.    
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.    
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.      
Powertrain (show)  
Active rear differentialActively splits power between the left and right rear wheels, which generally yields sportier handling.  
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench  
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats      
Coordinated climate control, front seatsCoordinates seat heaters (and heated steering wheel, if present) with climate control system.      
Door sill trim plates
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.  
Heated front seats
Heated second row seats    
Leather door panel trim    
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.  
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.      
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power release, second row seatsSeats tumble forward at the press of a button. Must be returned to upright position manually.  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Adaptive dampers - mechanicalShocks mechanically adjust firmness based on direct road inputs. Not driver adjustable.
All-season tires
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.  

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Option Package Contents

Technology Package

Features
Xenon HID headlights
Telematics service, such as OnStar
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Power liftgate
Surround sound
Voice control for nav and audio
Media drive, large
Traffic + travel information
Navigation system
Fog lights
ELS, 410W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)

Entertainment Package

Features
Sunshades, second row
AC power outlet
HDMI port
Entertainment system, ceiling-mounted
Heated second row seats
ELS, 529W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)

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2015 Acura MDX Available Features: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The 2014 MDX does not come with Power Folding Mirrors in the US! They are available in Canada, but Honda refuses to sell this option in the US! Beware if you have to part this car in a tight garage! I almost did not purchase this car for this reason.