2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

It used to be that a full-size sedan was the image of living in the lap of luxury, but these days drivers get a more executive feels from robust crossover vehicles. After all, there’s more room to stretch. It also doesn’t hurt that a higher ride height can feel like looking over the world from a plushy and supportive throne. The question isn’t whether comfort is king when it comes to crossovers, but which one is the right choice? In comparing the 2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50, you’re looking at two refreshed models. Which brand did it better?

Initial impressions show that the 2019 Acura RDX is pulling ahead due to a slightly more potent engine, better transmission and roomier interior.

2019 Acura RDX


2019 Infiniti QX50

2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2019 Infiniti QX50
272hp Horsepower 268hp
10-speed automatic Transmission Xtronic CVT
79.8 cu. ft. Max. Cargo Volume 60 cu. ft.

2019 Acura RDX is better where it counts

Though both the 2019 Acura RDX and 2019 Infiniti QX50 have standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engines and front-wheel drive, or optional AWD upgrades, they are different in many ways. One key difference is in the transmission options. Infiniti, which is the luxury brand for Nissan, makes use of the Xtronic CVT which is often reviewed as clunky and uninspired. This, paired with an engine that receives reviews stating it is too loud, makes for a somewhat dull driving style.

On the other hand, the 2019 Acura RDX makes use of a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters. It’s a tried and true transmission option that is smooth and comfortable, while allowing for drivers to manually switch gears through the paddle shifters. The system automatically shifts at certain points to protect the transmission in case the driver fails to shift.

Another key area of difference is in interior space. You can see that maximum cargo space is much roomier for the 2019 Acura RDX, which makes it a more practical model for larger purchases.

What about features? Acura offers its models with a standard, core package of features and from there offers three additional packages to add on. Core features include a panoramic moonroof, Jewel Eye LED headlights, leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and more. Find out if it’s the right choice for you at your Washington D.C. area dealership, Radley Acura.