2021 Lexus GX vs. 2020 Acura MDX

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The 2021 Lexus GX, when compared to the 2020 Acura MDX, shows a number of similarities as well as some notable differences. Both SUVs are likely to be considered by families in White Plains, Yonkers, and Scarsdale, New York, as they decide which luxury vehicle to choose.

We at Lexus of White Plains want to help out by outlining some of the key differences between each one. Read on to learn more about the 2021 Lexus GX vs. the 2020 Acura MDX.

Contact us today if you’d like to know more!


2021 Lexus GX vs. 2020 Acura MDX: Performance

2021 Lexus GX Towing Boat Lexus of White PlainsIn terms of drivetrains, the 2020 Acura MDX comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD). The 2021 Lexus GX, on the other hand, comes standard with a full-time 4-wheel drive system that features Active Traction Control. This will keep your vehicle steady by detecting where traction is needed. It ultimately delivers more stability than a front-wheel drive system can offer.

The Acura has something similar to the full-time 4-wheel drive system in the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. However, it only comes standard on the higher trim levels and has to be purchased as an upgrade on the lower ones.

Horsepower and torque metrics are also an important consideration. The Lexus GX can deliver more power. While the Lexus model will get you 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, the Acura model comes in at slightly less with 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.


2021 Lexus GX vs. 2020 Acura MDX: Capability

Looking at other metrics, both vehicles also offer towing capability. However, the Lexus GX wins out substantially by providing up to 6,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity when properly configured. The Acura MDX, on the other hand, only gets up to 3,500 pounds on its FWD models and up to 5,000 pounds on those with the SH-AWD® system.

2021 Lexus GX Gray Mountains Lexus of White PlainsThe Lexus GX is also better equipped to take on different types of terrain. Through an available upgrade, you can get access to the Multi-Terrain Select system that will allow you to switch between different drive modes:

  • Rock
  • Rock & Dirt
  • Mogul
  • Loose Rock
  • Mud & Sand

Unfortunately, the Acura MDX doesn’t feature this kind of flexibility with its performance. Therefore, it limits what type of terrain your vehicle will be able to handle, while the Lexus GX presents more freedom to traverse different paths.


Lexus GX vs. Acura MDX: Safety Systems

2021 Lexus GX Blue Lexus of White PlainsBoth the Lexus and the Acura models have comprehensive safety systems that provide considerable protection as you drive down quiet streets or busy highway lanes. The Lexus GX comes with the Lexus Safety System+, while the Acura comes with the AcuraWatch™ system.

There are, however, differences in what features come standard. In addition to the offerings from the Lexus Safety System+, the Lexus GX also comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Acura MDX, on the other hand, does not come standard with these features. They are instead available as upgrades and are not combined, like they are on the Lexus. You’d have to purchase the blind spot information system and rear cross traffic monitor separately.


Test Drive the 2021 Lexus GX Today!

As you can see from our comparison, the 2021 Lexus GX has many outstanding features worth considering. Comparing it to the 2020 Acura MDX, it’s clear that the Lexus model takes it a step farther in more areas than one, including towing capability, off-road potential, and its full-time 4-wheel drive system.

Drivers in White Plains, Yonkers, or Scarsdale, NY, who are interested in the Lexus GX can contact us today at Lexus of White Plains to schedule a test drive!