2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

Here at Karen Radley Acura, we’re excited to bring the all-new redesigned third-generation RDX to the Washington D.C. area, but we recognize the model has some stiff competition. With another luxury automaker, Infiniti, also bringing a fresh face to one of its popular models, we know that 2019 is going to be a competitive model year. In comparing the 2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50, what are some of the key considerations?

Below, you’ll find a quick chart that highlights what is likely one of the most important elements in deciding between these two SUVs. We are, of course, talking performance. Though your idea of luxury and premium might first center on soft-touch interiors and advanced features, the foundation of any good vehicle is its performance. So how do these models differ?

2019 Acura RDX


2019 Infiniti QX50

2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter VC-turbo 4-cylinder
272hp/280 lb-ft of torque Performance 268hp/280 lb-ft of torque
10-speed automatic Transmission Xtronic CVT
Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive Available AWD Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

Precision-crafted performance in the 2019 Acura RDX

Acura prides itself on creating models you love to drive. After all, it’s the on-road feel that truly creates a feeling of automotive enthusiasm. You’re looking for a premium vehicle because you want the best model out there, and you want to enjoy it every time you go out for a spin. Though Infiniti, the luxury brand of Nissan, is boasting the advances of its “Variable Compression Turbo,” the reality is that the model produces slightly less horsepower than the 2019 Acura RDX. It isn’t so much that it would be a deal breaker either way, but it does show that the touting of this new engine isn’t as impressive as the marketing would have it sound.

Especially when you consider your transmission options. The Xtronic Continuously Variable transmission remains one of the most polarizing options for any vehicle offered by the Nissan Motor Company. On the flip side, the Acura RDX gains a segment first in the 10-speed automatic transmission. This new transmission provides more efficiency and a smoother ride, with the security that comes with a transmission type that has been trusted for generations.

One final point to consider for performance is, of course, your drivetrain. Both models have a standard front-wheel drive and available AWD. Exciting news for Acura is the return of the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which allows the model to send up to 70% of torque to the rear wheels or 100% of torque to either the left or right rear wheel. This is all done automatically when any loss of traction is detected. Oddly, the Intelligent AWD system in Infiniti actually makes the model a rear-wheel-drive vehicle in normal conditions, which sends up to 50% of power to the front wheels when necessary.

Which model is right for you? Contact us here at Karen Radley Acura to learn more about the 2019 RDX.