The 2017 Acura RDX vs. the Competition


 Copyright: Canadian Auto Press Inc.


The compact luxury crossover SUV class is one of the fastest growing in the automotive sector, and Acura's RDX has long been one of the most popular available. 

Why does it have such universal appeal? Sporty styling from the outside in certainly helps, not to mention excellent quality and class-leading rear seat spaciousness combined with strong performance, great fuel economy, and best-in-class safety, but most of all the Acura RDX delivers superb value. 


 

To help you figure out how the 2017 Acura RDX stacks up next to its premium-branded competitors, we've put together a simple, straightforward, point-form list of key standard features and specifications from the base trim levels of its closest challengers, including the Infiniti QX50, Lincoln MKC, Buick Envision, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and BMW X3, so go ahead and make your own decision about which compact luxury SUV best suits your family's needs:


 Acura RDX   Infiniti QX50 AWD Lincoln MKC SelectBuick Envision Preferred  Volvo XC60 T5 FWD BaseLand Rover Discovery Sport SE Lexus NX 200t Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro Komfor Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic BMW X3 xDrive28i 

MSRP 
 
$42,190

$38,900 
 
$39,560

 $40,195

$42,000 

 $42,790

$42,950 

$43,800

$45,150 

$46,700 
HeadlampsLEDProjector halogen    HIDHalogenHalogen Halogen  LED (low beam)Projector HIDProjector halogenHID
 
Passive entry + Pushbutton start  Yes YesYes YesNo NoYes No No No 
Auto- dimming center mirror Yes Yes Yes  Yes  NoNo Yes NoYes Yes
backup
camera
Yes (multi-angle)  Yes YesYes No Yes  Yes No NoYes 
Garage door opener YesYes Yes Yes  No NoNo No No No 
 
Driver-side memory

Yes 

 No
 
Yes 

No 

Yes  
 
No   

No 

No  

No  

Yes  
 Siri Eyes CompatibilityYes   No   Yes   No    No  No    YesYes No   Yes 
SMS text / email function  Yes  Yes   Yes   NoNo No Yes No No Yes 

Satellite radio 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes  

Yes  

No 

No 
 
Powered moonroof
 
Yes 

Yes  

No 

Yes  
 
No

No 

 No

Yes 

No 

No 

 Power (hp)

279 

325 

240 

197 

 240

240 

235 

220 

241 

241 
 Cylinder deactivation
YesNo No No No No No No No No 
Steering wheel paddle shifters 
Yes   No Yes  No No   YesNo   No  Yes No 

Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)
 
12.4 / 8.7 / 10.7 13.7 / 9.7 / 11.9 12.3 / 9.3 / 10.9 11.1 / 8.4 / 9.9  10.4 / 7.8 / 9.211.9 / 9.0 / 10.7 10.8 / 8.8 / 9.9 12.0 / 8.6 / 10.5 11.1 / 8.5 / 10.0  11.1 / 8.5 / 10.0
 Adaptive cruise controlYes No No No No  NoNo No No Yes 
Autonomous braking Yes  No  NoNo  Yes No  NoNo No No 
Lane keeping assist 
Yes 

No 

No  

No  
 
No 

No  

No  

No  

No  

No  
IIHS Top Safety
Pick + 
Yes No No No Yes  No NoNo  NoNo 
 NHTSA 5-StarYes Not Rated  No YesYes Not Rated  YesNo Not Rated  V

Front legroom 

1,068 

1,125 

 1,088
 
1,039

1,046 

1,067 

1,088 

1,041 

1,036 

1,013 

2nd row legroom 

 973

896 

935 

952 

924 

947 

918 

950 

 947

927 

Powered liftgate 

 Yes

No 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

No 

 Yes

No 

 No
 
Cargo behind 2nd / 1st row
739 / 2,178  527 / 1,342712 / 1,505 762 / 1,622 873 / 1,907 981 / 1,698 500 / 1,545 824 / 1,560 550 / 1,600  550 / 1,600


 One of the most obvious advantages in the 2017 Acura RDX' corner is safety, thanks to more standard advanced driver-assistance systems than any competitor. Together with its rigid body structure and additional safety features like LED headlights and multi-angle rearview camera, it's one of only two vehicles from its class to earn a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating in standard trim. 

What's more, the MDX' powerful standard V6 makes it the only luxury SUV in its segment to include cylinder deactivation, which shuts down three of the engine's cylinders under light loads for reduced fuel consumption and emissions, while standard steering wheel paddle shifters combine with 279 horsepower for the second strongest performance in the class, making its 10.7 L/100km combined city/highway fuel economy rating all the more remarkable. 


 

As noted earlier, value for money is a key component to the Acura RDX' success. Despite having such a reasonable starting price of just over $42k, the RDX comes with proximity-sensing keyless access, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a powered steering column, powered front seats with driver's side memory, Siri Eyes Free, text message and email reading/responding capability, adaptive cruise control, a remote garage door opener, a powered glass sunroof, a powered liftgate, and much more. 

Additionally, the Acura RDX provides more front legroom than all but one challenger, plus the most rear legroom overall, while it can haul more cargo than any competitor when its rear seats are folded. 

There's a lot more to the 2017 Acura RDX than we can show you here, so make sure to arrange a test drive by contacting North Shore Acura at (604) 929-6736 or dropping by the showroom at 828 Automall Drive, North Vancouver.