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Compare 2008 Acura RDX vs 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Selected Style 4WD 4-Door
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Features

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 17 22 $30,521 $33,195
4WD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $33,731 $36,695
FWD 4-Door Manual S
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Automatic S 18 24 $22,551 $24,300
FWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $24,958 $26,925
FWD 4-Door SEL 18 24 $28,680 $30,990
AWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $26,946 $28,875
AWD 4-Door SEL 18 24 $30,668 $32,940
FWD 4-Door Manual S 19 26 $21,455 $23,200
FWD 4-Door SE w/Leather 18 24 $26,193 $28,275
AWD SE w/Leather 18 24 $28,181 $30,225
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,521
$21,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,195
$23,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$387 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped. The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.4 95.3
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.2 56.2
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 39.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 40.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 6.9
Length, Overall (in) 180.7 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.2 66.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.6 61.9
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.6 71.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 60.6 56.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 28.8 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 12.30 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.0 x - TBD - 11.25 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0 16.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 39.4
Steering Type Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.76 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/55R18 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size T165/80D17 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/55R18 P215/65R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3924 3433
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 11.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 440 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 105 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System PGM-FI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4500 206 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.3L/140 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain 4 Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 - TBD -
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.53 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 - TBD -
Trans Type 5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Acura RDX Volkswagen Tiguan
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multilink NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent McPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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