Compare 2012 Acura RDX vs 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

2012 Acura RDX
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
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2WD 4-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
4WD 4-Door Automatic & Dynaudio SEL w/Premium Nav 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,647
$21,926
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,895
$22,840
Monthly Payment Estimate
$548 / month
$381 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 40.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 56.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 95.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 39.0
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 174.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
27.8 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 16.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 39.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 14.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P215/65R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 330
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 220
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3743 3433
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 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
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4500 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.54 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 4.95
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 3.92
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.89
Trans Type
5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX Volkswagen Tiguan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Four-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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