2011 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2011 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Shoppers are still moving toward smaller SUVs, but sporty, luxurious ones like the 2011 Acura RDX are especially rising in popularity.

The BMW X3 was one of the first entries in the niche, but its substandard interior (at least initially) and rough ride keep TheCarConnection.com from recommending it.

Infiniti's EX35 is a blast to drive with none of the turbo lag, but its fuel economy is worse than that of the RDX.

Land Rover's LR2 feels plusher than the RDX, with the LR2 owning a bit of off-road edge.

VW's Tiguan also has a turbo four, but somehow it's a lot easier to live with.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK is another new entry in this group-it sizes up with the rest but manages to feel a bit more mature and refined; for now, it's only offered with a big V-6.

The Audi Q5 is another new entry set to come out late in the 2010 model year.

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7.8
The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.
8.6
The 2011 Audi Q5 is one of the best upscale picks in a compact crossover, thanks to its sleek lines, practical interior, responsive feel, and city-savvy size.
8.2
BMW finally has a crossover that's as good as its cars. The 2011 BMW X3 looks fantastic; performs like a sport sedan; and has a comfortable, top-notch interior.
8.2
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has the rugged look U.S. shoppers want, in a sensibly sized package. We only wish it were a little more fuel-efficient.
7.8
The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan feels refined and sophisticated, but it's not especially rewarding to drive.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name    
FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 28iRWD 4-Door GLK 3502WD 4-Door Manual S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual