The RDX was one of the first sporty, luxurious compact crossovers, at a time when the rest of the entries in this class were quite boring and utilitarian.
The BMW X3 was one of the other first entries in the niche, but it remains one of BMW's least appealing vehicles, with a somewhat choppy ride and disappointing trims.
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.
VW's Tiguan also has a turbo four, but somehow it's a lot easier to live with.
The Mercedes-Benz GLK is 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 stands out for its excellent interior appointments, good ride quality, and choice of fuel-efficient engines.
Another new entry this year to consider is the 2012 Range Rover Evoque, which delivers similar performance, but with a somewhat more practical package, updated styling, and a somewhat better ride.
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|2012 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2012 INFINITI EX35Browse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles|
|FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||AWD 4-Door 28i||RWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door GLK 350||2WD 4-Door Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door SUV||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Transmission||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Manual|
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|2012 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5||2012 Acura RDX vs. 2012 BMW X3||2012 Acura RDX vs. 2012 INFINITI EX35||2012 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class||2012 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan|