2014 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura RDX
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

When you look at the whole package, the RDX got better last year, while growing considerably in ride comfort, fuel economy, and features.

But if you value technology or being noticed, there are probably other better products for you.

The BMW X3 remains a strong alternative, with an efficient new four-cylinder turbo and an excellent balance of ride quality and handling.

The VW Tiguan's turbo four is easy to live with, but it doesn't have quite as luxurious a sheen as the RDX—this is more of a mass-market model, and priced accordingly.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK is of a size with the rest of this group, but offers a more mature feel.

The Audi Q5 stands out for its excellent interior quality, choice of fuel-efficient engines, and ride quality.

The Range Rover Evoque, delivers similar performance to the RDX in a slightly more practical package and with a good deal more posh style.

And one of the mainstays in this group—although it's a half-step larger—is the Lexus RX 350.

It's been around from the start, but it's still the benchmark for luxury crossovers and hits the mark in all but performance.

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7.8
The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
8.4
The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.
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The 2014 BMW X3 is one of the sportiest-driving yet most fuel-efficient compact crossovers; and especially if you're not budget-limited you'll almost certainly be happy with its useful technology options and finely detailed cabin.
7.8
While the 2014 Lexus RX may not be over-the-top luxurious, it's a plush, lavish crossover that delivers the right premium impression.
8.2
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK has car-like road manners, despite its rugged-looking exterior. Following 2013's engines updates, it's now more fuel-efficient, too.
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The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan offers just about everything a compact crossover should, though its a little conservative in style and feel.
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