2015 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2015 Acura RDX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you value technology or being noticed, there are probably other better products for you than the 2015 Acura RDX.

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.

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

The Volkswagen Tiguan has a turbo four that's 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.

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 most respects.

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Quick Specs
7.8
A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness.
8.6
The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.
8.4
Among compact crossovers, the 2015 BMW X3 doesn't try to be rugged; instead it's one of the sportiest and most fuel-efficient in its class, and this year's new sDrive and diesel models add to that while the lineup gets even more tech and active-safety options.
7.8
The 2015 Lexus RX 350 and RX 400h deliver sensible luxury and excellent comfort -- boldness not necessarily included (or desired).
8.0
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK offers two great engine options in a baby-SUV shell, but with the comfort and dynamics of a crossover.
7.0
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on all of the important small-crossover promises, although it's not as exciting as some other VWs.
MSRP From     
$35,095$39,300$38,500$40,970$37,900$26,255
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive28iFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door GLK 3502WD 4-Door Automatic S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD