Compare 2012 Acura RDX vs 2012 Honda CR-V vs 2012 Mazda CX-7

2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Mazda CX-7
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Select style
AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
RDX FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
Select style
2WD 5-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX 23 31 $23,098 $24,595
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L 23 31 $25,579 $27,245
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 23 31 $26,983 $28,745
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L w/RES 23 31 $26,234 $27,945
CR-V 2WD 5-Door LX 23 31 $21,132 $22,495
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX 22 30 $24,268 $25,845
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L 22 30 $26,749 $28,495
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 22 30 $28,153 $29,995
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L w/RES 22 30 $27,404 $29,195
CR-V AWD 5-Door LX 22 30 $22,302 $23,745
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AWD 4-Door s Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-7 AWD 4-Door s Grand Touring 17 21 $32,066 $33,540
CX-7 AWD 4-Door s Touring 17 21 $26,923 $28,155
CX-7 FWD 4-Door i SV 20 27 $21,555 $22,190
CX-7 FWD 4-Door i Sport 20 27 $22,337 $22,995
CX-7 FWD 4-Door i Touring 20 27 $25,826 $26,590
CX-7 FWD 4-Door s Grand Touring 18 24 $30,443 $31,840
CX-7 FWD 4-Door s Touring 18 24 $25,300 $26,455

Pricing

Invoice Price

$32,481
$23,098
$32,066

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,895
$24,595
$33,540

Monthly Payment Estimate

$582 / month
$410 / month
$559 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.4
7.8
7.4

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. The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs. If you'd rather not be seen in a minivan and think most crossovers are a snooze to drive, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 is a great alternative.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 23 mpg 17 mpg

Highway

22 mpg 31 mpg 21 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.0 53.1 53.0

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 58.6 58.0

Passenger Volume (ft³)

101.4 101.5 98.8

Second Head Room (in)

38.3 38.6 38.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.3 56.4 55.8

Front Leg Room (in)

41.8 41.3 41.7

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.4 54.5 54.8

Second Leg Room (in)

37.7 38.3 36.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 38.0 38.2

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.9 61.6 63.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.3 6.8 8.2

Length, Overall (in)

182.5 178.3 184.3

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Height, Overall (in)

65.2 65.1 64.8

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.4 61.6 63.5

Wheelbase (in)

104.3 103.1 108.3

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.6 71.6 73.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

60.6 70.9 58.6

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA NA - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA NA NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- TBD - 39.0 - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

27.8 37.2 29.9

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - 54.0 - TBD -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- TBD - 51.0 - TBD -

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.0 x - TBD - 12.0 x - TBD - 11.9 X 0.7

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.7 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 X 1.1

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.0 15.3 18.2

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.1 16.7 15.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

39.2 37.3 37.4

Steering Type

Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.76 3.2 2.9

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/55VR18 P225/65TR17 P235/55HR19

Spare Tire Size

NA - TBD - T155/90D18

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/55VR18 P225/65TR17 P235/55HR19

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 150 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

225 225 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 1500 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 1500 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3931 3365 4001

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA - TBD - 18 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA - TBD - - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

9.1 7.0 9.5

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

440 410 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

105 - TBD - 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

260 @ 4500 163 @ 4400 258 @ 2500

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.3L/- TBD - 2.4L/144 2.3L/138

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

240 @ 6000 185 @ 7000 244 @ 5000

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

22 31 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 23 17

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 26 19

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.07 1.03 1.55

Trans Type

5 5 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.61 0.53 0.85

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

1.89 2.00 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.61 1.51 2.37

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.53 4.44 3.74

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 0.73 1.15

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA 0.68

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.70 2.65 4.14

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- 1.00 NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- - TBD - NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Acura RDX Honda CR-V Mazda CX-7

Body Style

4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.83 0.79 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Multi-Link Multi-link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.75 0.75 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 6 3

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.6 7.1 9.8

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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