Compare 2015 Acura RDX vs 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

2015 Acura RDX
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX AWD 4-Door 19 27 $34,258 $36,495
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 27 $37,682 $40,195
RDX FWD 4-Door 20 28 $32,962 $35,095
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 20 28 $36,386 $38,795
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2WD 4-Door Automatic R-Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic R-Line 21 26 $36,145 $37,650
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 26 $25,205 $26,255
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 26 $27,121 $28,250
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Appearance 21 26 $30,010 $31,260
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 26 $32,247 $33,590
Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic R-Line 20 26 $38,041 $39,625
Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic S 20 26 $27,101 $28,230
Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic SE 20 26 $29,017 $30,225
Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic SE w/Appearance 20 26 $31,906 $33,235
Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic SEL 20 26 $34,143 $35,565

Pricing

Invoice Price

$34,258
$36,145

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$36,495
$37,650

Monthly Payment Estimate

$608 / month
$628 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
7.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

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. The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on all of the important small-crossover promises, although it's not as exciting as some other VWs.

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Fuel Economy

City

19 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.5 95.4

Second Leg Room (in)

38.3 35.8

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 39.1

Second Hip Room (in)

53.8 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.7 56.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

38.1 39

Second Shoulder Room (in)

57.2 55

Front Leg Room (in)

42 40.1

Front Hip Room (in)

55.7 -

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.7 71.2

Track Width, Front (in)

63.1 61.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.4 6.9

Length, Overall (in)

183.5 174.5

Height, Overall (in)

66.1 67.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.4 61.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.7 102.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

61.3 56.1

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

26.1 23.8

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

26.1 23.8

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 12.3

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12 11.1

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16 16.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 39

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/60VR18 P255/40HR19

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/60VR18 P255/40HR19

Trailering

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

1500 2200

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 220

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 220

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2200

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3838 3404

Wheels

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 19 X 9

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 19 X 9

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

550 280

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

130 140

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

273 @ 6200 200 @ 5100

Engine Type

Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

251 @ 5000 207 @ 1700

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

3.5 L/212 2.0 L/121

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

19 21

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

22 23

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.27 3.42

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.09 2.30

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.06 1.16

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 0.69

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.36 3.95

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.25 3.45

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.48 1.55

Trans Type

6 6

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 0.86

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Acura RDX Volkswagen Tiguan

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5.0 (Est) -

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

8.0 (Est) 7.7 (Est)

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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