2009 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2009 Acura RDX

Shoppers are still moving toward smaller SUVs, but sporty, luxurious ones like the 2009 Acura RDX are especially rising in popularity.

The BMW X3 was one of the first entries in the niche, but its substandard interior (at least initially) and rough ride keep TheCarConnection.com from recommending it.

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.

Land Rover's LR2 feels plusher than the RDX, with the LR2 owning a bit of off-road edge.

VW’s Tiguan also has a turbo four, but somehow it’s a lot easier to live with.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK is another new entry in this group—it 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 is another new entry set to come out late in the 2009 model year.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Acura RDX has an energetic personality thanks to its turbo power and crisp handling, but those same attributes make it a bit nervous.
The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 splices the ruggedly stylish look that draws people to the legendary British brand with honest practicality, without the gas-guzzling and clumsy handling.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Inline 6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Style Name   
AWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L PremiumFWD 4-Door Manual SAWD 4-Door SE
All Wheel DriveAll wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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