2010 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2010 Acura RDX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Shoppers are still moving toward smaller SUVs, but sporty, luxurious ones like the 2010 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 2010 model year.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Acura RDX keeps its energetic personality intact-along with its slightly nervous feel-and gets a more fuel-frugal front-drive edition that's worth considering on price and gas mileage.
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.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L PremiumFWD 4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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