2010 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2010 Acura RDX
Marty Padgett Marty 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.

2010 Acura RDX2010 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings2009 Audi Q52009 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings2009 Volkswagen Tiguan2009 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings2008 Infiniti EX35 2008 INFINITI EX35Browse Used Listings
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.
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L PrestigeFWD 4-Door Manual SRWD 4-Door
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door4 Door SUV
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Acura RDX vs. 2009 Audi Q52010 Acura RDX vs. 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan2010 Acura RDX vs. 2008 INFINITI EX35