2012 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The RDX was one of the first sporty, luxurious compact crossovers, at a time when the rest of the entries in this class were quite boring and utilitarian.

The BMW X3 was one of the other first entries in the niche, but it remains one of BMW's least appealing vehicles, with a somewhat choppy ride and disappointing trims.

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.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLK is 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 stands out for its excellent interior appointments, good ride quality, and choice of fuel-efficient engines.

Another new entry this year to consider is the 2012 Range Rover Evoque, which delivers similar performance, but with a somewhat more practical package, updated styling, and a somewhat better ride.

2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q5
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2012 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Side Exterior View2012 BMW X3
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
8.2
The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
8.4
A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
8.2
Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
7.8
It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
MSRP From    
$32,895$35,600$37,100$35,880$22,840
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name    
FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 28iRWD 4-Door GLK 3502WD 4-Door Manual S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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