2017 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2017 Acura RDX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Even compared to a lot of other entries in this class, the 2017 Acura RDX is easy to live with on a daily basis.

With its strong, confident performance and easy passenger and cargo loading, it's great for running errands and fits well with the busy lifestyle of new parents and empty-nesters alike.

Compared to the BMW X3, the RDX offers a strong value, as it costs several thousand dollars less and includes more features.

The price differential is about the same with the Audi Q5, which still stands out for its excellent cabin appointments.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class might have it beat now, though—it's one of the best cabins in the class, and the GLC manages a superb ride and interior comfort, although it's a little more compromised in space.

The Volvo XC60 is soon due for replacement, although it gets more fuel-efficient Drive-E powertrains this year.

The Volkswagen Tiguan might be a good alternative for those with a limited budget; it's definitely smaller, but it rides and handles as well as many luxury-brand models.

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2017 BMW X32017 BMW X3
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (GLC300 Coupe 4Matic)2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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Quick Specs
The 2017 Acura RDX is one of the smoothest, most responsive-driving compact crossover SUVs—even though it prioritizes practicality.
The 2017 Audi Q5 soldiers on with good space and carlike handling; it's still one of the better luxury SUVs, despite its age.
The 2017 BMW X3 continues its run as one of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market—even in the face of much newer competition.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class makes a terrific combination of the features and practical needs most buyers want in an attractive package.
The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a roomy crossover SUV, but it's now a nine-year-old design with marginal safety scores and only average handling.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a near-luxury contender at near-luxury prices. Its safety might be its biggest strong suit, which it rightly deserves.
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Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
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FWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleGLC 300 SUV2.0T S FWDT5 FWD Dynamic
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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