2021 Acura RDX vs. Its Competition

2021 Acura RDX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The RDX faces stiff competition, especially from Germany.

The Audi Q5 nails it when it comes to packaging, features, and styling, though it can feel sterile.

We like the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for its graceful lines and high-buck interior, even if it could be thriftier.

BMW’s X3 has stayed the course when it comes to sportiness, but watch its price tag.

The Infiniti QX50 boasts a high-tech engine and its modest sales may mean discounts.

Though it’s starting to show its age, the sublime Volvo XC60 might be the one we’d actually choose, thanks to a fabulous interior and multiple drivetrain choices.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2021 Acura RDX satisfies sport-sedan drivers and crossover needers alike with strong performance and scads of space.
7.0
The 2021 Audi Q5 crossover puts a new face on a best-selling formula that doesn’t show signs of getting old.
7.5
The 2021 BMW X3 is a do-all small crossover loaded with luxury, technology, and usability, with a dash of sporty personality.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo XC60 drops the luxury-car attitude and delivers all the luxury-car feels.
7.0
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals in among small luxury crossovers.
MSRP From    
$38,400$43,300$43,000$41,700$42,500
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 64 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
FWDPremium 45 TFSI quattrosDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleT5 FWD MomentumGLC 300 SUV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Audi Q52021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X32021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Volvo XC602021 Acura RDX vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class