2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

9.7

starting from

$27,990
"The materials and feel are high quality."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's build-quality
"It's a good value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's value

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
2011 Acura RDX

9.7

starting from

$38,880

Reasons to buy the Acura RDX

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Average power
240 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fast 0-60 time
7.4 seconds
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Performance 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • The RDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Santa Fe Limited
  • The RDX 's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The RDX 's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.4 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp
Practicality 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe Limited
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  • The Santa Fe Limited has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.0 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3
  • Room for around 30% more stuff, 78.2 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe Limited
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 17 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the RDX ; no amount of money can buy it on the Santa Fe Limited
  • The RDX 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.7

Performance

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The RDX is of average power, but the Santa Fe Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Santa Fe Limited has more gears and the RDX is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The RDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Santa Fe Limited
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The RDX 's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.4 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp The RDX has OK performance while the Santa Fe Limited gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The RDX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.2 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 The Santa Fe Limited has roomy front seats and the RDX is OK
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Base payload capacity 870 lb vs 1102 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The RDX 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Santa Fe Limited
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Santa Fe Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the RDX does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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MSRP $38,880 vs $27,990 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe Limited in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe Limited in particular is extraordinary

Entertainment System

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The RDX 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Santa Fe Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The RDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the RDX ; no amount of money can buy it on the Santa Fe Limited

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Luxury Features

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The RDX can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Santa Fe Limited is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 134 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 91 mph vs 18.0 s @ 78 mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Santa Fe Limited's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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