2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2011 Acura
RDX

2011 Acura MDX

9.8

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$55,340
"Thrilling performance when it comes to acceleration."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's transmission
"It’s an excellent vehicle worthy of your attention."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Acura MDX

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.2"
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Good cargo space
83.5 ft3
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Acura RDX

9.6

Runner-up

Acura RDX

starting from

$38,880

Reasons to buy the Acura RDX

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Quite expensive
$38,880
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Average-sized back seats
47.0 ft3
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Premium radio
Standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • The MDX has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Room for around 40% more stuff, 83.5 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,460 cheaper (around 30% less), $38,880 vs $55,340
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 16 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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  • Around 30% more powerful, 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The MDX has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The MDX 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.4 lb/hp vs 16.4 lb/hp
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the RDX 's satellite radio
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Practicality

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MDX
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MDX has lots of passenger seats and the RDX is OK, too
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room and the RDX is pretty good
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1150 lb vs 870 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 Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 10 vs 4 The MDX 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

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MDX
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MSRP $55,340 vs $38,880 The RDX has a reasonable price, while the MDX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg The RDX has OK city mileage, while the MDX is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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MDX
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MDX is fairly powerful, but the RDX is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The MDX 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 Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The RDX 's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 16.4 lb/hp The MDX is a sporty car, while the RDX is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 ft vs 39.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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MDX
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the RDX 's 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 MDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Safety Features

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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 AcuraLink

Luxury Features

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MDX
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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

Road Tests

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MDX
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 133 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 90 mph vs 15.9 s @ 91 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.82 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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MDX
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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 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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2011 Acura RDX 2011 Honda CR-V RDX vs CR-V
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Infiniti FX35 RDX vs FX35
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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Ian (3:14 AM, April 15, 2013)
I would like to pick the RDX because everyone and their brother has MDX