2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Ford
Edge SEL

2011 Acura RDX

10.0

Winner

Acura RDX

starting from

$38,880

Reasons to buy the Acura RDX

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.3

Runner-up

Ford Edge SEL

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.9"
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Quite powerful
285 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Average cargo space
68.9 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.7
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the RDX 's satellite radio
  • The RDX 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The RDX 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the RDX 's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RDX
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The Edge SEL has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 68.9 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.5 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • The RDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Edge SEL
  • The RDX 's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The RDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 10.0 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The RDX has more speakers and the Edge SEL is OK, too
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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 Edge SEL does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available 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 No The RDX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Edge SEL

Luxury Features

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RDX
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Edge SEL
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the RDX 's standard sun roof
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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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RDX

Practicality

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
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Edge SEL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 870 lb vs 909 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 Edge SEL
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Edge SEL 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

Performance

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Edge SEL is fairly powerful, but the RDX is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Edge SEL has more gears and the RDX is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the RDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Edge SEL's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 Edge SEL
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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 15.0 lb/hp The Edge SEL 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 39.2 ft vs 38.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
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Edge SEL
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MSRP $38,880 vs $33,325 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The RDX 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Edge SEL's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The RDX 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Edge SEL's is very short

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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

Road Tests

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 8.1 seconds The RDX has a good 0-60 time, but the Edge SEL is just average
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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 16.6 s @ 87 mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Edge SEL's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.76 g The RDX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Edge SEL
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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 3 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Acura RDX 2011 Acura MDX RDX vs MDX
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited RDX vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Honda CR-V RDX vs CR-V
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring RDX vs Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Cadillac SRX RDX vs SRX
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Ford Explorer Edge Limited vs Explorer
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Edge SE vs Traverse LT
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Honda CR-V Edge Limited vs CR-V

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