2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Honda
CR-V

2011 Acura RDX

9.9

Winner

Acura RDX

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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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Honda CR-V

8.8

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Below average ground clearance for rough terrain
6.7"
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.5
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • The RDX 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
  • The RDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $15,475 cheaper (around 40% less), $23,405 vs $38,880
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.6 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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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 9.9 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the RDX 's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the RDX ; the CR-V only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The RDX has more speakers and the CR-V is OK, too
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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 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 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 CR-V

Performance

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The RDX is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the RDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V '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 CR-V
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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 18.8 lb/hp Both have OK 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 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $38,880 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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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 CR-V '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 CR-V 's is very short

Practicality

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 870 lb vs 850 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 Not Available You won't find this in the CR-V , but the RDX 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The CR-V 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

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The RDX can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the CR-V is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 123 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the RDX is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.9 s s @ 91.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the CR-V 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.77 g The RDX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average CR-V
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 3 stars

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Acura RDX 2011 Acura MDX RDX vs MDX
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X RDX vs Forester 2.5X
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited RDX vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RDX vs Highlander SE
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited RDX vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Snookynibbles (0:03 AM, June 08, 2012)
This comparison is skewed insofar as they seem to be condisering the CRV-LX model.  The EX and EX-L versions more closely approach the luxury features of the RDZX.