2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited

2011 Acura RDX

9.8

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

9.8

starting from

$40,040
"Another strong point: You name your preferred electronic feature, the Grand Cherokee's got it."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's controls
"Robust, refined chassis."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.6"
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Quite powerful
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Comparable towing weight
1,650 lb
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Good range on the highway
541 miles
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • The Grand Cherokee Limited has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited can carry around 90% more weight, 1,650 lb vs 870 lb
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 68.7 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
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
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 16 mpg
Entertainment System 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • The RDX 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The RDX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 9
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
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
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
Road Tests - vs -
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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 9.8

Practicality

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,650 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 6 vs 4 The Grand Cherokee Limited has an OK number of cupholders while the RDX has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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MSRP $40,040 vs $38,880 The RDX has a reasonable price, while the Grand Cherokee Limited is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg The RDX has OK city mileage, while the Grand Cherokee Limited is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The RDX 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The RDX 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's is very short

Entertainment System

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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Number of speakers 9 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The RDX 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Grand Cherokee Limited does not
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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 {better} 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

Performance

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Grand Cherokee Limited is fairly powerful, but the RDX is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the RDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Grand Cherokee Limited's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The RDX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Grand Cherokee Limited
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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 16.7 lb/hp vs 16.4 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Limited's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 39.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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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 Uconnect vs AcuraLink

Luxury Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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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

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 7.4 seconds The RDX has a good 0-60 time, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 133 ft The Grand Cherokee Limited has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the RDX is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 86.6 mph mph vs 15.9 s s @ 91.0 mph mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.82 g The RDX has good cornering abilities, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Acura RDX Acura
RDX
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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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