2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper Countryman S

2011 Acura RDX

9.9

Winner

Acura RDX

starting from

$33,780

Reasons to buy the Acura RDX

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S

9.0

starting from

$25,950

Reasons to buy the MINI Cooper Countryman S

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Good highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Roof rails
Standard
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Navigation system
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the RDX 's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the RDX 's power seats; not available on the Cooper Countryman S
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RDX
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • The RDX 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The RDX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S Winner: Cooper Countryman S
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,830 cheaper (more than 20% less), $25,950 vs $33,780
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very limited highway range
Overall 9.9 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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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 Cooper Countryman S
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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

Entertainment System

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 Average number of 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 Optional Like your tunes? In the Cooper Countryman S, you can upgrade to 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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MSRP $33,780 vs $25,950 The Cooper Countryman S has a great price and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 26 mpg The Cooper Countryman S has great city mileage and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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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 None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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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 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 91 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 181 HP @ 5,500 RPM The RDX is of average power, but the Cooper Countryman S is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The RDX 's semi-automatic transmission is rare 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 Cooper Countryman S
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.6 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.2 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S MINI
Cooper Countryman S
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The RDX has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper Countryman S has very few
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Highway driving range 432 miles vs 397 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 41.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs Unknown
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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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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Cooper Countryman S's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the RDX cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Cooper Countryman S offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RDX
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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