2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X

2011 Acura RDX

9.9

Winner

Acura RDX

starting from

$38,880

Reasons to buy the Acura RDX

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Average cargo space
60.6 ft3
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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
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

8.6

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$21,220
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 7.1
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • The RDX has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 80% more stuff, 60.6 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • The RDX has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $17,660 cheaper (around 50% less), $21,220 vs $38,880
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • The RDX 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 9.9 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 Forester 2.5X
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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 Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 10 vs 4 The RDX has more speakers, but the Forester 2.5X has very few
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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 Forester 2.5X 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 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 Forester 2.5X

Practicality

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The RDX has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats and the RDX is OK
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Base payload capacity 870 lb vs 1,230 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 Forester 2.5X, but the RDX 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Forester 2.5X 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

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 4 The RDX has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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

Cost

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $38,880 vs $21,220 The Forester 2.5X has a great price and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The Forester 2.5X 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 Forester 2.5X'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 Forester 2.5X's is very short

Performance

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The RDX is of average power, but the Forester 2.5X 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 Manual transmission Both the RDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Forester 2.5X's Manual 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 Forester 2.5X
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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 19.1 lb/hp The RDX has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X gives sluggish performance
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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 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 5 stars

Road Tests

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The RDX has a good 0-60 time, but the Forester 2.5X 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 s @ 91.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Forester 2.5X's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.81 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

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