2011 Acura
RDX
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Acura RDX

9.7

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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Fast 0-60 time
7.4 seconds
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.0

starting from

$26,275

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.5"
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average cargo space
73.0 ft3
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RDX
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.6
2011 Acura RDX Winner: RDX
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  • Almost the same
  • The RDX 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The RDX 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 73.0 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
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 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $12,605 cheaper (more than 30% less), $26,275 vs $38,880
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 9.7 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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 RAV4 Limited
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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

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RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The RDX has more speakers and the RAV4 Limited 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 RAV4 Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the RDX 's satellite radio; in the RAV4 Limited, too, but it'll cost
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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 RAV4 Limited

Practicality

Acura
RDX
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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The RAV4 Limited has lots of passenger seats and the RDX is OK, too
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Cargo space 60.6 ft3 vs 73.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.5 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 870 lb vs 991 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 RAV4 Limited
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Cupholders 4 vs 10 The RAV4 Limited 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

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM The RDX is of average power, but the RAV4 Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 4 The RDX has an OK number of gears, while the RAV4 Limited has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the RDX 's semi-automatic transmission and the RAV4 Limited'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 RAV4 Limited
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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 19.2 lb/hp The RDX has OK performance while the RAV4 Limited gives sluggish 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 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
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MSRP $38,880 vs $26,275 The RAV4 Limited has a great price and the RDX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 22 mpg The RAV4 Limited 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 RAV4 Limited'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 RAV4 Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 10.0 seconds The RDX can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the RAV4 Limited is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 130 ft The RAV4 Limited 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 17.5 s s @ 82.0 mph mph The RDX 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the RAV4 Limited's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.76 g The RDX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average RAV4 Limited
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
RDX
2011 Acura RDX
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Acura RDX 2011 Acura MDX RDX vs MDX
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Honda CR-V RDX vs CR-V
2011 Acura RDX 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X RDX vs Forester 2.5X
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 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion RAV4 Limited vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for flippy flippy (7:20 PM, February 05, 2015)
rav4 does not seat 7 it seats 5 including the driver