Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Acura RDX VS 2015 Honda Crosstour Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Acura RDX

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2015 Honda Crosstour

Safety Comparison

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Both the RDX and the Crosstour have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The RDX comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Crosstour’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Crosstour. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstour ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the RDX’s reliability will be 22% better than the Crosstour.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

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The RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 81 more horsepower (273 vs. 192) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 162) than the Crosstour’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Acura RDX is faster than the Honda Crosstour V6:

RDX

Crosstour

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

93.6 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the RDX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstour:

RDX

Crosstour

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.7 inches

The RDX stops much shorter than the Crosstour:

RDX

Crosstour

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the RDX has larger tires than the Crosstour (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The RDX’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstour 4 cyl.’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Crosstour 4 cyl.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the RDX’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Crosstour’s (39 feet vs. 40.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Crosstour (8.1 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The RDX is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the Crosstour, making the RDX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The RDX has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstour (103.5 vs. 101.4).

The RDX has .4 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Crosstour.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The RDX has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstour with its rear seat up (26.1 vs. 25.7 cubic feet). The RDX has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstour with its rear seat folded (61.3 vs. 51.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the RDX’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Crosstour doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the RDX offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The RDX’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Crosstour’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the RDX has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Crosstour only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RDX has standard extendable sun visors. The Crosstour doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RDX has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Crosstour EX-L/V6.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the RDX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RDX will cost $150 to $1110 less than the Crosstour over a five-year period.

The RDX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the RDX will retain 49.01% to 54.28% of its original price after five years, while the Crosstour only retains 41.61% to 45.03%.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Acura RDX, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Honda Crosstour isn't recommended.

The Acura RDX outsold the Honda Crosstour by over three to one during the 2014 model year.

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