Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2020 Jaguar F-PACE VS 2020 Acura RDX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2020 Jaguar F-PACE

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2020 Acura RDX

Safety Comparison

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Both the F-Pace and RDX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The F-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The RDX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The F-Pace has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The RDX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the F-Pace. But it costs extra on the RDX.

The F-Pace’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Pace and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The F-Pace comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The RDX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the F-Pace is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Pace’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RDX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 25th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Pace 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 24 more horsepower (296 vs. 272) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Pace S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 108 more horsepower (380 vs. 272) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Pace SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 278 more horsepower (550 vs. 272) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar F-Pace is faster than the Acura RDX:

F-Pace 30t

F-Pace S

RDX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

5.3 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

13.2 sec

18.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

13.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

102 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

145 MPH

n/a

113 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Pace SVR is faster than the Acura RDX:

F-Pace

RDX

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.8 sec

11.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.8 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

MPG

F-Pace

AWD

25t 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

30t 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

RDX

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

A-Spec 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the F-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The F-Pace has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (21.7 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F-Pace 25t

F-Pace 30t/S

F-Pace SVR

RDX

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.2 inches

The F-Pace’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RDX are solid, not vented.

The F-Pace stops much shorter than the RDX:

F-Pace

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Pace has larger standard tires than the RDX (255/60R18 vs. 235/55R19). The F-Pace SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (F:265/45R21 & R:295/40R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Pace SVR has standard 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The F-Pace offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the RDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Pace’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the RDX (113.1 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The F-Pace’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the RDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the F-Pace more stable handling and braking.

The F-Pace S handles at .88 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Pace SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (25 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Pace’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the RDX’s (38 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the F-Pace’s available rear seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Pace has a much larger cargo volume than the RDX with its rear seat up (33.5 vs. 31.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Pace’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the F-Pace to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RDX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the F-Pace (except Base/Premium) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The F-Pace has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The RDX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S’ optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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