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Style is subjective, attitude is taste but what do cold facts have to say about the two Japanese luxury CUV's?

PRICE

NX: From $34,480
RDX: From $35,095

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase (in.)
NX: 104.7
RDX: 105.7

Overall Length (in.)
NX: 182.3
RDX: 183.5

Overall Width (in. with mirrors folded)
NX: 73.6
RDX: 73.7

Overall Height (in.)
NX: 64.8
RDX: 66.1

Ground Clearance (in.)
NX: 6.9
RDX: 8.1

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Total Interior Room (cu. ft.)
NX: 71.7
RDX: 103.5

Headroom—Front/Rear (in.)
NX: 38.2/38.1,37.4/38.1 (with moonroof)
RDX: 38.7/38.1

Legroom—Front/Rear (in.)
NX: 42.8/36.1
RDX: 42.0/38.3

Shoulder Room—Front/Rear (in.)
NX: 57.3/55.3
RDX: 58.7/57.2

Hip Room—Front/Rear (in.)
NX: 55.1/53.9
RDX: 55.7/53.8

Cargo Room—Rear Seat Up (cu. ft.3)
NX: 17.7
RDX: 26.1

Cargo Room—Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.3)
NX: 54.6
RDX: 61.3

ENGINE:

Type
NX: 4-cylinder turbo
RDX: V6

Size (liters)
NX: 2.0
RDX: 3.5

Fuel Injection
NX: Direct
RDX: Port

Horsepower
NX: 235 @ 4800
RDX: 273 @ 6200

Torque
NX: 258 @ 1650
RDX: 251 @ 5000

PERFORMANCE

0–60 MPH—2WD (sec.)
NX: 7.2
RDX: Not Listed

0–60 MPH—AWD (sec.)
NX: 7.0
RDX: 6.5

Fuel Economy—2WD, City/Highway/Combined (mpg)
NX: 22/28/251
RDX: 20/28/237

Fuel Economy—AWD, City/Highway/Combined (mpg)
NX: 21/28/241
RDX: 19/27/227
 

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I mean the RDX is quite a bit bigger and more powerful than the NX. When you take into account that it doesn't cost that much more than the NX, it could be a really good deal for many people. The RDX is definitely one of Acura's best vehicles.
 

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For me, RDX is off the list until they put rear air vents! For a Prius, it is half tolerable in Texas heat...but for SUV, that is a must for me and kids.

RDX otherwise is a great value. We had TSX once...and we loved Acura service...very honest, at least the one by our house.

I hope that Acura updates the RDX next year like they did with the ILX...........and add those darn rear air vents! :D

The other (minor) problems with RDX: torque steer (since front diff is not pre-loaded like NX) and bland styling IMO. It really does not stand out. It does come with a nice audio system (ELS) as option.

The biggest problem for RDX is that the newly updated 2015 Honda CRV is actually a BETTER SUV than RDX...better styling (IMO), radar cruise as option, REAR SEAT VENTS, better safety (since structure has been redesigned for small offset crash), and cheaper. Also CRV has memory seat too (at top end)...yes, CRV comes with only a 4-banger...but it is Honda's newest 4-banger.
 

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For me, RDX is off the list until they put rear air vents! For a Prius, it is half tolerable in Texas heat...but for SUV, that is a must for me and kids.

RDX otherwise is a great value. We had TSX once...and we loved Acura service...very honest, at least the one by our house.

I hope that Acura updates the RDX next year like they did with the ILX...........and add those darn rear air vents! :D

The other (minor) problems with RDX: torque steer (since front diff is not pre-loaded like NX) and bland styling IMO. It really does not stand out. It does come with a nice audio system (ELS) as option.

The biggest problem for RDX is that the newly updated 2015 Honda CRV is actually a BETTER SUV than RDX...better styling (IMO), radar cruise as option, REAR SEAT VENTS, better safety (since structure has been redesigned for small offset crash), and cheaper. Also CRV has memory seat too (at top end)...yes, CRV comes with only a 4-banger...but it is Honda's newest 4-banger.
which, the earth dreams 1.8?
 

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RDX is on my list as #1 , great V6, real fast off the line, and with the tech package that adds everything, it's only 40k fully loaded with awd. NX is nice, but front end is a turn off, I don't want people to turn their heads and laugh, and cargo capacities suck, plus fully loaded might be 45k or something. I'm waiting for the 2016 RDX refresh and save money until then, we'll see. NX is on my list, would have to see it in person and test drive it.
 

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RDX is on my list as #1 , great V6, real fast off the line, and with the tech package that adds everything, it's only 40k fully loaded with awd. NX is nice, but front end is a turn off, I don't want people to turn their heads and laugh, and cargo capacities suck, plus fully loaded might be 45k or something. I'm waiting for the 2016 RDX refresh and save money until then, we'll see. NX is on my list, would have to see it in person and test drive it.
But no 360 camera?! I don't think any Acura has 360 camera, as seen on Kia minivan! Have you complained about that on Acura forums?
 

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A 360 camera is not a deal breaker for me, but I do agree that this should be included on Acura vehicles given that they try to base their brand on all the newest technology.
 

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thanks for posting that, definitely clear differences between the two, too bad the right vehicle wasn't posted to start.
 

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Thanks OP for putting this analysis up. My wife and I were after RDX earlier this month but ended up buying the NX instead. We were in-route to test-drive the RDX for my wife and passed the Lexus dealer on the way to Acura. We had some extra time so decided to stop at Lexus dealer to check that NX a bit further. We test-drove first the NX, then RDX within 2 hour period and ended up buying the NX. Here is what won us over:

1) Exterior Styling. The NX has a fresh new styling both inside an out. The exterior design is very modern looking. Some may be put off by bold spindle grille but surely everyone on a road pays attention to NX. For RDX - not so much. As someone posted, RDX design is pretty bland and the vehicle looks thoroughly outdated.
2) Interior. The NX's interior is very high quality and has that enveloping feel. The controls are well placed and multi-media system is great (but as every v1.0 has it's own quirks). Both my wife and I found touchpad interface very well executed and convinient to use. The interior space is plentiful with front seat long travel back. The seats are also very comfortable without being hard or restrictive. In RDX the interior is pretty average and does not look nor feel like the lux SUV it is. The multimedia system rotary interface feels antiquated and it's location on the front panel is not very convinient - another easy win for the NX.
3) Road feel - actually this is where both cars feel pretty equal. Both has very composed ride and in acceleration Acura actually wins. Couple of times during our test-drive the RDX felt overly stiff. I personally wouldn't mind some stiffnes for SUV (an oxymoron, right?) but my wife liked Lexus balanced feel much better. The acceleration is where the RDX really excels, but again, the NX, is not that much far behind. From the moving start NX feels much more nimble thanks to its turbo.
4) Fuel consumption. On paper NX is better - 22/28 mpg vs. 19/27 mpg for RDX. From the forums I gather people easily make 24mpg on the NX. RDX real life MPG is around 21-22 so here again the NX wins.
5) Number of options offered. The 2015 RDX I was looking for did not have BSM or Parking Assist options at all (these would be availabe at 2016 RDX) while the NX had an array of options. Yes they would drive the price up, but it's good to at least have an option.

All in all RDX is a great car in desperate need of updating and redesign while NX is well-rounded, very nicely put together and is simply better all around.
 

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Good call.

Before the NX came out, before I even knew it was coming out, the RDX was on top of my list. If I didn't like the NX as much as I do now, I would be considering a used RDX since you really can't go wrong with a used Acura even beyond its original warranty term.
 

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good thing about the RDX currently and the segment it sits in, Acura has a good look at what the competition can do and create their future RDX to be even more competitive in the process.
 

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First time i ever heard that from someone. An Acura is the next step up from a fully loaded Honda.
Other than the NSX, I find Acura design boring. And I hate the Acura beak grille. I like Honda, but Acura is just not good for me. I also find them closer to Buick than a actual top tier luxury brand.
 

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Other than the NSX, I find Acura design boring. And I hate the Acura beak grille. I like Honda, but Acura is just not good for me. I also find them closer to Buick than a actual top tier luxury brand.
This is true...Acura is "near luxury" IMHO. I love my MDX, but as a brand, it is not on Lexus level. (The side benefit of this lackluster luxury quotient is that oil changes are cheap!)

Personally i would NOT buy a fully loaded Honda over an equivalent Acura for one reason...the newer Acuras are actually fairly quiet on the road vs. Honda counterpart. My MDX is very very quiet...which is rather startling compared to past Acuras. I believe that my MDX maybe even quieter than the RX350 (prior gen not the upcoming RX). I think that the newer Acuras are getting better in this area.

Other reasons why Acura is better beyond longer warranty: ELS audio system (near Mark Levinson level), blind spot monitoring (vs. shitty Honda blind spot camera), and available SH-AWD system.

But, until Acura truly develop RWD platform for their sports cars, their luxury level is below Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, etc.. SH-AWD is amazing for SUVs (even class-leading IMO), but not a true substitute for RWD-based sports cars.
 
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