They’re cousins, but they don’t have exactly the same features. Yet, in the world of compact utility vehicles, two vehicles attract the most attention: the recently redesigned 2023 Honda CR-V and the luxurious 2023 Acura RDX.
The CR-V is the star of its class. Renowned for its reliability, it ranks among the top sellers. The Acura RDX, on the other hand, relies on its luxury label, dynamic looks and athletic driving to carve out a place for itself among compact SUVs. But which one is right for you?
Exterior Design – 2023 Acura RDX
Exterior Design – 2023 Honda CR-V
The engine question
The first thing that sets these two models apart is the engine. The CR-V comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 190 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission transmits power to the front wheels on front-wheel-drive versions or to all four wheels on all-wheel-drive versions. A hybrid version combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with two electric motors for a total combined output of 204 hp.
Thus equipped, the Honda CR-V can tow a maximum of 1,500 lbs, and a little less for the hybrid version.
The Acura RDX, meanwhile, doesn’t betray its sporty, dynamic personality. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 272-hp, combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. It can also tow 1,500 lbs.
The nuance: with the RDX, you’ll literally be blown off the blocks when accelerating, with the small compact SUV doing 0-100 km per hour in less than 7 seconds, compared to 9 for the most powerful CR-V.
All this is achieved without compromise for the luxurious RDX, which boasts a combined fuel consumption rating of 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
Interior – 2023 Acura RDX
Interior – 2023 Honda CR-V
Acura RDX, comfort and space
With a total trunk capacity of 2,260 litres and a wheelbase of 2.75 meters, the Acura RDX is slightly roomier than its Honda rival. This gives its 5 passengers more than comfortable space on board.
The RDX also boasts a luxurious interior, with leather upholstery and an intuitive infotainment system. Only the highest-end CR-Vs can be compared with this.
The RDX is also safe and well-thought-out. It comes standard with a range of driver assistance functions, including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available as options. The RDX has also earned a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
The Honda CR-V also features optional driving aids, including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
The Honda CR-V and Acura RDX are two compact SUVs with undeniable qualities. But for greater luxury, remarkable comfort, superior power and exceptional handling, our heart goes out to the Acura RDX. Stop by for a test drive!
|Specs||Honda CR-V||Acura RDX|
|Engine||1,5-litre turbocharged 4 cyl.||2,0-litre turbocharged 4 cyl.|
|Performance||0-100 km/h in 9 sec.||0-100 km/h in 7 sec.|
|AWD||Some models only||Standard|
|Drivetrain||CVT||10-speed automatic transmission|
|Towing Capacity||1,500 lbs||1,500 lbs|
|Cargo volume with rear seats folded||2,166 L||2,260 L|
|Wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto||Some models only||Standard|
|Premium audio system||Available||Standard|
|Power adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat||Some models only||Standard|
|Infotainment system||Standard width 7-inch colour touchscreen
(9-inch touchscreen on some models only)
|Standard with 10.2-inch HD colour centre display|
The Honda CR-V and the Acura RDX are both two compact SUVs with indeniable qualities. But for more abundant luxury, the remarquable comfort, superior performance and exceptional maneuverability, our heart tends to the Acura RDX. Come and try it out!