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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

New 2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura
RDX

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New 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*
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$38,400 to $51,000
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$32,225 to $54,480
Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $31,258 to $52,301
MPG - City 21 - 22 18 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 24 - 28
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Acura RDX, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Acura RDX.

Convenience
The Ford Explorer requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Acura RDX, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Acura RDX or the Ford Explorer, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura RDX carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
Since the Acura RDX is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Acura RDX, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Ford Explorer.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Acura RDX doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Acura RDX for pulling heavy loads. The Acura RDX has a little less horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Utility
The Acura RDX has less seating than the Ford Explorer, making the Ford Explorer the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Acura RDX has significantly less cargo capacity than the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Acura RDX than that of the Ford Explorer.