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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

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2021 Acura
RDX

MSRP*: $38,400 to $51,000
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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $31,938 to $52,416
MPG - City 21 - 22 MPG 18 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG 24 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 58.9 ft3 87.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Automatic
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 272 hp 300 - 400 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 5,300 - 5,600 lbs
Exterior Length 186.7 in 198.8 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 78.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
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
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RDX as you will with the Ford Explorer, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Acura RDX will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Ford Explorer. 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.

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.

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