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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

New 2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura
RDX

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New 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Mazda
CX-9

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MSRP*
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$38,400 to $51,000
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$33,960 to $46,605
Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $32,130 to $44,085
MPG - City 21 - 22 20 - 22
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 26 - 28
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 6 - 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 Mazda CX-9 than in the Acura RDX, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Acura RDX offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-9, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
The Mazda CX-9 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). The Acura RDX is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda CX-9. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Acura RDX will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Mazda CX-9.

Dimensions
Since the Acura RDX is much slimmer than the Mazda CX-9, 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 Mazda CX-9.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Acura RDX doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-9.

Handling
The Acura RDX has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-9, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-9 is clearly the choice over the Acura RDX for pulling heavy loads. The Acura RDX has a little more horsepower than the Mazda CX-9.

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Acura RDX more than the Mazda CX-9, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. The Acura RDX has significantly less cargo capacity than the Mazda CX-9.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Acura RDX than that of the Mazda CX-9.