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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner Review

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2021 Acura
RDX

MSRP*: $38,400 to $51,000
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2021 Toyota
4Runner

MSRP*: $36,765 to $50,745
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Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $33,823 to $46,684
MPG - City 21 - 22 MPG 16 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 58.9 ft3 88.8 - 89.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 272 hp 270 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 186.7 in 190.2 - 191.3 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 75.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 32.9 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 38.6 - 39.3 in
Rear 38.6 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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Acura RDX than in the Toyota 4Runner. The Acura RDX offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Toyota 4Runner, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RDX as you will with the Toyota 4Runner, 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). The Acura RDX is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota 4Runner. 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 Toyota 4Runner.

Dimensions
The Acura RDX is a little narrower than the Toyota 4Runner, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Acura RDX is slightly shorter than the Toyota 4Runner, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Acura RDX has a larger turning radius than the Toyota 4Runner, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota 4Runner is clearly the choice over the Acura RDX for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Acura RDX and the Toyota 4Runner.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Acura RDX and the Toyota 4Runner are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Acura RDX and the Toyota 4Runner. The Acura RDX has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota 4Runner.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Acura RDX than that of the Toyota 4Runner.