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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Acura
RDX

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2021 Toyota
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MSRP*
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$38,400 to $51,000
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$35,085 to $49,190
Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 21 - 22 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 27 - 29
Engine(s) Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7 - 8
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 Toyota Highlander than in the Acura RDX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Acura RDX and the Toyota Highlander.

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 Highlander, 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 Highlander. 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 Highlander.

Dimensions
The Acura RDX is a little narrower than the Toyota Highlander, 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 Highlander, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Acura RDX transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota Highlander.

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

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

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Acura RDX seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander. The Acura RDX has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander.

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