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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

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2021 Acura
RDX

MSRP*: $38,400 to $51,000
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2021 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

MSRP*: $38,735 to $50,640
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Invoice* $36,458 to $48,394 $35,513 to $46,428
MPG - City 21 - 22 MPG 35 - 36 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG 34 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 58.9 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 272 hp 186 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 186.7 in 194.9 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 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 Hybrid.

Convenience
With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Acura RDX, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 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 Hybrid.

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

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is clearly the choice over the Acura RDX for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Acura RDX greatly out-muscles the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Acura RDX does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

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

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