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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

New 2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura
RDX

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New 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2020 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

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MSRP*
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$38,200 to $48,000
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$38,200 to $50,200
Invoice* $36,269 to $45,552 $35,022 to $46,025
MPG - City 21 - 22 35 - 36
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 34 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**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. The Acura RDX will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than 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.

Drivetrain
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.

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
When it comes to horsepower, the Acura RDX greatly out-muscles 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.