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2018 Honda CR-V 

Starting Price: $25,245 | Price Yours

Above Average: Honda reliability, Honda resale, available turbocharged engine, big back seat and cargo area

Below Average: Latest driver assists cost extra, lackluster infotainment system

Consensus: The segment leader continues to shine, offering value, safety and peace of mind at a very affordable price

 

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2018 Acura RDX 

Starting Price: $36,995 | Price Yours

Above Average: Athletic handling, potent V6 engine, good resale and reliability

Below Average: Fuel economy, missing key features like a hands-free liftgate, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, confusing infotainment system

Consensus: A stylish, well-built compact luxury SUV ideal for those who don’t need 3-row seating or off-road ability.

 

The 2018 Honda CR-V remains a favorite for a number of reasons. It’s priced right, offers a roomy interior and cargo area, sips gas and earns top marks for its crash test results and resale values. So good is the CR-V that it won KBB.com’s Small SUV Best Buy award for 2018. Sharing its platform with the previous generation CR-V, the Acura RDX offers similar styling but with a slightly smaller interior. The RDX’s standard V6 is a potent performer and its suspension tuning is decidedly sporty without delivering a harsh or jarring ride. The RDX can be loaded with advanced technology features including the AcuraWatch suite of driver assists, an excellent ELS audio system and ventilated front seats. Fuel economy is far from great, but the RDX’s reputation for reliability and strong resale are above average.

Similarities

The RDX and CR-V share strong resale ratings and safety scores plus offer excellent reliability and owner satisfaction scores

Honda CR-V Advantages

Affordable, big cargo bay, good fuel economy, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Acura RDX Advantages

Sporty ride, powerful standard engine, upscale interior, more luxury features

Final Recommendation

The CR-V is a win-win proposition, offering a nearly unbeatable combination of price, value, features and fuel economy. However, if you’re looking for a small SUV with more luxury features but that same Honda fit, finish and resale, the RDX makes a nice upgrade. 

  2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Acura RDX
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 184 hp @ 6,400 rpm 279 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 252 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (26 city, 32 hwy) 23 mpg (20 city, 28 hwy)
Also Available 1.5L turbo I4, AWD AWD
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 4 years or 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.7 inches 105.7 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 184.4 inches
Width 73.0 inches 73.7 inches
Height 66.1 inches 65.0 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 38.9 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 38.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.2 inches 38.1 inches
Legroom, Front 41.3 inches 42.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 38.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.9 inches 58.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.6 inches 57.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.9 cu. ft.  103.5 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 39.2 cu. ft. 26.1 cu. ft.
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