Why Buy an Acura RDX When You Can Buy a Honda CR-V Touring Instead?

When shopping for a crossover, the Honda CR-V provides a great value, but it could be tempting to step up to an Acura RDX if you want a more luxurious feel. However, the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring provides an even better value considering it comes with leather and other luxurious amenities at a much lower price point. If that’s the case, then why would you buy an Acura RDX when you can buy a Honda CR-V Touring instead?

The Honda CR-V is more efficient than the Acura RDX

It’s almost a little unfair comparing these two crossovers in terms of fuel efficiency because the Honda CR-V Hybrid now exists and if fuel efficiency is what you need the most, then that’s the car to go with. However, choosing the gas-only CR-V will still net you 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in comparison to the RDX’s 22/28 ratings, respectively. Those numbers are for the front-wheel-drive trim levels, but the all-wheel-drive CR-V still garners 27 city/32 highway mpg while the all-wheel-drive RDX can muster up 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.

No matter which way you slice it, the Honda CR-V’s turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is much more efficient than the 2.0-liter found under the hood of the RDX. So if you don’t care as much about power, then the CR-V is the wiser choice.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring
2020 Honda CR-V Touring | Honda

The CR-V has more cargo volume

The Acura RDX has a lot of cargo volume, boasting 29.5 cubic feet of space behind then second-row seats when they are folded up, and 58.9 with the seats folded. However, the Honda CR-V has almost 10 more cubic feet, measuring in at 37.6 cu ft with the seats folded up on the Touring trim level, which converts to a cavernous 75.8 cu ft when the seats are folded down.

While these measurements may or may not mean much to most prospective buyers, the difference can be seen when you finally take that long-weekend trip and need to pack in your family and all their stuff.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid cargo space with seats folded flat
2020 Honda CR-V Cargo area | Honda

The Honda CR-V has a smoother transmission

The Acura RDX’s 2.0-liter engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. And while the shifts are crisp and help lay down 0 to 60 times in the 6.4-second range, according to Motor Trend, the Honda CR-V’s CVT offers the smoothness and efficiency that the majority of car shoppers actually need on the daily drive. In case you’re wondering, the Honda CR-V takes about one second longer to get to 60 mph, however, if you’re not looking for the “precision crafted performance” that the Acura RDX can provide, then the Honda CR-V is all you really need.

2020 Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V | Honda

2020 Honda CR-V: Is the Touring Trim Worth the Extra Cost?

If efficiency and a smooth driving experience is what you need the most…

Then the Honda CR-V is the obvious choice between these two cars. Aside from the CR-V’s efficiency and additional cargo volume, you can get the same type of leather interior and safety equipment that you can in the Acura RDX, but for a lower price. The CR-V Touring trim tops out at around $35,000, while the RDX starts at $38,000, so it’s clear which one technically provides a better value for the money.