2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Audi Q5

2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Audi Q5

2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Audi Q5

Driving a luxury vehicle is a privilege not many are able to experience, but even those who can get a dream model are often forced to choose. For those out there wondering about their premium options for a family-friendly SUV, one big debate is likely to be between the 2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 Audi Q5. Both models have a similar stance and are just as capable as they are attractive, but how do you choose among them?

One thing to consider, even among luxury models, is the price. When it comes to the best bang for your buck, you might find the 2018 Acura RDX has obvious appeal. It is important to consider that all-wheel drive is a standard feature for the Audi Q5, but you’ll find that choosing this option doesn’t create a match in price. The RDX is still a more cost-effective option.

2018 Acura RDX FWD


2018 Audi Q5

$36,000* Starting MSRP $41,500
3.5-liter V6 Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
279hp; 252 lb-ft of torque Performance Specs 252hp; 273 lb-ft of torque
26.1 cu. ft. Cargo Space 26.8 cu. ft.

2018 Acura RDX offers more horsepower

A luxury vehicle isn’t much of a luxury if you find it struggling to get up to speed. One of the reasons so many shoppers opt for the 2018 Acura RDX is that the model offers a potent 3.5-liter V6 engine. Audi, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, has a turbocharged engine as standard. There are two main reasons that Acura doesn’t go this route for its high-powered RDX. The first is that turbocharged engines have an extra part, the turbocharger, which can be less reliable and more expensive to fix. More important than this, however, is the dreaded turbo lag. From a stop, turbocharged engines can sometimes fail to accelerate as the turbocharger has to spool up before it can offer the full horsepower Audi claims to provide.

With better performance and similar visual and interior space appeal, it’s hard to deny the 2018 Acura RDX in terms of value, but do you look to the premium segment just for value? No, you want comfort, too. The 2018 Acura RDX provides plenty of that with standard features that include:

  • Remote-linked power tailgate
  • Power moonroof
  • Jewel-Eye LED headlights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Leatherette-trimmed sports seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless access with smart entry and push-button ignition
  • Acura Premium Sound System

These are just some of the standard highlights for the 2018 Acura RDX. Find out if it’s the right choice for you when you stop by Radley Acura for a test drive.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.