The 2018 Acura RDX vs. the 2018 Toyota Rav4 Platinum

December 12th, 2017 by

2018 Acura RDX

In the world of crossover SUVs, the 2018 Acura RDX is in a league of its own. Reviews from the likes of Kelley Blue Book have highlighted the RDX’s “elegant interior” and its “numerous user-friendly tech features,” and when it’s compared to other popular options like the 2018 Toyota Rav4, the RDX’s superiority is plain to see! The RDX’s baseline trim level offers a greater number of standard features than the Rav4’s fully upgraded Platinum trim level. Additionally, drivers who choose the RDX over the Rav4 can count on better residual value, a better warranty, and a significantly more powerful drivetrain.

Standard Features: RDX vs. Rav4 Platinum

Both the RDX and the Rav4 Platinum come standard with features like a two-memory setting driver’s seat, a power liftgate, and a remote keyless access system, but the following features only come standard in the Acura.

  • Speed-Sensing Interval Wipers
  • Active Head Restraints
  • Noise/Sound Cancellation
  • 4-Way Power-Adjustable Front Passenger’s Seat
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Radio Theft-Deterrent System
2018 Acura RDX SportShift Paddles
2018 Acura RDX Heated and Ventilatd Front Seats

By the Numbers: Acura RDX Advantages

The 2018 Acura RDX easily outperforms the Rav4 where it counts: The RDX’s 3.5L V6 can generate much more horsepower and torque than the Rav4’s 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Additionally, the Rav4’s warranties, residual value, and passenger volume all fall short of the RDX’s high standards.

2018 Acura RDX Standard 2018 Toyota Rav4 Platinum
Horsepower 279 hp 176 hp
Torque 252 lb-ft 172 lb-ft
Basic Warranty 48 months; 50,000 miles 36 months; 36,000 miles
36-Month Residual Value 50% 48%
Passenger Volume 103.5 cubic feet 100.7 cubic feet
2018 Acura RDX V6 Engine
2018 Acura RDX Adaptive Cruise Control

Take the RDX for a Test Drive!

Drivers on the hunt for a new crossover SUV can rest assured: The 2018 Toyota Rav4 Platinum just can’t measure up to the 2018 Acura RDX Standard! Curious drivers can experience the RDX for themselves—and take advantage of our current offers—by visiting their local Wisconsin Acura Dealer today. Contact one of our representatives to get started on your next adventure.