Acura RDX Vs. Honda CR-V: Compact Crossover Cousins Battle

By Justin Cupler | March 19th, 2019

The compact crossover hasn’t replaced the sedan completely, but it is the prefered segment for families. Honda Motor Company has a pair of great compact crossovers in the 2019 Honda CR-V and 2019 Acura RDX. Though they are related, these compact crossovers cater to different clients. Which is right for our Rochester area crossover shoppers? Find out below.

Exterior

Though they are distant cousins, one would never figure the Acura RDX and Honda CR-V are related at all. On the outside, the 2019 RDX is all-new and boasts one of the sharpest looks in the compact crossover segment. On top of that, as a true luxury model, the RDX looks ready to compete with other luxury people haulers in even its standard trim level.

For buyers who prefer something a bit more relaxed, the 2019 Honda CR-V is a great option. Having just gone through a redesign in 2016, the CR-V’s looks are refined and modern but not as luxurious as the RDX. Also, the CR-V lacks the standard look-good bits of the RDX. Even in its range-topping Touring trim,  the CR-V falls short.

The CR-V is, however, smaller, making is easier to zip through traffic and park in tight spaces.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RDX 2019 Honda CR-V Difference
Length 186.8 inches 180.6 inches +6.2 inches
Width 74.8 inches 73 inches +1.8 inches
Height 65.7 inches 66.1 to 66.5 inches -0.4 to -0.8 inches
Wheelbase 108.3 inches 104.7 inches +3.6 inches
Ground Clearance 8.2 inches 7.8 to 8.2 inches +0.4 to 0 inches
Curb weight 3,783 – 4,060 pounds 3,307 – 3,512 pounds +476 to +548 pounds

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • Upscale exterior features come standard
  • Sporty looks

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • More timid styling
  • Dollar-for-feature value

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Acura RDX has all the latest design features Acura offers. From its sporty dashboard and three-post steering wheel to its clean-looking center stack and high-resolution infotainment screen, the RDX is style personified. Plus, as a true luxury crossover, the 2019 RDX boasts legit luxury features like leather upholstery, an acoustic windshield, heated seats, 10.2-inch infotainment screen, and more to dress it up.

The 2019 Honda CR-V is not on the level of the RDX, but it is still a sharp-looking and functional crossover. The latter is likely its biggest advantage over the Acura, as it features significantly more cargo room and rear legroom. This makes it perfect for buyers with older children.

Now, just because the 2019 CR-V lacks the top-line luxury features of the RDX does not mean it doesn’t have a posh side. In its range-topping Touring trim, is  boasts a nine-speaker audio system with 330 watts, navigation, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, and much more. Also, less tech-savvy buyers will appreciate the CR-V LX’s simpler features and smaller touchscreen.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RDX 2019 Honda CR-V Difference
Front headroom 40 inches 40.1 inches -0.1 inches
Front legroom 42 inches 41.3 inches +0.7 inches
Front shoulder room 60 inches 57.9 inches +2.1 inches
Front hip room 55 inches 55.1 inches -0.1 inches
Rear headroom 38 inches 39.2 inches -1.2 inches
Rear legroom 38 inches 40.4 inches -2.4 inches
Rear shoulder room 57 inches 55.6 inches +1.4 inches
Rear hip room 50 inches 49.5 inches +0.5 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 29.5 cubic feet 39.2 cubic feet -9.7 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 58.9 cubic feet 75.8 cubic feet -16.9 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • Stunning cabin with tons of style
  • Massive standard infotainment screen
  • Sporty A-Spec model is sharp-looking

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Simpler cabin with fewer features to learn
  • Roomier seating and cargo area
  • Available Android Auto

Performance

Though these cousins may share some DNA, they are very different in execution. The 2019 Acura RDX is more of a sports crossover with its 272-horsepower turbocharged engine and 10-speed paddle-shifted transmission that delivers a 6.2-second 0-to-60 sprint. Plus, the Acura Integrated Dynamics System gives you the ability to tweak the suspension, steering and throttle response to add an extra dose of performance flavor to the RDX.

The CR-V is your typical economy-focused crossover with just a touch of fun built in. It features a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder or an optional 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that deliver enough pop to get the CR-V to 60 mph in the mid-seven-second range. While this may not be as exciting as the RDX, the CR-V’s extra 4 to 6 mpg combined will make you forget about its performance deficiencies.

2019 Acura RDX 2019 Honda CR-V Difference
Standard Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.4-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 272 hp at 6,500 rpm 184 hp at 6,400 rpm +88 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft at 1,600-4,500 rpm 180 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm +100 lb-ft
Standard transmission 10-speed automatic CVT
0-60 time 6.2 seconds 7.5 seconds -1.3 sec
MPG City 21 – 22** 25 – 26** -4 mpg
MPG Highway 26 – 27** 31 – 32** -5 mpg
MPG Combined 23 – 24** 27 – 28** -4 mpg
Optional Engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 190 hp at 5,600 rpm +82 hp
Torque 179 lb-ft at 2,000-5,000 rpm +93 lb-ft
Transmission CVT
0-60 time 7.6 seconds -1.4 seconds
MPG City 27 – 28** -6 mpg
MPG Highway 33 – 34** -7 mpg
MPG Combined 29 – 30** -6 mpg

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • Big power advantage
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Mode selector changes attitude

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Big fuel-economy advantage

Pricing and Features

Like all Acura models, the 2019 RDX lacks traditional trim levels. Instead, it has a standard trim with three packages that act like trim levels. These packages are the Technology, Advance, and A-Spec, and the pricing for the RDX lineup ranges from $37,400 to $45,500.

 

The 2019 Honda CR-V has traditional trim levels — LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and starting prices range from $24,350 to $32,750.

2019 Acura RDX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $37,400*

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Idle stop
  • Reactive dampers
  • Snow/Comfort/Sport/Sport+ drive modes
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 19-inch Glitter Silver multispoke wheels
  • Panoramic moonroof with tilt and slide
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED dragon tail taillights
  • LED mirror-integrated turn signals
  • LED rear license plate light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated side-view mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Gloss-black rear spoiler
  • Chrome window molding
  • Dual exhaust exits
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Sport seats with leatherette-trimmed interior
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access system
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Active sound control
  • White ambient cabin lighting
  • Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
  • Brushed-aluminum trim
  • Acura Premium Audio System with
  • Nine-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  • One front USB audio interface and one USB charge port
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • True Touchpad Interface infotainment system
  • 10.2-inch HD dual-content center display
  • 7-inch color multi-information display
  • In-car Wi-FI
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • HomeLink
  • Multi-View rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Automatic brake hold
  • Hill-start assist

 

Technology Package: $40,600*

  • All Standard features, plus
  • 19-inch pewter gray metallic machine-finished spilt-five-spoke wheels
  • Sport seats
  • Perforated Milano premium-leather upholstery with contrast stitching
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Natural language voice recognition
  • Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • Two rear USB charge ports
  • Song by voice
  • Acura navigation with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

A-Spec Package: $43,600*

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • 20-inch shark gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Dark-chrome and lighting details
  • LED fog lights
  • Black window molding
  • A-Spec-exclusive dual-exhaust outlet
  • A-Spec-exclusive bumpers
  • Sport A-Spec seats
  • Perforated Milano premium leather and Ultrasuede®-trimmed interior
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped A-Spec steering wheel
  • Red ambient interior lighting
  • Dark-brushed aluminum trim
  • A-Spec-exclusive red-on-silver gauge cluster
  • Sport pedals
  • Ebony headliner
  • A-spec garnish on steering wheel and door sill
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D Audio System
  • 16-speaker audio system

 

Advance Package: $45,500*

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • Adaptive dampers
  • 19-inch Medium Alloy Silver interwoven wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED fog lights
  • Acoustic front-side glass
  • Sport seats
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • 16-way power front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Natural olive ash burl wood trim
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D Audio System
  • 16-speaker audio system
  • 10.5-inch head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear camera washer
  • Head-up warning

2019 Honda CR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $24,350***

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power mirrors
  • Active grille shutter
  • Halogen headlights with auto-off
  • Remote entry system
  • Intermittent rear wiper with de-icer
  • Black roofline spoiler
  • Black door handles
  • Automatic single-zone climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Conversation mirrors with sunglasses holder
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora compatibility
  • 1-amp USB audio interface in center console
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

 

EX: $27,250***

  • All LX features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Remote ignition
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Security system
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  • Power moonroof
  • Fog lights
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cargo-area cover
  • One-touch-up/down passenger’s window
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in center console
  • Two 2.5-amp rear USB charging ports
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Dynamic rearview mirror guidelines
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

EX-L: $29,750***

  • All EX features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system

 

Touring: $32,750***

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • LED headlights
  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation
  • 330-watt, nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer

Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura RDX?

 

Want a true luxury crossover? The 2019 Acura MDX is the rig for you. Sure, the CR-V has some premium features in its higher trim levels, but it is nowhere near the level of the RDX. Plus, buyers looking for a little pep in their daily commute will have some to spare in the 272-horsepower RDX.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda CR-V?

Looking for a reliable and thrifty crossover that still delivers some premium features? Look no further than the 2019 Honda CR-V. It features all the typical buyer needs, plus its roomier cabin makes it better-suited for families with older kids.

 

Ready to tackle the city traffic of Rochester on your daily commute or just need to get the kids to your family’s house in Fairport, the 2019 Acura RDX has you covered. Come on down to Acura of Rochester to test drive the 2019 RDX for yourself — it won’t disappoint, Can’t make it to our Pittsford area dealership today? Check out our online inventory and see what 2019 RDX models we have in stock and schedule a test drive for later.

 

**MPG for 2019 Acura RDX – Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

 

*** MSRP for 2019 Acura RDX – Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.