From efficiency scores to output ratings and from cargo space to passenger space, you can’t argue with the numbers that divide the 2018 Acura RDX from the 2018 Audi Q5. They’re a pair of luxury crossovers you’d expect to be closely matched, but the Acura’s ability to deliver more covers specs, features, and performance to push it well beyond the concept of competition.
The 2018 Acura RDX fits a 3.5L V6 engine across all trims levels to put you in command of up to 279 hp. Such audacious power sees you pull away fast and maintains confident high-speed cruising, so you’ll dominate the highway just as easily as you outpace rival models around Norman and Yukon.
You’ll certainly outpace the 2018 Acura Q5, which feels underpowered with up to 258 hp from a 2.0L four-cylinder. What truly steps it up a notch it that the Acura is still more efficient on the highway, making up to 28 mpg compared to 27 mpg*.
You expect luxury crossovers like the new Acura RDX and the new Audi Q5 to bring premium features as standard, but only the Acura will live up to those expectations. Heated front seats will keep you warm during chilly days, while a power moonroof lets in a refreshing breeze during blazing summers.
As you drive, active noise cancellation is used to keep the cabin quiet and peaceful. If you want to fill that perfect silence, turn on your satellite radio. These features all come as standard with the Acura RDX, but not with the Audi Q5.
The 2018 Acura RDX offers dramatically more cargo space than the 2018 Audi Q5 – you’ll find up to 76.9 cubic feet in the former vs just 60.4 cubic feet in the latter. And the Acura is just as commodious when it comes to passenger space.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.