2021
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Audi Q5 can't compete with RDX luxury and performance

2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI® Premium quattro®
2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD®
MSRP
$43,300
MSRP
$40,4001
ENGINE
2.0L
Turbo
ENGINE
2.0L
Turbo
HORSEPOWER
2612
HORSEPOWER
2722
SPEED
7
SPEED
10

The Differences are Clear

Audi Q5 18" Wheels
Acura RDX 19" Wheels
Audi Q5 LED Headlights
Acura RDX Jewel Eye LEDs
Audi Q5 8-­Way Power Seats
Acura RDX 12-Way Power Sport Seats
Audi Q5 Conventional Center Console
Acura RDX Floating Center Console

2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic with Technology Package Featured Special Lease

$439
per month for 36 months $4,299 total due at signing
Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, title, license and documentary service fees. For well-qualified lessees.
2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic with Technology Package Featured Special Lease
$439.00 PER MO./36 MO. $4,299.00 due at lease signing.

Closed-end lease for 2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic with Technology Package vehicles (TC1H5MKNW) available from September 1, 2021 through November 1, 2021, available to well-qualified lessees approved by Acura Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Lease offers vary based on MSRP. MSRP $42,345.00 (includes destination, excludes tax, title, license and documentary service fee). Actual net capitalized cost $37,790.18. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $15,804.00. Option to purchase at lease end $23,713.20.

Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by November 1, 2021. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Acura dealer for complete details.

Acura RDX: Unmatched Performance and Luxury
272
HORSEPOWER2
10
SPEED
The Audi Q5 and the Acura RDX both offer impressive comfort and turbocharged performance. But the RDX was recently redesigned, earning it several big advantages. Its VTEC® Turbo 2.0-liter engine boasts 272 horsepower2 and 280 lb-ft of torque3, giving you more muscle than the Q5. Torque vectoring, exclusive to Acura's available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), lets you channel that power for improved handling in almost any condition. Standard paddle shifters put control of all 10 gear ratios at your fingertips.

RDX also includes a long list of standard luxury amenities you’ll have to pay extra for on Q5. Front sport seats with 12-way power adjustment keep front-row occupants comfortable. An ultra-wide panoramic moonroof is featured on all grades. Class-leading rear cargo space includes nearly two cubic feet of compartmented underfloor storage. And with more legroom and shoulder room than the Audi Q5, RDX has plenty of space for everyone to stretch out.
EXPLORE RDX PERFORMANCE

Acura RDX vs Audi Q5: It’s in the details

What comes standard on RDX is going to raise your Audi Q5 price by thousands.
Panoramic Moonroof
Enjoy a starry night for no extra charge: a panoramic moonroof comes standard on RDX. This is an optional feature on Audi Q5, meaning aspiring stargazers must pay more.
Multi-View Rear Camera
The RDX provides a rear camera with normal, wide-angle, and straight-down views to help keep you out of harm’s way. Q5 only offers a single-view camera on base models; you’ll need to upgrade to get multi-view visibility.
Intuitive Touchpad Control
RDX features the industry’s most intuitive audio and information control system with True Touchpad Interface™ and 10.2-­inch display. Touchpad control isn't available on Q5.
First Class Seating for Five
A fully-­flat rear floor in the RDX enables first-­class roominess in all five seating positions. The raised hump in the rear floor of the Q5 makes sitting in the middle seat a challenge for many adults.
Smart Cargo Storage
RDX features class-­leading rear cargo space including the security of compartmented underfloor storage. You won’t find underfloor storage options on Q5 without removing the spare tire.

Drive With Confidence

RDX earns a 5-star NHTSA4 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) 
 
CMBS helps alert drivers when a potential frontal impact is detected and can even apply the brakes to help avoid or reduce the collision impact.5

Drive With Confidence

RDX earns a 5-star NHTSAOverall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
LKAS applies steering assistance at higher speeds, helping to keep your Acura centered in the detected lane.5

Drive With Confidence

RDX earns a 5-star NHTSA4 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
RDM alerts the driver to an unintentional departure from a detected lane or roadway. The feature is able to apply steering torque and braking to help keep the vehicle on the roadway.5

Drive With Confidence

RDX earns a 5-star NHTSA4 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
ACC helps reduce driver fatigue by maintaining a set speed and distance from the vehicle detected ahead. The low-speed feature will bring the vehicle to a complete stop if the detected vehicle slows to a stop.5
for the win
2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI® Premium quattro® 
2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
COMPARABLE MODELS
AWD Starting At
$43,300
$40,4001
FWD Starting At
Not Available
$38,4001
Performance
Engine
2.0L DOHC Turbocharged I-4
2.0L DOHC VTEC Turbocharged I-4
Engine Horsepower (@rpm) (SAE Net)2
261 @ 5000
272 @ 6500
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)3
273 @ 1600 
280 @ 1600 
Automatic Transmission
7-Speed DCT
10-Speed
Paddle Shifters
Standard
Standard
EPA MPG Rating6 (city / hwy / combined)
23 / 28 / 25
21 / 27 / 23
Drivetrain
quattro® All-Wheel Drive  
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
Safety & Driver Assist
Rear Camera7
SINGLE-VIEW
Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
Auto High-Beam Headlights
Standard
Standard
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)5
Standard
Standard
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)5
Standard
Standard
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System5
Standard
Standard
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)5
Available with Trim Upgrade
Standard
Road Departure Mitigation System5
Not Available
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow5
Available with Trim Upgrade
Standard
Audio & Connectivity
Center Display (in.)
10.1" (Touchscreen)
10.2"
Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Integration8,9
Standard
STANDARD
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio10
Available with Package Upgrade
STANDARD
HD Radio®
Standard
Standard
Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®11
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot Capability12
Standard
Standard
USB Ports13
2 Standard
2 Standard, 4 Available
Comfort & Convenience
Active Sound Control
NOT AVAILABLE
Standard
Keyless Access and Entry
Available with Package Upgrade
Standard
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control & Air Filtration
Standard (Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control)
Standard
HomeLink
Standard
Standard
Hill Start Assist
Standard
Standard
Exterior
LED Headlights
Standard
STANDARD (Jewel Eye®)
LEDTaillights
Standard
STANDARD
Panoramic Moonroof
Optional
STANDARD
Heated Side Mirrors
STANDARD
STANDARD
Wheels & Tires (in.)
18"
19"
Interior
Power Front Seats
8-Way (both)
12-Way (both)
Heated Front Seats
Standard
STANDARD
Touch Pad Interface
Not Available
Standard with True Touchpad positioning

Ceiling Mounted Speakers

Not Available
Available with Package Upgrade

Flat Rear Floor

Not Available
STANDARD
Underfloor Cargo Storage (multi-compartment)
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD

Acura Military Appreciation Program

$750
in savings
In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer MDX, 2021 or newer ILX, TLX, and RDX models (includes Acura TLX Type S, excludes Acura NSX and PMC models) when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].
See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.
CALCULATE PAYMENT
Acura Military Appreciation Program
In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer MDX, 2021 or newer ILX, TLX, and RDX models (includes Acura TLX Type S, excludes Acura NSX and PMC models) when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].

[1] For well-qualified clients who meet the Military Appreciation Offer criteria, subject to approval by AFS. Offer is for 2020 or newer MDX, 2021 or newer ILX, TLX, and RDX models(includes AcuraTLX Type S,excludes Acura NSX and PMC Editions). Only one $750 Acura Military Appreciation offer per vehicle. $750 towards Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new and not previously reported sold Acura vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer applies to Active Duty U.S. Military and Ready Reserve and their spouses; eligible U.S. Military Veterans within two years of their separation from active service and their spouses; eligible U.S. Military Retirees; spouses of U.S. Military Retirees within two years of separation from active service; and Gold Star family members. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2022 and may be terminated at any time. NOTE: During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease with Acura Financial Services, buyer may not take their vehicle outside of the United States without prior written consent of Acura Financial Services. During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease, buyer must notify Acura Financial Services immediately of any change in buyer's address.



Acura College Graduate Program

$500
in savings
We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer MDX, 2021 or newer ILX, TLX, and RDX models (include Acura TLX Type S, excludes Acura NSX and PMC models) when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]
See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.
CALCULATE PAYMENT
Acura College Graduate Program
We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer MDX, 2021 or newer ILX, TLX, and RDX models (include Acura TLX Type S, excludes Acura NSX and PMC models) when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]

Client Qualification:

  • Eligible client has graduated within the past two years or will graduate within the next six months with a masters, bachelor or associate degree from a U.S. –accredited college or registered nursing school.
  • Meet Acura Financial Services (AFS) credit criteria and sign an AFS Retail Finance, Acura Luxury Lease® or Leadership Purchase Plan® contract.
  • Eligible client must be listed on AFS contract as the primary buyer.
  • Provide a copy of a diploma or college transcripts as proof of graduation eligibility and all other documents required by AFS.
  • Lease: $500 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Purchase: $500 is applied toward the down payment.
The following Acura Financial Services® requirements may apply:

  • No adverse credit history
  • Proof of employment or a firm commitment from an employer (verifiable) with a start date no more than 120 days from the date of the AFS contract.
  • Monthly income sufficient to cover current obligations, living expenses and the vehicle payment.

[1] For well-qualified clients, subject to approval by AFS. Offer includes Acura TLX Type S, excludes Acura NSX and PMC models. Only one $500 Acura College Graduate offer per vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2022 and may be terminated at any time.

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Disclaimer 
 
  • RDX competitor specifications and features sourced from competitive manufacture website and www.acura.com comparison data. American Honda makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.  
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  • 1  Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,045.00. Dealer prices may vary. Acura model shown (Performance Red Pearl) includes Premium Paint. $500 MSRP up-charge applies to Performance Red Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Apex Blue Pearl, and Gunmetal Metallic.
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  • 2  Audi Q5 horsepower: 261 @ 5000 rpm (SAE net); Acura RDX horsepower: 272 @ 6500 rpm (SAE net).
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  • 3  Audi Q5 torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm (SAE net); Acura RDX torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1600-4500 rpm (SAE net).  
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  • 4  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (SaferCar.gov).  
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  • 5  AcuraWatch system accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, road conditions and other factors. System may not detect all objects ahead of, beside or behind the vehicle and may not detect a given object. System may not detect all lane markings or lane/road departures. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

    Adaptive Cruise Control should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads.

    Collision Mitigation Braking System only is designed to mitigate crash forces; it may not avoid all collisions. Depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not go through all the alert stages before initiating the last stage of collision mitigation.

    Forward Collision Warning system does not include a braking function.

    Lane Keeping Assist System and/or Traffic Jam Assist only assist driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist.

    Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. RDM can apply mild steering torque to assist in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane."
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  •   6  Based on 2021 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.
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  •   7  Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.
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  • 8  Apple CarPlay® and any other Apple mark referenced is a trademark of Apple Inc. Depending on use, Apple CarPlay® can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone®. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay®. Use of CarPlay® is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay® terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay® vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay® operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay® software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details.
  • 9  Android™ and Android Auto™ are trademarks of Google LLC. Depending on use, Android Auto™ can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto™. Use of Android Auto™ is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto™ terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto™ application is downloaded to the user’s Android™ phone. Android Auto™ vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Acura cannot guarantee Android Auto™ operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto™ software/Android™ operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto™ when conditions allow you to do so safely.
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  • 10  SiriusXM Satellite Radio, subscription purchasable after trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. Not all vehicles are capable of receiving all services offered by SiriusXM. Current information and features may not be available in all locations, or on all receivers. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous USA and DC. SiriusXM Internet Radio service is available throughout our satellite service area and in AK, HI and PR. © 2021 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.
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  • 11 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks is under license.
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  • 12  Requires AT&T data plan. Learn more about available data plans here. Coverage & service not available everywhere. Fees, terms & restrictions apply.
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  • 13  The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your local Acura dealer for details on compatibility.
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  • 14  Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements.
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  • 15  Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI® Premium quattro® 
2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity
5
5
Headroom (in.) (front / rear)
40.2 / 37.7  
40.0 / 38.0
Shoulder Room (in.) (front / rear)
57.7 / 56.5
60.0 / 57.0
Legroom (in.) (front / rear)
41.0 / 37.8
42.0 / 38.0
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 2nd row) (cu. ft.)14
25.1
31.1
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 1st row) (cu. ft.)14
53.1
79.8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
111.0
108.3
Track Width (in.) (front / rear)
63.6 / 63.3
64.2 / 64.7
Length (in.)
183.6
186.7
Height (in.)
65.3
65.7
Width (in.)
74.5
74.8
Ground Clearance (in.) (unladen)
8.2
8.2
Weights & Capacities
Curb Weight (lb.) 
4,045
4,019
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
18.5
17.1
Warranty
Basic Warranty (years / miles)15
4 / 50,000
4 / 50,000
Powertrain Warranty (years / miles)15
5 / 50,000
6 / 70,000