2018 Acura RDX vs. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota Rav4 is a crossover SUV that delivers power and utility. But even a fully loaded 2018 Toyota RAV4 Platinum FWD comes with less equipment than the 2018 Acura RDX Standard Package. When compared to the Toyota RAV4, the RDX also has:
- Better Warranty
- Higher Residual Value
- Higher Safety Scores
- More Power
The RDX Standard is the base model and it is still better equipped than the top-of-the-line RAV4. Though the base RDX has a slightly higher price tag, it comes with many more features, offering a better overall value than the RAV4, which omits essential equipment like:
- Speed-Sensing Interval Wipers
- CD Player
- Noise Cancellation
- Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
- Four-Way Power-Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
The basic warranty of the RDX covers 48 months and 50,000 miles. The RAV4 covers just 36 months and 36,000 miles. The RDX also has a better powertrain warranty, covering 72 months and 70,000 miles compared to the RAV4’s 60 months and 60,000 miles.
The investment in an RDX is more protected, with a higher residual value than the RAV4, which depreciates more quickly. After 36 months, the RDX has a residual value of 50%, whereas the RAV4 lags behind at 48%. And after 60 months, the RDX has a 38% residual value, while the RAV4 has just 36%.
The NHTSA driver and front passenger crash test separates these two vehicles even further, with the RDX scoring 5 stars on both tests and the RAV4 scoring just 4 stars on both. The RDX also has several safety features that are missing from the RAV4, including:
- Active Head Restraints
- Radio Theft-Deterrent System
The RDX also delivers much more power than the RAV4. The RDX will achieve up to 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4 is sluggish in comparison, with just 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.