You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For

August 4th, 2017 by

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The price of a vehicle plays an extremely important factor in the decision process for shoppers, especially those looking to save money without sacrificing features and power. In the luxury vehicle category, some people may think that if you pay more, you get more, but that’s rarely the case. To prove it, we’ve compared the 2018 Acura RDX and the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0T side by side to show the differences that pricing actually makes.

Spend Less, but Get More

The first thing that we need to get out of the way here is our main point of comparison: price. The 2018 Audi Q5 2.0T starts at $41,500, while the 2018 Acura RDX with AWD is priced at just $37,300 MSRP.* Kelley Blue Book even notes that “The RDX’s reasonable price undercuts many competitors, as does its excellent resale history.”  Drivers can even choose to opt for a front-wheel drive RDX model and pay even less at $35,800 MSRP.* Now it’s time to find out if the price increase we see from the Q5 is worth it or if the RDX is able to do more with less. For starters, the Q5 provides a less-enticing powertrain warranty of 48 months or 50,000 miles, while the RDX provides a 72-month or 70,000-mile warranty. In addition to this, the RDX is filled with more standard features than the Q5. In fact, many of the features found on the RDX are either optional paid additions or are unavailable on the Q5, making the price gap even more confusing. A couple of these features include heated front seats, a power moonroof, LED headlights, noise cancellation, and hill start assist. In addition to having more features, the RDX also has a more powerful engine setup. The RDX has a 6-cylinder 24-valve 3.5L engine that doles out 279 hp, which is much more than the 252 hp coming from the Q5’s 2.0L 4-cylinder 16-valve engine setup.

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2018 Acura RDX exterior

Experience More for Less

Don’t waste any more time or money shopping around; schedule your test drive of the 2018 Acura RDX today by visiting your local Chicagoland Acura Dealer. You can also contact us online with other inquires involving financing or current offers.


*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $950 for sedans and $975 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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