2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Acura RDX


2021 Audi Q5
2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
10-speed automatic


7-speed dual-clutch
79.8 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

54.0 cubic feet
$38,400 MSRP*

Starting Price

$43,300 MSRP
22 city / 28 highway mpg**

Fuel Economy

23 city / 28 highway mpg

When it comes to high-performing luxury SUVs to keep you moving on Costa Mesa and Tustin roads, you may have narrowed your search down to the 2021 Acura RDX or Audi Q5. Each presents its own luxury five-passenger SUV experience, but only one offers more power, space, and features at a better price. See which comes out on top with the 2021 Acura RDX vs. Audi Q5, and then find your next luxury ride at Weir Canyon Acura.

RDX vs. Q5: Starting Price

Just because you’re shopping for a luxury SUV doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. With the 2021 Acura RDX Standard Package FWD you can expect a $38,400 MSRP*, while the base trim of the Audi Q5 lineup comes in at $43,300 MSRP. The lower and more competitive pricing of the RDX enables you to shop for higher packages or equip your SUV with more upgrades and accessories to personalize your vehicle without stretching your budget.

RDX vs. Q5: Performance Specs

When you look at the performances of the RDX vs. Q5 on Tustin roads, both display nearly identical fuel economy ratings to help you make fewer stops during your next journey. Despite similar mpg ratings, as well as standard engine options, the RDX comes with a stronger transmission and higher performance specs over the Q5. While you may be intrigued by the standard AWD of the Q5, you can upgrade your RDX with the brand’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ systemfor even more support. Here are the specs for both models below:

Acura RDX FWD Specs

  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 272 horsepower
  • 280 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 city / 28 highway mpg**

Audi Q5 AWD specs

  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 7-speed dual clutch transmission
  • 261 horsepower
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 city / 28 highway mpg

RDX vs. Q5: Interior Space and Technology

A luxury five-passenger SUV should also provide versatility so you can tackle errands all in one trip or have the perfect cabin for your next cross-country trip. That’s why the RDX is the better option as it has 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and 31.1 cubic feet behind the second row, when the seats are folded down. In the Audi Q5, there’s only 54.0 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, so you’ll have to pack things more compact or leave a few necessities behind. With the RDX, you can enjoy expansive cargo space, along with unique amenities not found in the standard Audi Q5, including:

  • Noise cancellation tech
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D® premium audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Standard front heated seats
  • True Touchpad Interface™
  • Remote vehicle starter

Bring Home a New Acura RDX for Sale at Weir Canyon Acura

No matter which way you compare the 2021 Acura RDX vs. Audi Q5, experience the difference yourself with a luxury Acura SUV of your own on Tustin roads. Find a new Acura RDX for sale from Weir Canyon Acura, and save on your next crossover or SUV with our selection of new vehicle specials. Learn more about the RDX lineup, or speak with a member of our sales team who can get the car-buying process started. Contact us today for more information on the 2021 RDX vs. Q5, or stop by our dealership in Anaheim for a test drive!

*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 $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**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, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

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