2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Acura RDX

To splurge or not to splurge, that is the question when deciding between a Honda or an Acura crossover. Both are members of the Honda family, and both share similar striking traits that can have the consumer wondering "Why would I pay extra for an Acura?" The answer is this: Details, details, details!

The 2017 Honda CR-V was made for function, while the 2017 Acura RDX was made for comfort. Both offer remarkable reliability and an abundance of amazing features, however, the CR-V prides itself on efficiency and functionality while the RDX's focus is more on luxury and offering as many refined amenities as possible. If the thought of paying top-dollar for a luxury crossover ties your stomach up in knots, then we suggest you forgo the Acura RDX and enjoy the practical features and innovations that the new CR-V has to offer. However, if luxury is something you can't live without, the RDX is the epitome of high-class travel.

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2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Acura RDX
$24,645 MSRP (USD) $35,570
2.4-liter DOHC direct-injected I-VTECO Engine 3.5-liter I-VTEC V-6
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System Available Navigation Acura Navigation System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
Honda Sensing Available Safety Suite AcuraWatch Plus

2017 Honda CR-V in Countryside IL

To turbocharge, or not to turbocharge, that is the question. When you choose the 2017 Honda CR-V, you get the option of Honda's standard 2.4-liter DOHC direct-injected I-VTECO or their new 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy. Both engines are incredibly powerful and are mated to a sporty continuously variable transmission with Honda G-shift control logic. On the flip side, the 2017 Acura RDX comes with a 3.5-liter I-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management and low-friction technology for class-leading efficiency.

With a price difference of over $10,000 dollars, you can expect the Acura RDX to offer some insane standard features you wouldn't find anywhere else, and you aren't wrong; however don't count the CR-V out just yet. The 2017 Honda CR-V comes standard with an Eco Assist System, a multi-angle rearview camera with fixed guidelines, automatic climate control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio on a 5-inch color LCD screen, and a multi-information display with car monitoring technology. Standard on the 2017 Acura RDX is Jewel Eye LED headlights, sport seating with leatherette-trimmed interior, heated front seats, Acura Premium Sound System with 7 speakers, a keyless access system with smart entry, and a remote-linked power-operated tailgate.

Want to learn more about the differences between these two popular crossover SUVs? Be sure to stop by one of our many Continental Motors locations all around the Chicagoland area and let us help you determine if practicality or luxury better suits your needs.

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