Small affluence SUVs are one of the fastest-growing affluence agent types in contempo years. They already represent 21.8% of affluence cartage awash this year, according to Edmunds data. In 2009, they were aloof 8.7%. Active this trend are models such as the Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4.
Acura was one of the antecedents of this chic of agent with its RDX. The 2019 RDX is absolutely redesigned and is one of the brand’s best accepted models. Cadillac, for its part, has alien the all-new 2019 XT4. It’s the brand’s best affordable agent – SUV or otherwise.
Picking which one to buy can be difficult, however. Both the RDX and the XT4 are priced to alpha beneath $40,000 and action a absolute set of features. Edmunds takes a attending to acquisition out which one has an edge.
Lower prices, about to added affluence vehicles, is allotment of the address of an entry-level affluence SUV. If you go accessible on the options, you won’t charge to absorb abundant added than you would on a well-equipped non-luxury archetypal such as a Chevy Equinox or a Honda CR-V. The XT4 starts at $35,790, including destination fees. Acura asks a bit added up avant-garde for the RDX – $38,395, including destination.
Both the XT4 and the RDX action a appropriate bulk of accepted affluence appointments, such as power-adjustable avant-garde seats, simulated-leather basement and crisp-sounding audio systems. The Acura has a few accepted features, which are options on the Cadillac, that advice absolve the college price. These accommodate a ability liftgate, a across-the-board sunroof and added avant-garde disciplinarian assurance aids.
Various advantage bales can run the prices up in a hurry, however. Back absolutely equipped, the RDX aloof clears $50,000 while the XT4 is aloft $55,000.
The Cadillac XT4 and the Acura RDX alter in the way they crave drivers to collaborate with their infotainment systems.
Cadillac’s XT4 takes a acceptable access by accumulation a bright and easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen interface with a bombastic rotary ascendancy knob. The Cadillac’s accessible navigation, head-up affectation and alternative Bose audio arrangement are accessible to accept as well, authoritative the XT4 a adequate and accustomed agent as anon as you get in.
Acura’s RDX takes a characteristic access with its interface. Eschewing both the touchscreen and the accustomed ascendancy knob, the RDX uses a touchpad interface to ascendancy its 10.2-inch affectation screen. It’s an arresting but arduous arrangement to adept and could put off beneath tech-savvy buyers. On a added absolute note, Acura’s accessible 16-speaker ELS complete arrangement will affect alike the best acute audiophile.
POWER AND ECONOMY
These two SUVs use agnate powertrains. Acura’s RDX has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent that generates 272 application and allotment an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in accumulated city/highway driving. With the RDX’s alternative all-wheel-drive arrangement added, ability drops to 23 mpg.
The XT4 additionally has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With 237 horsepower, it’s beneath able than the RDX’s engine. But in return, you get bigger ammunition economy. Expect 26 mpg in accumulated active with the front-wheel-drive XT4 or 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Both manufacturers acclaim application exceptional gasoline to ensure these ammunition abridgement and application numbers.
ON THE ROAD
To accomplish the best of these engines’ ability and ammunition economy, Acura and Cadillac accept engineered transmissions with an about astonishing cardinal of gears. The RDX uses 10 speeds while the XT4 employs nine. In our experience, the Cadillac feels aloof as quick as the added able Acura about town. But it’s not absolutely as bland back its manual can be apathetic to downshift back you charge a quick access of speed.
An adaptive suspension, accessible on both the RDX and the XT4, allows the disciplinarian to clothier the vehicle’s ride affection to bout claimed alternative or alley conditions. With it, the RDX manages to absorb up alley imperfections while advancement confidence-inspiring stability. The XT4, on the added hand, generally feels active and jiggly over beneath than absolute roads. The Acura is additionally sportier back active about turns and gives you a bigger feel for the road.
Both models are impressively ample for both avant-garde and rear passengers. But you ability like the Acura a little added if you frequently charge to carriage a lot of gear. Its burden breadth abaft the rear seats measures 31.1 cubic anxiety compared to the XT4’s 22.5 cubic feet.
EDMUNDS SAYS: The Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4 are solid, beautiful choices in the aggressive baby affluence SUV segment. Though its infotainment arrangement is one of the added polarizing on the market, and could actual able-bodied be a deal-breaker for some, the RDX gets our all-embracing nod acknowledgment to its bland on-road manners, able engine, and hardly lower amount back absolutely equipped.
This adventure was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Kurt Niebuhr is a agent analysis editor at Edmunds.