2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Acura RDX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Acura RDX doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The RDX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Equinox and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The RDX has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

There are over 11 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 1 place higher in reliability than Acura.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

 

 

Equinox

RDX

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

 

 

Equinox

RDX

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RDX:

 

Equinox 2.0T

RDX

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the RDX’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Acura RDX.

The Equinox is 3.7 inches shorter than the RDX, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear hip room than the RDX.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is limited to 1500 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The RDX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The RDX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The RDX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the RDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the RDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the RDX, including $81 less for front brake pads, $89 less for a starter, $107 less for front struts and $572 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Acura RDX by almost six to one during 2017.

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