2020 Acura RDX vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The RDX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Blazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Blazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The RDX’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 10 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 79 more horsepower (272 vs. 193) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (272 vs. 230) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the Blazer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 270) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura RDX is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4 cyl.:

RDX

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

RDX

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

A-spec 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

A-spec 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Blazer

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Blazer.

Brakes and Stopping

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The RDX stops much shorter than the Blazer:

RDX

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The RDX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The RDX A-Spec’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Blazer.

Suspension and Handling

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The RDX offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The RDX’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Blazer’s (60.1% to 39.9%). This gives the RDX more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Blazer (8.2 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The RDX is 4.6 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the RDX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The RDX has .6 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Blazer.

Cargo Capacity

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The RDX has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The RDX has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 21% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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The RDX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Blazer, and is not available on all models.

The RDX Advance has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The RDX’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the RDX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The RDX’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The RDX Advance’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Recommendations

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The Acura RDX outsold the Chevrolet Blazer by 82% during the 2019 model year.

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