2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer are height-adjustable, and the 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 has only front height-adjustable 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 Blazer 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 Blazer and the RDX 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

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 Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 36 more horsepower (308 vs. 272) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Acura RDX:

Blazer

RDX

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

11.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The RDX doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (19.4 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (21.7 vs. 17.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Blazer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RDX:

Blazer

RDX

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.2 inches

The Blazer stops much shorter than the RDX:

Blazer

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (265/45R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Acura RDX only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the RDX (112.7 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the RDX.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RDX AWD (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Blazer 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

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The Blazer has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (107.8 vs. 104).

The Blazer has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.3 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is limited to 1500 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer’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.

Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the RDX’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Blazer offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The RDX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Blazer RS/Premier offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RDX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Blazer (except L) 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.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RDX isn’t in the top three.

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