2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The RDX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Nautilus and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Lincoln Nautilus is safer than the Acura RDX:

Nautilus

RDX

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are over 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Nautilus’ reliability 20 points higher than the RDX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The RDX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 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 Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 19th in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 63 more horsepower (335 vs. 272) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Nautilus has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the RDX (18 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Nautilus

RDX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the RDX (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Nautilus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (265/40R21 vs. 255/40R20).

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nautilus’ wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the RDX (112.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (108.3 vs. 104).

The Nautilus has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 5.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume than the RDX with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 31.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Nautilus’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the RDX’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is only 1500 pounds. The Nautilus offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The RDX can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The RDX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Nautilus (except Standard) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Nautilus (except Standard) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Nautilus Select/Reserve/Black Label has standard 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 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RDX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Acura RDX isn't recommended.

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