2021 BMW X2 vs. 2021 Acura RDX

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Safety

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Both the X2 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 seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the RDX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

There are over 29 percent more BMW dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s 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 X2’s reliability 51 points higher than the RDX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The RDX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 11 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (301 vs. 272) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 is faster than the Acura RDX:

X2

X2 M35i

RDX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

4.6 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

13.3 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

105 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

X2

RDX

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RDX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RDX:

X2

X2 M35i

RDX

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

12.2 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RDX are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the RDX:

X2

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RDX’s standard 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RDX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the RDX’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Acura RDX.

The X2 is 1 foot, 2.6 inches shorter than the RDX, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Payload

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The X2 has a higher standard payload capacity than the RDX (915 vs. 838 lbs.).

The X2 has a higher maximum payload capacity than the RDX (946 vs. 838 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The X2’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RDX’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the RDX’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X2 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RDX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant 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 BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Acura RDX isn't recommended.

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