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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

New 2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura
RDX

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New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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MSRP*
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$38,200 to $48,000
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $36,269 to $45,552 $30,251 to $48,617
MPG - City 21 - 22 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 22 - 24
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Atlas than in the Acura RDX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Acura RDX and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RDX as you will with the Volkswagen Atlas, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Acura RDX or the Volkswagen Atlas, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Acura RDX and the Volkswagen Atlas have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Acura RDX is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Acura RDX, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Atlas.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Acura RDX transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Handling
The Acura RDX has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Acura RDX and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Utility
The Acura RDX has less seating than the Volkswagen Atlas, making the Volkswagen Atlas the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Acura RDX has significantly less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Warranty
The Acura RDX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Atlas.