When it comes to luxury SUVs, finding one that is perfect for you is crucial. This will elevate your drives in the Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY, areas, while presenting you with the finer things in life. Most luxury models feature the best in technology and comfort, but which is one right for you when it comes down to what is most important?

To help you find out, Audi Ithaca has created this Audi Q5 vs. Acura RDX comparison. Below, you can see these two SUVs side by side, allowing you to better pick which model is best for you. Let's get started.

Quick Facts

Audi Q5


Acura RDX




369 lb-ft


280 lb-ft


All-Wheel Drive


4,400 pounds

Towing Capacity

2,000 pounds


2021 Q5 vs 2021 RDX: Performance

Great performance is crucial in an SUV and these two luxury models deliver. The Audi Q5 and Acura RDX both come equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that provides similar power under the hood. However, that is where similarities end.

The Q5 is also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It not only offers an efficient drive, but it can generate some pretty impressive power too. This high-tech system includes:

  • A 14.1-kilowatt battery
  • An electric motor
  • 2.0L 4-cylinder engine

Together, this trio delivers an exciting and efficient performance. With 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, once you unplug it, you'll be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5 seconds flat.

The Acura RDX doesn't offer any options or the same sort of performance. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine is the only engine available and it tops out at 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Audi Q5 vs Acura RDX: Capability

The 2021 Audi Q5 is also prepared to keep you in control. From icy roads to deep snow, it'll help you maintain traction and stability with standard quattro® all-wheel drive. Plus, to manage your drive, there's a versatile 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission. This system also offers manual mode, so you can take control of the gears without a clutch.

The Acura RDX also offers manual mode on its automatic transmission, but the drivetrain isn't as capable. While all-wheel drive is offered, it doesn't come standard on any trim level.

Between its capable drivetrain and impressive power, the Audi Q5, is always ready to haul some extra cargo. Its 4,400-pound towing capacity lets you hitch a trailer, boat, or some recreational vehicles to your SUV. On the flipside, the Acura can't carry as much cargo. It can only tow up to 1,500 pounds, so you'll be limited to a much smaller trailer.

Audi Q5 vs Acura RDX: Interior

Both of these models provide plenty of interior space for you, your passengers, and any cargo you're transporting. However, one might leave you wanting a little more. The Acura RDX comes with leatherette upholstery, while the Audi Q5 takes this up a notch with the following features:

  • Standard leather seats with Alcantara inserts
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

While the Acura also offers heated seats and makes leather available on higher trim levels, it doesn't come with the same high-end interior. The Audi Q5 successfully gives you seating for five, tons of convenient storage space, and premium style in every trim.

Q5 vs RDX: Fuel Economy

Getting the most bang for your buck at the gas station is one of the most important things to strive for when purchasing your next SUV. When the Acura model is equipped with SH-AWD® capabilities, it gives you 21 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG. It is also equipped with a 17.1-gallon fuel tank.

However, the Audi Q5 is going to get you a better EPA-estimated fuel economy, especially if you drive a lot in the city. It offers drivers 23 city/28 highway/25 combined MPG.[i] Plus, with the 18.5-gallon fuel tank, you can get even further after one visit to the station.

If you're really looking to cut back on your trips to the pump, you'll be interested in the Q5's 55 TFSI® e Plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's easy to charge and offers an impressive driving range with a powerful electric motor and battery.

Audi Q5 vs Acura RDX: The Choice Is Yours

Though both are fine vehicles, the pros at Audi Ithaca think the more refined performance, advanced interior features, and better efficiency will make you fall in love with the Audi Q5.

To see for yourself, get behind the wheel in the Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY areas when you schedule a test drive with us today!


[i] EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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