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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014) vs. Acura RDX (2014) Features

 

Can I get heated seats? Do I have to get a sunroof? Find out what you need to know about Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Acura RDX features right here.

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Features Comparison: Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. Acura RDX

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014
Model S-Class S-Class RDX
Trim S550 S63 AMG Base
Engines (show)  
turbocharged
4.7L V8
DOHC-4v
449 hp@5250
516 lb-ft@1800
   
turbocharged
5.5L V8
DOHC-4v
577 hp@5500
664 lb-ft@2250
   
3.5L V6
OHC-4v
273 hp@6200
251 lb-ft@5000
   
Transmissions (show)  
7-speed manually-shiftable automatic  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
Drivetrains (show)  
RWD    
AWD
FWD    
Tires (show)  
255/45HR18 tires    
245/45HR19 tires    
255/40YR20 tires  
275/40HR19 tires    
285/35YR20 tires  
235/60VR18 tires    
Audio Systems (show)  
Burmester, 590W, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)  
Burmester, 1940W, 24 speakers (with subwoofer)  
Unbranded, 360W, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)    
ELS, 410W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.  
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.    
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.  
Cruise control    
First-aid kit  
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.  
Heated / cooled cup holders, second row  
Heated steering wheel  
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.  
Power decklidDecklid can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.  
Power door closersPulls door tight after latch is engaged. Door can be shut with very little effort.  
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.    
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.  
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.  
Special order chargeOne-time charge for special order options  
Sunshade, rear, powerGreatly reduces the amount of sunlight entering the rear window. Includes the value of manual rear shade.  
Sunshades, second row, powerGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors. Includes value of manual shades.  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power  
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Animal detection, nightNight vision system detects animals ahead of the car, then highlights them on the display. Some will also focus a light on the animal.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.  
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.  
Automatic seatbelt presenters, second rowMotorized buckles rise when a passenger is seated, then retract once the belt is fastened.  
Blind spot interventionSelectively applies the brakes to guide vehicle back into the original lane when detects that a lane change will cause a collision with a vehicle in the blind spot.  
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.  
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Collision preparation system, rearAdjusts seats and/or head restraints when sensors detect that the car is likely to be hit from the rear.  
Driver drowsiness monitorWarns when driver is drowsy and needs to pull over.  
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.  
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.    
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.  
Inflatable rear seatbeltsOutboard rear shoulder belts inflate in a collision.  
Knee airbag, driver  
Lake keeping assist systemProactively helps keep the car centered inside a detected lane via steering assistance.  
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.  
Night visionCreates infrared-based image of the road ahead.  
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.  
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.  
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.  
Pedestrian detection, nightNight vision system detects pedestrians ahead of the car, then highlights them on the display.  
Performance braking system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.  
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.  
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.  
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.    
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire    
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Tires, run-flatCan be driven deflated for about 50 miles. Usually harm ride quality. Cars with these often have no spare tire.    
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.  
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Air-conditioned storage compartment      
Cargo cover    
Cargo net  
Console with shifter    
Console without shifter  
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.  
Refrigerated storage compartment  
Second-row high consoleSecond-row center console that rises to armrest height, and usually includes storage.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.    
Storage compartment under front seat(s)  
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.  
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.    
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.  
CD player    
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-Audio-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs.    
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.  
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.  
Fragrance atomizer  
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.  
Heated windshield washer nozzles  
In-vehicle InternetConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.  
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.  
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.  
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.      
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.  
Rear defrost
Rear dual-zone climate controlRequires and does not include the value of rear air vents.  
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper    
Residual heatProvides heat for an extended period of time after the engine has been cut off.  
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.  
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Splitview front-seat entertainment systemThe driver and front passenger are able to view different images on the same screen. The passenger can view a movie while the car is moving while the driver uses the same screen for other functions, including nav.  
Surround sound
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.    
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.  
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.
Weatherband radioIncludes frequencies for weather channels. Only listed when pricing a single model because incomplete data for all model.  
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.  
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.  
Exterior (show)  
Body kitSide skirts and possibly a front air dam and rear apron.  
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.    
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows    
Heat-reflective glassMirrored glass relects sun and thus heat away from the interior.  
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.  
Laminated rear side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.  
Paint, special white  
Painted brake calipers (optional)    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.  
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.    
Sport front fascia (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Sport rear fascia, e.g. diffuser (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Sunroof    
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Analog clock    
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
ChronometerStopwatch, lap timer. Usually includes an analog clock.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Cornering lightsLights illuminate area just ahead and to the side of the vehicle when the turn signals are used or the steering wheel is turned.  
Fog light, rearMake it easier for following vehicles to see the vehicle in fog.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.    
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated vanity mirrors, rear seat  
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.  
LED headlightsLED headlights last longer and use less energy than other types.  
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.  
Rear reading lights  
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.    
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.  
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.    
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.  
Dual-mode exhaust, switchableValves open in the exhaust at high rpm and/or during brisk acceleration, for power boost and/or richer sound. Valves can also be opened with a switch.    
Launch controlElectronically controls engine and transmission for perfect launch.    
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets    
Front sport buckets  
Second-row 3-person bench  
Second-row buckets  
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench    
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench  
Automatic seat bolsters, driverThe outside seatback bolster automatically firms up in hard turns.  
Automatic seat bolsters, front passengerThe outside seatback bolster automatically firms up in hard turns.  
Automatic seat bolsters, second rowThe outside seatback bolster automatically firms up in hard turns.  
Carbon fiber trimWon't be listed in conjunction with wood or aluminum trim even if they are available together.    
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats  
Cooled or ventilated second row seats  
Door sill trim plates    
Floor mats
Foldaway tray tables, second rowTray tables that fold down from the front seatbacks, like on an airplane.  
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.    
Heated front row armrests  
Heated front seats
Heated second row armrests  
Heated second row seats  
Illuminated door sill trim plates  
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.
Leather upholstery, extended coverageLeather beyond the seating surfaces, door panels, and IP top. No additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.  
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Massage, driver seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.  
Massage, passenger seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.  
Massage, second row seatsPower lumbar, rollers, or vibration used to massage lower back.  
Memory system, driver seat
Memory system, passenger seat  
Memory system, second row seats  
Metal pedals    
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, second row seatsLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power footrest, right rear seatA power footrest folds out from beneath the front passenger seat.  
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power headrest fore-aft adjuster, second row seats  
Power headrest height adjuster, driver seat  
Power headrest height adjuster, passenger seat  
Power headrest height adjuster, second row seats  
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat  
Power legrest, right second row seatLike having an easy chair in the car.  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.    
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power recliner, second row seats  
Power seatbelt height adjusters, front row  
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.  
Power thigh support adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, second row seatsPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power upper seatback recliner, second row seatsThe upper part of the seatback be be adjusted separately from the lower part; especially useful when the seat is heavily reclined, to better support the upper back.  
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Synthetic suede headlinerUsually also includes synthetic suede on the pillars.  
Synthetic suede steering wheelSynthetic suede steering wheel rim.    
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.  
Upholstered door panels, leather
Upholstered instrument panel      
Upholstered instrument panel, leather  
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.      
Wood trim, alternative typeReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.  
Wood trim, expanded coverageNo additional value over wood trim because no way to standardize across all models.  
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Active hydraulic struts, auto-leveling and ht. adjustableActive hydraulic struts dramatically improve bump absorption (using cameras to read the road ahead), reduce body roll in turns, and can be used to adjust the ride height.    
Adaptive shocks - electricalShocks that electrically adjust their firmness based on sensor readings of the road surface. The driver might also be able to select a \"sport\" setting.    
Adaptive shocks - mechanicalShocks mechanically adjust firmness based on direct road inputs. Not driver adjustable.    
Air suspension, auto-leveling and height adjustableAir springs automatically level the vehicle and enable manual adjustment of ride height.    
All-season tires    
Alloy wheels    
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.    
Crosswind stabilizationAdjusts the suspension to counteract the effect of crosswinds.  
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.  
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    

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Option Package Contents

Sport Package

Features
Body kit
Polished alloy wheels
Sport front fascia (optional)
Sport rear fascia, e.g. diffuser (optional)
275/40HR19 tires

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Lane departure warning system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Blind spot warning system
Automatic braking, high-speed
Blind spot intervention

Premium 1 Package

Features
Proximity key
Parking guidance system - active
Hands-free trunk or liftgate
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Automatic seat bolsters, driver
Automatic seat bolsters, front passenger
Massage, driver seat
Massage, passenger seat
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Obstacle detection, rear
Front sport buckets

Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS

Features
Second-row high console
Foldaway tray tables, second row
Heated / cooled cup holders, second row
Second-row buckets

Heated steering wheel

Features
Heated steering wheel

Rear Seat Package

Features
Rear air vents with automatic controls
Rear dual-zone climate control
Inflatable rear seatbelts
Power headrest fore-aft adjuster, second row seats
Automatic seatbelt presenters, second row
Power footrest, right rear seat

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Rear cross-traffic detection
Collision preparation system, rear
Pedestrian detection
Lake keeping assist system

Power rear seats

Features
Power recliner, second row seats
Memory system, second row seats
Power headrest height adjuster, second row seats
Power tilt adjuster, second row seats
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench

Executive Rear Seat Package

Features
Massage, second row seats
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, second row seats
Power upper seatback recliner, second row seats
Power legrest, right second row seat
Automatic seat bolsters, second row

Warmth and Comfort Package

Features
Cooled or ventilated second row seats
Heated steering wheel
Heated second row armrests
Heated front row armrests

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Lane departure warning system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Blind spot warning system
Automatic braking, high-speed
Blind spot intervention

Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS

Features
Second-row high console
Foldaway tray tables, second row
Heated / cooled cup holders, second row
Second-row buckets

Warmth and Comfort Package

Features
Cooled or ventilated second row seats
Heated steering wheel
Heated second row armrests
Heated front row armrests

Rear Seat Package

Features
Rear air vents with automatic controls
Rear dual-zone climate control
Inflatable rear seatbelts
Power headrest fore-aft adjuster, second row seats
Automatic seatbelt presenters, second row
Power footrest, right rear seat

Driver Assistance Package

Features
Rear cross-traffic detection
Collision preparation system, rear
Pedestrian detection
Lake keeping assist system

Power rear seats

Features
Power recliner, second row seats
Memory system, second row seats
Power headrest height adjuster, second row seats
Power tilt adjuster, second row seats
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench

Executive Rear Seat Package

Features
Massage, second row seats
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, second row seats
Power upper seatback recliner, second row seats
Power legrest, right second row seat
Automatic seat bolsters, second row

Technology Package

Features
Traffic + travel information
Navigation system
Fog lights
Xenon HID headlights
Telematics service, such as OnStar
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Power liftgate
Surround sound
Voice control for nav and audio
Media drive, large
ELS, 410W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)

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2014 Acura RDX Available Features: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Things missing that I would love to have had: height adjustability on front passenger seat more play with exterior mirrors power folding mirrors cooled seats