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Acura RDX vs. Subaru Forester Price Comparison (MSRP)

The sticker prices, before adjusting for remaining feature differences. Usually these are the numbers you will see on the window stickers.

Models in short supply often sell at or even above these prices.

Acura RDX vs. Subaru Forester Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $37,929

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring   
Difference: $7,046

Lowest Total Invoice: $35,067

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring   
Difference: $7,671

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Model Year20182017
ModelRDXForester
TrimBase2.0XT Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Base Price $35,800 $34,295
Base Invoice $33,995 $32,028
Advance Package 6,700  
AWD 1,500  
Auto-dimming rearview mirror   199
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror   224
Navigation and Eyesight Package   1,595
Door sill trim plates   38
Universal garage door opener   76
Cargo cover   182
Remote start   445
Advance Package 6,347  
AWD 1,421  
Auto-dimming rearview mirror   129
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror   145
Navigation and Eyesight Package   1,366
Door sill trim plates   24
Universal garage door opener   49
Cargo cover   118
Remote start   333
Options (change) 8,200 2,759
Options (change) 7,768 2,164
Destination 975 875
Total Price $44,975 $37,929
Total Invoice $42,738 $35,067

The configured Acura RDX 4dr SUV has a 279-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Acura RDX and Subaru Forester are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Acura RDX Base trim is $35,800. The features would cost an additional $8,200. Including the destination charge of $975, the total price of this trim is $44,975.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $34,295. The features would cost an additional $2,759. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $37,929.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Acura RDX trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 7. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Acura RDX 4dr SUV has a 279-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Acura RDX and Subaru Forester are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Acura RDX Base trim is $33,995. The features would cost an additional $7,768. Including the destination charge of $975, the total price of this trim is $42,738.

The invoice of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $32,028. The features would cost an additional $2,164. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $35,067.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Acura RDX trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 5. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Acura RDX vs. Subaru Forester

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $6,966
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $7,595
Model Year20182017
ModelRDXForester
TrimBase2.0XT Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Engine279hp V6250hp H4
TransmissionT6CVT-8
DrivetrainAWDAWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)19/27 MPG23/27 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)410, 10440, 8
Tire (rear if not all the same)235/60-18225/55-18
Total Price$44,975$37,929
Adjustments for Features-800
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$44,895$37,929
Total Invoice$42,738$35,067
Adjustments for Features-760
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$42,662$35,067

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Features Comparison: Acura RDX vs. Subaru Forester

Model Year20182017
ModelRDXForester
TrimBase2.0XT Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Transmission and Drivetrain 
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic$1100 
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT $1100
AWD$1700$1700
Accessories 
Active noise reduction$0 
Adaptive cruise control $750
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed$1000 
Heated steering wheel $100
Lead vehicle start alert $25
PIN Code Access $10
Remote window/roof operation$15 
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
Active or whiplash-reducing head restraints, front seats$0 
Backup collision intervention $150
Hill descent control $250
Knee airbag, driver $100
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based $200
Lane keeping assist system$400 
Lane sway warning system $25
Obstacle detection, front$200 
Torque vectoring, brake-based $100
Vehicle health reports $0
Wide-view rear camera$0 
Cargo Management 
Cargo tray $40
Overhead sunglass holder $25
Roof rails $250
Climate Control and Infotainment 
DVD-Audio-compatible player$0 
Media drive$15 
Navigation map updates, three years $0
Rain-sensing wipers$175 
Rear air vents$100 
Surround sound$250 
Variable intermittent wipers $75
Wiper de-icer $25
Exterior 
Bodyside cladding$350 
Bodyside cladding (gray/black) $250
Sunroof$900 
Sunroof, large $1100
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Auto-dimming headlights $200
Mirror tilt-down in reverse$25 
Spotter mirror(s)$50 
Steering-linked headlights $150
Seats and Interior Trim 
Cooled or ventilated front seats$300 
Manual recliner, second row seats $75
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power height adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power recliner, passenger seat$100 
Power release, second row seats $100
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Adaptive dampers - mechanical$100 
Alloy wheels $350
Machined alloy wheels$350 
Sport suspension (upgrade) $0
Terrain selector $200
Total Value of Features$7,430$7,350
Value of Feature Adjustments$80$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-760

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Specifications Comparison: Acura RDX vs. Subaru Forester

Model Year20182017
ModelRDXForester
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Wheelbase105.7 in103.9 in
Length184.4 in180.9 in
Width73.7 in70.7 in
Height65.0 in66.4 in
Curb Weight3,902 lb.3,624 lb.
Fuel Capacity16.0 gal.15.9 gal.
Row 1 Headroom38.7 in41.4 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room58.7 in57.0 in
Row 1 Hip Room55.7 in53.9 in
Row 1 Legroom42.0 in43.0 in
Row 2 Headroom38.1 in39.8 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room57.2 in56.5 in
Row 2 Hip Room53.8 in53.0 in
Row 2 Legroom38.3 in38.0 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
26.1 ft334.4 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
61.3 ft374.7 ft3

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Option Package Details
Acura RDX

Advance Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Cooled or ventilated front seats300No
Rain-sensing wipers100No
Fog lights125Yes
Obstacle detection, front200No
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror75Yes
Remote start150Yes
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirror75Yes
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat100No
Surround sound250No
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
HD radio50Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Media drive15No
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100Yes
Navigation system600Yes
Leather seating surfaces900Yes
Telematics service, such as OnStar300Yes
DVD-Audio-compatible player0No
Power height adjuster, passenger seat100No
ELS, 410W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)350No
Forward collision warning200Yes
Pedestrian detection50Yes
Lane keeping assist system400No
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Total Requested395061%
Total Not Requested256539%

Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Auto-dimming rearview mirror
FeatureValueRequested?
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Compass0Yes
Total Requested150100%
Total Not Requested00%
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
FeatureValueRequested?
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror75Yes
Perimeter approach lighting25No
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirror75Yes
Total Requested15086%
Total Not Requested2514%
Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Torque vectoring, brake-based100No
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Backup collision intervention150No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Pedestrian detection50Yes
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Total Requested267590%
Total Not Requested30010%

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