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2021 Buick Envision vs 2021 Acura RDX

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  • 2021 Buick Envision

    A white 2021 Buick Envision is angle left.

    Starting at

    $31,800

    2021 Acura RDX

    A dark blue 2021 Acura RDX is angle right.

    Starting at

    $38,400

    24 / 31Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)22 / 28
    39.3Rear Legroom (in)38
    5Passenger Seating (qty)5

    There are plenty of fantastic premium SUVs on the market today. Two of the most popular SUVs in the entry-level luxury segment are the 2021 Buick Envision and the 2021 Acura RDX. Each of these vehicles is high quality, dependable, and sports plenty of attractive and user-friendly features. However, most people only buy one SUV, not two, so when making a car buying decision, it's important to compare the two vehicles. When comparing the 2021 Buick Envision vs 2021 Acura RDX, which SUV comes out on top?

    There is no question that the Envision and the RDX are neck and neck in a race to the finish. Both vehicles comfortably seat five, and both vehicles are filled with premium features. However, not everything about the Buick Envision and the Acura RDX is the same, and that's why it's such a good idea to really dive into the differences between these two exceptional vehicles. And today, that's exactly what we're going to do.

  • Price

    A red 2021 Buick Envision is angled right parked in a driveway after winning the 2021 Buick Envision vs 2021 Acura RDX comparison.If you're interested in sticking to your budget without having to compromise on quality, then the 2021 Buick Envision is the clear choice. With a starting MSRP of $31,800, the 2021 Buick Envision can be had for $6,600 under the 2021 Acura RDX's starting MSRP of $38,400. The Envision maintains its price advantage all the way up to its top-of-the-line Avenir trim, which is $1,100 less expensive than the comparable RDX Technology trim.

    Fuel Economy

    The Envision is also more affordable to own, thanks to its higher fuel efficiency. The 2021 Buick Envision gets 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, while the 2021 Acura RDX gets 22 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. As you can see, the difference in gas mileage is significant, with the Envision burning less fuel whether driving in the city or cruising on the highway. Even better, the Envision burns regular fuel while the RDX demands more expensive premium fuel for its engine.

    The amount you'll save on fuel costs definitely adds up over time. Even for the average driver, the difference in fuel mileage between the 2021 Envision and the 2021 RDX amounts to roughly $600 worth of savings over the course of a year. And of course, if you are a frequent driver and you plan on putting tens of thousands of miles on your SUV in a short amount of time, that savings is going to compound and quickly. Within a few short years, you could have saved several thousand dollars on fuel by going with the Envision instead of the RDX.

    Affordable Luxury

    Buick and Acura both manufacture vehicles that anybody would be proud to own. However, if you want a top-of-the-line SUV without a top-of-the-line price tag, then you're going to want to go with the Envision. There is just something to be said about a potential price difference of over $6,000. Combine that with the money you'll be saving on gasoline, and you're going to be saving tens of thousands of dollars in a short amount of tie. That's a whole lot of money, and any smart shopper would be thrilled to be able to enjoy savings that large.

  • Safety Features

    A girl is shown driving a 2021 Buick Envision.Both the 2021 Buick Envision and the 2021 Acura RDX have passed some pretty extensive safety tests and standards. Whether you are a new driver or have decades behind the wheel, you can rest easy knowing these luxury SUVs are designed to keep you safe, no matter what goes on around you. From the many intelligent features that prevent accidents to the airbags and other interior design features that keep you in one piece should an unfortunate incident occur, the odds are good no matter where life takes you, you're going to make it home again.

    Accident Avoidance

    Both the Envision and the Acura have automatic braking systems that are designed to detect obstructive objects in front of you and apply your brakes for you so that you don't hit anything. The Envision and the Acura also have lane-keep alert systems designed to warn you if you begin to drift out of your lane and even prevent you from exiting your lane unintentionally, especially if there is somebody riding in your blind spot. Both of these SUVs even have rear cameras so you can see what's going on behind you while backing up as well as automatic headlights that will brighten and lower your high beams based on whether or not another vehicle is approaching. With so many safety features, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your driving experience rather than always worrying about what other cars are up to.

    Driver Convenience

    Both the Envision and the Acura even have adaptive cruise control. If you've ever been on a long road trip, or even during your daily commute, and gotten stuck behind somebody who struggles to maintain a consistent speed, then you know how wonderful an adaptive cruise control can be. With adaptive cruise control, your vehicle will automatically maintain a proper following distance behind the vehicles in front of you, even if those vehicles keep speeding up and slowing down. This kind of system really makes driving a breeze!

    How would you like to access all of these premium safety features without breaking the bank? You can go with the 2021 Buick Envision and get a vehicle that allows you to keep your family safe and secure every single day for as little as $31,800, depending on the specific features you decide to go with. You could also go with the 2021 Acura RDX and also access some pretty sweet safety features. However, you'll be getting pretty much the same safety features as you would in the Envision, except the Acura RDX has a minimum starting cost of $38,400. Knowing you can still keep your family safe while also saving several thousands of dollars sounds pretty good to me.

  • Technology

    The interior and infotainment screen is shown in a 2021 Buick Envision.As far as technology goes, you can't go wrong with the 2021 Buick Envision or the 2021 Acura RDX. Both of these SUVs have an impressive collection of state-of-the-art technologies that any driver would be thrilled to have access to. From smart device connectivity to Amazon Alexa compatibility and more, there's not much these vehicles cannot do.

    Both the Envision and the RDX have Alexa compatibility, which means when you own one of these SUVs, your vehicle will now be voice-activated. You can use your voice to tell Alexa to add items to your Amazon shopping list or to ask Alexa questions about the weather, local news, and even traffic reports. There is not much Alexa cannot do, and adding Alexa to your vehicle is almost like having your own virtual assistant everywhere you go. 

    Connectivity

    In addition to being a portable Alexa device, both the Buick and the Acura SUVs have integrated smart device connectivity. This means you can connect both your Apple and your Android devices to your vehicle for even more hands-free connectivity. Make and answer phone calls, send and receive text messages, and even utilize your phone's navigation system, all while safely keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. You can even listen to your favorite music and entertainment apps, including podcasts and audiobooks, by projecting your smart device into your vehicle's stereo system. The Envision and the RDX are both truly vehicles of the future.

    While it's true that both the Envision and the Acura have some pretty sweet technological features, isn't it great knowing that you can access all these modern conveniences for several thousands of dollars cheaper? Since the 2021 Buick Envision starts at $6,600 less than the 2021 Acura RDX, you can enjoy the futuristic technologies of each vehicle while also saving money. It's kind of like having your cake and eating it too.

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