Explorer

Explorer ST

Explorer ST opt.

RDX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Explorer ST’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RDX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the RDX (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (275/45R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The RDX doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RDX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 10.8 inches longer than on the RDX (119.1 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the RDX.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Explorer (except 3.3 V6 non-Hybrid) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Explorer has standard seating for 7 passengers; the RDX can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 48.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (152.7 vs. 104).

The Explorer has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 9.2 inches more rear hip room and 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Explorer’s middle row seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the RDX.

Explorer

RDX

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

79.8 cubic feet

Towing

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The Explorer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RDX’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is only 1500 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Explorer is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RDX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s exterior PIN entry system. The RDX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RDX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The RDX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Explorer ST/Platinum’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Acura RDX by over four to one during 2018.

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