2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Acura RDX

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos and white 2020 Acura RDX

Luxury hasn’t always been the first thing to come to mind when thinking about the Kia brand, but over the years Kia has really begun to find its space amongst the luxurious. With the latest addition to the brand’s lineup, the 2021 Kia Seltos is paving the way for those vehicles that are navigating between adventure-ready and pure luxury.

The Seltos is hitting every mark and doing it in style. This Kia subcompact SUV may not be top-tier glamour, but it can make other luxury vehicles sweat. This 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Acura RDX comparison is going to show off just how well the Seltos can stack up against one of its competitors. Keep reading to see what helps the 2021 Kia Seltos land on top once again.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Acura RDX

$21,990 Starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $37,800
2.0-liter 4-cylinder Base engine (horsepower) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine
1.6-liter turbo Available engine (horsepower) N/A
Standard on base trim AWD Available on base trim
8-inch touchscreen Standard infotainment system 10.2-inch center display
10.25-inch touchscreen Available infotainment system N/A
26.6 cubic feet / 62.8 cubic feet Cargo space (seats up/down) 29.5 cubic feet / 58.9 cubic feet
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain warranty 6 years/70,000 miles

Budget-Friendly Seltos Outweighs Luxury-Priced Competition in More Ways Than One

For starters, the 2021 Kia Seltos comes in at almost $16,000 cheaper than the 2020 Acura RDX. This hefty price difference is to be expected, though, as the RDX is a luxury-focused SUV while the Kia brand commits itself to balancing a budget-friendly price with a desirable feature lineup. The difference, though, is also that the Kia Seltos is offering more for your money than what the Acura RDX has to offer.

The 2021 Kia Seltos is offering luxury-inspired features and a power-packed performance at an affordable price. Even with higher trim levels, the Seltos continues to keep prices low while still delivering in every category, offering features that beat out what the Acura RDX can offer.

The versatile and adaptable cabin of the Kia Seltos makes it the perfect match for adventure seeking and weekend projects. With 26.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear row of seats there is enough room for shopping trips, practice gear, school supplies, and more. When the rear seats are folded down the cargo area expands up to 62.8 cubic feet, transforming the Seltos into a complete cargo hauler. The competing 2020 RDX measures in with a slightly larger standard cargo space, however, the Seltos blows it out of the water when it comes to maximum cargo storage.

The Seltos was built for thrills and with the help of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine this Kia can do just that. The 2021 Seltos comes standard in all-wheel drive, making it the perfect match for the trails or tough terrain. The Acura RDX on the other hand comes equipped with a comparable engine but requires an upgrade for all-wheel drive.

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