Acura vs. Audi Comparison Page
You have a lot of options when shopping for a luxury car. From newer brands like Acura to the older European marques like Audi, it can be a lot to sort through in choosing your next vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together this comparison, to help highlight some of the differences between the two that might not be all that obvious at first glance.
Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the safest cars on the road its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards1. These awards take into account both crashworthiness and crash mitigation measures, for a more complete safety rating than simple crash test ratings. For 2023, the IIHS introduced much stricter requirements, and only the absolute safest vehicles on the road received an award. As such, although Audi got quite a few of these awards in the past, the new standards mean that not a single Audi received a 2023 award. Acura, on the other hand, received Top Safety Pick+ awards for these three models:
- 2023 Acura Integra
- 2023 Acura MDX
- 2023 Acura RDX
There are a lot of good reasons to buy a vehicle made in the US. You’re supporting local communities, higher labor standards, and parts for repairs tend to be cheaper and more readily available when not imported. Neither Acura nor Audi is considered a domestic brand, but these days that no longer means that they aren’t built here. Because it’s no longer so easy to tell what is and isn’t built in the US, Cars.com publishes a list of all of the vehicles that have final assembly in the US, and then also ranks them according to how much of the labor that has gone into them that comes from the US2.
Acura is the highest-rated non-domestic luxury brand, with every current model (apart from the Integra, which debuted after the latest ranking was published) in the top 20, beating out a huge number of vehicles from “domestic” brands. Not that Acura needs to rank all that well in order to beat Audi, which isn’t on the list at all.
North American Car of The Year
The North American Car of the Year awards are a huge honor for any carmaker selling vehicles in North America. This isn’t a 10 best list, or an award given to any vehicle that passes some threshold, it is given to only one car every year, and for 2023 that car is the Acura Integra3. This marks the second time an Acura has won this award, with the MDX taking the title when it first debuted. Audi has never won one of these awards, and if fact, hasn’t even been nominated since 2000.
Acura wants you to have a hassle-free experience owning your vehicle, and that’s why every new Acura vehicle now comes with the Acura Maintenance Package*. This package gives you routine maintenance for the first 2 years/24,000 miles of ownership free of charge. The closest you can get to this with Audi is to pay for service over the same period in advance, which Audi promotes as a hedge against inflation. It just doesn’t quite compare to free though.
*Acura Maintenance Package covers certain factory scheduled maintenance on select eligible vehicles for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Certain models may require different maintenance schedules as recommended by the vehicle’s Maintenance Minder system and described in the vehicles’ Owner’s Manuals. See an Acura Dealer for vehicle eligibility, coverage details, and exclusions. Valid only in the United States of America.