Acura’s RDX compact luxury crossover is designed for drivers who desire luxury and performance. Acura introduced the RDX in 2007 for the model year 2007. The third generation RDX will be available for 2019 for 2019.
The RDX offers a lot of comfort and tech in a reasonable package. The RDX continues to improve with a turbocharged powertrain, improved fuel mileage and a new turbocharged engine.
Pricing and Trims
The RDX is available in four different styles from Acura: RDX (with Technology Package), RDX (with A-Spec Package), and RDX [with Advance Package]. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive can be purchased for an additional $2,000
The RDX’s standard exterior features include a rearview cam, sunroof and automatic headlights. Heated side mirrors, rear privacy glasses, and heated side mirrors. Keyless entry and ignition, power adjustable seats, dual-zone automated climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity and tilt and telescoping steering wheels, Apple CarPlay and satellite radio are just a few of the features inside. The RDX is available starting at $37,400
Technology packages include a navigation system with real time traffic and weather, powerliftgate, fog lights and xenon headlights. They also come with a GPS-linked and sun-sensing auto climate control, and Acura/ELS surround sound systems with 12 speakers. The Technology-equipped RDX is available for purchase at around $40,600.
The A-Spec Package gives RDX a more sporty appearance. It features restyled front bumpers and rear bumpers, 20 inch wheels and special exterior badges. A similar interior treatment is given, with leather and suede upholstery and A-Spec steering wheels. The 16-speaker premium soundsystem features are also included. The RDX starts at $43,600 with A-Spec.
The Advance package adds to the technology package and includes adaptive suspension, ventilated 16-way seats and a premium 16-speaker sound system. Additional safety features include a surround-view camera system and a head-up warning. The Advance package, which is the top-of-the-line model, starts at $45,500.
Engine and Performance
Acura’s RDX comes with a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-4 engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the wheels. Buyers have the option of choosing between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
According to the EPA, a front-wheel drive RDX will get 22 mpg in cities, 27 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. All-wheel drive increases these estimates to 21 MPG for city driving, 27 MPG for highway driving, and 23 MPG for combined driving.
Acura’s redesigned RDX gives it a clean and modern appearance, which improves on an interior that has been well-received by drivers. The interior is still excellent in terms of fit and finish. It is more like an airplane cockpit with large gauges and an infotainment screen. The controls are located in the middle stack, which are grouped by function.
The intuitive knob-like controller makes it easy to operate the infotainment system while driving. The standard audio system works well. The optional surround sound system in the Technology package will please those who care about sound quality. It is one of the most advanced sound systems in a vehicle. Other technological features such as Bluetooth connectivity and the USB/iPod interface make it stand out from similar vehicles.
The interior comfort is excellent. The front and rear seats offer enough support, but also provide sufficient cushioning to keep them comfortable on long trips or when driving fast. Although the RDX may appear small at first glance, larger adults can easily fit into the rear and front seats due to the 38.3 inch of legroom. The RDX’s rear seat area is larger than many mid-sized crossovers. The cargo space is impressive as well, with 26 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row. The cargo space can be expanded by folding down the second row to increase it to 59 cubic yards.