Comfortable, competent, and all-around capable, the RDX is Acura's entry in the compact luxury crossover segment. Though not quite as sporty or tech-packed as some rivals, it still deserves serious consideration due to its spacious, well-executed cabin and punchy V6.
For the latest model year, the RDX benefits from a facelift, more tech features, and a new engine.
Outside, the RDX sports a clean and contemporary look, with notable cues including a sculpted bumper, a three-dimensional grille, Acura's signature Jewel Eye headlights, and LED tail lamps.
The cabin is characterized by a symmetrical design composed of organic shapes, and upscale-looking materials. Interior space is ample, especially for rear-seat passengers, and there's 26.1 cubic feet of cargo room available behind the second-row seats. Fold those seats down, and stowage space balloons to 61.3 cubic feet.
Under the hood
The RDX is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 that's smooth and refined in its power delivery. Output is rated at 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft. of torque, which is sent to either the front wheels (the standard configuration) or all four wheels (optional) via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard cylinder deactivation technology helps the crossover return 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 19/28 when all-wheel drive is selected.
Trim Level Breakdown
As with other Acura models, the RDX features a trim level system in place of stand-alone options.
The base model comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a seven-speaker, 360-watt AM/FM/CD sound system with AUX and USB inputs, Pandora internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, SMS text messaging, a smart key entry system with push-button start, a tri-view rear camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The RDX with AcuraWatch Plus brings a collision mitigation braking system, a lane keeping assist system, a color multi-information display, and adaptive cruise control.
The RDX with Technology Package adds a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, a 10-speaker, 410-watt ELS sound system with Dolby Pro Logic II, a power liftgate, fog lights and HID headlights.
The RDX with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus packages combines the two aforementioned trims.
Finally, the RDX with Advance Package brings heated and ventilated front seats, fog lights, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, a remote engine starter, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Standard safety features include dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. A child-seat mounting systems, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), allows the quick and secure installation of a child seats.
The RDX faces a wealth of competition in the premium small crossover segment, including the fine-driving BMW X3 as well as luxurious rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.