It’s a Best Buy because:

Driving dynamics and interior execution are impressive, with value for the money even more so.

But…

There are only two trim levels and no options, so it’s sort of a “take what you get” deal.

Worth noting:

Models with the Technology Package come standard with a navigation system.

What Is It?

The RDX is Acura’s 5-passenger SUV. The sole powertrain is a 273-hp, 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and in typical Acura fashion, there are only two trim levels and no factory options. Standard features on all RDXs include leather upholstery, heated front seats, backup camera, and a sunroof.

What’s New?

RDX sees only minor changes after its redesign last year. Xenon headlights are newly standard on models with the Technology Package, and base models no longer have standard dual-zone climate control.

Fuel Economy

EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 19/27 with all-wheel drive. In Consumer Guide® testing, an AWD RDX with the Technology Package averaged 21.8 mpg. Acura recommends premium-grade gas.

Value in Class

Acura’s RDX might not lead the premium-compact SUV class in any one area, but this is a vehicle that does just about everything well. A refined drivetrain, a ride/handling balance that’s among the best in the class, and a roomy, well-appointed cabin are its biggest strengths. The fuel economy is not outstanding, and the control interface could do with less button clutter, but RDX more than makes up for these shortcomings by offering lots of comfort, convenience, and safety features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. Value-conscious luxury buyers would do well to put this Acura at the top of their shopping lists.

BASE PRICE RANGE $34,520 – $35,920
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 273-HP, 3.5-Liter V6
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN USA
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 25-35 MPG

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