IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
Driving dynamics and interior execution are impressive, with value for the money even more so.
There are only three option packages available on just one trim level, so the RDX is not as customizable as some of its rivals.
The AcuraWatch Plus package adds a welcome selection of safety technology features.
WHAT IS IT?
The RDX is Acura’s 5-passenger SUV. The sole powertrain is a 279-hp, 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. The base RDX can be equipped with AcuraWatch Plus, Technology, or Advance option groups. The AcuraWatch Plus package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and a forward collision warning and mitigation system. AcuraWatch may be ordered with or without the Technology Package, which includes leather upholstery, a navigation system, and an upgraded audio system. The Advance Package includes the content of the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages, and adds front and rear park assist, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming sideview mirrors, and automatic wipers. Standard features on all RDXs include keyless entry and starting, heated front seats, rearview camera, and a sunroof.
After an extensive freshening for 2016 that included revised styling and a new engine, the RDX sees no significant changes for 2017.
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 all-wheel-drive RDX with the Advance Package averaged 19.5 mpg in an even mix of city and highway driving. 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. RDX offers 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.