IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

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

BUT…

Acura doesn’t offer stand-alone options, so the RDX is not as customizable as some of its rivals.

WORTH NOTING:

AWD models have Acura’s sophisticated Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, a dynamic torque-vectoring system that can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels.

WHAT IS IT?

The RDX is Acura’s 5-passenger compact SUV. The sole powertrain is a 272-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels ascend through base, Technology, and top-line Advance models—all of which are offered in sporty A-Spec form, with performance-themed features such as blackout trim, available red-leather upholstery, and 20-inch wheels with wider tires.. All-wheel drive is offered on all RDX models, and front-wheel drive is available on all but Advance models and the limited-production PMC Edition.

Even base RDXs are well equipped, with standard features such as LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, keyless access and starting, a power liftgate, and heated front seats. Available features include a 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D premium audio system; a full-color customizable head-up display; and a natural-language voice recognition system. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control with a low-speed follow feature. A blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic monitor, and surround-view camera system are available.

WHAT’S NEW?

An exterior styling refresh brings the RDX’s look closer to its larger MDX sibling, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, a wireless charging pad, and an “IconicDrive” ambient interior lighting system are available. Acura says cabin quietness is improved via an enhanced Active Sound Control system and new front-fender liner, and that the drive-mode selector system has been updated for a more distinct feel between drive modes. The AcuraWatch suite of safety features now includes Lane Change Assist, Rear Seatbelt Reminder, and Front and Rear Low Speed Braking Control. A-Spec models get a flat-bottomed steering wheel and other trim revisions. A new version of the PMC Edition wears Long Beach Blue paint and is limited to 200 units.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21/27 with all-wheel drive. The A-Spec versions’ highway EPA-estimate number is one mpg less. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive RDX A-Spec averaged 23.5 mpg in a test that consisted of 90-percent highway driving. Acura recommends premium-grade gas.

VALUE IN CLASS

A roomy, well-appointed cabin and a ride/handling balance that’s among the best in the class are key RDX strengths, as are the generous levels of comfort and safety features at highly competitive prices. There’s only one engine choice—no hybrid or higher-horsepower powertrains are available—but the turbo 4-cylinder provides satisfying acceleration and respectable fuel economy. The unconventional True Touchpad infotainment interface can be tedious, but the RDX remains a tremendously appealing, accessible compact luxury SUV.

BASE PRICE RANGE $39,300 – $53,300
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 272-HP, Turbocharged 2.0-Liter 4-Cyl.
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN USA
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 21-28 MPG

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