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 new AcuraWatch Plus package adds a handful of safety technology features that help the RDX keep pace with its rivals.
WHAT IS IT?
The RDX is Acura’s 5-passenger SUV. The sole powertrain is a new 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 contents of the AcuraWatch Plus package are detailed below; it 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.
RDX undergoes a freshening for 2016 that brings updated front and rear styling, a revised interior with new trim accents, and a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s a bit more powerful and fuel-efficient than the previous one. The new AcuraWatch Plus package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and a forward collision warning and mitigation system.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 19/28 with all-wheel drive. 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.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$35,270 – $43,420|
|BODY STYLES||4-DOOR WAGON|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||279-HP, 3.5-LITER V6|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Front or All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||19-29 MPG|
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