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Acura RDX

Acura RDX side view

Pros and cons of the Acura RDX

  • Long list of standard high-tech features
  • Spacious cabin
  • Powerful 2.0L turbo engine
  • Tech interface can be distracting to use
  • Only one engine choice
  • Accessories available only in packages
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Acura RDX

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags8

Specifications of the Acura RDX

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption11 - 12.4 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.6 - 9.1 L/100km
  • Width1872 - 1900 mm
  • Length4685 - 4744 mm
  • Trunk space739 - 881 L
  • Cargo space2178 - 2260 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Acura RDX

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Acura RDX 2019 - present is available in 5 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
2 engines are available with the Basic trim:
2 L - Gas - 272 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:654 km
2 L - 279 hp
City consumption:12.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:559 km

Technology Package trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • Front sensors
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
2 engines are available with the Technology Package trim:
2 L - Gas - 272 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:654 km
2 L - 279 hp
City consumption:12.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:559 km

A-Spec trim features and specs

Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
2 engines are available with the A-Spec trim:
2 L - Gas - 272 hp
City consumption:11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:628 km
2 L - 279 hp
City consumption:12.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:559 km

Elite Package trim features and specs

Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Front sensors
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
2 engines are available with the Elite Package trim:
2 L - Gas - 272 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:654 km
2 L - 279 hp
City consumption:12.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:559 km

Platinum Elite trim features and specs

Available with the Platinum Elite trim:
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the Platinum Elite trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available with the Platinum Elite trim:
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Platinum Elite trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Front sensors
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
2 engines are available with the Platinum Elite trim:
2 L - Gas - 272 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:654 km
2 L - 279 hp
City consumption:12.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:559 km

Overview of the Acura RDX

Learn about the Acura RDX

Summary

The Acura RDX is a feature-packed luxury SUV. Leaning more towards luxury than SUV, it has a very comfortable interior, sporty handling and solid performance, at the expense of towing capacity and off-road capabilities. With three revisions under its belt, the Acura RDX has grown into its own, and models from 2013 and on are consistently praised by reviewers.

That being said, models from 2009 to 2012 are known to have some issues, notably sub-par interior finishes and lower-than-average fuel economy. However, the driving experience has always been received well with the sporty handling cited as exceptionally enjoyable.

Safety

The Acura RDX has a variety of standard safety features across all model years, such as:

  • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), which reduces the chances of skidding when braking suddenly (all models)
  • Rear-view camera to help you see more when reversing (from 2012)
  • Brake assist to help the car stop faster during emergency stops (from 2008)
  • Child safety locks so that the rear doors can only be opened from the outside (from 2008)
  • Overhead, front and side-impact airbags (from 2007)

Interior

The Acura RDX’s interior has varied since the line’s inception. Models from 2009 to 2012 have been criticized for their lower quality interior finishes, but since then the Acura RDX has provided quality finishes like leather seats, leather steering wheels, wood accents and ample seating room in the front and rear. 

Technology

The Acura RDX is no slouch when it comes to tech either. There is plenty on offer, including:

  • Bluetooth for connecting your smartphone and taking calls hands-free, standard in all models from 2008 and later
  • Remote keyless entry, standard in all models
  • Dual-zone climate control, standard in all models
  • A USB port so that you can charge mobile devices, standard in all models from 2015 and newer
  • 4G internet connection to keep you connected on the go, available in the 2019 model

Space

Most models of the car are praised for their interior space, but the amount of cargo space is only average. However, the cargo space has been upgraded in the 2019 model, now 835 L instead of the 739 L of the 2018 model.  

If you're planning a camping trip or have a lot of cargo to move, you should be aware of the Acura RDX’s lower-than-average towing capacity. If towing is something you think you'll be doing often, you might be interested in outfitting your Acura RDX with these available accessories:

• A trailer hitch
• Brake controllers to engage the trailer's breaking system

Comfort

Aside from models from 2009 to 2012, the Acura RDX has been praised for its interior comfort. With leather finishes, lots of space and high-quality accents, the Acura RDX is an enjoyable ride.

Frequently asked questions about the Acura RDX

Yes, the Acura RDX needs premium gas, which is also known as high octane fuel—this usually costs more than standard gas.

No, you can't fill the Acura RDX with regular gas. If you do, you risk damaging the engine beyond repair.

Acura uses abbreviations to distinguish their different models of cars. In this case, RDX refers to the standard-level crossover vehicle.

The 2019 model was both designed and developed in the United States. The car is mainly manufactured in Ohio, USA.

They're both compact SUVs. However, the Acura RDX is priced lower, has faster acceleration and is known to be more comfortable, partly due to its quality interior features as standard. But the MDX has a better safety rating.