2018 Acura RDX

Buyer's Guide

Five years after being redesigned into its second generation and following a 2016 refresh, Acura's RDX compact crossover continues to do well for the upscale Honda brand, and so it enters 2018 with no changes.

Acura bucked a trend with the RDX's 2013 redesign, switching out a turbo four-cylinder for a V6, just as virtually every other small upscale crossover moved in the other direction. While there's nothing wrong with the turbo fours found in cars like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Lexus NX, the RDX benefits from Honda's smooth, strong 3.5L V6, which boasts great power delivery, a nice exhaust note and surprisingly good fuel economy from an engine whose displacement nearly doubles that of its turbocharged competitors.

The RDX's engine makes 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, and comes matched with a six-speed automatic transmission (a couple gears short of the eight- and nine-ratio arrangements that are quickly become common in this class) and AWD. Sadly that all-wheel system is not Acura's trick Super Handling setup; to get that, you have to move to either the larger MDX or, strangely, the relatively slow-selling TLX sedan.

We call the RDX's fuel economy "surprisingly good," estimated at 12.4/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway); meanwhile, the X1's ratings are 10.5/7.4 and the Lexus NX's 10.7/8.5, so maybe there's something to that turbocharging thing after all.

That 2016 update brought high-tech touches like standard LED headlights and a suite of active safety features that includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

RDX comes well-equipped, with eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats trimmed in leatherette, LED taillights, power tailgate, 18-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, passive keyless entry and a 360-watt stereo.

A Technology package brings navigation, 410-watt stereo, heated back seats, leather upholstery, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The top-end Elite trim adds unique wheels, auto-dimming side mirrors, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors and ventilate front seats.

We expect a redesigned RDX to come if not in 2019, then as a 2020 model, wearing the updated front-end styling Acura applied this year to the TLX. We also wouldn't be surprised to see that future generation powered by a version of the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder Honda recently introduced in the latest Accord sedan.

2018 Acura RDX Specifications

There are 3 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $42,390 MSRP
10.6
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
279 hp @6200 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
AWD $42,390 5 SUV
AWD 279 hp @6200 rpm 252 ft-lb @4900 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 184.4" 73.7" 66.1" 105.7"
AWD
AWD Premium Synthetic Seats
AWD
AWD
Tech AWD $45,390 5 SUV
Tech AWD 279 hp @6200 rpm 252 ft-lb @4900 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Tech AWD 184.4" 73.7" 66.1" 105.7"
Tech AWD
Tech AWD Leather Seats
Tech AWD
Tech AWD
Elite AWD $47,390 5 SUV
Elite AWD 279 hp @6200 rpm 252 ft-lb @4900 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Elite AWD 184.4" 73.7" 66.1" 105.7"
Elite AWD
Elite AWD Leather Seats
Elite AWD
Elite AWD

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Acura / RDX

Average Rating

2008 Acura RDX

by Patrick1982 on 10-12-2012
Great Sporty Utility Crossover
I'm a hockey playing 30 year old and I made a list that included space, mp3 plays and Bluetooth and went to find a vechile for myself. The RDX does all this and more! It's super tight handling is awesome, and works awesome with the super handling all wheel drive.

The interior is quite nice and super comfy for highway driving. The power is more than adequate and the turbo does add a nice element of fun. The little things like sunglasses holder and ample storage are great. In the first few months of ownership I legitimately felt like I had overstepped my boundaries, but I found it private sale on trader and did well.

The one thing that hurts is premium gas, but I knew that was going to be a problem when I left an old 98 civic hatchback. I'm getting a legit 12 l/ 100km and its fine. (10 on highway) ( all summer driving so far)
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2010 Acura RDX

by ryu on 10-12-2012
Great car for going to work
Well-made and comfortable, the 2010 Acura RDX is a great way to drive to work and back.
There's even a fair amount of trunk space, with the standard models ranging between 12.3 and 12.4 cubic feet, depending on options, and the Hybrid getting 10.0 cubic feet after placing the battery pack behind the rear seats. Fold-down rear seats on non-hybrid models add to the cargo area for larger items.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2008 Acura RDX

Trim: RDX 2.3L Turbo SH-AWD
by JTrombley on 10-11-2012
Reliable power.
Infatuation. This SUV is rugged, dependable and fun. It focuses on sport handling, so the ride is not intended to be strictly comfortable. Interior is stylish, even in 2012 and well equipped with telephony and AUX input/6 disc CD changer. It covers all bases a smaller size SUV should attain. Don't be scared by the gas mileage deficit that reviewers often love to stress, as you can definitely drive it economically. I get about $65 for a tank (in the USA and $85 CAN) and get around 550-700 kms on a tank. Around about 10.0 L/100 kms driving like an 18 year old university student I am. You wont be disappointed if you purchase a RDX, either new or used. Personally have about 117,000 kilometers on mine, and no mechanical problems ever. Its a typical Honda/Acura product.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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