Today’s third-generation Acura RDX made its debut in 2019 and received a notable update in 2021. It is one of the strongest values in the compact luxury crossover segment, and that attractive pricing comes attached to a vehicle that is legitimately satisfying to drive.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
This year, Acura has cut the RDX’s offerings down to two trims from five; otherwise, it carries forward unchanged.
The RDX starts in an A-Spec trim level that options up to a Platinum Elite A-Spec configuration. In both, power is from a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, a 10-speed transmission, and AWD.
The RDX A-Spec comes with a front wiper de-icer, LED headlights/taillights/fog lights, a panoramic roof, power-folding side mirrors, passive keyless entry, a hands-free tailgate, and rain-sensing wipers. Inside, there’s a 7.0-inch driver info display, a 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, 16-speaker audio, and wireless phone charging. You also get an auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone A/C, 12-way power/heated/ventilated front seats, Ultrasuede/leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.
The basic safety suite consists of forward collision mitigation, front/rear automatic braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic sign recognition.
Platinum Elite models add a head-up display, second-row HVAC controls, surround-view cameras, 16-way power front seats, and heated rear seats.
Acura’s fuel consumption estimates are 11.3/9.1 L/100 km (city/highway).
If the Acura RDX is on your shopping list, you may also want to consider the Volvo XC60, Lincoln Corsair, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Infiniti QX50, Audi Q5, Buick Envision, and Cadillac XT5.