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Derived from the previous-generation Honda CR-V, the RDX has a more premium feel to compete among compact luxury SUVs. The very smooth and refined V6 gets 22 mpg overall, which is on par with the turbocharged four-cylinder engines found in competing SUVs. Handling is not especially agile, and the ride is a little stiff. We also found that the front wheels can easily spin on wet pavement before the AWD system transfers power to the rear wheels. Despite recent updates, the interior is rather forgettable for an upscale SUV, lacking certain luxury features usually found on competitors. Acura's convoluted dual-screen control system is unintuitive to use. Still, the seats are comfortable and the rear seat is roomy. The AcuraWatch safety package is available on all trims.

Road Test

The RDX doesn't push the envelope in styling, handling or interior quality, but it's benign, comfortable, and easy to live with. One high point is its smooth, powerful V6, which, combined with its six-speed automatic transmission, manages a very resp...

Highs

  • Inexpensive for a compact SUV from an upscale brand
  • Strong and smooth powertrain

Lows

  • Infuriating Acura dual-screen infotainment system
  • Ride comfort doesn't match luxury expectations

Best Version to Get

We'd spend the extra $2,300 or so and get the Technology package. At around $39,000 so-equipped including all-wheel-drive, you get a luxury nameplate for just slightly more money than a loaded Ford Escape.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (279 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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