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Acura RDX

2019
Acura RDX 2019 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2019 Base 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
The redesigned, third generation 2019 RDX arrives this summer. Acura has dropped the old model's V6 in favor of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, shared with the uplevel Honda Accord. Unfortunately, it's saddled with an push-button gear selector, which we have found cumbersome to use in other Honda/Acura models. Front-wheel drive is likely standard, with all-wheel drive available. The RDX has grown longer, with more room for passengers and cargo. A 10-inch screen is mounted above the center console, and accessed via a touchpad surface near the shifter. All 2019 RDX's will come standard with the AcuraWatch safety system, which includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking; blind-spot warning is optional.
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2018
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Acura RDX 2018 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2018 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
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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 engine gets 22 mpg overall. 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. A redesigned RDX goes on sale this summer with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The AcuraWatch safety package will be standard on all trims.
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2013-2018
2013 Redesign Year
Acura RDX 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 FWD Tech & Acura Watch
With the 2013 redesign, the second-generation RDX became a much more mainstream and refined compact crossover SUV. The turbo four is replaced by a V6 engine, which improves refinement, acceleration and fuel economy. Ride comfort is improved over the previous model, but the handling lost most of its sporty feel. While the RDX was competent all around and well equipped for the money, earlier models lacked some upscale luxury features. A 2016 update added more features, as well as the availability of optional advanced safety equipment. Called AcuraWatch, this safety suite includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $27,325 - $33,675 $23,365 - $29,340
2015 $22,625 - $25,525 $18,915 - $21,665
2014 $19,225 - $22,350 $15,625 - $18,575
2013 $17,375 - $20,175 $13,785 - $16,435
2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
Acura RDX 2012
Derived from the Honda CR-V, the RDX bowed in 2007 as a small, all-wheel-drive upscale SUV. The 240-hp, 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has good midrange power, but is relatively thirsty and requires premium fuel. This engine also lacks the refinement of a V6. Drivers have plenty of room and a rearview camera is offered with the navigation system. Low step-in height and large doors make for easy access into the well-finished cabin. The rear seat accommodates three adults and the floor is flat, enhancing foot space. Handling is relatively agile for an SUV, but the ride is a little stiff and road noise is pronounced. Stability control is standard. There are lots of electronic bells and whistles, but the navigation system's dashboard controller is awkward to use.
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2012 $14,050 - $16,175 $10,645 - $12,595
2011 $11,925 - $13,850 $8,665 - $10,415
2010 $10,550 - $12,250 $7,380 - $8,930
2009 $9,800 - $10,775 $6,640 - $7,540
2008 $8,525 - $9,375 $5,480 - $6,230
2007 $8,000 $4,980
2006
2006 Redesign Year
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2006 N/A N/A
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