Want NSX supercar style but need a crossover? Check out the RDX. Mechanically there's not much in common between the two, but these Acuras share sporty handling and edgy styling. Unlike the NSX—but like other luxury compact crossovers—the RDX has good interior space and lots of technology. First introduced for the 2007 model year, the current RDX went on sale for 2019. For 2021, Acura attempts to highlight the NSX connection with the limited-production, hand-assembled, and very orange RDX PMC Edition.
The RDX is a driver's crossover. The Acura's powerful engine and nimble handling helped it advance to the finals in our 2019 SUV of the Year competition. After that, we spent a year with the RDX in our long-term test fleet, where we came to appreciate its smart packaging and fun-to-drive reflexes. Along the way it won a couple of comparison tests, even against crossovers from more aspirational brands.
Enthusiast drivers may be slightly disappointed by the RDX's spongy brake feel, though Acura made minor tweaks following the 2019 RDX models we drove. Over the course of our year, we also noticed the occasional unrefined shift from the 10-speed automatic. Inside, everyday motorists will have to adapt to the sometimes distracting touchpad-based infotainment interface and unique interior layout.
Overall, though, the RDX is a well-executed, spacious, and stylish crossover. The standard equipment and the model's above-average IntelliChoice rating makes it a strong value proposition, too.
The RDX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to either a 10-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or, for $2,000, Acura's SH-AWD system (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). MotorTrend testing measured a 6.4-second 0-60 mph time from an RDX with AWD.
EPA-rated fuel economy is 22/28 mpg city/highway with FWD, or 21/27 mpg with AWD. The sporty-looking A-Spec trim loses 1 highway mpg.
Standard driver-assist and active safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all but the base trim.
Behind the second row, cargo space measures 29.5 cubic feet. Folding the second row down expands capacity to 58.9 cubic feet. The RDX also has several clever storage areas, one under the center console between the driver and front passenger, as well as multiple incredibly helpful underfloor storage compartments in the cargo area.
Front-row headroom measures 40.0 inches in the RDX, which compares to 41.1 inches in the BMW X3. Second-row headroom is 38.0 inches in the RDX, a bit less than the X3's 38.5 inches. Front-row legroom measures 42.0 inches in the Acura, more than the BMW's 40.3 inches. There's also more second-row legroom in the RDX, which has 38.0 inches against the X3's 36.4 inches.
A 10.1-inch infotainment screen is standard, and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. A 7.0-inch gauge cluster display shows other vehicle data. Two front-row USB ports are standard, and all trims above the entry level have two second-row charge ports. A nine-speaker audio system is standard, and 12- and 16-speaker ELS Studio premium setups are available. Other premium tech features include a head-up display, 360-degree view camera system, built-in navigation, and GPS-linked climate control. The RDX is compatible with Key by Amazon in-car delivery.
Marysville might not have the name recognition of Maranello or Stuttgart, but perhaps it should. This Ohio city is the home of Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center—its PMC—where every NSX supercar is hand-assembled by skilled American craftspeople. For 2021, Acura assigns some of those workers to a more practical, yet equally eye-catching project: the RDX PMC Edition.
Only 350 examples of this special RDX will be hand-built at the PMC, and they'll be impossible to miss. Each wears a multi-coat Thermal Orange Pearl paint job, an exceedingly eye-catching hue that made its debut on the NSX last year. Orange trim continues the theme in the cabin. Features and performance for the PMC edition are basically the same as any other RDX, but those don't have the specialness that comes with handmade vehicles.
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