Acura RDX

The Acura RDX is the smallest SUV available from Acura. It is the first compact crossover SUV to be produced by the brand, and it represents the entry point into the rest of the SUV line. Prior to the Acura RDX, the Acura MDX was the entry-level SUV, but it lost this position due to its growing size and price.

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Acura RDX Origins

The Acura RDX, was first initiated as the Acura RD-X concept car. Unveiled in 2006 at the New York Auto Show, the compact SUV entered production in August of the same year. While it shares a similar size with the CR-V (produced by Honda), it has a completely unique chassis, which can handle the advanced Super Handling all-wheel-drive system.

Acura RDX Features

The Acura RDX houses a turbocharged engine that produces 240 horsepower, making the Acura RDX the first and only luxury SUV to contain a four-cylinder engine. Although most SUVs and crossovers of this size contain six-cylinder engines, the turbocharger’s acceleration may surprise drivers. The Acura RDX receives an estimated 19/23 mpg city/highway.

The RDX offers only a five-speed automatic transmission. The manual-shift capability is available with paddles found on the steering wheel. When in drive, this allows the driver to make gear changes, but the transmission switches back to automatic when the car is in steady motion. With the sport setting enabled, using the paddles switches the transmission to full manual mode. All models also come equipped with Super Handling All Wheel Drive. The system ensures that the RDX corners with precision. It can vary the torque between the front and rear wheels depending on the motion of the vehicle, the terrain, and the driving conditions.

As Acura is a luxury brand, standard features include all-leather seating, a moon roof, the expected automatic climate control, and other power features. Customers can choose between two different trim levels—the Premium and the Technology Package. The Premium trim level is the standard level of trim for the RDX. The Technology Package includes most of the interior upgrades that were introduced with the Acura RL sedan. This includes the latest version of the Acura navigation system, which comes complete with a rear view camera. The audio systems are also upgraded. All current models also come with a USB connection for use with iPods and other MP3 players.

The body of the Acura RDX employs the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which absorbs energy during a collision. Anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and six airbags come standard. The front seats also have active head restraints, and the seatbelts come equipped with force limiters and pretensioners. The vehicle receives a five-star rating for collisions and a four-star rating for rollovers.

About the Acura RDX

The second generation of the Acura RDX began production in 2011. The updated model was unveiled in January 2012. The 2013 Acura RDX represents the first batch of the second generation.

One of the main differences in second generation models is the fact that the four-cylinder engine has been replaced with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Also, instead of having a five-speed transmission, the transmission has six speeds. Instead of the Super Handling all-wheel-drive system, the new generation of the Acura RDX has a simpler all-wheel drive setup. Additionally, the overall dimensions of the SUV have been adjusted. The wheelbase is lengthened and the vehicle widened, providing more space for passengers and cargo.

Acura RDX Evolution

The first generation of the Acura RDX has been on sale since 2006, and underwent a refresh in 2009. The refreshed version includes the same grille used on the rest of the Acura lineup. Also, front-wheel drive was added, whereas previous versions only had all-wheel drive. The 2012 Acura RDX remains the last version of this RDX, as Acura launched a second generation soon after.

Select an Acura RDX Year

2019 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2018 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2017 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2016 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2015 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2014 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2013 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2013 Acura RDX costs less than its competitors, and offers more features.

2012 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The front-drive-only model lowers the RDX's base price by about $2000. A styling refresh last year also brought the front end in line with Acura's "Power Plenum" styling. New brakes and standard Bluetooth are also included.

2011 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Removing SH-AWD from the base model RDX takes roughly 200 pounds off the curbweight and $2000 off of the MSRP and increases fuel economy 2 mpg in city and highway driving conditions. All models receive Acura’s polarizing front grille, and subtle tweaks to front and rear fascias and taillights, as well as auto headlights, revised brakes, and Bluetooth as standard.

2010 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2009 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2008 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Essentially a sport sedan cleverly disguised as an all-out SUV, the 2008 Acura RDX is a compact premium crossover vehicle introduced by Acura during the 2007 model year.

2007 Acura RDX

SUV, Utility/Offroad

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