2014 Acura RDX SUV - Rating Details


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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Acura RDX AWD w/Tech SUV (3.5L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 8/13/2013 Ratings Summary With a powerful yet fuel-efficient V6, ample comfort, plenty of luggage space plus undeniable content and value, the Acura RDX is a strong player in the premium, small SUV segment.
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Performance The RDX's powerful and smooth-running V6 moves it to the front of the pack, while recent chassis changes do little to affect its already nimble responses.
Acceleration
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A 273-hp V6 propels the compact SUV to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, or a half-second better than segment average. Throttle and transmission response are good and the engine is silky.
Braking
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The brake system hardware is up to the task with straight, fade-resistant stops, but the all-season tires make an audible protest under full-ABS panic stops.
Steering
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The switch from hydraulic-assist power steering to electric retains the precision but some of the intuitive feel through the wheel has been lost . Still, an example of how to do it right.
Handling
B
In Edmunds testing, the nimble RDX proved excellent in transitions, but its tires gave up early during steady-state cornering. Nevertheless, this is a competitive chassis.
Driveability
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A new, relaxed yet powerful demeanor means the RDX is happier to be driven in a wider variety of ways. These qualities add up to improved everyday driveability.
Towing
C
When properly equipped, the RDX has a 1,500-pound towing capacity. Not all that much considering that weight includes a trailer.
Off-Road
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The AWD-equipped RDX is more of an all-weather vehicle than a true 4x4, but it can manage most situations. Switch off traction- and stability control for trickier/stickier situations.
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Comfort A comfortable ride, superb seats, a relaxed V6 engine and smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission conspire to provide well above average comfort for this compact SUV.
Seating Comfort
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Comfort front and rear is excellent. The front seats have supportive cushions wrapped in buttery leather. The new class standard. Plenty of head- and legroom throughout.
Ride Comfort
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A noticeable improvement over its stiffly suspended forebear, the RDX now comports itself well with adequate damping while still managing body roll.
Quietness
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There's some engine noise under hard acceleration in the upper rev range, but wind and road noise are well isolated.
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Interior The interior is a notable improvement over the previous generation. Better materials, a more logical layout and slightly more room.
Ergonomics
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Center-stack controls are sensibly grouped and easy to use. Having rear-seatback release levers in the cargo area is a thoughtful touch.
Ingress/Egress
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Even with what looks like a sloping, tapered roofline, the RDX accommodates good access for front and rear occupants. A power rear hatch is optional.
Space/Room
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There's a sense of space in the cabin, though the actual dimensional gains over its predecessor are rather modest. Still, airiness is welcome whether it's illusory or not.
Visibility
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Standard features include automatic headlights (Xenon are optional) and a rearview camera. Roof pillars are reasonably sized, and there aren't any objectionable blind spots for lane-changes.
Cargo/Storage
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Generous for its segment. The RDX provides 26 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats. Folding them down affords 61 cubic feet.
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Value With prices ranging from $35k-$40K, the RDX relies on the strong value statement of the Acura brand to woo buyers. The 2013 makeover included upgraded material quality and higher content for virtually the same price as before.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Famous Honda/Acura tight-fitting body panels, good door seals, pretty metallic paint and a well-crafted interior. The kind of quality that makes an owner proud.
Features(vs. $)
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While some items like fog lamps and a power rear hatch were theoretically optional on our AWD Tech package test vehicle, the RDX still remains a good value for the money.
Cost
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The RDX AWD Tech includes leather, power and heated front seats, Bluetooth, sunroof, navigation, rear camera and an Acura/ELS 10-speaker audio system for $40,515.
MPG
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The front-wheel drive RDX earns 23 mpg Combined (20 City/28 Highway) which is good for the segment. The AWD version drops slightly to 22 mpg Combined (19 City/27 Highway).
Warranty
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With a basic 4-year/50,000-mile warranty and 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain coverage, the RDX offers slightly above average terms for the class.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles. Plus an exceptionally low True Cost to Own value, with less depreciation, fewer expected repairs and and cheaper insurance than rivals.
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Fun To Drive Some of the European competitors might be more engaging dynamically than the RDX, but few will be quicker or offer a more comfortable and relaxed driving experience.
Driving Experience
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What once was a stiff-legged manic-powered also-ran in the compact, entry-level luxury SUV category has grown into a compliant and smooth operator with a terrific interior.
Personality
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We'll take the strong, confident type over the temperamental and edgy any day. The RDX has matured well.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Acura RDX Suv in VA is:

$184 per month*
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