2021 Acura RDX

MSRP range: $38,200 - $51,000
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2021 Acura RDX Review

  • Roomy cabin and cargo area
  • Sharp steering and handling
  • Well-trimmed cabin
  • Lots of available tech for much less than competitors
  • No choice of powertrain
  • Options are bundled solely into packages
  • Touchpad controller can be difficult to use
  • New limited-run PMC Edition model
  • Part of the third RDX generation introduced for 2019

The 2021 Acura RDX proves you don't have to spend a ton of money to get a well-rounded small luxury SUV. This is one of the least expensive models in its class, yet it comes with more features than base versions of competitors. Even a fully loaded RDX is reasonably priced.

You don't give up much either. The spacious cabin features a design similar to Acura's NSX supercar and is trimmed in high-quality materials. Ride and seat comfort is excellent. It's also quite fun to drive, especially when you equip it with all-wheel drive. Rival SUVs do offer more powertrain choices and individual options. But if you can do without a deep customization program, the Acura RDX should surpass your expectations for a luxury SUV.

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There's certainly a lot to like about the RDX. It's roomy, comfortable and packed with features. On the downside, there isn't an optional engine upgrade for buyers looking for more power or a hybrid option. Additionally, we're not terribly fond of the RDX's infotainment system. Overall, though, the Acura RDX is worth checking out if you're looking for a good value on a luxury SUV, especially compared to European rivals such as the Audi Q5, the Jaguar F-Pace and the Mercedes GLC.
Overall, the RDX is a solid performer. Its turbocharged engine provides strong power at low rpm to get you away from stoplights quickly, and the transmission is adept at picking the right gear for the situation. In Edmunds testing, we recorded a 0-60 mph time of 7 seconds. That's a little slower than some other top competitors, but it's respectable. The brakes inspire confidence thanks to predictable engagement and good feel.

When you drive around turns, there's not much body roll. You'll definitely want SH-AWD to maximize the RDX's sporting potential since it helps the RDX power out of turns. The steering is nicely tuned. It's light and makes for easy maneuvering in parking lots but also firms up appropriately at higher speeds to give you a feeling of control.
The stylish heated and cooled front seats will accommodate a wide variety of drivers in comfort. They're also supportive to keep you secure when turning. The suspension does a respectable job of keeping you comfortable when driving over a variety of surfaces. The RDX shrugs off potholes and is well controlled over highway undulations.

Cabin noise is reasonably well muted, and there's minimal wind noise at freeway speeds. Some engine noise comes through, but it's never obnoxious. The climate control system doesn't have any issues regulating cabin temperature, but a lot of airflow is aimed at the driver's hands, which you may not like.
The RDX has a mix of friendly basic ergonomics and some rather different, if not polarizing, ideas for how things should be done. In particular, the shifter arrangement, touchpad infotainment controller and small climate control buttons might fluster the driver. In terms of visibility, the front roof pillars are a bit on the thick side and can block some visibility when cornering. Rear visibility is compromised by the rear hatch's power-operated hinges.

On a more positive note, there's plenty of room for front and rear passengers. A wide range of drivers should be able to find a comfortable driving position, and rear headroom is more than sufficient for average-size adults.
This tech is the tour de force of the RDX. With an intriguing new touchpad interface, the infotainment system should appeal to the tech-savvy buyer, just as the impressive audio system will appeal to the dedicated audiophile. But the learning curve required to get accustomed to the new system could prove a deal-breaker for buyers who don't like picking up new tech.

Apply CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto is not yet available (Acura says it's coming and capability will be available to existing cars). Acura's suite of driver aids is standard, including adaptive cruise control, which is a notable strength in a class where such features are often pricey extras.
Acura really has interior packaging figured out, and the RDX is yet another showcase of space efficiency. From a generous cargo area to flexible interior storage solutions, the RDX makes carrying a lot of stuff easier than it should be.

At 31.1 cubic feet of storage behind the back seats, the RDX offers more space than most competitors, and there's an abundance of storage options up front thanks to the tiered center console. Car seat anchors are clearly marked, and the large back seat means there's plenty of room for car seats.
Rated at 24 mpg combined with FWD or 23 mpg combined with AWD, the RDX returns lower mileage than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. All three require premium fuel. On our 119-mile evaluation loop, our test RDX only returned a bit more than 20 mpg. Other fill-ups were below that number too. A light foot might be required to hit 23 mpg.
Luxury SUVs are supposed to be well built and packed with features. The RDX does that while undercutting the popular competitors by thousands of dollars, even when fully loaded. Build quality is excellent inside and out, and the RDX offers something a little different from competitors in terms of interior design and ergonomics.

It's not as refined or efficient as competitors, but it's a solid value for buyers looking for something outside the usual German luxury box. Unfortunately, the RDX doesn't offer any particular advantages in terms of warranty coverage or ownership compared to rivals.
If the aggressively angular exterior design doesn't give it away, the tech-forward interior certainly will. The RDX is about providing a distinctive and modern driving experience. It's certainly a distinctive offering in the compact luxury SUV class. Unfortunately, while the SH-AWD holds the promise of a bit of physics-defying handling, you only sense the full effect of that technology when exiting certain medium-speed corners.

Which RDX does Edmunds recommend?

We think it's at least worth adding the Technology package to your RDX. It's reasonably priced and adds features we'd expect for a luxury SUV, such as leather seating, an upgraded audio system and a blind-spot monitor. The all-wheel-drive system is also worth a look since it makes the RDX a little more fun to drive.

Acura RDX models

Like all Acuras, the RDX is not offered in trim levels per se but in a single base level with three options packages: Technology, A-Spec and Advance. There's also the new PMC Edition that Acura will build just 360 of.

All are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (272 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque) paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can opt for all-wheel drive (Acura calls it SH-AWD) for increased traction and sportier driving dynamics.

Base
Standard equipment on the RDX include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • 10.2-inch central display with touchpad controller
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

Every RDX also comes with:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Acura and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)

Technology
The Technology package adds some appealing upgrades and safety features, such as:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Two charge-only USB ports in the back row
  • 12-speaker premium audio system
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)

A-Spec
The A-Spec is the sport-themed RDX with:

  • All the features from the Technology package
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Restyled bumpers
  • Black-painted exterior trim
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather and simulated suede upholstery
  • 16-speaker audio system

Advance
The range-topping Advance package adds the following to the RDX:

  • All the features from the Technology package
  • Adaptive suspension dampers (enhance ride comfort and handling)
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Sound-reducing front side glass
  • Wood cabin trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Thigh extension and side bolster adjustment for front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Head-up display
  • 16-speaker audio system
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the RDX and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

PMC Edition
This limited-edition RDX combines the visual enhancements of the A-Spec with the extra features of the Advance. It also has:

  • Exclusive Thermal Orange paint
  • Gloss black treatment for the wheels, roof, grille, wheels, side mirrors and exhaust tips
  • Orange seat stitching

Consumer reviews

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4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 10%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 20 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, A 4.5 star review
A,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

This review is after a few days of ownership. I will update after a month or two. If you are reading this, you are probably considering this car and cross shopping similar cars, like the BMW X3, Infinity QX50, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, etc. I will focus on comparisons with those and items that that you notice after a few days that you may not have caught on the test drive(s). First up: things you should pay attention to that you may not catch at first 1. This car is cheaper for a fully optioned model than competitors. But, you will notice a few cost cutting places: A) the standard floor mats are awful. Truly atrocious. Budget for a set of premium floor mats from Acura as part of your purchase. B) vanity mirror lights, glovebox light, rear turn signals are not LED but everything else is. C) the back of the front seats is cheap feeling plastic - even fake leather would have been more in place with the rest of the interior. 2. The physical spare tire on AWD, non Aspec cars was a purchasing decision for us, after an awful experience with harsh-riding, quick-wearing, and hyper-expensive run-flats on our last car. A spare is rare in this segment. But, the flat tire and wheel you take off the car WILL NOT FIT back under the car. the big plastic bag near the jack under the cargo floor is for placing the tire in when you have to put it back in the car. 3. Pay careful attention to the rear view camera. In our advance package model, it is among the worst I have EVER seen and way out of place in a car of this level. It is manageable in bright daylight, but essentially unusable at night. The tech package camera is apparently better - drive this car at night, and try to back up into a dark parking spot if this is important to you. Next: Things you wonder if you can live with: 1. We are having mixed success with the weird dash layout. The open spot under the floating gear selector is more useful than we thought. However, since this pushes back the cupholders, they are less useful than expected. Pay attention to this if you are shorter driver. You will have to move the armrest forward, permanently reducing to 1 cupholder in the middle. Most of the other cars in segment (X3, QX50) have more logical placement. The QX50, in particular, has a perfect armrest for a shorter driver. 2. Screens and infotainment: Again, mixed. We are liking this better than the complex all touch screen controls of the XC60 and the odd ergonomics of the QX50 double screen. The menus are slightly better organized vs X3. But, you will need to spend quite some time setting it up. There is a huge learning curve. Once you get it customized, you don't need the trackpad much while driving, but it will take a while to get there. Watch out for the bluetooth integration if you don't use CarPlay or Android Auto. It works with one of our devices, but does not play well with the other. 3. Artificial engine noise. Yeah, on your test drive you heard it revving along. It is fake and a little obnoxious after a bit. Comfort setting makes it better, but you cannot turn it off without also disabling noise canceling features. Drive on a freeway with concrete roads and accelerate around in traffic while having a conversation with a rear seat passenger. Evaluate if this noise bothers you. 4. No AC control in rear. There is no reason why this car should not have it (another cost-savings?). Our main rear seat passenger is mostly colder than us most of the time, so seat heaters back there help. But there is no recourse if your main passenger likes more air in their face. More standard Pros and Cons: 1. Great driving car. Comparable turn-in with the BMW, sportier than the Volvo or Lexus. Some might find it slightly twitchy. The steering is more appropriately weighted than the QX50 and the ride is softer than that or the X3. On balance, we liked this one best. 2. Looks awesome from the front. But, it looks oddly tall and narrow from the back. I could do without the silly chrome strip on the side. The Qx50 is the best-looking car in segment, but we felt this was right behind it. 3. The cargo area is more useful than competitors, even if the cubic feet are the same. It is longer and flatter, with less volume going up. This leads to more useable floor space. 4. Seat comfort is second in class, with only the QX50 being better (possibly the most comfortable car seats EVER on that).The adjustability on RDX seats is incredible. 5. Sound system is best-in-class. I wish it had a better subwoofer and controls to specifically pump up lowest notes, but this a pretty minor gripe.

5 out of 5 stars, THE ACURA I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Carter,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

RDX is a driver’s crossover. Powerful engine, fast, the SH-AWD hugs the road well and it’s FUN to drive all while the occupants are wrapped in a quiet, tech filled and, shall I say, luxurious cabin. Love the ELS sound system. Acura is often downplayed to its European rivals, but that’s a small reason why I chose this vehicle. Acura has a decent luxury and performance pedigree, without the pretense other “more” upscale brands idealize.

5 out of 5 stars, Exceeded Expectations
Frank,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

We leased this coming from the previous generation RDX since we wanted to get the SH AWD and we were pleasantly surprised at all the overall improvements they have made in the car. It isn't the best at anything compared to the competition, but it is also priced much less and is comfortable enough and has just enough performance to make it a pleasant, if not thrilling, driving experience. This is perfect for our needs, since we just wanted a simple people mover while enjoying the drive and didn't need to show off to the neighbors or anything. I had trepidations regarding the TouchPad interface based on reviews, but after using it for a while I find it superior to touch screen and combined with voice commands the system works well. Also we contacted several dealers and they had a lot incentives going on. I did want to mention the biggest annoyance I have with the car is the auto engine off during stops cannot be defaulted to off, so it must be manually turned off every time the car is started. Not a huge problem honestly, but it is a feature I personally hate. My wife likes it since she says she can take her foot off the brake, which is a separate feature anyways, but to each their own.

5 out of 5 stars, Not Perfect but a Great Car
Robert Horwitz,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Looking for a very well priced semi luxury crossover then this might just fit the bill. Is this a perfect SUV, No. Is it a very well rounded vehicle for a good price, Yes. To be honest I love this car. For me it is a perfect balance for everything I was looking for. This car has the power that most people want with decent gas milage. It has the comfort and luxury found only in higher priced vehicles. You really get a lot out of what you pay for this vehicle. To me this is like the balance between the more expensive Audi's, Infinity's, Volvo's, and the want to be CX5 signature. It fits somewhere in between but closer to the $1000's more luxury brands. It looks great, drives great, and does not destroy you with payments. Compared to a fully decked out Rav 4 (non prime) and you are not paying much more but you get so much more. On paper it will check almost all the boxes that people needing a crossover with need.

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2021 Acura RDX video

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NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Acura RDX, but since the 2021 Acura RDX is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Edmunds Senior Road Test Engineer Jason Kavanagh drives the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, one of the most popular premium compact crossover SUVs. In this video, we go over the changes ushered in by the new RDX, including the different packages available, its engine and transmission, cargo area and cabin space. Plus, we introduce you to the clean-sheet infotainment interface that Acura is debuting in the RDX.

The 2019 Acura RDX has a pretty big shoes to fill is replacing the second-generation RDX which was one of the best-selling premium compact crossovers available so acura always knew that the RDX was a practical choice but what they learned was that people wanted something maybe a little bit more emotional which is why they spent a lot of time refining the handling and the performance of it but also giving it this much more aggressive styling compared to the outgoing RDX this is much more aggressive it's more creased it looks more grown-up and more premium the most noticeable features of the new design language can be seen in the five-pointed grille and the multi LED headlights this third-generation RDX is on an all-new platform it's also a little bit bigger than the previous generation RDX it's a little wider longer and rides on a longer wheelbase it has a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 10 speed automatic transmission the turbocharged 2-liter engine makes 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and it's actually one of the most powerful engines in its class even though the 2019 RDX has one powertrain it's gonna be sold in four trim level configurations base tech a spec and advanced what we have here is the a spec you can tell by the 20 inch wheels that are unique to a spec every other RDX gets 19 inch wheels and the a spec also has a lot of blacked-out trim on the front and the rear of the vehicle the tires are 20 millimeters wider on a spec but otherwise it's basically the same as all the other RDX's with one exception the dual mode muffler in this is a little bit louder so they've tuned this to give it a little bit more exhaust note this has the newest fourth generation of Acuras super handling all-wheel drive system and it's kind of a unique system and it lends a lot of capability to the RDX not just in terms of traction which all-wheel drive systems do but as the name implies it also has a big benefit in handling [Music] one of the changes for the third-generation RDX is a variable ratio steering now this is a fixed variable ratio steering system which probably sounds really confusing what it means is the further you turn the wheel the quicker the steering ratio gets so it's going to feel totally natural when you're driving it around unlike some systems that change the ratio with vehicle speed so for example when you're on the freeway the ratio right around Center is going to be nominal and once you're in a parking lot situation you need to add in a lot of steering angle you're gonna get a quicker and quicker ratio so what that means is you don't have to turn the wheel as far in a parking lot or a tight cornering situation in order to get the steering done you do notice the stiffer chassis just driving around it just feels solid and responsive and the 5linx suspension does a good job picking up its feet over bumps and basically you get responsive handling without a ride that punishes you there's a big silver knob front and center that controls the dynamic mode and with that you can select between the RDX's for driving modes and those are snow Comfort Sport and Sport Plus and among those they allow you to vary the transmission response the throttle response the super handling all-wheel drive torque vectoring capability and a sound level based on the exhaust mode so it changes a whole variety of things and it actually makes a pretty significant difference the new RDX it really strikes a nice balance between ride quality and handling I mean this thing feels pretty sharp pretty nimble on some of these tight turning roads but it still picks up its feet well over bum's that has a nice compliant ride and that's true whether you're sitting in the front or the back so well done now some of you might be wondering about the boost response of the engine and I can tell you it's really good I mean you roll into the throttle and the torque is pretty much immediate you've got 40% more torque at 1600 rpm than the old v6 so you're never wanting for torque and you're never waiting for the turbo to come on boil either and it's got a 10 speed automatic transmission and it seems to make pretty good decisions it doesn't get flustered about gear choice and it seems to always have the right gear for the occasion we've experienced this same powertrain in the Accord and we liked it there we like it here Acura paid a lot of attention to sound insulation in this new RDX and for a couple of reasons first quieter cars are just nicer but also they wanted to make sure the environment was set up appropriately for their new Els studio 3d sound system which is the premium audio system available in a spec in advanced packages and this is a really impressive sound system it's a 16 speaker 710 watt sound system that includes speakers in the headliner front and rear so really does create an experience that an audiophile will really respond well to so check it out if you like music Mac here went all in on technology with the third-generation RDX Acura watch is standard on all RDX's and that consists of adaptive cruise control emergency automatic braking lane-keeping system the whole suite of driver assistance features and those are things that you kind of have to piecemeal in some of the competition and pay more for it on advanced trim levels or super sophisticated head-up display that allows you to customize the menu items and control various aspects of the vehicle apple carplay is available and Android auto is not yet available but it will be they say they're working on it right now so we expect to see the Android auto in a few more months the new RDX also debuts Acuras all new infotainment interface which is called true touchpad interface and it really is unlike any other infotainment interface that is out there today it starts with a 10.2 inch HD screen that's not a touchscreen instead all the action happens here at the base of the center stack with this touchpad down here and it's split into two zones you have this big touchpad to control the main part of the screen and then this smaller touchpad zone to control the right side of the screen and it's it's pretty trick it's called absolute positioning so wherever your finger is on the touchpad corresponds to where you're highlighting the part on the screen so basically it's as though you are directly touching the screen without directly touching the screen it's going to take a little bit of adjustment but I think it holds a lot of promise the new RDX did grow slightly on the outside and on the inside and it's pretty spacious in here man there's plenty of room up front and even the back seat passengers have all kinds of headroom legroom you are not hurting for space in this and that goes for cargo volume as well not only is the cargo area big it's got the typical Honda Acura functional storage it's got in floor storage and they did that without giving up the spare a key remove the spare underneath the car to make more room for cargo on the inside the cabin storage is really well thought through - there's a nice size console bin with cupholders there's this auxilary storage area underneath the floating console door pockets I mean it's like any Acura and Honda they really think through the details of how people use their cars in the real world on a daily basis let's talk value which i think is a real strong point of the third generation RDX the entry-level two wheel drive version starts at 37,000 300 and comes pretty well equipped it has dual zone automatic climate control heated 12-way power seats a power liftgate and a panoramic sunroof which is standard on every RDX and even if you threw caution to the wind and went for the top-of-the-line advanced trim with the super handling all-wheel drive it's forty seven thousand four hundred which is a whole lot less than comparably equipped competitors this vehicle competes with a whole variety of different competitors from the BMW x3 mercedes-benz GLC Lexus NX Infiniti qx50 out eq5 I mean the list is really long Acura decided to set their sights primarily on the Germans and I think they pulled it off this is a nice driving vehicle that's beautiful inside we've got real leather wood metal accents the layout of all of the technology is pretty intuitive it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment to get accustomed to the true touchpad interface but I think that's because it's different not because it's difficult to use this is a pretty solid well-rounded package it doesn't break the bank there's a lot riding on 2019 Acura RDX in a really competitive segment but based on our first impression here we think it's got what it takes to be a success from features to performance to luxury it's kind of a sweet package and to top it off it's thousands less than the competition there's a lot to like here and as a bonus you're not gonna have to wait very long because they reach dealers on June 1st to read our first drive in the 2019 RDX head on over to edmunds.com 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Features & Specs

SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package features & specs
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$43,100
MPG 21 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$40,200
MPG 21 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package features & specs
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$46,100
MPG 21 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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4dr SUV w/Technology Package features & specs
4dr SUV w/Technology Package
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$41,400
MPG 22 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RDX safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatically lowers the set cruise speed when you approach slower-moving cars.
Lane Keeping Assist System
Detects when the car is approaching the lane's edge and applies steering torque to help recenter it in the lane.
Collision Mitigation Braking System
Automatically applies the brakes when it detects an impending front collision.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Acura RDX vs. the competition

Acura RDX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been the reigning champ in the compact crossover segment since its last redesign in 2016. The GLC comes with a variety of engine choices, starting with the four-cylinder GLC 300 that goes toe to toe with the RDX. Between the two, the GLC is a little more refined and has a superior infotainment interface, but the RDX offers more features for the money.

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Acura RDX vs. Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is one of the more stylish choices in the segment, with distinctive T-shaped headlights and flared rear haunches. It's also properly luxurious inside, with rich materials and an understated Scandinavian aesthetic. As with the other vehicles on this list, you'll end up paying slightly more for a Volvo equipped similarly to the Acura.

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Acura RDX vs. BMW X3

The BMW X3 matches up well to the RDX and is similarly roomy and comfortable. BMW does offer a strong turbocharged six-cylinder engine option, which you can't get on the RDX. There are a few more optional technology features and interior trim choices too. But you'll be paying a lot more to get the X3 compared to the RDX.

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FAQ

Is the Acura RDX a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RDX both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Acura RDX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RDX gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RDX has 31.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Acura RDX. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Acura RDX?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Acura RDX:

  • New limited-run PMC Edition model
  • Part of the third RDX generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Acura RDX reliable?

To determine whether the Acura RDX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RDX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RDX's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Acura RDX a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Acura RDX is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RDX and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RDX is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Acura RDX?

The least-expensive 2021 Acura RDX is the 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,200.

Other versions include:

  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $43,100
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $40,200
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $46,100
  • 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $41,400
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $48,000
  • 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $38,200
  • 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $44,100
  • 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $46,000
  • SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $51,000
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What are the different models of Acura RDX?

If you're interested in the Acura RDX, the next question is, which RDX model is right for you? RDX variants include SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of RDX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura RDX Overview

The 2021 Acura RDX is offered in the following submodels: RDX SUV. Available styles include SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2021 Acura RDX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Acura RDX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RDX 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 RDX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Acura RDX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RDX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Acura RDX?

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,125. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,208 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,208 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,917.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 38 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,125. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,563 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,563 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,562.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 128 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,225. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,451 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,451 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,774.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 56 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,025. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,333 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,333 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,692.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,425. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,727 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,727 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,698.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 13 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,125. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,093 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,093 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,032.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,225. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,571 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,571 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,655.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,025. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,320 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,320 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,705.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,995. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $2,145 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,145 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,850.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Acura RDXES are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Acura RDX?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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