This 2013 Acura RDX video review talks about this five-passenger crossovers and how it compares to other such luxury SUVs. We discuss price, fuel economy, features, safety and comfort.
Acura RDX pricing starts around $35,000, and the top-of-the-line AWD model with the Technology package featured in the video tops out around $40,000. Competitors start in the same price territory, but when equipped comparably, they all end up more expensive. Score one for Acura here.
There's nothing flashy about the RDX, but inside you'll find good quality materials and roomy, comfortable seating in the front and rear. Pairing your phone and entering destinations into the navigation system couldn't be easier, and make a note to pack your DVDs if you still have some: the ELS audio system will play them in true 5.1 surround sound. Of course, there's a USB input, too, as well as Pandora integration for smartphones. Cargo space is about average for this class, and in this latest redesign, Acura added a power liftgate.
If you're someone who likes having all the latest technology, you'll notice that Acura didn't include everything. You can't get adaptive cruise control or blind spot and lane departure warning systems, features that most rivals offer. Airbag coverage is comprehensive, but the RDX doesn't offer a collision avoidance system or telematics that automatically send help if the airbags deploy.
What the Acura does offer is a smooth V6 that provides strong acceleration and good fuel economy for an engine this size. This AWD model is rated 19 city/27 highway and 22 combined mpg. If you never drive in snow, you could get the front-wheel-drive version, which is rated a bit higher (20 city/28 highway/23 mpg combined).
One of the best things about the Acura RDX is its excellent highway ride, and the cabin stays very quiet. Some competitors offer a sportier driving experience, but if you're just looking for a practical yet upscale family vehicle, that probably isn't your priority anyway.