2017 Acura RDX SUV

2017 Acura RDX
2017 Acura RDX

Pros

  • Strong acceleration and fuel economy from standard V6 engine
  • Elevated rear seat provides generous legroom and a commanding view
  • More features than competitors at a similar or much lower price
  • Generous cargo capacity for the segment

Cons

  • Cabin lacks overtly luxurious look and feel
  • High-tech safety features and adaptive cruise control don't work as well as some rival systems
  • Technology interface can be distracting to use, especially the optional dual-screen system


Which RDX does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend getting a loaded RDX with the Advance package. It doesn't cost much more than the base version of rivals like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, yet it includes high-end features like the AcuraWatch safety system that provides a safety net most shoppers will benefit from.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

There are many reason why the Acura RDX is one of our top picks in the segment. It's a well-made, well-equipped compact SUV that is a clear, premium step up from the Honda CR-Vs of this world. Its value is undeniable and a must-drive for sensible sorts whose left side of the brain is more influential than the right.

Chief among the RDX's virtues are space and value for your money. Let's start with the first. Although a "compact" SUV, the RDX has plenty of family-friendly space -- so much so that you could almost consider it an alternative to midsize SUVs like the Lexus RX 350. Should you need a backseat big enough to affix a rear-facing baby seat, or conversely, a pair of growing teenagers, the RDX is better suited to the task than most other vehicles in the segment. Cargo capacity is also generous, both in terms of its on-paper measurements and real-world practicality.

As for value for your money, a fully loaded RDX with the Advance package and all-wheel drive is barely more expensive than the most basic BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace or Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Sure, there are some areas in which those are superior to the RDX, but if you're looking to get the most equipment for your money while still getting a premium badge and a higher degree of quality, this Acura could definitely be a better way to go.

The RDX got a face-lift last year, so changes for 2017 are restricted to a pair of new color choices.

Trim tested

The 2017 Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV that seats five people. There is a single trim level available with three optional packages (AcuraWatch Plus, Technology and Advance). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

Standard features are plentiful. They include 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a power liftgate, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio control (streams from smartphone), an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and a media player interface.

The Acura RDX is the value champ in the segment, boasting more equipment and space for your dollar than anything else.

The AcuraWatch Plus package adds a forward collision warning and automatic braking system, a lane-departure warning and keeping system, adaptive cruise control and a color trip computer display.

The Technology package adds blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, a navigation system, traffic information, GPS-linked climate control, leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat, smartphone apps, HD radio, Aha Internet radio capability and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS sound system.

The Advance package includes all of the above extras plus front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, foglights, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote ignition and ventilated front seats.

There are no other options.

performance & mpg

The 2017 Acura RDX is only available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

In Edmunds acceleration testing, an all-wheel-drive RDX went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest SUVs in the segment.

Despite it have a V6 engine in a segment where turbocharged four-cylinders are prevalent, the RDX still returns class-average fuel economy. The EPA estimates that it will return 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg (19/27) with all-wheel drive. We managed a respectable 24.9 mpg on the 116-mile Edmunds evaluation route.

The RDX is handsome, but not overly flashy like some of its competitors.

safety

The 2017 Acura RDX comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a rearview camera.

Optional active safety equipment includes forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, a blind spot monitor, lane-departure warning and lane-departure intervention. Though these systems on paper sound similar to those offered by rivals, in practice we found them to set off the collision alarm in instances when a collision is clearly not imminent. Its adaptive cruise control system is also too quick to slam on the brakes and too slow to get back up to speed.

In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive 2016 RDX came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is about average for this class.

The government gave the RDX a top score of five stars for total crash protection, with five stars for total front impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the RDX its highest possible score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, roof-strength and head restraints and seats (whiplash protection) tests.

Backseat space is among the most generous in the segment.

interior

The 2017 Acura RDX's cabin is a pleasant place to be, as it feels spacious and boasts solid construction.

Base models get a dial controller on the center stack plus conventional sound system buttons. That setup works fine, though the control knob in the middle of the dash is less intuitive to use than some rival console-mounted controllers. Unfortunately, the base setup might actually be preferable to the upgraded split-screen interface that comes standard with the Technology package -- operating the touchscreen's virtual buttons is a more distracting and often slower process, and the way the system divides information between the two screens can be confusing.

On the upside, the front seats are as firm and supportive as those in the best European models, while the backseat offers more legroom than most competitors, making it easy for a pair of 6-footers to sit comfortably in both rows. One notable ingredient here is the elevated height of the rear bench, which affords both excellent thigh support and a commanding outward view, while still leaving ample headroom. There's also enough width for three adults to share the space during short trips.

The 2017 RDX's 26.1 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats is about the same as most rivals, but folding down the rear seats (via a pair of nifty release handles on the cargo bay walls) opens up 61.3 cubic feet of capacity. That makes it one of the most spacious in the segment, though in general, this segment considerably trails their non-luxury counterparts in this regard: the Honda CR-V, for instance.

The cargo area is wider than that of many rivals and generally more useful.

driving

A turbocharged four-cylinder is increasingly the engine of choice for small luxury crossovers these days, but the V6 in the 2017 Acura RDX is so good that you might just wonder what all the fuss is about. Step on the gas pedal and the RDX scoots ahead quickly and quietly, though there's also a nice V6 snarl at high rpm that sounds better than a lot of those four-cylinder engines. The six-speed automatic transmission is also a bit unusual in this era of eight- and nine-speed automatics, but it generally responds to your inputs with smooth and timely shifts.

Though it's not quite as sporty as some rivals, the RDX still changes direction with poise and confidence. Its steering feels light but precise, and overall handling is composed and secure when driving through turns. On the open highway, the RDX boasts low levels of road and wind noise, with an impressively comfortable ride. Indeed, with its luxurious yet responsive character and standard V6 power, the RDX isn't just a top compact crossover. It can also be viewed as a more affordable alternative to midsize models like the Lexus RX.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Acura RDX.

RDX > Competition
Happy,07/17/2016
Updated: Over a year in to it and still love the vehicle. Utilizing the tech is still harder than it should be. First Acura. We (truthfully my wife) were looking for a medium size SUV to replace our 2001 Honda Odyssey. We test drove the RDX, Lexus RX 350, Nissan Murano, and a loaded out Honda CRV. RDX was our first choice by a mile. Super smooth power train and very quiet/smooth ride. Easily best value in its class. Back seat room is exceptional for two adults but three would definitely be a crowd. Only downsides include cludgy technology/interfaces, smallish gas tank, and somewhat narrow driver and front passenger seating.
The right decision on a 2017 Acura RDX Advance
drjcool1,11/24/2016
I have been researching and shopping for a new vehicle for several months. I had narrowed it down to the Acura RDX awd and Lexus NX and briefly thought about waiting until the new Honda CRV makes it's debut next month. Well, I just pulled the trigger on the RDX with all the bells and whistles, and I couldn't be happier. It drives beautifully. It is quiet, responsive, and displays impressive handling. Although the tech is probably of 2015 vintage (no apple car play or android auto), with ACC, LKAS, blind spot monitoring, collision mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and stability control, I reallyb don't feel that I am sacrificing anything. I have no problem with the double screen setup, and although there is a bit of a learning curve, I enjoy having the big map always being displayed on the upper screen. The "cherry" on top was a killer deal I secured after visiting/communicating with multiple Acura dealers in the NY area. I strongly suggest that you do your due diligence.
Very Nice vehicle
Michael Marynowski,07/07/2016
This is a vehicle that compares to competing brands that are much more expensive. I bought this RDX while trading in my larger MDX. The biggest difference is this is the little brother to the MDX and does not have the 3rd row of seats and thus less cargo space as well. I didn't need the space and welcomed the smaller SUV with better gas mileage! If I have any complaint at all it is that the front driver seats appears to be much smaller than the one that was in my 2012 MDX. It has been taking me awhile to get used to it. The bigger MDX seemed to have more support particularly with a bigger seat body that went up to the back of my knees. Other than that the car is fantastic. First time having cooling ventilating front seats which is a joy during the hot days. Definitely go with the Advance Package. All the goodies that go with it are worth the price!
2017 Acura RDX lemon
Zohan,02/06/2017
I have a 2017 Acura RDX and ever since 500-800 miles alignment issues, dash board noise , steering wheel noise , front brakes make noise. This is leased car and I don't have confidence that this is a great car with ongoing issues that dealer can't fix. Disappointed
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2017 Acura RDX video

JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmunds editor Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Acura RDX. The RDX is Acura's compact luxury crossover, loosely based on the Honda CRV, but obviously pretty far removed. You've got luxury styling cues on the outside, luxury trimmings on the inside. Under the hood, there's a 3.5 liter v-6 engine, 279 horsepower, 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds in Edmond's testing. So this is a pretty quick rig.Front wheel drive is standard, all wheel drive is optional. If you stick with front wheel drive you get up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway. It's pretty impressive for something with this much power. Cargo capacity, we're giving it a pro. It's not super impressive by the numbers, but for the segment, not too bad. Easy flip down handles on either side of the cargo bay let you flip down the rear seat backs, open up about 61 cubic feet of cargo space. It's enough to do something with. Inside the RDX, you see one of the better backseats in this segment. The cushions nice and high on the bottom, plenty of headroom, plenty of leg room. It's really more of a midsize experience back there. Makes this vehicle an interesting alternative to, technically, mid-ize competitors like the Lexus RX. Upfront the RDX gives you a lot of features for your money. You'll note that in this particular model, there's only one infotainment screen in the top of the dash. Many RDX's will be equipped with a dual-screen layout that we find distracting, and frankly a bit sub par for the class. Overall the RDX offer strong value for the segment, doesn't have the overt luxury of some of its rivals. But if you're looking for a nice combination of performance and versatility, still a great pick. For more Edmund's expert rundowns click the link to subscribe.

2017 Acura RDX Expert Rundown

If a small luxury SUV is on your shopping list, you should consider the 2017 Acura RDX.Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$43,820
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$39,370
MPG
20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$40,870
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$37,170
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
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 Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Acura RDX

If you were looking to build a winning crossover SUV, it'd be hard to go wrong by offering a little more space for a little less money. Which, it turns out, is exactly what the 2017 Acura RDX delivers.

The compact RDX is an upscale crossover with seating for five passengers. Topping its lists of strengths is a quiet, spacious interior with plenty of room for a growing family. In fact, despite its compact footprint, its passenger cabin is on par with those of some larger midsize luxury SUVs.

Front seats offer good support and the elevated rear seat affords occupants a good view out the front and sides. There's enough head- and legroom for 6-foot adults to get comfortable in back, and it's even wide enough to accommodate three across, at least for short trips.

On the value front, the 2017 RDX is offered in a single well-equipped trim level with desirable standard features, including LED headlights and a power liftgate. There are three option packages, including the AcuraWatch Plus, Technology and Advance. Even loaded up with all those options, however, the Acura RDX isn't much more expensive than the base models of its luxury crossover competitors

When it comes to deciding how you want your RDX kitted out, it helps to know this: Acura does technology well. A good example is the AcuraWatch Plus option package, which bundles advanced safety features like a forward collision warning with automatic braking and lane-keeping alert with lane-keeping assist. The Technology package adds nice-to-have extras, including a navigation system and a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Advance package builds on all of the above with front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors and more. In a curious twist, the standard display and controller knob on the base model, while not quite as easy to use as those on other luxury crossovers, is actually preferable to the optional dual-touchscreen upgrade.

Under the hood, the combination of a 279-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission gives the 2017 RDX especially lively performance. In fact, its zero-to-60-mph time of 6.5 seconds makes it among the quickest entries in the compact luxury crossover segment. Better still is the fact that EPA fuel economy estimates of 23 combined (20 city/28 highway) for front-wheel-drive models are comparable to those of several four-cylinder competitors. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an option.

The RDX's suspension complements that powertrain with sharp handling that's nearly as good as that of its more performance-oriented European rivals. Steering has a light but precise feel to it that enhances the overall driving experience. Best of all, the impressive ride quality doesn't appear to suffer from this sporty bent.

Put all this together and the 2017 Acura RDX is a top choice among luxury crossovers. Let Edmunds help find the right RDX model for you.

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What do people think of the 2017 Acura RDX SUV?

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