Used 2018 Acura RDX Base SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Acura RDX Base SUV.

Most helpful consumer reviews

Satisfied Customer
JKF,07/23/2018
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Based on a month of having this car, very satisfied with it so far. Pluses, in my opinion, include strong and smooth V6, 6 speed automatic transmission, smooth and comfortable ride, and it gets gas mileage in line with the sticker ratings. Also, I like the volume and tuning knobs for the radio. Have a 2016 Honda CR-V, as well, and it does not have the radio control knobs, just some buttons to try to find while driving. The Honda does have a right side camera in the mirror, but the Acura does not...kind of surprising. Good deals available now on the 2018 since a restyled 2019 is out on the lots.
Best vehicle ever own
Tony Lee,09/02/2018
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I just traded in my 2014 CRV for a 2018 RDX Basic AWD. I love this car because it had the same simple controls as my CRV. I beat myself for not buying this sooner. I didn't like the 2018 CRV because of the Turbo & SVT, I couldn't careless about MPG. nor premium fuel. I test drove but didn't like the following on the 2019 RDX : Turbo, SVT, nice looking console and interior, but complicated entertainment controls. I do wish I have SH-AWD on the 2018 (Another one of those MPG related item from Honda Corporate philosphy). My 2018 RDX has plenty of power, comfortable seats and firm ride, best headlights, excellent brake, air conditioning, .good AWD in snow. I drive my RDX with confidence and not worry about a steep hill. The only thing I didn't like were the useless pedal shifter and the small gas tank. I owned this car for over 2 years. It is still the best car I ever owned with no problem whatsoever. It was always a pleasure to take it to a long trip. I would add that the normal maintenance of this car is not that cheap.
Nice whip!
Alex,10/18/2017
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Very smooth driving, almost no road noise. Great SUV so far!
Love this car
Halina Dorozynski,06/13/2018
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Acura RDX is beautiful car I hope is good in the snow very comfortable I wish mileage was better . Acura of Wappingers Falls has nice people working there .Brendon was very helpful.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Acura RDX Base SUV

What’s new

  • No changes for 2018
  • Part of the second RDX generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

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


Which RDX does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend a fully loaded RDX with the Advance package and all-wheel drive since it's barely more expensive than the most basic BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace or Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and provides the gamut of driver assist and infotainment technology, not to mention V6 power.

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Acura RDX SUV

Overall rating

8.0 / 10

For many reasons, the Acura RDX is one of our top picks in the luxury compact SUV segment. It's a well-made and well-equipped SUV that is a clear, premium step up from mainstream compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V. Its value is undeniable and a must-drive for buyers who value smart engineering and style equally.

Chief among the RDX's virtues are space and value for your money. Although a "compact" SUV, the RDX has plenty of family-friendly space. Should you need a back seat big enough to affix a rear-facing baby seat, or 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.

From a value perspective, the RDX is one of the few compact SUVs to come with a standard V6 engine. It also has a long list of standard features, but it also remains competitive with its European counterparts even after you load it up with all the available options. In fact, a fully loaded RDX with the optional all-wheel drive is priced on par with some of the base models of many competitors.

Notably, we picked the Acura RDX as one of Edmunds' Best Used SUVs and Best Used Luxury SUVs for 2018.

2018 Acura RDX models

The 2018 Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV that seats five people and is powered by a standard 3.5-liter V6 (279 hp, 252 lb-ft). Although there are no trims, the RDX can be equipped with three options packages. AcuraWatch Plus adds driver assist features; Technology adds ELS audio, navigation and sport seats; and the Advance package bundles the first two together and then pads on additional luxury features such as vented seats and remote engine start. Finally, the RDX can be optioned with all-wheel drive; it comes standard with front-wheel drive.

Even without any packages, the RDX standard features list is packed. It includes 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, a power liftgate, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), 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.

RDX AcuraWatch Plus


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.

RDX Technology


The Technology package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, a navigation system, traffic information, GPS-linked climate control, leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat, smartphone apps with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, HD radio, Aha internet radio capability and a 10-speaker sound system.

RDX Advance


The Advance package includes all of the features from both AcuraWatch Plus and Technology package and adds front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, foglights, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote ignition, and ventilated front seats.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of a 2016 Acura RDX Advance (3.5L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

7.5
The RDX's smooth-revving V6 sounds great and is responsive. Equipped with the optional AWD system, the drivetrain can send up to 40 percent of its torque to the rear wheels if slip is detected from the front wheels, perfect for slippery roads and performance driving.

Acceleration

8.5
The V6 engine delivers strong acceleration for this 4,000-pound midsize SUV and is paired to a six-speed automatic that is silky smooth. A few competitors may be quicker to 60 mph, but they all carry a higher price tag.

Braking

8.0
The RDX resists brake fade and nosedive under continuous stops, and maintains a nice straight path and reassuring pedal feel. All-season tires turn a quiet cabin noisy momentarily if ABS is invoked. Its shortest stop from 60 mph is 122 feet, which is average for the class.

Steering

8.5
Having switched to electric power assist in 2014, Acura continues to improve steering control through stiffer mounts. Although road feedback is minimal, the response is excellent and precise with a nice level of effort.

Handling

8.0
The RDX is nimble by SUV standards, but long gone is the corner-carving Super-Handling AWD system in the early generation RDX. The new AWD with Intelligent Control is geared toward better fuel economy and traction maintenance in slippery conditions.

Drivability

9.0
Drivability is excellent overall. Normal mode skews toward efficiency, selecting the highest gear, which leads to occasional uphill gear ambivalence. Sport selects gears for optimum throttle response and improved performance, but fuel efficiency suffers.

Off-road

6.0
The RDX's torque transfer on-demand all-wheel drive is still primarily focused for slippery road conditions rather than true off-road environments. Also, the lack of any off-road electronic aids like hill descent control is telling.

Comfort

8.5
Acura achieves a high level of comfort in the RDX that makes it an excellent daily driver, yet provides the space and flexibility for a multitude of weekend activities. Plus, the comprehensive suite of optional AcuraWatch active safety features provides added peace of mind.

Seat comfort

8.0
Not a lot of lateral support to be had, but this RDX is less focused on throwing you into a bend than it is on everyday road comfort. The seat cushions are firm but sufficiently padded, while the optional power ventilation keeps you fresh over long stints.

Ride comfort

8.5
The RDX is equipped with a well-tuned suspension that manages to soak up bumps and impacts without delivering an overly soft and floaty ride quality. This is not an easy balance to strike from a nonactive/adjustable suspension.

Noise & vibration

8.5
A very quiet cabin with good insulation from road, wind and unwanted engine noise. Active Noise Control actually cancels out unwanted sound frequencies, while new active engine mounts (ACM) attenuate engine vibrations in a similar fashion.

Interior

8.5
The sleek-looking exterior of the RDX belies the generous space within. Highlights include an extra-wide cargo hatch opening and ample shoulder and legroom for all occupants. Also, the standard rearview camera provides three useful camera modes: normal, wide angle and a top bumper view.

Ease of use

8.5
The dual-screen infotainment system requires some time for familiarization, but it functions conveniently enough. Steering controls are clearly labeled and intuitively placed, and driver assistance systems are easily toggled on or off.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
Both front and rear doors open just shy of perpendicular for good access overall. The rear door apertures may be on the narrow side for some, with a medium-high step-in height to the seat bottom. A power liftgate is standard on all trims.

Roominess

9.5
Shoulder and legroom have been increased front to rear, with ample room for three adult passengers in the second row. A flat floor pan frees up more foot space for the middle passenger, and virtually no center seat hump means good headroom for all.

Visibility

8.5
Outward visibility through the windows and properly sized mirrors is already good, though having the optional blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert provides a state of hyperawareness. A multiview rear camera is standard.

Quality

8.5
Although Acura lacks some of the interior design flair of its competitors, build quality is spot-on. A critical improvement is the matching resolutions for the dual-screen infotainment system, a sore spot in some other models using the same layout.

Utility

At 26.1 cubic feet, it's not the largest trunk in class, but a significantly wider rear hatch opening makes loading a breeze. Redundant seatback releases for the 60/40-split bench (one trunk, one on either side of the bench shoulders) are highly convenient.

Technology

The Technology package adds a second screen, 10-speaker audio system, voice-operated navigation and climate control, and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While fumbling with the controls and screens can be distracting, the system is useful.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Acura RDX in Virginia is:

$62.33 per month*
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