2020 Acura RDX

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2020 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
  • Overall performance lags behind competitors
  • No significant changes this year
  • Part of the third RDX generation introduced for 2019

The Acura RDX offers something a little different in the small luxury SUV class. It has a lot of available technology features, a well-built interior, excellent ergonomics, and better-than-average cargo and passenger space. There's certainly a lot to like and, feature for feature, it's significantly less expensive than European alternatives.

But the RDX has a few weaknesses compared to top competitors. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides decent power, but 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. And the required learning curve to operate it may turn off shoppers who aren't interested in picking up new technology.

Overall, though, the 2020 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.

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Just looking at the RDX A-Spec should tell you everything you need to know thanks to the the tech-forward angular bodywork. Sure, there's a hint of performance thanks to the black trim and larger wheels, but the new RDX is all about integrating technology into every aspect of the driving experience. It doesn't offer quite the performance of competitors, but it compensates with a price that's thousands less when fully loaded.
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 at 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 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 having 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's mileage is lower than what the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 return. 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?

Much of the RDX's appeal relates to value. As such, we think the Technology package — which adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, along with leather upholstery, premium audio, parking sensors, and navigation — is the way to go. It gets most of the features you'll want at an agreeable price. You should also consider getting the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which improves traction in wet weather and slightly enhances the RDX's handling abilities.

Acura RDX models

Like all Acuras, the new RDX is offered not in trim levels per se but as a single trim available with three option packages. On top of the base vehicle, buyers can add the Technology, A-Spec and Advance packages.

All RDXs are equipped with the same powertrain, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (272 horsepower, 280 lb-ft) connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is a stand-alone option. We're fans of Acura's SH-AWD option for the added traction and handling capability.

Base versions are actually quite well-equipped, with a lot of equipment luxury buyers expect and a few extras that are optional on competitors. The AcuraWatch suite of driver aids is standard, along with an infotainment system that includes a touchpad interface, a 10.2-inch central display and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

The Technology package adds more features such as navigation, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an upgraded 12-speaker sound system.

The RDX A-Spec is similar but adds bigger wheels and wider tires and some visual flair via blacked-out trim inside and out. Inside, there's a thumping 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D surround-sound system. We like the A-Spec's look, but there's no real commensurate performance advantage.

The Advance package is the most feature-packed of all. Acoustic front door glass and thicker carpet quiet things down, while its adaptive suspension dampers, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded power-adjustable front seats, 360-degree camera, and a customizable head-up display give it an edge in comfort and convenience.

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5 star reviews: 71%
4 star reviews: 6%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 4.2 stars based on 62 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Jack of All Trades
Panzrwagn,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The RDX doesnt have the overall interior panache of an Audi Q5, or the powertrain options and steering feel of a BMW X3. It's a bit tighter than a Lexus RX, or the presence of a Mercedes GLC. So why bother, right? Because while it may ring up nothing but second places, at the end of the day, its the sum of all those, and the consistency of its performance that wins you over. And even fully loaded with the SH-AWD. Tech, and Advanced packages it comes in between $5,000 and $10,000 less than its competition. I got the Advanced package primarily for the adustable suspension. While the lower spec RDXs offer 4 driving modes, they don't change the suspension calibration, just steering, throttle, and transmission. And while no one would accuse those shocks of performing the witchcraft of the magnetodynamic shocks in all the high-end sports and go-fast cars, they are a big step in that direction. And that .matters to Acura as they reinforce their position as the sportier luxury brand. Theres more than a little NSX DNA here. Even the styling, striking from most angles evokes that, without the staidness of the European brands or the overdone 'angry samurai" front end of the Lexus. For reference the last few years I've owned a Mercedes ML350 (incredible utility and maneuverability, a great engine/transmission pairing, except when the transmission failed at 65,000 miles, and a "too bad, so sad" dealer response to the $9 ,000 replacement bill, and very overboosted steering) and a totally awesome, totally reliable 2016 Golf GTI that reminds you everytime you drive it that greatness comes in all shapes and budgets. Also there was a Boxster S and my wife's Z4 in the mix. Swapping the Benz for the Acura, after driving the others was easy. My biggest gripe? The font in the main display requires reading glasses for anyone over 50. Seriously. Much has ben said about the infotainment touchpad, but very little about the voice recognition. Which i now use for about 90% of all my nav and infotainment system control. Its not quite Siri or Alexa, mostly in its speed, but its quite reliable at address voice inputs, station selection, etc. That leaves the driving experience. I am 5' 11 and 235 lbs, and i can dial up accomodations in the seating and driving position that make multi-hour drives very comfortable, and the heated and vented sport seats I find both supportive and comfortable. Around town, comfort mode is fine, and sport mode definitely tightens things up a notch. SportPlus, make that 2 or maybe 3 notches. Power from the 2 liter, 272 hp turbo-4 matches the overall demeanor of the RDX very well, but boy, what 2.4 liter 325 hp turbo-4 would add. Or, more likely an NSX-style hybrid arrangement with a couple of electrics adding 100hp or so. The chassis feels up to it. In the end, though. I paid my money and took my choice. I could have afforded any of the others, but none of the so took my breath away as to make me want to part with an extra $10 grand. Fast forward 6 months and a few thousand miles. The RDX is a spectacular cruiser. I have learned to trust the ACC and the other automations. I'm still not in love with the user interface or the transmission selector. Both could stand some 'un-engineering' and made simpler. The sound system continues to amaze with the sound quality. The SH-AWD handling is mostly invisible, but on a couple occasions I have been startled by some athletic moves that I am unaccustomed to in an SUV. Power is adequate, but another 50 HP would be awesome. Reliability, as I would expect from a Honda product, has been absolute. Highway mileage is acceptable at around 26-27 MBG, but in town I can't get it above 16 MPG or so. Blame the smallish engine and largish turbo.

5 out of 5 stars, Great vehicle but not perfect
Auto Buyer in KC,
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Updated on 07/24/2020 - One year and 8K miles into the car and we love everything except the gear "shifter" - still have to think too much to shift - not intuitive. Gas mileage on the road is running about 26 but in the city it's still at 19. You would think it could do better. The infotainment has rebooted a couple of times so that's a bit annoying - usually on long drives. One service issue with the rear hatch catching when opening (made a popping noise) but the dealer fixed it by adjusting the lift gate's hinges. This is a great cruiser and very comfortable and quiet. Can't say enough about the sound system and now like the touchpad after getting used to it. Love the Heads-Up Display more every time I drive it. In my opinion you won't go wrong with the RDX.--> end of update 2020 RDX Advanced. Overall a great car. Replaced an Audi Q5. $7K less and more features. We looked at Audi, Volvo, Lincoln, Mazda, Honda, etc. Initially felt the Advance package was a bit pricey but worth it since we'll keep the vehicle for 10 years. Love: Heads-up display, quiet, roomy, BLIS, Audio System is excellent, under the floor storage in rear, very quick and fun, dash, seat comfort, SH-AWD (thought this was a gimmick but it really works nice), 360 degree camera, and Apple CarPlay. Like the auto-lock feature in case you forget it automatically locks the car. Dislikes: Push button transmission (hate), ugly HUGE ride mode selector (hate), touch pad (Getting used to it),POOR GAS MILEAGE - averaging 18 MPG after 1K miles - not using sport mode - seems very low.

4 out of 5 stars, Great Performance, Fun To Drive!
Pete K.,
SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

UPDATED 12-29-20 - After a call with Acura Client Services, they instructed my dealership to replace the amplifier on my RDX to correct the "No Audio Connection" problem it was giving me. This did correct the problem, and my ACS advisor was a pleasure to work with. The only remaining bug is that Apple Car Play crashes with some regularity, but I don't use the feature much (would be more useful to me if it were wireless). I am pleased with my vehicle, even had it out in the snow once (finally) and it was fine. Recommended. ----- Original Review: After researching small luxury SUVs for a few months and test driving the Lexus NX 300 and the Acura RDX, it was clear that the Acura RDX with SH-AWD and the A-Spec and Technology packages was the vehicle for me. The only extras I got were the remote start on the keyfob (works great from a football field away, or less if there are buildings in the way) and the Zurich Shield offered by the dealership, which I've used before on my Hondas to great success (didn't have to wax them for five years, water still beaded up). Here's what impresses me after 1000 miles, and what doesn't (no car is perfect, btw). Pluses: quiet, comfortable ride, Sport + mode is insanely fun compared to the Comfort mode (and unlike the Lexus, changes more than your shift points), huge moon roof really "opens up" the interior, lane assist and adaptive cruise control works WAY better than I expected, sensors really help you avoid fender benders via multiple visual and audible alerts, infotainment system is STELLAR and EASY TO USE, despite people ragging on it (there was one bug... wait for it), the A-Spec styling is REALLY sharp, especially the black contrast pieces and the 20" gray wheels, and there's tons of room inside for a small SUV. Minuses: the infotainment system gave me a "no audio connection" error once, which disappeared (then reappeared many times after this original review). This is a known issue that seems to be persisting with no known fix, according to the dealer, who told me to wait for software updates. Also, the brakes make some noise initially when wet or cold, but it quickly clears up for me after I drive a bit and use them. That's it. This is an absurdly nice vehicle with plenty of power as compared to the Lexus NX 300 F-Sport. The 10-speed (8 in Sport + mode) transmission shifts smoothly and effortlessly, and I find the overall experience of driving this vehicle simply excellent. I would have wanted to see better combined gas mileage than around 20 mpg, but with a 17 gallon tank the cruising range is acceptable. Super-nice vehicle, especially for the price. Love the Platinum White Pearl paint as well, the fleck looks incredible (was the reason I got the 2020 instead of the 2019, which would have been cheaper, but this color was not available).

5 out of 5 stars, A very Nice Small Luxury SUV
Lewisr,
4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

We moved to the 2020 Acura RDX-Tech from a 2018 Honda Accord EXL-with Nav, and have owned the vehicle for 10 days. We loved the Accord, which we believe is one of the best buys available in a vehicle today. Because my wife and I are in our mid 70s, however, getting out of the low-to-ground sedan required pushing upward. Having owned several SUVs in the past, some of which required stepping down to get out, we tried several new crossover SUVs and liked the Acura RDX the best. The RDX is a pleasure to drive with outstanding handling and comfort. The engine is very responsive and the steering is precise. We found the upscale espresso interior to be very pleasing and the audio system has quite good sound. The high technology in the RDX is very similar to the Accord with two exceptions. First the transmission is button operated rather than a shift lever. Upon entering the RDX the Drive and Park were very obvious, however, I had to be shown how to push the Reverse button down. Once shown, it was no longer an issue. Occasionally, I still start to reach for the shift lever out of habit, but the push buttons are very easy to get used to. The second difference is the touch pad operation of the Navigation System and Audio/infotainment system. We loved the Navigation system in the Accord, which is a Garmin system and we have had 3 or more garmins in the past. Still it took about 3 days to get used to the Accord Garmin system. The touch pad system seemed odd at first, however, in a few days we have become accustomed to it and it is no longer an issue The touch pad system does not use a cursor, but moves from block to block on the screen. Let me say that I hate touch pads on laptops, and always plug a mouse in one of the USB ports to avoid using it. I like the touch pad on the RDX system, however, much better than the cursor type touchpad on lap tops. We are now used to the RDX touch pad and find it rather easy to use. One of the great things about the Acura system is that Voice Commands work really well. Once you set up the system, you almost never have to use the touch pad while driving. A combination of Voice Commands and steering wheel controls allows the driver to control the Navigation, Audio, and Phone without using the touchpad. The Navigation system finds most addresses/locations from voice commands much more readily than we were used to. Because the system is different from typical touch screens, Acura should have included a hard-copy of the navigation manual in the glove box, rather than having to wait for the free copy to come in the mail (after requesting it on their website). This would help avoid initial frustrations that some owners may feel. The only lasting criticism of the gps system is that there is no easy way to name a favorite. The RDX is a sharp looking vehicle both outside and inside. The seats are very comfortable and have a wide range of adjustment. The electronics, including adaptive cruise control, accident avoidance, and steering assist all work flawlessly. Thus far we are averaging 24 mpg around town and 27-28 on the highway, much less than the 36-37mpg with the Accord. Overall we are very pleased with this purchase and believe the RDX is a good value with a lot of nice upscale features. I am updating my review on September 9, 2020. I am downgrading the RDX on Technology because our infotainment system says it needs an update but the updates fail. It says if it fails repeatedly (more than 10 times it has failed) take it to your Acura dealer. My dealer says there is no fix yet! This is the first vehicle that I have owned where the dealer provides no solutions.

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NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Acura RDX, but since the 2020 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$43,000
MPG 21 city / 27 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$41,000
MPG 22 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package features & specs
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$47,900
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$39,800
MPG 21 city / 27 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
Detects when the car is approaching the lane's edge and applies steering torque to help recenter it in the lane.
Collision Mitigation Braking
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. Acura MDX

The MDX, the RDX's big brother, is a midsize crossover SUV (also available as a hybrid) with a third row of seating. It doesn't benefit from Acura's newest infotainment or tech like the RDX does, and the interior doesn't stand out as much from the crowd. But if you're hunting for extra seating or extra fuel economy, the MDX is worth a look.

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Acura RDX vs. Honda CR-V

The CR-V is a small SUV from Acura's parent company, Honda. It's a friendly and accessible vehicle, and one of the most practical compact SUVs you can buy. It doesn't offer the luxury or performance of the RDX. But if your primary concerns are practicality and budget, the CR-V checks the right boxes.

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Acura RDX vs. Lexus NX 300

Lexus' compact SUV isn't quite as welcoming as the RDX. Notably, it's harder to see out of and has a more frustrating tech interface. It also doesn't have as much cargo space as the Acura. Still, it's comfortable and quiet. It's also available as a fuel-efficient hybrid, which could be appealing if you're looking to save on gas.

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FAQ

Is the Acura RDX a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 Acura RDX?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Acura RDX:

  • No significant changes this year
  • 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 2020 Acura RDX a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Acura RDX is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 RDX is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Acura RDX?

The least-expensive 2020 Acura RDX is the 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,800.

Other versions include:

  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $43,000
  • 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $41,000
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $47,900
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $39,800
  • SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $46,000
  • 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $37,800
  • 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $45,900
  • A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $44,000
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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), 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of RDX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX Overview

The 2020 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), 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2020 Acura RDX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Acura RDX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 RDX 4.2 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 2020 RDX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Acura RDX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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.

Our Review Process

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.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Acura RDX?

2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (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 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,814 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,814 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,211.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 10.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 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 $44,025. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,659 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,659 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,366.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 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 $40,825. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,494 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,494 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,331.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 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 $48,925. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,788 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,788 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,137.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 11.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 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 $46,925. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,863 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,863 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,062.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 12.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,025. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,702 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,702 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,323.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 10.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 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 $42,025. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,376 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,376 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,649.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 10.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Acura RDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Acura RDXES are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Acura RDX for sale near. There are currently 25 new 2020 RDXES listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $40,800 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Acura RDX.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 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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