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Acura RDX Review

The 2016 Acura RDX ranks 9 out of 14 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura RDX, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2016 Acura RDX offers a smooth powertrain, refined driving dynamics and a roomy cabin, but isn't as fun to drive as some rivals and has some counterintuitive tech features, reviewers say.

The 2016 Acura RDX has a V6 engine that auto writers agree is smooth and provides fairly quick acceleration off the line and on the highway. They say the six-speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly overall, but a few note that it can hesitate to downshift. With an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, the RDX earns adequate fuel economy estimates for the class. Automotive journalists are impressed with the Acura RDX's composed handling. Though they say some rivals feel sportier, they're pleased with the RDX's ride comfort over rough patches of road. Reviewers also point out that the 2016 RDX has strong brakes.

According to reviewers, the 2016 Acura RDX has a stylish cabin that includes premium materials, including soft-touch surfaces. Test drivers agree that the RDX's seats are comfortable and supportive in both rows. The Acura RDX comes standard with push-button start, a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include navigation with real-time traffic, 3D view and weather updates, a 10-speaker premium stereo and GPS-linked climate control, which tracks the sun’s position and intensity and adjusts the SUV’s climate settings accordingly. For 2016, the RDX can be equipped with AcuraWatch driver assistance features, including lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation braking system. Most auto writers like the RDX's dashboard layout and appreciate that there are lots of physical buttons instead of the confusing control knobs used by some rivals. However, a few complain that the RDX's dual dashboard screens aren't very user-friendly. Some test drivers note that the standard audio system sounds great. With 61.3 cubic feet of overall space, the Acura RDX has a competitive amount of cargo space compared to rivals.

  • "Competing with such heavyweights as the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Audi Q5, the RDX has its work cut out. With styling similar to the popular MDX crossover, a long list of standard and available equipment and a renewed commitment to its core audience, however, the 2016 Acura RDX shouldn't be overlooked." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you err on the side of sport in your crossovers, we'd recommend the RDX or the Q5. If it's luxury and safety you're after, the Infiniti and Volvo are probably more for you." -- AutoWeek
  • "That the 2016 Acura RDX needed only a handful of upgrades to stay competitive in the premium SUV segment speaks volumes about how right Acura got it. Already sporting a powerful V6 engine, the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), plenty of cargo space, and comfortable seating for up to five passengers, the new Acura RDX gets a bit more power, a new trim level that bundles all the technology Acura can muster, and it now boasts the Jewel Eye headlight treatment, fully bringing it into the modern Acura visual aesthetic. Put it together, and the new RDX makes a strong case for itself against rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, and Audi Q5, especially when you consider Acura's impressive reliability." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Part of acknowledging the general goodness of the RDX is divorcing it from the increasingly popular idea of the sporty crossover, like the German set. Following this mid-cycle revision, the RDX leans much more closely towards the crossover example set by the Lexus RX - that of the comfortable, relaxed, and finely appointed five-passenger cruiser. You'd never know it based on sales numbers, but the RDX is an excellent alternative to the all too popular Lexus." -- Autoblog

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Other SUVs to Consider

According to reviewers the Audi Q5's agile handling and powerful engine provide an engaging driving experience. The Q5's cabin is elegant and features high-quality materials, they say. The Q5 also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Auto writers say the Volvo XC60's front seats are exceptionally comfortable and its back seats are some of the roomiest in the class. They add that it offers nimble handling. Additionally, the XC60 has more cargo space and better fuel economy estimates than most rivals.

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Details: 2016 Acura RDX

The 2016 Acura RDX seats five and front-wheel drive is standard. The RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. The 2016 RDX comes in one trim, and Technology and AcuraWatch packages are available. The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2013 model year and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 through 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/31/15

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