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MSRP: $34,520 - $39,620
Invoice: $32,430 - $37,150
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Acura RDX Review

The 2014 Acura RDX ranks 1 out of 10 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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Reviewers say that the 2014 Acura RDX is one of the most versatile SUVs in the class, thanks to its powerful, yet fuel-efficient V6, spacious interior and user-friendly tech features. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Acura RDX the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. 

The 2014 Acura RDX is powered by a V6 engine, which reviewers say provides plenty of power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and earns praise for its quick, smooth shifts. The EPA reports that the 2014 Acura RDX gets up to 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for a V6-powered compact SUV. Competitors like the BMW X3 xDrive35i, Cadillac SRX and Volvo XC60 all use more fuel. While a few reviewers complain that the 2014 RDX suffers from uninspired driving dynamics or vague steering, most test drivers write that the RDX offers composed handling and a comfortable ride.

Test drivers agree that the RDX’s cabin is both attractive and functional. They note that the RDX offers user-friendly controls for audio, climate and navigation functions, and that the interior is built with quality materials. The 2014 RDX also wins points for its comfortable and supportive seats, as well as its generous legroom in the second row. The Acura RDX offers a competitive amount of cargo space for the class, and reviewers note that its low cargo floor makes it easy to haul larger items. Few competing luxury compact SUVs offer as many standard features as the RDX. A rearview camera, keyless access with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker stereo with a USB port, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack come standard on the 2014 Acura RDX. An optional Technology Package adds features like a power liftgate, navigation and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system.

  • "Although the premium small crossover segment continues to see an influx of strong new candidates, the 2014 Acura RDX stands tall as one of the more compelling picks in this class. It offers a smart mix of power, feature content and fuel efficiency that should make it appealing to a broad range of shoppers." -- Edmunds  
  • "Its no-frills character, strong-yet-fuel-efficient V6, and expansive list of standard equipment make the 2014 Acura RDX a serious contender in the small luxury SUV segment. ... But, despite Acura's best efforts to promote the RDX as a tech-laden wonderland, rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class and Audi Q5 offer significantly more in the way of advanced in-vehicle technology." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "This is a competitive class with the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 aimed right at the RDX. Neither one is a dynamic performer with their base engines; the RDX has just one engine choice and competes on price with the lesser offerings from BMW and Volvo, so the RDX shines." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Although a perfectly comfortable small SUV, the 2013 Acura RDX suffers from some tech flaws that will ultimately prove frustrating. Its engine and transmission work well enough, but do not use some of the latest efficiency technologies. The rigidly tuned suspension could do with some softening, given the likely buyers of the RDX. But overall it is an easy, no-hassle car to drive." -- CNET (2013)

Other SUVs to Consider

The Audi Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it’s available with a more powerful supercharged V6, as well as hybrid and diesel powertrains that get great fuel economy. Additionally, reviewers say that the Q5 offers a fun driving experience and one of the nicest interiors in the class. 

The Infiniti QX50 uses more fuel than the RDX, but reviewers love its powerful V6 engine and composed handling. The QX50 also comes with more standard equipment than most of its rivals, and reviewers appreciate its high-quality interior and user-friendly tech features.

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Details: 2014 Acura RDX

The 2014 Acura RDX seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The 2014 RDX comes in four trims: RDX, RDX AWD, RDX with Technology Package and RDX AWD with Technology Package. The Acura RDX was redesigned last year and sees few changes for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 4/8/14

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