Acura RDX Interior
The Acura RDX's cabin is praised as comfortable, attractive and high tech. MSN gives the cabin a thumbs up, explaining, "Inside, the RDX does much better in commanding attention, thanks to the leather seats, a large display screen in the middle of the dashboard and even paddle shifters on the steering wheel for manually shifting gears."
The majority of reviewers found the five seats to be all-day comfortable, with ample head and legroom, although a couple of reviewers think space is somewhat tight for backseat passengers. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman describes the cockpit as "plush and fitted."
Most reviewers find the standard leather seats to be comfortable and the cabin inviting. New Car Test Drive particularly likes the seats, stating, "The perforated leather seats (standard) are comfortable, and the driver can perch herself or himself up high, to see over the short nose of the car." The points out that there is ample head- and legroom up front, "but rear passenger space is limited." The also gives the front seats high marks but notices that the back might be cramped for "long-legged passengers." Still, Kelley Blue Book feels that most people "will find the back seat cozy without being cramped." The RDX is equipped with a 60/40 split folding backseat.
The knobs and controls have been generally described as easy to use, although reviewers at U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman sums it up best by saying that "the cockpit is plush and fitted. Most of us these days have a love-hate relationship with modern technology. In this car, love wins out."and the complain that glare from the sun can make the gauges difficult to read. Most reviewers approve of the RDX's high-tech aspects.
The Acura RDX includes many standard features, including perforated leather-trimmed sports seats that are heated for the front, cruise control, 12-volt power outlets, XM satellite radio, and a MP3 auxiliary input jack.
Stereo and Entertainment
The Acura RDX is equipped with a 360-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, six-disc in-dash CD player with MP3/WMA capability and seven speakers. The Technology Package upgrades to a navigation system as well as a 410-watt Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and a DTS® changer. CNET explains, "The stereo system in the RDX is big news, as the premium system was tuned by Elliot Scheiner, producer of hit songs such as the Eagles' 'Hotel California.' "
Reviewers generally like the navigation system, which is part of the Technology Package, and find it extremely helpful while driving, but a few find it difficult to use. According to Acura, the system features real-time traffic information that can warn drivers about traffic congestion. Despite most reviewers' high praise about its abilities, there are those who find fault. Thereviewer found that during a test drive on rural roads, the system failed to warn the driver that a particular road was closed. An Acura spokesperson later informed the reviewer that this was due to the fact that the system "mostly covers big cities."
Most reviewers also give the cargo space a thumbs up. According to the Edmunds observes that the cargo area is "on the small side compared to most rivals" while Kelley Blue Book thinks it's sufficient, noting that "fold-flat rear seats extend the capacity of an already generous cargo area." The Cars.com reviewer agrees, claiming that the Acura RDX's "cargo area is right up there with the best I've seen." According to Acura, the RDX's cargo volume, with the seats up, is 28.8 cubic feet., "RDX has a lot of surprise-and-delight features that make it worth a look. Lift the center armrest, for example, and the locking stowage compartment underneath is cavernous. It will hold a laptop computer, briefcase or purse."