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in 2010 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,782 - $21,097
Original MSRP: $32,520 - $37,620
MPG: 19 City / 24 Hwy
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2010 Acura RDX Interior

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The Acura RDX's cabin remains quiet, spacious and comfortable. It also boasts a long list of standard features and even new high-tech features for 2010. But its Achilles heel is its materials quality, which most reviewers say just doesn't live up to the RDX's price tag.

  • "Cabin decor is a trendy mix of textures and shapes. Assembly quality is very good. However, the interior makes liberal use of cheap-looking, hard plastic surfaces, which is disappointing for both an Acura and for this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the Acura is good looking with black leather everywhere and matte silver trim on the wheel, door handles, dash and center stack's edges." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The interior will be considered a bit too flashy and bright for some tastes, especially considering the relatively poor tactile quality of several primary pieces, though it is certainly comfortable to inhabit." -- Motor Authority
  • "The cabin of the 2010 RDX doesn't feel particularly luxurious, although it looks nicer than a typical economy car. There are hard plastics, but Acura finishes them well. The buttonitis affecting many Acura models is kept in check on the stack, but still overwhelms the steering wheel." -- CNET

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Seating

Most reviewers find the RDX’s standard leather seats to be comfortable and the cabin inviting, although a few had trouble finding a good driving position.

  • "RDX has a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and power driver seat, but some tall testers still couldn't get comfortably settled. Headroom and legroom are sufficient for most adults. Visibility is slightly pinched to the right-rear and dead-astern." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the plus side, I do have to say that the power seats were very comfortable and supportive as I actually fell asleep while waiting in a parking lot. The Acura RDX comes with belts for five, but seating for four is a prudent choice." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "This is a manual tilt-telescope wheel, but I couldn't get it to go down as low as I'd like. The seats were uncomfortable too. There is too much lower back pressure. Adjusting the lumbar support just made matters worse." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Headroom is pretty good, even for a six-foot-plus driver or passenger, and legroom is acceptable for tall folks -- probably ample for the more average-sized."  -- Motor Authority

Interior Features

There's no doubt that the RDX is well-equipped. Though test drivers registered complaints about materials quality in the 2009 model, leather trim upgrades for 2010 should help. Acura has also modified some of the controls as well as added new features and options. Standard features on the base model are impressive – they include leather seats, automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a USB interfaced with iPod integration, Bluetooth capability, and a rearview camera.

Like all Acuras, the RDX offers plenty of high-tech options as part of the Technology Package. It adds about $3,000 onto the base price and comes with a Surround Sound System, a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, a voice recognition system, and XM satellite radio.

  • "For the entry-level luxury crossover SUV segment, the Acura RDX stands out for its list of premium standard features. For instance, leather seating, heated seats, xenon headlights, Bluetooth and a 260-watt audio system with a six-CD changer are all standard." -- Edmunds
  • "As I mentioned, I was caught off-guard by the interior of the test vehicle as I felt it just didn't live up to the Acura nameplate. The dash does not utilize any soft touch materials, the light silver plastic trim (not aluminum) inserts brightened the dark interior but looked and felt inexpensive. This was especially true on the center console." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "In a contest with the average Formula 1 steering wheel to see which has the most buttons, the RDX would lose, but only just. Likewise, the center console area, which houses a brilliant sound system and a very good nav system is undermined by small buttons in illogical locations and a counter-intuitive interface." -- Motor Authority

Navigation

Reviewers generally like the navigation system, which is part of the $3,000 Technology Package. However, a few find it difficult to use. On the plus side, for 2010 the system includes real-time traffic and weather information as well as Zagat restaurant ratings.

  • "The real-time traffic feature of the Acura Navigation System with voice recognition displays traffic information including flow, accident and construction on freeways in 77 metropolitan areas. Unfortunately, I was usually upon the situation just as the information was coming up, and I didn't like the fact that I had to take my eyes off the road to keep looking at a screen." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Despite the difficult controls, the navigation provides thorough and accurate information that's easy to read when the sun isn't interfering. The live traffic reporting feature is a highlight of the system, but the reviewer's home area wasn't within the unit's coverage, so we'll have to withhold judgment of this element until a later date." -- Motor Authority
  • "Route guidance is fairly basic, but practical. The system doesn't do text-to-speech, but its guidance graphics are clear. Acura has included Zagat ratings in its points-of-interest database for a few years now, helping you determine a restaurant's quality instead of blindly choosing by cuisine." -- CNET

Cargo

The Acura RDX's cargo space is about average for its class, but some competitors offer more. For this year, Acura has redesigned the center console storage area, which is now large enough to hold most 15- to 17-inch laptops.

The RDX provides 27.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 60.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down to create a flat load floor. By contrast, the Audi Q5 provides slightly more space behind the rear seats -- 29.1 cubic feet -- but it commands a $5,000 price premium over the RDX. For more cargo space at a similar price, consider the Volvo XC60. It provides 30 cubic feet in space behind the rear seats, though its fuel economy rating is significantly lower than the RDX’s.

  • "Good room behind rear seats. Rear seatbacks split 60/40 and fold without removing headrests to create a nearly flat load floor. The center console is a handy, two-tier design big enough for a moderately sized laptop or briefcase. Large door pockets and clever door armrest bins offer plenty of small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although there's plenty of space for passengers (the rear seats are nearly as roomy as those in the larger Acura MDX), the 61 (maximum) cubic-foot cargo hold is on the small side compared to most rivals and lacks items like adjustable cargo tracks and a rear parcel shelf." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the most underreported features of the Acura RDX is its proliferation of innovative, or at least handy, storage areas, such as the use made of the large door armrest. The center console bin, for example, could hold a mid-sized dog or even a very small child. OK, maybe not quite (and we certainly don't recommend it), but it's big, and it's divisible into several configurations thanks to a handy tray system located at the vertical mid-point." -- Motor Authority