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in 2011 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $19,926 - $22,918
Original MSRP: $32,895 - $37,995
MPG: 19 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Acura RDX Interior

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The Acura RDX's cabin is quiet, spacious (for a compact SUV) and comfortable. It also boasts a long list of standard features. 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. However, the interior makes liberal use of cheap-looking, hard plastic surfaces. That's 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
  • ". . . 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

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

Interior Features

There's no doubt that the RDX is well-equipped. 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. Some reviewers found the navigation system difficult to use. But, the system does include real-time traffic and weather information, as well as Zagat restaurant ratings.

  • "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
  • "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

Cargo

The Acura RDX's cargo space is about average for its class, but some competitors offer more. 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 price premium over the RDX. For more cargo space at a similar price, consider the Volvo XC60. It provides 30 cubic feet of 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