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MSRP: $34,895 - $39,995
Invoice: $32,777 - $37,497
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Acura RDX Interior

According to reviewers, the 2015 Acura RDX has notably roomy back seats and good cargo space. They say the RDX features a well-constructed and attractive cabin, but some critics wish it offered more driver assistance features.

  • "Redesigned just a couple years ago, the RDX starts with a simple, handsome shape free of gimmicks and excess. That same idea translates to its cabin, which despite its wealth of standard equipment, presents straightforward, easy-to-understand controls, high-quality construction and comfortable seating front and rear." -- Edmunds
  • "Form and function successfully intersect in the RDX's cabin. Yes, there are still quite a few buttons and knobs planted in the center console, but they are easy to see and reach. Soft-touch material abounds, and the 10-way power driver's seat is a treat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though not quite as sporty or tech-packed as some rivals, it still deserves serious consideration due to its spacious, well-executed cabin and punchy V6." -- Left Lane News
  • "Most plastic surfaces are nicely grained, soft-touch materials, but Acura dresses things up by inserting a sizable amount of leatherette-trimmed accents into the front and rear door panels." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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Seating

The five-seat Acura RDX comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Automotive writers say the 2015 RDX offers comfortable and supportive front seats with ample legroom. It also has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class, they add.

  • "The driver seat is firm and supportive in a way that matches the best European models, while the backseat offers more legroom than its competitors do, making it more likely for a pair of 6-footers to sit comfortably in both rows. A decent amount of width should also provide three adults with enough space during short trips." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior space is ample, especially for rear-seat passengers. …" -- Left Lane News
  • "The rear seats have plenty of leg- and knee room for average-sized adults. Both front and rear legroom lead the class." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2015 Acura RDX comes standard with push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and a USB port. A navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, a surround-sound 10-speaker audio system and GPS-linked climate control, which tracks the sun’s position and intensity and adjusts the SUV’s climate settings accordingly, are available on models with the Technology package.

Test drivers report that the RDX's audio, climate and navigation controls are easy to use. Still, some note that most rivals offer driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning, while the RDX doesn't. Unlike the BMW X3, which uses a control knob to access most vehicle settings, the RDX's cabin features are controlled by mostly buttons and knobs, and some reviewers say that makes them easy to use.

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  • "If you're concerned with having the latest electronic safety features, though, the RDX will leave you wanting. You won't find lane-departure or blind-spot warning, nor adaptive cruise control with collision warning and mitigation. This is the kind of equipment the RDX's top competitors, such as the 2015 BMW X3 or 2015 Volvo XC60, offer at least as options." -- Edmunds
  • "While the RDX offers a top-notch optional audio system, it lacks the highly advanced infotainment and preventive safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring available in rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class and Audi Q5." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's no iDrive-like control system; this means that the secondary systems are controlled by buttons and knobs, which are numerous but relatively intuitive." -- Left Lane News
  • "Inside, the center stack is much more intuitive, with climate controls, audio and navigation buttons grouped together." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 61.3 cubic feet with the second row folded. The overall cargo room is good for the class, and reviewers agree that the space is useful and can accommodate plenty of cargo.

  • "The 2015 RDX's 26.1 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats is about the same as most rivals, but folding down the rear seats opens up 61.3 cubic feet of capacity. This is an average amount for a compact luxury crossover -- in general, these models aren't as spacious as non-luxury models such as the Honda CR-V." -- Edmunds
  • "I found it plenty large for my needs, which included a Costco run that filled the back with three 55-pound bags of potting soil and left enough room for food and other items. More important, the low load floor simplifies throwing in those large items." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • “The rear seats fold down easily to maximize the cargo space." -- CNET (2013)
Review Last Updated: 7/18/14

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