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MSRP: $35,095 - $40,195
Invoice: $32,962 - $37,682
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Acura RDX Review

The 2015 Acura RDX ranks 3 out of 16 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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The Acura RDX earns reviewer praise for its cavernous back seat, comfortable ride and refined powertrain, but some critics wish it had more available safety features.

With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Acura RDX is our 2015 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money.

The 2015 Acura RDX is powered by a V6 engine that test drivers think provides good power off the line and for highway passing. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and earns praise for its timely, seamless shifts. The EPA reports that the Acura RDX gets up to 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is competitive within the class. Critics note that some competitors offer sportier handling, but overall remain pleased with RDX's composed handling, comfortable ride and strong brakes.

Reviewers like the 2015 RDX's clean cabin layout, which features premium materials and easy-to-use audio, climate and navigation controls. They praise its remarkably roomy back-seat legroom and its comfortable, supportive front seats. Automotive writers like the RDX's long list of standard features, which include a rearview camera, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. An optional Technology package adds features like a power liftgate, navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system and GPS-linked climate control. Still, reviewers are disappointed that the RDX can't be equipped with driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning, which are offered in many rivals. The Acura RDX offers a competitive amount of cargo space for the class.

  • "Ample power, strong fuel economy and outstanding rear legroom make the 2015 Acura RDX a solid choice for a premium small crossover." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Acura RDX is a rare example of a smaller SUV that does almost everything right. It adeptly plays in the premium segment, yet boasts a modest character, a strong-yet-efficient V6, and a long list of standard equipment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Comfortable, competent and all-around capable, the RDX is Acura's entry in the compact luxury crossover segment. 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
  • "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)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Volvo XC60 has lots of available safety features and reviewers like its comfortable, upscale cabin. Additionally, the XC60 earns significantly higher fuel economy estimates than the RDX and has more overall cargo space.

Reviewers say the Audi Q5's athletic engine options and sharp handling make it a thrill to drive. Its available diesel engine offers both great performance and good fuel economy estimates, they add. Automotive journalists also praise the Q5's well-constructed cabin and quality interior materials.

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Details: 2015 Acura RDX

The 2015 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 2015 RDX comes in one trim, though an optional Technology package adds to its list of standard features. The Acura RDX was redesigned in 2013 and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 through 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 2/11/15

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