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Acura RDX Review

The 2015 Acura RDX ranks 7 out of 17 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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Though some automotive journalists bemoan its short list of available safety features, they applaud the 2015 Acura RDX’s expansive back seat, comfortable ride and responsive powertrain. 

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.

A V6 engine powers the 2015 Acura RDX and delivers adequate punch from a stop and when passing on the highway, according to test drivers. They add that the standard six-speed automatic transmission produces timely, smooth shifts. The Acura RDX has competitive fuel economy for the class, earning up to an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway. Critics note that some competitors offer sportier handling, but overall remain pleased with RDX's composed handling, comfortable ride and strong brakes.

The 2015 Acura RDX has a straightforward interior layout featuring high-end materials and user-friendly audio, climate and navigation controls, critics say. They find the front seats comfortable and supportive, and back-seat legroom incredibly spacious. 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: 4/23/15

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