If you’ve been in the market for a comfortable compact SUV, the 2017 Acura RDX, now readily available, may be just what you’re looking for. The RDX combines a roomy and comfortable interior with solid performance, luxury finishes and plentiful tech options. Great styling and good value put the finishing touches on this compelling compact SUV.
Meeting the RDX
Buyers interested in the 2017 Acura RDX have one body style available, a luxury crossover-compact SUV that seats five. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 279 horsepower, giving the RDX a 0-60 mph speed of 6.2 seconds. It gets good gas mileage for its segment, delivering 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the freeway; real-world tests give it an average fuel economy of around 23 mpg. The RDX comes standard with a front-wheel drive transmission, with an all-wheel drive transmission available as an option.
The changes from the 2016 redesign of the RDX carried over into the 2017 model year. The 3-D grille, emblazoned with a shield and the Acura badge, is front and center of the RDX. The front bumper comes to a sharp point at the base of the grille shield, with scalloped cutouts tracing a line down from the distinctive Acura LED Jewel Eye headlights. The foglights rest in two recessed carbon fiber mesh cutouts at the very bottom of the front fascia. The body profile follows a traditional SUV pattern, with an elongated and shorter form defining the architectural shape of the RDX. The liftgate is topped with a body spoiler, expanding the line of the roof over the rear fascia. Acura’s Jewel Eye taillights decorate the sides of the rear fascia. The whole package rests on Acura’s new 18-inch split-spoke wheels.
The cabin of the RDX is roomy and comfortably appointed, with ample head and legroom for even taller passengers to sit comfortably. Rear passengers will enjoy an unusually wide view thanks to the elevated rear bench. Cargo space is average for the segment with the seats up, but interior cargo space is downright capacious once the seats are folded down. Seats and other surfaces are trimmed in leather details, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10-way powered adjustable seat for the driver. Independent front and rear climate control systems help keep everyone comfortable throughout the drive. Craftsmanship throughout the cabin is upscale and solid, though without the ultra-premium touches that sometimes drive up costs without dramatically increasing comfort.
Technology and Entertainment Options
The RDX features a full-featured infotainment system in the center console; the base model features a single knob-operated screen, with an upgraded twin-screen system available at higher trim levels. Drivers gain access to the AcuraLink satellite link system, which can relay information about the vehicle and its current condition to a variety of services. The AcuraLink system supports smartphone integration, and drivers can access podcasts and Internet radio stations with integrated apps. The vehicle’s navigation system can pinpoint a variety of points of interest, and a live concierge service is available for on-demand restaurant reservations and other services.
In its standard configuration, the RDX features airbags, anti-lock brakes, a dash-mounted rearview camera, traction and stability control, and active head restraints. With the inclusion of the optional AcuraWatch technology suite, drivers gain access to a whole host of driver assistance technologies, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and blind spot monitoring. Parking sensors are also available to reduce low-speed collisions and make parking a little easier.
You’re unlikely to confuse the RDX for a finely tuned supercar, but it offers a comfortable ride with great controllability. The engine delivers plenty of power, allowing you to attack the roads without feeling sluggish behind the wheel. Your daily drives will be cradled in the RDX’s suspension, which does a fantastic job smoothing out the bumps and jolts of everyday driving. Steering is accurate and offers some feedback based on your speed, but without the precision of a smaller vehicle; there is some understeer present, as one would expect from a crossover SUV. Braking is right in line with its class as well. Overall, the RDX offers a pleasant and comfortable drive, making it perfect for daily commutes and long-distance treks.
The MSRP for the 2017 Acura RDX starts at $35,670.
The compact crossover class doesn’t suffer from a lack of options, so there is plenty of competition for the 2017 Acura RDX. In the luxury segment, its key competitors are the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Compared to the Audi Q5, the V6 engine in the RDX delivers almost 60 more horsepower. Interior cargo room is 7% more generous in the RDX, and passengers have an extra inch of leg room in both the front and the rear seats. The RDX offers a back-up camera as a standard feature, but this feature is optional in the Q5. Drivers can have an optional remote start feature installed on the RDX, but those who purchase a Q5 will have to look for an aftermarket alternative. Finally, the base model of the Q5 is more than $5,000 more expensive than the RDX.
The standard engine in the RDX offers 279 horsepower; buyers looking at an X3 will have to pay extra for an engine with similar performance. Keyless start is a standard feature for the RDX, but it’s only available as an option for the X3. Drivers in cold climates will appreciate the standard heated mirrors on the RDX, but this feature isn’t even an option available for the X3. A heated driver’s seat is an optional feature for the X3, but it’s a standard feature in the RDX. The base model of the RDX is $4,000 less expensive than the X3; to build an X3 with many of the most popular options on the RDX, you’d have to spend more than $13,000 extra.
The Acura RDX comes with a 72 month/70,000 mile powertrain warranty, but the comparable warranty for the GLC is only for 48 months or 50,000 miles. Speed-sensitive windshield wipers are a standard feature on the RDX, but they’re not even available as an option for the GLC. Satellite radio is an option for the GLC, but it comes as a standard feature on the RDX. The standard engine in the RDX delivers 38 more horsepower than the standard four-cylinder engine for the GLC. Finally, the starting MSRP for the GLC is more than $3,000 higher than the starting MSRP for the RDX.
If you’re looking for a safe, comfortable and stylish crossover SUV, the 2017 Acura RDX may be just what you’re looking for. It offers some of the best performance in its class, especially in its base configuration, and it provides exceptional value. Come by today for a test drive!