2017 Acura RDX SUV

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  • Wheelbase - 105.7 in (2685 mm)
  • Length - 184.4 in (4685 mm)
  • Width - 73.7 in (1872 mm)
  • Front Track - 63.1 in (1604 mm)
  • Rear Track - 63.4 in (1610 mm)
  • Height (unladen) - 65.0 in (1650 mm)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 8.1 in (205 mm)
  • Curb Weight - 3737 lb (1695 kg) : RDX
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 61 / 39 : Front-wheel drive
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 103.5 cu ft
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) - 26.1 cu ft46 : 2nd row up
  • Headroom - 38.7 in (983 mm) : Front
  • Legroom - 42.0 in (1068 mm) : Front
  • Hiproom - 55.7 in (1415 mm) : Front
  • Shoulder Room - 58.7 in (1490 mm) : Front
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 16.0 U.S. gallons (60.5 liters)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 5
  • Engine Type - Aluminum-alloy V-6
  • Displacement - 3.5 liters
  • Valvetrain - 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 279 @ 6200
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) - 252 @ 4900
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined) - 20 / 28 / 23 : Front-wheel drive
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • Compression Ratio - 10.5:1
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire throttle system
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Type - Front-wheel drive or AWD with Intelligent Control System™
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Maximum Torque Distribution Range (front: rear) - 100:0 to 60:40
  • 1st - 3.36
  • 2nd - 2.09
  • 3rd - 1.48
  • 4th - 1.06
  • 5th - 0.75
  • 6th - 0.56
  • Reverse - 2.27
  • Final Drive - 4.25
  • Front Suspension - MacPherson strut
  • Rear Suspension - Multi-Link
  • Front Stabilizer Bar - 21.0 mm
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar - 19.0 mm
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb - 38.9 ft
  • Front Disc Brakes - 12.3" ventilated
  • Rear Disc Brakes - 12.0" solid
  • Braking Systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Wheels - 18" x 7.5" aluminum-alloy
  • Tires - 235/60 R18 high-performance all-season
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Outer body rust-through16 - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) with Roadside Assistance18 - 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Seat Belts - 15-year/150,000-mile limited warranty
  • Engine - 279 hp, 3.5-liter, i-VTEC®, V-6
  • EPA MPG Rating2 - RDX: 20 (city) / 28 (hwy) / 23 (combined)
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Drivetrain - Front-wheel drive
  • Exterior - Jewel Eye® LED headlights, LED tail lights
  • Seating - Sport seats with leatherette-trimmed interior, driver's 10-way power seat, front passenger’s 4-way power seat, Heated front seats, Rear climate control vents
  • Cabin - Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration, Multi-view rear cameranullKeyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton ignition
  • Audio - Acura Premium Sound System with 7 speakers, USB7 Audio Interface & iPod®8 integration, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4
  • Cellular Interface - Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • Access - Remote-linked power-operated tailgate
  • Tire Pressure - Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Adding or replacing standard features
  • Safety & Security - Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Driver Assistance - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)53, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59
  • Interior - Color Multi-Information Display (MID) (with turn-by-turn guidance when model is equipped with navigation system)
  • Adding or replacing standard features
  • Acura Navigation System - 3Dview, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™57Traffic Rerouting™57
  • Audio - ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Song By Voice®, HD Radio®, Aha™ Compatibility
  • Interior - Sport seats with perforated leather-trimmed interior, 8-way power front passenger’s seat
  • Controls - On Demand Multi-use Display™ (ODMD™), Voice Recognition System for navigation audio and climate control systems, Siri
  • Telematics - AcuraLink® The Next Generation70
  • Visibility - Blind spot information (BSI) system, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Dynamic guidelines on rear camera display
  • Climate Control - GPS-linked and solar-sensing10
  • Adding to Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Package features
  • Interior - Ventilated front seats
  • Convenience - Remote engine start with vehicle feedback, Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Visibility - Auto dimming side mirrors, Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • Exterior - 18-inch machine finish alloy wheels, Fog lights
  • EPA MPG Rating2 - RDX AWD: 19 (city) / 27 (hwy) / 22 (combined)
  • AWD Features - All-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System™


  Price Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with AcuraWatch Plus
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with AcuraWatch Plus
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX with Technology Package
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX AWD with Technology Package
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX with Advance Package
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX AWD with Advance Package
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Please Call   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

An RDX might not come across as specifically sporty, but responsive handling talents and strong V6 power make Acura’s crossover an appealing performer.

Most contemporary compact crossovers use turbocharged four-cylinder engines. So did the original RDX. However, a strong V6 allows the RDX to respond sharply and swiftly to each push on the gas pedal, regardless of engine speed.

Smoothly refined, the V6 cooperates effectively with the 6-speed automatic transmission, whether cruising or when mired in commuter traffic. Abundant torque means the transmission doesn’t necessarily need to downshift when accelerating.

Constructed like a passenger car, the RDX drives like one, too, handling much like a nicely-tuned sedan. Compact dimensions make it quite maneuverable in tight areas, as well as easy to park. Even on twisty roads, it’s a nicely-balanced vehicle, enjoyable to drive, while exuding a premium feel.

Optional all-wheel drive can send additional power to the rear wheels while accelerating, helping to improve stability.

Our main gripe is the beeping sounds that emanate from the audio system and forward-collision warning. Both can be annoying.

In real-world driving, fuel-efficiency isn’t bad. The RDX is EPA-rated at 20/28 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined, With all-wheel drive, it’s rated at 19/27 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined. Cylinder-deactivation technology can shut off half of the engine cylinder under light load, to save fuel, and barely discernible to the driver when it occurs.

Walk Around

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Nothing about the Acura RDX is daring or brash. Yet, it’s a good-looking crossover, inside and out.

Viewed from the side, the RDX resembles other compact crossovers. Taken as a whole, though, it presents a tasteful blend of smooth contours and crisp detail work, topped by a low, arched roofline to accentuate its fashionable stance. LED lighting, at front and rear, adds to the delicate, understated nature of the design, which is just elegant enough to warrant its luxury designation.

The front view is still the most distinctive. Not everyone appreciates the bright, beak-like grille, though it’s been toned down recently.

Interior Overview

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Successful crossovers need to provide both form and function. Those attributes are nicely balanced within the RDX. Largely symmetric, the dashboard design focuses on a central control pod, bracketed by a horizontal beltline. Central controls are angled slightly toward the driver. All are easy to locate and use.

Handsome and comfortable, the sophisticated, mostly quiet cabin would be ideal for two adults, accompanied by a duo of smaller passengers in the rear. Otherwise, back-seat space is a bit cramped, and those seats do not fold completely flat. Carefully trimmed, the cabin melds appropriate amounts of elegance and formality with a dash of sportiness.

Seats are comfortable all around. Front seats have ample bolstering, with eight-way power adjustment for the driver, who faces a tilt/telescopic steering column. Even large and tall occupants should have plenty of space up front, but head clearance and knee room are somewhat limited in the rear.

Cargo space totals 26.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats, expanding to 61.3 cubic feet if those seats are folded. An additional 15.6 cubic feet are available in under-floor storage.

Getting in and out of an RDX is especially easy, and the low cargo floor is helpful. Small-item storage is abundant, including a small shelf within the center console that can hold a cell phone, with a power outlet nearby.


New Car Test Drive

Acura RDX benefits from a strong powertrain, quiet cabin, and impressive safety scores. Add a versatile interior, and it ranks among the most balanced choices in the smaller crossover category.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2017 Acura RDX ($35,370) comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker sound system; Bluetooth hands-free calling, heated power front seats, and a power liftgate. RDX with Acura Watch Plus ($36,670) includes a trio of active-safety features.

RDX with Technology Package ($39,070) adds blind-spot monitoring, HD Radio, 10-speaker audio, perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, a multi-rearview camera, and a dual-screen infotainment display with real buttons. Navigation with real-time traffic information is included in the Technology and Advance packages. RDX with Advance Package ($42,020) includes special 18-inch alloy wheels, remote start, front/rear parking sensors, and ventilated front seats.

All-wheel drive adds $1,500. Front-wheel drive is standard. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

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**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.