Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - July 11, 2014

Expert Rating

4.6 (Excellent)
20 City / 28 Highway

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For buyers looking for a well-priced and competent compact premium crossover, the Acura RDX is a sound choice. It's a useful size that features a lot of equipment for the money and a quality feel. Competitors may have more style, but the RDX majors on lots of standard equipment. It's aggressively priced, too, starting off at $35,000, or what many mainstream competitors' top trim levels cost.

What's New for 2015

The RDX, introduced in its current form for 2013, is unchanged for 2015.

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Choosing Your Acura RDX

2015 Acura RDX Interior

Acura's strict option packaging means there are only four ways to equip an RDX: front or all-wheel drive, with or without the Technology Package. All RDXs get the 3.5-liter V6 found in numerous Honda and Acura models, here with 273 horsepower and a six-speed automatic.

While some rivals offer eight or nine-speed automatics, the Acura's six-speed unit still gives it competitive fuel economy numbers; 20/28 mpg for front-wheel drive models and 19/27 mpg on all-wheel drive cars, which cost an extra $1,400.

For less than $36,000 buyers get leather upholstery on an RDX's two rows of seats, heated and powered front seats, keyless access and push-button start, a power moonroof, a 360-watt audio system with USB input and Pandora connectivity, active noise cancellation and a backup camera.

People who are wowed by in-car technology will be lured by the Technology Package. The RDX's lone group of options adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather and a 60-gigabyte hard drive storage system, a GPS-linked dual-zone automatic climate control system, HID headlamps with front fog lights, a power tailgate and an Acura/ELS surround sound system. Even an all-wheel drive RDX with Technology Package comes in under $41,000.

CarsDirect Tip

If you can live without in-dash navigation and the upgraded audio system, it's worth skipping the Technology Package and saving $2,400. Acura's in-car tech isn't quite as breathtaking as systems offered by Audi and BMW. And it's unfortunate Acura insists on using this one option package to bundle useful features like a power tailgate and fog lights. But doing without those convenience features nets one great bargain among premium compact crossovers.

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