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2016 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $35,370
2016 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,870

Overview

The 2016 Acura RDX enters the competitive compact premium crossover segment doing what Acura is known for: packing a lot of features in a practical package. The RDX majors on providing a functional space for five passengers and versatility many seek in a crossover, while adding technology at a reasonable price.

What's New for 2016

For 2016, the RDX gets styling and equipment changes, as well as a new 3.5-liter V6 with six more horsepower and improved fuel economy. The front end now features the "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps similar to other Acura models, and there's a new interface for the audio controls. The new AcuraWatch suite of safety technologies is available on all models, and includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and forward collision warning. Finally, a new top-trim Advance joins the lineup.

Acura RDX

Choosing Your Acura RDX

The RDX's sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 279 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available at all three trim levels:

Acura RDX

Base

It may be the entry-level model, but the Base comes with most of the features a luxury buyer wants. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, a backup camera and a 7-speaker audio system with Pandora integration and Bluetooth HandsFree link. Like parent company Honda, Acura doesn't typically offer standalone options, though all-wheel drive is optional.

RDX with AcuraWatch Plus adds the suite of advanced safety technology comprised of the following: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision-mitigating braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

Acura RDX

Technology

Technology models add navigation with AcuraLink and real-time traffic, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as 10-speaker ELS audio with HD radio and support for apps such as Aha. It also bundles in sport front seats with an 8-way power front passenger's seat.

Models with AcuraWatch Plus add the same advanced safety tech as on the Base model.

Acura RDX

Advance

The range-topping Advance is new this year and adds makes standard AcuraWatch Plus features, along with unique 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats and remote engine start. Aside from all-wheel drive, there are no options.

CarsDirect Tip

While it may not be the most luxurious or prestigious contender in the segment, the RDX is certainly a strong value. Despite some desirable features such as automatic wipers and parking sensors, the Advance isn't the best pick. We think the mid-range Technology with AcuraWatch Plus better serves buyers who want to get all of the comfort and safety features they want from a $40,000 premium crossover.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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If you think a sedan is a tad too small and a midsize crossover is just too much to handle, the 2016 Acura RDX might be the perfect balance you are looking for.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 RDX’s base MSRP rings in at $35,270 with front-wheel drive, while a base all-wheel drive runs $36,770. We had our choice of six exterior colors, including White Diamond Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II, Kona Coffee Metallic, Slate Silver Metallic, Graphite Luster Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl.

Standard features on the 2016 RDX include:

  • Multi-view rearview camera
  • Jewel Eye headlights
  • Seven-speaker audio system
  • Auto climate control

The 2016 RDX has no standalone options. Instead, it has a trio of packages, including the AcuraWatch Plus Package, the Technology Package, and the Advance Package. The fully loaded 2016 RDX with all-wheel drive and the Advance Package tops out at $43,420.

Performance Pros

Acura RDX

With V6 power under its hood, the RDX has plenty of power to spare. It's a serene highway cruiser.

  • We appreciate the steady and sporty ride form rear-biased all-wheel drive.
  • There's almost no vibration thanks to active front and rear engine mounts.
  • Its car-like platform makes it a decent handler and easy to park.

Performance Cons

  • V6 power leads to subpar highway fuel economy.
  • We found that cold weather seemed to negatively impact engine response.

Interior Pros

Acura RDX

We regard the RDX’s cabin as a nice combination of sporty crossover and mature luxury SUV. Some of the highlights include:

  • Intuitive controls that were right where we expected them to be.
  • Lots of soft-touch materials for a more upscale look and feel.
  • An open cabin that makes it feel more spacious than more small crossovers.

Interior Cons

The RDX's interior isn't perfect, however, and its most notable flaw too much cheap-looking brightwork in the nicely shaped dash.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The numerous cubbies throughout the cabin make storing all the daily gadgets and gizmos easy. Plus, we could fit 23 CDs in the center console. Wait, does anyone still listen to CDs?

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The limited number of standalone features makes it quite expensive to option up an RDX. For instance, we'd have to accept a handful of options we didn’t want just to get the adjustability of the eight-way power seat.

The Bottom Line

The RDX may not have the prestige of a BMW or an Audi, but it looks, feels and drives just like a premium compact crossover should.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 279 HP / 252 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sequential SportShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 279 HP / 252 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size / Steel
Fuel Tank
16.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
61.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
103 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.4 "
Exterior Width
73.7 "
Exterior Height
65.0 "
Front Headroom
38.7 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,737 Lbs. / 3,743 Lbs. / 3,768 Lbs. / 3,781 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
7 / 10 Acura/els Studio
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

Used 2016 Acura RDX for Sale

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FWD
Color: Slate Silver Metallic
Price

$18,185

Mileage

70,686 mi

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Acura of Sherman Oaks (18 mi)

Phone: (424) 935-5616
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FWD
Color: Black
Price

$18,995

Mileage

60,871 mi

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Powerhouse Automotive Corp (29 mi)

Phone: (714) 586-2891

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