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

2016 Acura RDX Engine

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

2016 Acura RDX Interior Dash

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.