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2021 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $38,400
2021 Base 4dr SH-AWD Price:   -  From $40,400
2021 Technology Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,300
2021 Technology Package 4dr SH-AWD Price:   -  From $43,300
2021 A-Spec Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,300
2021 Advance Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,200
2021 A-Spec Package 4dr SH-AWD Price:   -  From $46,300
2021 Advance Package 4dr SH-AWD Price:   -  From $48,200
2021 PMC Edition 4dr SH-AWD Price:   -  From $51,000
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Acura RDX is essentially identical to last year's model. The compact crossover received a dramatic redesign in 2019 that still feels fresh today. We expect to see a mid-cycle update within the next two years.

For now, the RDX continues on with its tempting price, stylish appearance, and plentiful roster of safety and technology features.

Choosing Your Acura RDX

The RDX continues in four trims levels: RDX, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance. Pricing starts at $39,225 including destination for the base model and tops out at only $47,025 for the Advance.

Engine Choices

Every RDX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission does the shifting.

With the standard front-wheel-drive setup, the RDX is EPA-rated at 22 miler per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 combined. The optional all-wheel drive system, which costs $2,000, reduces these ratings by one mpg across the board.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The RDX is a two-row crossover with room for five passengers to travel comfortably. Cargo space is also at the top end of this class, measuring 31.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 79.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

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Safety Features

The base price includes a full slate of driver assistance technology, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams.

Moving up to the Technology brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. A surround-view camera system is exclusive to the Advance.

Connectivity

The RDX comes standard with a 10.2-inch display with a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi hot spot capability, satellite and HD radio, a nine-speaker sound system, and two front USB ports.

Stepping up to the Technology brings navigation, two rear USB ports, and a 12-speaker sound system. The A-Spec and Advance models feature a 16-speaker 3D audio system, while the Advance alone gets a 10.5-inch head-up display.

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RDX - From $39,225

The RDX comes heavily equipped right out of the box with features like a panoramic sunroof, 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push button start, and leatherette upholstery. The outside gets LED headlights and taillights, a black spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Technology - From $42,125

In addition to the safety and infotainment upgrades, the RDX Technology offers a genuine Milano leather interior, GPS-linked climate control, smart key access to the rear doors, and 19-inch gray five-spoke wheels.

A-Spec - From $45,125

The A-Spec takes the RDX in a sporty direction with dark chrome exterior accents, aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, dual exhaust outlets, LED fog lights, and 20-inch wheels. The inside gets black or red leather upholstery with sueded inserts, ventilated front seats, an ebony headliner, a sport steering wheel, sport pedals, and A-Spec badging.

Advance - From $47,025

The RDX Advance reverts back to the luxury theme, but with many exclusive touches. Buyers get a premium leather interior with wood trim, 16-way power front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, acoustic front door glass, a rearview camera washer, and an adaptive suspension for enhanced ride comfort. The exterior is distinguished by 19-inch silver wheels and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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CarsDirect Tip

No matter how it's equipped, the 2021 Acura RDX delivers plenty of features and versatility for the money. This is especially true of the Technology, which nearly provides the full luxury experience at the typical cost of a base model in this class.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Lively engine
  • Great handling
  • Comfortable interior
Cons
  • Button-heavy dash
  • Mediocre gas mileage
  • Frustrating infotainment system
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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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Return to form. Acura was one of the first automakers to capitalize on the idea of a sporty crossover when it first unveiled the RDX way back in the late aughts.

Those early models had some punch, but as time went by, the RDX wasn't unlike so many ex-athletes – the weight kicked in and performance ebbed away. Other sportier options came into the market and, suddenly, the RDX, once one of the only options for anyone who wanted a fine-handling turbocharged crossover, became severely overshadowed.

Since its debut in 2018, the latest RDX has been changing that. It found a workout routine that works – it now has more power than anything in its class and has the handling to go with it. Highway cruising allows time to appreciate the comfortable seats and Acura build quality.

The competition is fiercer than ever in this category, but the well-rounded 2021 Acura RDX has no trouble holding off assailants, even with pricing that far undercuts the German competitors. Base RDX models cost just north of $39,000, while fully-equipped examples sticker around $50,000.

Performance puppy. Like most cars these days, the RDX gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. That alone isn't impressive or surprising. But the outstanding thing about Acura's mill is its power output.

At 272 horsepower, it's the most potent option you can buy in a compact luxury crossover. And did we mention this engine is shared with the Honda Civic Type R?

Acura puts its surplus horsepower to good use. 0-60 mph happens in a quick 6.5 seconds, and in the real world, that translates to brisk takeoffs from a stop and effortless passing power on the highway. The 10-speed automatic transmission is a willing accomplice in all this, snapping off gear changes with authority and not afraid to downshift up to four gears at once.

Multiple driving modes and a well-tuned chassis mean twisty roads are something to look forward to. Tellingly, two of the three driving modes have the word 'sport' in them, a clue to what the RDX is all about. Keep it in the middle mode, Sport, and you get a crossover that deftly balances crisp handling and well-timed shifts with a firm but comfortable ride.

All-wheel drive isn't standard, but well worth the $2,000 upcharge. It doesn't just send traction rearward; it also can vector the torque from side to side, sending specific dollops of the stuff to each wheel. The advanced system can send up to 70% of power to the rear tires, and of that up to 100% can be sent to either rear wheel.

Befitting an Acura, plenty of sound-deadening has been stuffed throughout the RDX, so any unwanted sounds from the powertrain are well masked. It's quiet and composed at speed, banishing wind and engine noise and quickly scuttling the effects of lumpy, broken pavement.

The only sore spot here? Gas mileage. Even in its most efficient form, don't expect better than 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 combined. All-wheel drive cuts that down to 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined). More efficient options are out there.


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Cossetting cabin. Inside, the Acura feels the part of luxury compact crossover. Fine materials are slathered across most surfaces, and build quality is tight – no loose-fitting pieces or unattractive panel gaps here. The vertically-oriented, button-happy design might not be everyone's cup of tea, though.

While some five-passenger crossovers are such only by technicality, that's not the case here. Despite not having an adjustable rear seatback, there's still 38 inches of rear leg room and a tall roof. The floor doesn't have much of a drivetrain tunnel either, further reducing the discomfort of sitting three abreast.

Behind those rear seats is 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space, though that improves to nearly 80 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. There's also a little cubby under the load floor that's good for another two cubic feet worth of laptop bag or snow brush.

Infotainment woes. Infotainment displays can make or break a car these days. With the Acura, we can't call their system a deal breaker, but it certainly wouldn't sway us to sign the paperwork.

Our biggest gripe with the system is its lack of a touchscreen interface. All commands are routed through a touchpad interface. Per Acura, the system is supposed to be more intuitive than the typical touchscreen; we think this current digital age has made pinching, tapping, and swiping second nature. Reorienting to the Acura's touchpad to navigate the seemingly endless menus is a tedious pain.

Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android come standard. We'd just use that to circumvent Acura's home brew system. It makes the 10.2-inch display much easier to use and navigate.

All that said, we can't help but praise the 16-speaker ELS audio system. It sounds great and should impress any audiophile.

Safety raves. In terms of safety, the RDX is hard to beat. The NHTSA and IIHS both gave it their top marks; five stars from one and a Top Safety Pick Plus from the other. Interestingly, the IIHS preferred the base headlights over the LEDs used in the Advance trim.

Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring comes on all but the base model, and top-shelf models get a surround-view camera.

Final thoughts. Despite a frustrating infotainment design, the 2021 Acura RDX is a real crowd-pleaser. Its affordable pricing, excellent handling, lively engine, and impressive safety sheet provide a great balance of performance and livability. Get it in the Technology or A-Spec guise and be on your way.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 272 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Transmission
10-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 272 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
17.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$65
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
58.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
186.7 "
Exterior Width
74.8 "
Exterior Height
65.7 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,783 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
9
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
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Mitigation Braking System (cmbs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
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

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