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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.