Acura RDX: An annoyingly sensible choice
Just like Grandma’s chicken noodle soup when you’re sick
The Acura RDX is an SUV that’s highly rated by both experts and drivers. It has been rated highly consistently for many years. It’s pretty dull to look at and is annoyingly benign, but it certainly gets the job done. Kind of like bland chicken noodle soup when you’re sick. When there are better options, you might take one. This might be one of those times.
The current version of the Acura RDX is rated #1 in luxury compact SUVs by U.S. News. Experts’ only complaints are with the infotainment system, which some consider complex, and that no engine upgrades are available. It’s kind of shocking that there is only one stock engine available for a luxury SUV that is trying to competing with the likes of the Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes GLC.
Complaints are not made about the acceleration so the desired engine upgrades drivers would like to see are likely for greater towing capability and possibly off-road. Despite having never heard of anyone taking an Acura RDX off-road.
It boasts an incredible 9.5/10 for safety so you know why so many people continue to buy despite it not being all that thrilling of an SUV.
The 2020 model
The 2020 version of the Acura RDX is a 5-seater with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options. Mileage is claimed to be 21MPG City and 26MPG Highway. Those would trend slightly better in the front-wheel-drive version. Actual owners and drivers of the Acura RDX would take great issue with these mileage claims.
There was a redesign for 2019 and nothing has changed for the 2020 model. Despite the Acura RDX being considered very safe and reliable, for the price point there are better luxury SUVs available.
Engine specs are a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharge with 272 horsepower and a 10-speed shiftable automatic. All models offer the same engine. The main upgrades and differences between trim levels are from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive.
The base model starts with an MSRP of $37,600. The ‘well equipped’ model sells at $43,800. The Loaded package starts at $47,700. That’s quite a bit higher than other members in the same class. Options are not a la carte but sold in packages which can significantly increase the price.
The Acura RDX does have a high resale value so depending on your intentions with the SUV, it may still be your best option. That being said, these comparisons are based on the Acura RDX being compared to the Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and the Mercedes GLC and those SUVS all seem like they’re in a bit of a higher league than the Acura RDX.
It gets high ratings from owners, a solid 4.4/5. Gas mileage, even after the model engine change, seems to be poor.
There was a redesign for 2019 and nothing has changed for the 2020 model. The 2019 redesign included a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and the addition of some driver safety and assist features such as lane departure. It gets high ratings from owners, a solid 4.4/5. Gas mileage, even after the model engine change, seems to be poor.
Despite the Acura RDX being considered very safe and reliable, for the price point here, there are better luxury SUVs available
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