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2024 Acura RDX

Starting from CAD $56,857

Vehicle Score 8.1/10
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The Acura RDX does so many things right that it’s hard to find issues with this compact luxury SUV. In an increasingly competitive segment, with great offerings from Japanese, German, and Korean brands, the RDX stands out as one of the best choices available. If there was one drawback to the RDX, it would be the infotainment system. While we got used to it quickly, it might be challenging for less tech-savvy drivers.

Despite being out since 2019, the RDX is still a great choice thanks to its stylish exterior, luxurious interior, and enjoyable driving experience.

Performance & Handling

The RDX prioritizes sportiness thanks to a turbocharged engine and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. All models are equipped with a 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. While the RDX is not a performance SUV, it performs well thanks to a quick 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds. The throttle is responsive to inputs, and there is good power at lower speeds. In most cases, the 10-speed automatic transmission does an excellent job of being in the right gear. However, there is occasional jerking or lurching when downshifting or upshifting during stop-and-go traffic.

As for handling, the RDX delivers an enjoyable experience, particularly when cornering thanks to the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and steering that offers good feedback. The RDX could benefit from getting a Type S variant and considering all the other models in Acura’s lineup have one, the RDX might get one.

Interior & Comfort

The RDX has a well-designed and upscale cabin, that looks and feels every part of a luxury SUV. The cabin feels spacious, and there is good legroom and headroom in the front, but the second row struggles with legroom. The RDX does lag behind the competition in terms of overall cabin space. The front seats provide good support and comfort and offer plenty of adjustability thanks to 16-way power adjustment, which includes lumbar support, thigh extension, and side bolstering. The interior accent lighting also adds to the luxurious experience inside the cabin, it lights up 10 areas in the RDX and makes the cabin look great at night.

When it comes to comfort, the suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps and providing a smooth ride regardless of the road surface. As for cabin noise, there is some road and wind noise at higher speeds but it’s not too intrusive.

Similar to the other Acura models we have tested, the climate control system works great at ensuring a comfortable cabin temperature. All RDX models also come standard with heated and ventilated seats. This is great, especially if you live in a country like Canada where you get both winter and summer months.

Technology & Connectivity

The RDX shines when it comes to tech. All models are equipped with Acura’s driver-assist technology, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition. While all these systems generally work well, we did notice that the adaptive cruise control was somewhat abrupt at times, with sudden braking and acceleration.

All RDX models come with a 10.2-inch touchpad-based infotainment system, that is starting to show its age due to the screen size. The touchpad-based system is also the most controversial feature of the RDX and Acuras in general. Many buyers don’t like it due to the learning curve associated with it. However, we got used to it quickly and if you are tech-savvy, you should be able to use the system with ease.

A wireless charging pad is conveniently located in the second row of the center console, underneath the infotainment touchpad. We like the positioning of this charging pad over those in other vehicles, mainly because it ensures the phone remains out of reach of the driver. In addition to the wireless charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all RDX models. This is great and keeps the cabin clean since you don’t need a tangle of wires cluttering your cabin.

The RDX also comes with the ELS studio 3D premium audio system, which delivers great sound quality and makes the daily commute more fun.

Cargo Space & Storage

The RDX has impressive storage space, outshining many competitors in its segment. With the rear seats up, you get 881 L of cargo space. Folding down the second-row seats expands this to 2260 L. This should be more than enough for most shoppers in the compact luxury SUV segment. Inside the cabin, there is a lot of storage space thanks to a well-designed center console with two rows that offer plenty of flexible storage options.

Fuel Economy

The RDX is rated at 10.3 L/100km combined (11.3 City/ 9.1 Highway). We averaged 10.9 L/100km in our testing which included both city and highway driving. The RDX could benefit from a hybrid powertrain and we might see one down the road.

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