2016 Acura RDX: Car Seat Check

16Acura_RDX_ES_CSC_Lead.jpg 2016 Acura RDX; | photo by Evan Sears

Acura’s compact crossover got a stylish new face for 2016. Standard LED headlights, an enlarged version of the brand’s shield grille and chiseled front end really make the RDX pop in the brand’s lineup. Inside, there’s a lot to like too, especially in the backseat. In our Car Seat Check, two child-safety seats fit well in the RDX.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • Although the RDX’s two sets of Latch anchors sit fairly deep within the openings in the seat upholstery, there’s little around the anchors to impede access so connection was fairly easy.
  • After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible fit well on the seat. We had no installation issues; the outboard seats’ top tether anchors are on the seatbacks and are easy to access.
  • The booster nestled in nicely on the RDX’s wide, bolstered backseat. The outboard buckles are on stable bases, making it easier for kids to buckle up independently. The inboard buckle is floppy, however.
  • We did not have to move the front-passenger seat forward to accommodate the rear-facing convertible and installation went well.

What We Don’t

  • We gave the Latch system a B grade because the middle seat’s tether anchor is in the ceiling, which obstructs the driver’s rearview when in use. It also might be tricky for parents to locate.
  • The rear-facing infant seat installed easily, but we had to move the front passenger seat forward more than an inch to accommodate it.  An average-size front passenger will still have adequate legroom.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-6 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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