2012 Acura RDX

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.5” x 65.2”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Interior fit and finish
  • Manageable dimensions
  • Passing power
  • AWD handling

The bad:

  • Less cargo capacity than some competitors
  • Gas mileage
  • Nearly 40-foot turning circle
  • Cabin materials not as premium as some competitors

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Smaller than MDX
  • 240-hp turbocharged engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2012 Acura RDX review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Acura RDX is a compact luxury crossover that competes with other small luxury models like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The RDX seats five and has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

The RDX features a large Acura family grille and a beefy tail reminiscent of its siblings. Exterior features include:

  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Liftgate spoiler
  • Xenon headlights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps

Two front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat provide seating for up to five people. The driver faces a three-pod instrument cluster.

A rearview camera, electronic compass and ambient footwell lighting are standard, along with a USB input to connect and charge MP3 players. On models with the optional navigation system, the rearview camera display moves from the rearview mirror to the 8-inch navigation screen. Standard interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Moonroof

Under the Hood
The RDX comes with front-wheel drive or what Acura calls Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which can manage torque distribution to the front and rear wheels and between the left and right rear wheels. The system is designed to improve the RDX’s handling response. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Variable valve timing with Acura’s Variable Flow Turbo to reduce turbo lag
  • Five-speed automatic with paddle shifters behind steering wheel

Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Active front head restraints
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews



I love my 2012 ACURA RDX but I wrecked by hitting a truck in the back. My car has not stayed the same. I had to buy a new compressor & for fixing it. Nothing works in my car no heater, can’t charge my phone in my car, my gas gauge doesn’t work. I have been to ACURA but all they fixed was the compressor! I am kind of upset! I loved my car and recently just starting shutting off by itself and scared to drive it on the freeway. My gosh they are expensive to fix! I wish mine was working the way it was.


You will love the Turbo on this RDX!

I love this car, especially the turbo charged engine. Also its AWD wet/snow traction is something unbelievable! It as given me NO TROUBLE in all the years I have owned oit and looks and drives like it did when it was new!


New to us great car

A great SUV that's easy to park and drive nice leather roomie gas mileage is spotty good reviews and built to last after all its still a honda

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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