2012 Acura RDX

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Acura RDX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Acura RDX

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

2012 Acura RDX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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 Vari...
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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
Safety features include:

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

tough and sexy.

by WITCHONWHEEL from SUN CITY CENTER, FL on June 14, 2017

I ALWAYS FEEL SAFE IN THIS CAR. IT HAS THE "SH" OPTION. ALSO BEST LOOKING CAR. BOUGHT IN 2014 WITH 13,880 MILES ON IT. A BABY. Read full review

(4.0)

Good Luxury Car

by KBF from Indianapolis, IN on March 31, 2017

I've loved this car. It's a little expensive for my needs, but overall it's been very reliable with minimal performance issues by 60,000 miles. Since the parts are Honda, it's affordable to replace ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Acura RDX currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Acura RDX has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RDX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker