• (4.6) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,578–$21,990
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-21
  • Engine: 240-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Acura RDX

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Acura RDX

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

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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


Average based on 9 reviews

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tough and sexy.

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


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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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