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2016 Acura RDX

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$21,149 — $32,157 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
22-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Edgier front styling
  • Improved gas mileage
  • New safety features
  • Cargo room

The Bad

  • Bland interior design
  • Aging interior materials
  • Confusing dual-screen multimedia system
  • Center rear shoulder belt blocks view
2016 Acura RDX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Acura RDX
  • Updated for 2016
  • Seats five
  • New 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard LED headlights
  • New Advance Package
  • Available dual-screen multimedia system

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The Acura brand has never really stood out to some of our editors at Cars.com. But updates to the RDX for 2016, including exterior styling and interior comfort, as well as new tech and safety features, really give the compact crossover an edge.

By Jennifer Geiger

The 2016 Acura RDX is a treat, with exciting driving dynamics and a posh, comfortable interior, but its fussy multimedia system left a bad taste in my mouth.

The RDX is lightly updated this year, with fresh front and rear styling outside and a new optional multimedia system inside; several advanced safety options are also new this year. Compare the 2015 and 2016 models here.

Body-type competitors include the Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX 200t. Compare all four here.

Exterior & Styling
In the field of luxury vehicles, the Acura brand has been the automotive equivalent of Punky Brewster: shooting for bold and bright, but often coming off garish, brash and not very stylish.

Maybe it's how Acura has tried so hard to stand out, with its ever-expanding, face-consuming shield grille that's made its vehicles blend in. Updates to its compact SUV for 2016, however, give the RDX a styling edge. Flashy multiple-LED headlights in the automaker's signature jewel-eye design are standard and really pop against its more chiseled front end. In back, there's a more angular bumper and new LED taillights. It's understated compared with the Lexus NX's bold face and the MKC's elegance, and it matches the Q5's smart style.

How It Drives
The Acura RDX AWD or front-wheel-drive is fun to drive and handles like a smaller vehicle. It corners nimbly, with little body lean, and has great zip from a stop, especially in Sport mode. A new 279-horsepower, 3.5-liter ...

The 2016 Acura RDX is a treat, with exciting driving dynamics and a posh, comfortable interior, but its fussy multimedia system left a bad taste in my mouth.

The RDX is lightly updated this year, with fresh front and rear styling outside and a new optional multimedia system inside; several advanced safety options are also new this year. Compare the 2015 and 2016 models here.

Body-type competitors include the Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX 200t. Compare all four here.

Exterior & Styling
In the field of luxury vehicles, the Acura brand has been the automotive equivalent of Punky Brewster: shooting for bold and bright, but often coming off garish, brash and not very stylish.

Maybe it's how Acura has tried so hard to stand out, with its ever-expanding, face-consuming shield grille that's made its vehicles blend in. Updates to its compact SUV for 2016, however, give the RDX a styling edge. Flashy multiple-LED headlights in the automaker's signature jewel-eye design are standard and really pop against its more chiseled front end. In back, there's a more angular bumper and new LED taillights. It's understated compared with the Lexus NX's bold face and the MKC's elegance, and it matches the Q5's smart style.

How It Drives
The Acura RDX AWD or front-wheel-drive is fun to drive and handles like a smaller vehicle. It corners nimbly, with little body lean, and has great zip from a stop, especially in Sport mode. A new 279-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 makes 6 more hp than last year, and fuel economy is up a smidge too. The base two-wheel drive RDX is EPA-rated at 20/29/23 mpg city/highway/combined. That's the same as the base Lincoln MKC and similar to the Audi Q5 (20/28/23), but not quite as high as the Lexus NX 200t (22/28/25). All four recommend premium gasoline. The MKC offers a more powerful gas engine option, and the Q5 has upgraded gasoline and diesel engines available.

Shifts with the Acura RDX's six-speed automatic are prompt but not especially smooth — again, something more noticeable in Sport mode.

On the highway, the ride is fairly smooth and very quiet overall, with good isolation from wind and road noise. My only complaint is with the steering. It has a solid, weighty feel, which I like, but has trouble staying on center at highway speeds and needs too much correction.

Interior
My test model was loaded and cost around $44,000, and though the interior was nice, it didn't impart the same feeling of luxury you get from sinking into the sumptuous AWD Audi Q5. The RDX's heated and cooled front leather seats felt nice enough (the heat is standard, but the ventilation and leather are optional), and the brushed metal trim looked fine, but it was missing the wow factor expected from a luxury cabin with top ratings. To add insult to injury, the moonroof is downright dinky.

Backseat comfort is high, with ample headroom and legroom and newly standard rear climate vents. By the numbers, the RDX has more backseat legroom than the MKC, NX and Q5, with 38.3 inches. In terms of rear headroom, it's midpack. With 38.1 inches, it offers less than the Q5 (39.0) and MKC (38.7) but the same as the NX.

One annoyance is that the middle seat's shoulder belt comes down from the roof, blocking visibility. The top tether anchor's setup is the same; it also blocks visibility when used to install a forward-facing child-safety seat. Read our Car Seat Check for more information.

Ergonomics & Electronics
I imagine some blood was shed among Acura's engineering teams when designing the multimedia system: the touch-screen camp versus the controller-knob group. Unfortunately, they both won. The RDX's console panel is cluttered with screens, buttons and dials, and their relationship and placement are confusing. The large knob on the bottom controls the top screen's functions, not those on the screen right above it, which is a touch-screen.

Once you figure out what's going on where, the system is more user-friendly than the touchpad-based unit in similar vehicles like the Lexus NX or Audi's MMI control knob setup. I appreciate that the available navigation gets its own screen (on top), separate from the audio information (bottom screen), but there's definitely a learning curve, and the console is a mess visually.

One thing Acura didn't change for the Acura RDX this year is the shifter. In other vehicles, like the MDX and related Honda Pilot, oddly placed electronic gear selector buttons replace the traditional shifter. Even without that change, though, the RDX has enough confusing buttons.

Cargo & Storage
Cargo room overall is good for a compact SUV. In front, there's a deep center console and an additional bin near the shifter. In back, the cargo area is generous, though the floor is a bit high, so loading bulkier items feels a bit awkward.

By the numbers, the RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of space. That's less than the Q5 (29.1) but more than the MKC (25.2) and NX 200t (17.7). The seats fold down quickly and easily via handy cargo-area levers. The Lexus NX has an optional power-folding second row — an unusual option. With the seats folded, the RDX has 61.3 cubic feet of maximum space, much more than competitors.

Safety
The 2016 Acura RDX hasn't yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 model isn't an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but Acura hopes to change that. The automaker says it has improved the body structure and expects the 2016 to provide better front collision protection.

A backup camera is standard. Newly available is the optional AcuraWatch suite of safety systems, which includes forward collision warning with autonomous braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Blind spot and rear cross-traffic detection systems are available in the Technology Package. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
The 2016 Acura RDX starts around $36,000. The Lexus NX 200t and Lincoln MKC start a bit lower but, again, come standard with a four-cylinder engine instead of the 
Acura RDX AWD's V-6. The Audi Q5 starts considerably higher, but comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The Acura RDX is uncommonly generous with safety equipment availability. Several features, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning are available on the base model in the AcuraWatch Plus Package ($1,300). Some competitors offer advanced safety features only on higher trim levels. If you want navigation or heated leather seats, though, those items are grouped in fairly expensive packages and can't be had as stand-alone options.

If you can get past the moderately annoying optional multimedia system and steep option package prices, the 2016 Acura RDX is a delight, with lively driving dynamics and a refined, comfortable — if not very exciting — interior.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
44 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

The best car I have ever owned it

by Eyoel from LANHAM md on December 5, 2018

This car had fill all my needs, I will recommend anyone who is willing to buy a car with the future. I made a right choice for this car. Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect combination of sporty, luxury, practical.

by VHam from Louisville KY on December 2, 2018

Plenty of power, nice luxury features, lots of interior room, great looks and very reliable so far. I recommend this vehicle if you need to transport your family but also want something that is fun to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Acura RDX currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Acura RDX Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

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