2017 Acura RDX

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Acura RDX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Edgy styling
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Advanced safety features available
  • Cargo room

The Bad

  • Bland interior design
  • Interior materials
  • Confusing dual-screen multimedia system
  • Center rear shoulder belt blocks view

Notable Features of the 2017 Acura RDX

  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • 279-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • LED headlights standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

What Is the 2017 Acura RDX?

The 2017 Acura RDX is a five-seat compact luxury SUV that has standard V-6 power and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The Acura RDX competes with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX. The 2017 Acura RDX comes in in five trim levels: base, AcuraWatch Plus Package, Technology Package, Technology & AcuraWatch Plus Packages and Advance Package.

What's New on the 2017 Acura RDX?

The RDX was lightly updated in 2016 and those changes carried over to the 2017 model.

How Does the 2017 Acura RDX Compare to Other SUVs?

The RDX handles like a smaller vehicle and is fun to drive. It corners nimbly, with minimal body roll, and it has great zip off the line, especially in Sport mode. Its gas mileage is on par for its class. With 38.3 inches of backseat legroom, the RDX has more than the Q5, MKC and NX. Its rear headroom is mid-pack.

What Features in the 2017 Acura RDX Are Most Important?

The RDX is powered by a standard 279-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation and a six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The 2017 RDX rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the LED headlights, heated side mirrors and backup camera make it easy to see all around the vehicle. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning and heated front seats make the interior comfortable during every season, and the push-button start allows you to simply get in and go. This luxury SUV also features USB connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio to keep you connected and entertained on the go. As required of all new vehicles for the 2017 model year, the RDX comes with standard front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, a blind spot warning system, ventilated front seats, leather seats, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, remote start and an ELS Studio premium stereo.

Should I Buy the 2017 Acura RDX?

The RDX is a better choice for shoppers who want an updated-looking exterior, plenty of backseat legroom, agile handling, a powerful but fuel-efficient engine and advanced safety features. That said, some consumers might be put off by the need for premium gas or only moderate headroom.

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2017 Acura RDX Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


A Reliable Car With Minor Issues

by Sierra1 from Homosassa, Florida on August 17, 2018

I pretty much like the Honda stuff and this vehicle is no exception. The problems that I have with the RDX are relatively minor. The fit between the front bumper and front fenders are terrible as well ... Read full review


Pleasantly surprised!

by Lady Ganache from Tampa, FL on July 24, 2018

I test drove several SUVs before deciding on the Acura RDX. It has comfortable seats that accommodate my 6'2" husband and me who's 5'3". Great backup camera & driver assist features. I was pleasantly ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Acura RDX currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Acura RDX Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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

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.*

Latch or Latch system


Infant seat


Forward-facing convertible

(second row)


Rear-facing convertible



(second row)

* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker