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2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX

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$37,800 — $47,900 MSRP
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SUV
5 Seats
23-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Many standard safety features
  • High crash-test scores
  • Cargo room
  • Cabin storage and quality
  • Acceleration

The Bad

  • Confusing touchpad multimedia system
  • Cumbersome gear selector
  • Fuel economy
  • Center rear shoulder belt blocks view
  • Android Auto not supported
2020 Acura RDX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Acura RDX
  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder standard
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • LED headlights standard

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2020 Acura RDX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV with seating for five. It’s available with front- or all-wheel drive and is powered by a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. An A-Spec Package includes cosmetic upgrades for a more performance-oriented look. RDX competitors include the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.

What’s New on the 2020 Acura RDX?

Redesigned last year, changes for 2020 are limited to a new exterior color: Platinum White.

What Features in the 2020 Acura RDX Are Most Important?

Base models are reasonably well equipped with standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, keyless access with push-button start and a panoramic moonroof. Standard active safety features include lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, a heated steering wheel and a hands-free power liftgate.

2020 Acura RDX Vs. 2020 Audi Q5: How Do They Compare?

The Acura RDX and Audi Q5 both offer seating for five in a reasonably sporty and luxurious package. The Q5 may be a more appealing choice for buyers looking for a bit more luxury in the cabin, but the RDX is something of a bargain by comparison.

Should I Buy the 2020 Acura RDX?

Compact SUV buyers looking for a reasonable level of luxury and not concerned about the lack of a prestigious European nameplate would do well to consider the RDX. While perhaps not quite as well appointed as some competitors, the RDX is more moderately priced. Before buying, be sure to spend some quality time with the SUV’s touchpad multimedia controller to see whether you like it.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
87 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Still waiting for update

by woody77 from Phoenixville, PA on September 20, 2020

Dealer said the car needed an update and that's why the phone wouldn't pair with the Acura link. That was a month ago and still nothing from the dealer or Acura. Service mgr. said to let the car run ... Read full review

(5.0)

Owned a 2016 Rdx

by Buddy from Winnemucca NV on August 27, 2020

Great value for the money, great warranty, extremely comfortable to drive. Tons of great features, stylish, sporty, fun. Best car my wife has ever had. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Acura RDX currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Acura RDX Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
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

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
poor
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
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

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Six model years and less than 80,000 odometer miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Precision Certified: 24 months or up to 100,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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

Booster

(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

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