2021 Acura RDX

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2021 Acura RDX
2021 Acura RDX

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Confusing touchpad multimedia controller
  • Cumbersome gear selector
  • Fuel economy
  • Center rear shoulder belt blocks view

5 trims

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Notable features

  • New PMC Edition available
  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder standard
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2021 Acura RDX review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV that seats five. It’s available with front- or all-wheel drive and is powered by a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled 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 2021 Acura RDX?

A new limited-edition PMC Edition now tops the RDX range. Offered exclusively in Thermal Orange Pearl exterior paint, the PMC Edition is hand-built at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center. Only 360 will be built for the North American market. 

What Features in the 2021 Acura RDX Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 10.2-inch multimedia screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

Available features include:

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert

Should I Buy the 2021 Acura RDX?

Compact SUV buyers looking for a reasonable level of luxury would be smart to consider the RDX. While it’s not quite as opulent inside 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 if you like it. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


well equipped, well priced and an enjoyable drive.

4 moths and 4000 miles, a few rattles have developed, nothing significant, I got used to the touchpad interface and find it to be "just fine" as I typically use CarPlay and do most of my audio control from the steering wheel. The car is peppy, comfy and the audio system is STELLAR.


Acura Fan

Sleek and sporty design - turbo charged engine, all wheel drive. Plenty of leg room, rear seats fold all the way down for extra capacity and I absolutely love the black 20in wheels!


So far so good

Really nice SUV...traded 2015 TLX now b/c of value of used cars...RDX handles and rides flawlessly. Great acceleration from 4 cylinder turbo. Will have to wait to report on reliability as have only 350 miles driven so far but with Honda/Acura I don’t think it will be a problem.. We really love this vehicle and expect it to last.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision Used
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years old or newer from their original in-service date at the time of sale.
Basic warranty terms
6 months/7,500 miles
6 months/7,500 miles
Dealer certification required
112 point inspection
Roadside assistance
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