2021 Acura RDX

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$38,400

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

24

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

186.7” x 65.7”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

3.0

Get a Lexus

Am 2 years into a 3 year lease. Came from a Lexus. This is nothing more than a Honda with lipstick. Shifting gears is dangerous with buttons. To change anything you have to you use a touchpad or buttons. Very confusing. Too many features that most people will never use. Rattles, brakes and overall construction very cheap. Big dissapointment. A Lexus is a Lexus!

5.0

Love this car!

I absolutely love this car. I've taken it on several 500 mile trips and it's by far the most comfortable car I've ridden in. One component many reviews do not mention is the stereo system. I have the A-SPEC, which comes with 16 speakers. It was an important reason for me choosing the vehicle, along with the A-SPEC blue pearl color. The stereo system sounds incredibly accurate and by far the best stereo I've heard in a vehicle. It could use a little more low end power to hit low end notes, yet I'm still impressed with it every time I listen to it. And it's good at replicating sound in all genres. Any track sounds good and tuned perfectly! My back has been a struggle the last couple of years and it's one of the reasons I bought the car as well. The seats are extremely comfortable and adjustable. I run hot and the ventilated seats aren't strong, but do make all the difference to keep me cool and dry. The cornering is impressive for an SUV. The torque vectoring clearly pushes you in the turns and helps you turn; very impressive system and makes it very fun to drive. We have some extremely bad roads in the Midwest and it rides better than my other vehicles (2007 TL and 2000 Camaro), but I suppose it could be a little smoother according to some people. I have no complaints with ride quality. Another great thing about the vehicle is how easy driving long distances is. With the adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, I don't think I could go without it. I haven't driven a lot of vehicles with this system, but I have no complaints with it; it greatly reduces driver fatigue. I drove 10 hours home when I picked it up, and felt great after. Other vehicles definitely make that a struggle. What many people have complaints with is the touch pad for the infotainment system. Once I used it a few times, I got used to it. It seems cumbersome, but Acura designed it this way to keep your eyes on the road. When you realize this, you'll notice how that is true; it does keep your eyes on the road, and I'm satisfied with it. The interior likely isn't the best in class, but there certainly isn't anything wrong with it and I do find it attractive. As mentioned earlier, the A-SPEC blue pearl is quite stunning. I like all the colors, so you can't go wrong with any color, but do check out the blue and red in person; they're my favorite colors. The overall design of the vehicle is one of my modern-day favorites. The panoramic sunroof is nice and worth mentioning. I've heard people complain about the interior noise, but I have no complaints, even if I'm doing 80. Maybe there are other cars that are quieter, but I haven't ridden in one. Hopefully my review helps you with your decision. I love cars and look forward to driving it every time I get in the car. I don't see myself ever regretting the purchase other than the mpg. Just like most cars, the faster you go the worse it gets. It gets about 24 when I was doing 75 for 400 miles. If you start pushing 80, it can really plummet. I haven't taken many trips at 60mph, but it can get 26 @ 60mph for sure. I'd say it can do 27 at 55 mph, but generally 65 is the speed limit in my state. 21mpg has been the consistent number for me in the city. So the advertised mpg from Acura is accurate.

5.0

I love my new car

Acura RDX 2021 (technology package ) Is a nice car , Comfortable , smooth ,stylish and spacious. I am pleased with my purchase of the RDX

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Safety

Based on the 2021 Acura RDX base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
16.5%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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