Acura, the luxury branch of Honda cars, is taking on the likes of Porsche, BMW, Genesis and Volvo in the SUV market. The RDX is a compact SUV that doesn’t feel small and packs a hefty punch.
The RDX has been around for six years and has proved popular with the public. It provides an inexpensive route into luxury SUV travel, costing less than most of its competition. What’s more, you don’t lose out on specifications and gadgets.
The Acura RDX is crammed with infotainment, safety features, and great comfort for all occupants. It produces 270 bhp from its turbocharged four-cylinder 2-litre engine, so you won’t be hacking along and pushing it through corners, but it can get to cruising speed and sit there all day is what you want from a family car. Front Wheel Drive, the handling is ok but not great, but it will never get you into sticky situations. I doubt you will buy this if you don’t have children, a dog and all the kit that comes with family life.
The 2023 Acura RDX represents first-rate value among luxury SUVs and practicality, although it is not as refined as it could be. The 10-speed automatic transmission and brake-pedal feel should be improved, but these are little niggles.
Acura offers the RDX in one trim but has several packages to upgrade the interior. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available. The central area is busy with many buttons, a touchpad, and a large rotary drive-mode selector sitting front and centre. Nothing feels cheap, and the driving position is high enough to satisfy SUV fans and allows you to enjoy driving if you are a driving enthusiast. A handle on the outboard seats releases the back row so you can fold it flat or lower the seatbacks from the cargo hold using the secondary releases. You can fit around eight carry-on bags with the seats up and 22 with them folded. The RDX also has a large passthrough storage tray beneath its floating centre console.
Every RDX has a 25 cm touchscreen high on the dashboard, or you can operate it via a touchpad on the centre console. The Acura RDX comes with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability as standard and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The optional Technology package adds built-in navigation, rear-seat USB ports, a 12-speaker ELS Studio audio system, and more.
Every RDX model includes standard driver-assistance technology, but several other assists are available with the Technology package. These include front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
You get around 32 Km/G from the AWD version and around 46 Km/G from the FWD vehicle.
Rival models are numerous, but here are three to look at, Genesis GV70, Volvo XC60 and BMW X3
The Acura RDX is a good option for a Compact SUV giving you the practicality of a multi-tasking vehicle that can take you shopping as easy as it can take you on a road trip with five people and all your luggage. It proves you don’t have to buy a prestigious marque to have fun driving while also being a car that suits all the family’s needs.
$49500. Acura RDX basic package.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Acura provides a warranty on the RDX that aligns with its luxury competitors. The complimentary scheduled maintenance plan is a year shorter than you’ll get with the BMW X3 and three years shorter than the Jaguar F-Pace.
The limited warranty covers four years or 80000 Km
Powertrain warranty covers six years or 112000 Km
Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for two years or 35000 Km
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