Under the hood of each 2017 Acura RDX is a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed Sequential SportShift Transmission. Those impressive performance specs pair with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city for RDX 2WD models, too.
What leads to such an efficient powertrain? A smart sense of engineering. The RDX doesn’t need to run on all six cylinders when cruising, and Variable Cylinder Management lets the engine activate and deactivate cylinders as needed to conserve fuel while allowing all six cylinders to come to life when it’s time to put the pedal down.
Modern automatic transmissions actually offer superior fuel economies to their manual counterparts, but many drivers aren’t keen on giving up that control. The six-speed Sequential SportShift Transmission brings the efficiency of an automatic with the control of a manual thanks to a set of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
A traditional all-wheel drive system sends power to all four wheels whenever the vehicle is on, giving traction when you might not need it and draining the gas tank. Acura’s All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control knows when the RDX loses traction and sends power to the rear wheels to regain control and keep your grip on a slippery road or uneven terrain for control and efficiency at the same time.
A multi-link rear suspension and a front strut suspension work together to create a smooth driving experience in the cabin of the RDX, isolating the springs and shocks and minimizing road noise. The RDX’s low center of gravity and its Amplitude Reactive Dampers help keep the vehicle stable, ensuring you’re in control even when cornering.
In addition to the suspension system, the RDX features Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires and heavily reinforced mounting points that work to decrease engine and road noise. The spare tire area and inner fenders are lined with Thinsulate to reduce any additional noise and minimize its impact on your driving experience.
Each RDX includes a multi-view rear camera as a standard feature, offering you peace of mind when backing up with your choice of top-down, wide-angle, or standard views. All you need to do is shift into reverse, and the RDX will display its camera view on the in-dash screen – change views with the push of a button before backing out of a parking spot or lining up a trailer.
This RDX feature lets the crossover sense when your key fob is nearby, letting you walk up to the locked door and open it up without ever having to search for your pockets or purse for keys. When you’ve reached your destination, locking up is as simple as pressing a button on the door, and with the standard push-button start, you won’t have to frantically dig for keys ever again.
Each new Acura model carries a distinct look on the front end thanks to the Jewel Eye LED headlights, standard on the RDX. Reflectors in each headlight are designed to glimmer during the day, catching the sunlight and earning their “Jewel Eye” name. At night, these bright, efficient lights illuminate the path ahead in clear white light.
The RDX has a main storage area in the center console that could hold nearly two dozen CD cases, offering up more than enough room for essentials like a smartphone, wallet, chargers, and more. Of course, if you need your phone at the ready, the tray above the console is just the right size and has an easily accessible charging outlet. With the bin-shaped glovebox, door pockets, and other storage, the RDX should have room for your necessities.
The spacious cabin of the RDX can quickly switch between moving people and moving cargo thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seat. If the standard 26.1 cubic feet of cargo room isn’t enough, folding down the rear seat can unlock as much as 76.9 cubic feet. Acura’s crossover is ready to take the kids out for ice cream after the game with the seats up or to pack up the dorm room essentials with the seats down.
Comfort is a top priority for any Acura, and the RDX obliges with standard dual-zone climate control that automatically adjusts to the individual settings of both the driver and front passenger. Simply choose preferred airflow and temperature settings and let the climate control do the rest; your rear passengers have adjustable vents for their comfort, too.
Standard on each RDX, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can pair up to six devices to the crossover for streaming audio, making handsfree phone calls, and receiving SMS texts. Siri Eyes Free brings the utility of everyone’s favorite iPhone concierge on the drive and an intuitive touchscreen interface ensures managing your connections is as simple as a few taps.
It’s important to be able to manage your vehicle systems without distracting from your driving, and that’s why the RDX has an available voice recognition system (found paired with the satellite-linked navigation). With a press of the steering wheel-mounted “Talk” button, you can utter one of over 200 voice commands and have the RDX respond without ever removing your hands from the wheel or taking your eyes off the road.
Could you imagine the dashboard of a the RDX if it had a button for every different feature? It would be cluttered and chaotic. The ODMD replaces dozens of potential buttons with an adaptable touchscreen that features nine “buttons” that adapt to the controls you need when you need them for a streamlined media experience and a sleek interior.
The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure shows that safety is a concern of the RDX from it very skeleton. Common collision areas are reinforced while crumple zones are placed to help redirect crash energy away from passengers to reduce the chance of injury in a collision.
Found on the AcuraWatch Plus Package, Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar to sense the velocities of surrounding vehicles and adjust cruising speeds automatically. The result is a crossover that lets you focus on the drive while it worries about keeping pace with traffic.
Standard on the RDX, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) monitors the vehicle position and how it coordinates to the steering wheel input from the driver. If it senses that these two stats don’t match up, it can adjust torque, throttle position, and brakes to correct for understeer or oversteer, re-stabilizing the vehicle and helping keep you in control.
Another AcuraWatch Plus feature, Collision Mitigation Braking features a Frontal Collision Warning system that uses radar sensors to detect if you are approaching another vehicle too quickly. After a warning, the Collision Mitigation Braking system can apply the brakes automatically to slow or even stop the RDX and mitigate the potential damage of a front-end collision.
A front-mounted camera lets this AcuraWatch Plus feature monitor the markings on the pavement, letting it detect if the RDX is drifting from its lane. If the driver hasn’t signaled a lane change, this safety feature issues a warning and then gives the wheel a slight nudge to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane.
This available safety feature uses radar sensors in the rear of the RDX to detect if a vehicle is in either of its blind spots. If the radar detects a vehicle in an “alert zone,” it lights up indicators on the appropriate windshield pillar, flashing if you signal a lane change toward an occupied lane (Always remember to visually check for vehicles before changing lanes).