The Acura RDX models are each powered by a 3.5L SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that produces 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse engine enables EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 20 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive models.** Towing power? The RDX has that, too—1,500 pounds, to be exact.
The RDX’s engine features Variable Cylinder Management, which greatly enhances fuel efficiency out on the highway. This feature amends the V6 engine’s performance, seamlessly shutting down half of the engine cylinders when that extra power isn’t needed. The transition from 6 cylinders to 3 is so smooth you likely won’t notice it at all—but you’ll certainly notice the boost in your gas mileage!
The Acura RDX features a standard 6-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that delivers the convenience of automatic transmission and the control of manual transmission. Multiple driving modes let you change shifting styles to suit the moment, and full manual shifting is enabled when you use a paddle shifter in Sport mode.
All-wheel drive with intelligent control is available for the RDX, designed to utilize available traction to its fullest while also mitigating friction and power loss. As road conditions change, engine torque production and distribution are also adjusted to meet fluctuating demands.
Comfort and control were optimally balanced when the RDX’s suspension systems were created. A MacPherson strut design in front offers enhanced durability, and a multi-link rear suspension in back boosts comfort and handling. The RDX was one of the very first Acura models to feature Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which are now included across the full Acura line and are once again showcased in the RDX.
One of the chief goals for RDX designers was to enhance the overall ride experience for drivers and passengers by reducing interior noise. To cut down on road clatter leaking into the cockpit, a floating front sub-frame structure with reinforced mounting points was implemented. Thinsulate, an advanced noise absorber, was utilized in places like the inner fenders, door lighting housings, and spare tire pan, and Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires were also chosen for their quiet qualities.
Arms full? No problem! The Acura RDX’s standard Keyless Access System lets you unlock the vehicle, activate your memory preferences, and even start the engine without ever taking the key out of your purse or pocket. As long as the key fob is nearby, you’re in!
Found on every RDX, the multi-view rear camera is there to deliver peace of mind when backing up. Just shift into reverse and the rear-mounted camera displays one of three views on the in-dash display. Press a button to switch views and make sure the path behind your crossover is clear before letting off the brake.
The front end of each new Acura model has something in common: a set of LED headlights designed to glimmer like jewels whether reflecting the LED light for a bright path ahead or reflecting sunlight during the day. Jewel Eye LED headlights are just one of the many features that set an Acura apart.
The impressive roominess of the RDX begins with a convenient power liftgate, which glides up to reveal an opening that is a whopping 48.8 inches across. With the rear seat upright, 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space is yours to utilize. A 60/40-split rear seat enables versatile cargo-versus-seating adaptability; and when you need lots of cargo room, lower the rear seat entirely to create 76.9 cubic feet of space.
Plenty of tuck-away spaces await drivers and passengers in the cabin of the RDX. A storage area located in the center console can hold as many as 23 CD cases and also features an accessory power outlet; the tray above this space is ideally suited for holding a cell phone or other small items. A second covered storage space in front of the gear shift features a USB connection, an audio input jack, and an additional power outlet, making it the perfect place to stash electronic devices. There is also a shelf at the back of the center console that backseat passengers can utilize, and each door panel additionally has a storage compartment below the armrest.
Drivers and front passengers can co-exist in peace and comfort now that they can implement their own ideal temperature settings on trips. Dual-zone automatic climate control comes standard in the RDX, giving each front-seat climate zone its own temperature and airflow settings. Lest we leave out the backseat folks, a rear vent lets them partake in the comfort, as well. As a bonus, drivers can opt for the available GPS-linked climate control system.
As part of its available Acura Navigation System, the RDX features voice recognition technology that lets drivers activate audio, climate control, and navigation functions with just the touch of a button and the use of their voice. Simply press the “Talk” button on the steering wheel and the audio system will mute automatically; drivers can then issue more than 200 voice commands.
Acura prides itself on being a leader and an innovator when it comes to audio and information technology. With the constant inclusion of new and better technologies comes the potential problem of an overly crowded center panel—but Acura has neatly solved that with its available On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD). More than 30 buttons have been whittled down to nine controls that are tidily accessible via one intuitive touchscreen.
No need to sacrifice connectivity when you’re on the road. With features like standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, SMS messaging, and available Siri Eyes Free, your world can travel with you wherever you go when you’re onboard the Acura RDX.
One of the elements that helps keep passengers safe onboard the RDX is its Advanced Compatibility Engineering, or ACE, body structure. This innovative design helps protect vehicle occupants by absorbing crash energy and dispersing it more evenly across the front of the vehicle. ACE body structure can even help distribute collision force more evenly to other cars involved in an accident.
A Collision Mitigation Braking System is available for the RDX, utilizing a radar transmitter and a forward-facing camera to monitor the distance and closing speed between the RDX and other vehicles and obstacles ahead of it. If there is time prior to an impending collision, the Collision Mitigation Braking System will issue visual and audio warnings to alert the driver to the upcoming obstacle; if there is not enough time and a crash is imminent, brake force is automatically applied to help lessen or even completely avoid the collision.
Ever wish you could still use cruise control when there is traffic on the road? Thanks to available Adaptive Cruise Control, now you can. Simply input your desired speed and the interval you want kept between the RDX and other cars ahead of it and this system goes to work to maintain those preferences, adjusting throttle and braking as needed.
An available Lane Keeping Assist System employs a forward-facing camera to detect road markings and help keep the RDX in its proper lane. If the system detects that the RDX is moving out of its travel lane without the turn signal being used, audio and visual alerts are issued and the system will gently tug the steering wheel to guide the RDX back to the center of its designated lane.
An available Blind Spot Information System helps drivers where eyesight fails them. If a vehicle enters the RDX’s blind spot, this system generates a visual notification for the driver. If the RDX’s turn signal is activated and there is a vehicle in the indicated lane, a light will flash to let the driver know it isn’t safe to move over.
Vehicle Stability Assist comes standard onboard the RDX, using sensors and the vehicle’s ABS to monitor and mitigate dangerous oversteer and understeer. When potential oversteer or understeer is detected, this system reduces engine torque and applies braking power to the wheels that need it in order to stabilize the vehicle. The system’s response is so smooth and fast that drivers likely won’t even notice there was any instability to begin with.