2nd Gen Discontinued
Review 2018

2018 Acura RDX

  • Sold in the USA: 2017-2018
  • 2nd Generation

Acura RDX Last Price in the USA in 2018

Acura RDX FWD Starts at: 36,995 $
Acura RDX AWD Starts at: 38,495 $

Acura introduced its first luxury car RDX in the luxury crossover SUV class in 2006 initially it was manufactured on a similar platform that was used for the manufacture of the Honda Civic and CR-V but the recent generation of Acura RDX is manufactured on Acura’s own platform. The present model of Acura’s RDX is its 2nd generation car with a front-engine, front-wheel drive option, and all-wheel drive option offering a ten-speed automatic transmission. The 2nd generation model of Acura’s RDX was available for purchase until June 1, 2018. The Acura RDX made its way into people’s hearts by getting the fifth number in Luxury Compact SUVs and it scored 8.8 out of a total ten by considering its performance, interior, safety features, reliability, and quality.

The latest model has been completely redesigned with so many new technological features, a posh and spacious interior, outclass performance, and adept handling. It has the best blend of both quality and value in its class and it has been awarded the best family SUV luxury car of because there is enough passenger room and cargo area inside the cabin and it provides the best safety features. There is only one trim option in RDX but it comes with three packages including the Technology package, the A-spec package, and the Advance package.

Engine & Power:

The Acura RDX model is powered by a two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine generating a horsepower of 272bhp and torque of 280lb-ft and offering a ten-speed automatic transmission with an acceleration time of seven seconds which is considered to be a bit slower than its competitors but better than the previous models of RDX. It offers four driving modes to the drivers which includes Comfort mode, Snow mode, Sport mode, and Sport plus mode. The Sport plus mode will increases the accelerator response and firm steering wheel performance. All modes offer quick, smooth steering wheels and firmly tuned standard suspension and turn-around corners easily with athletic finesse handling. The mileage of RDX is not much appealing and it gives a mileage of twenty-seven miles per gallon on highways and twenty-three miles per gallon in the city. The  RDX has been rated a G which means a good rating by IIHS. The handling of the Acura RDX is not much like the sports car handling but it can tolerate all imperfections of the road easily without any trouble.

Exterior & Interior Design & Features:

The body design of Acura RDX adds more aggressiveness to its body design. The body material is made of high-strength steel and which made it forty-one pounds lighter than the previous generation. There is a shield grille with an A badge on the front like other models and the diamond-shaped LED headlights assist sideways on the grille and the LED fog lights are fixed into the air vents on both sides of the frontal fascia. The back of the car is also attractive with LED tail lights that resemble an Easter egg.





The inside of the cabin is also very sporty and modern with red and black leather upholstery and the panoramic sunroof that adds mesmerizing feeling inside the cabin by brightening the passenger room inside. There is a central stack that features both an audio system and a climate control system. There is enough room for the passengers and there is enough room for drivers too because it provides comfortable positioning for drivers and provides a wide range of visibility. It also provides enough cargo area for carrying luggage. It offers 31.1 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats and the area can be increased by folding the back seats. There is a 10.2 inches screen mounted on the dashboard being controlled by the touch system but the touchpad system is very frustrating. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple Car play but the Android Auto is not available in Acura’s hardware yet. It provides all basic safety features to the customers. Some of them are as follows; lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control system, automatic emergency braking system, 360 view camera, blind spot detection, and driver’s assistance program. The insurance institute for highway safety has declared it a safe vehicle for driving on highways.





Acura RDX is overall a superb car with so many technological features, a stylish exterior, a roomy cabin, and enough cargo area but there is no choice of the power train and the infotainment system is not very up to date even though it is not supported by Android. Many options are not available in the base package and you have to pay additional charges on buying different features in different available packages. Although it offers a remarkable performance still it lags behind many of its competitors.

Major Competitors:

There are many competitors of Acura RDX in the market. BMW X3 gives major competition to Acura RDX because it is famous for being one of the most athletic crossovers and it is much better than Acura RDX but it is costly as compared to Acura RDX. Audi Q5 also gives heavy competition to Acura RDX as it delivers all the latest facilities and driving fun and it is much more comfortable than Acura RDX but again the Acura RDX is available at a very low price as compared to Audi Q5.

Body SUV
Country USA
Engine Petrol
Drive AWD, FWD
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Black, Grey
Interior Color Black
Engine Capacity (cc) 3498 cc cc
Horse Power (HP) 279 Hp
Mileage N/A
  • Engine: 3.5L SOHC V6 24V i-VTEC
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic-inc: sequential sport shift paddle shifters and grade logic control
  • 4.25 axle ratio
  • Automatic full time all wheel drive
  • 72-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance free battery
  • 130 Amp alternator
  • Gas pressurized shock absorbers
  • Front and rear anti roll bars
  • Quasi dual stainless steel exhaust
  • Permanent locking hubs
  • Brake assist and hill hold control
  • Wheels: Aluminum Alloy
  • Tires-performance AS
  • Steel spare wheel
  • Compact spare tire mounted inside under cargo
  • Clear coat paint
  • Express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st row sunroof with sunshade
  • Body colored front bumper
  • Body colored rear bumper with black rub strip/fascia accent
  • Chrome side windows trim and black front windshield trim
  • Body colored door handles
  • Body colored power with tilt down heated side mirrors with manual folding and turn signal indicator
  • Fixed rear window with fixed interval wiper-heated wiper park and defroster
  • Deep tinted glass
  • Speed sensitive variable intermittent wipers
  • Front windshield-inc: sun visor strip
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum panels
  • Lip spoiler
  • Metal look grille with chrome surround
  • Power lift gate rear cargo access
  • Tailgate/rear door lock included with power door locks
  • Fully automatic projector bema led low/high beam daytime running headlamps with delay off
  • LED brake lights
  • Radio: ELS studio premium audio system-inc: 10 speakers-siri eyes free-SMS text message function-on demand multi-use display (ODMD)- Bluetooth handsfreelink wireless telephone interface-song by voice-Aha compatibility-Hd radio-sirusXM satellite radio-AcuraLink Next generation-Pandora capability-USB audio interface with iPod integration-Bluetooth streaming audio-Mp3-auxiliary input jack-speed sensitive volume compensation (SVC) and HomeLink
  • Radio with seek scan-in-Dash Mounted single CD-Clock-steering wheel controls and radio data system
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Integrated roof antenna
  • 410w premium amplifier
  • Digital signal processor
  • 2 LCD monitors in the front
  • Acuralink real time traffic rear time traffic display
  • Heated front sport seats-inc: 10 way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and 8 way power front passenger’s seat
  • 60-40 folding bench front facing fold forward seatback rear seat
  • Manual tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Gauges-inc: speedometer-odometer-engine coolant temp-tachometer-trip odometer and trip computer
  • Power rear windows and fixed 3rd row windows
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Front cup holder
  • Rear cup holder
  • Proximity key for doors and push button start
  • Valet function
  • Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter-4 door curb/courtesy-illuminated entry-illuminated ignition switch and panic button
  • Remote releases-inc: power cargo access and mechanical fuel
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Distance pacing with traffic stop Go
  • HVAC-inc: under seat ducts and console ducts
  • Voice activated multi zone auto-climate control air conditioning with Gps linked
  • Illuminated locking glove box
  • Driver foot rest
  • Interior trim-inc: metal look instrument panel insert-chrome and metal look interior accents
  • Full cloth headliner
  • Leatherette door trim insert
  • Leather gear shift knob
  • Perforated leather trimmed interior
  • Day night auto dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver and passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver and passenger illumination
  • Full floor console with covered storage-Mini overhead console with storage and 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Front map lights
  • Fade to off interior lighting
  • Full carpet floor covering-inc: carpet front and rear floor mats
  • Carpet floor trim
  • Trunk/Hatch auto Latch
  • Cargo area concealed storage
  • Cargo space lights
  • Memory settings-inc: driver seat and door mirrors
  • FOB control-inc: trunk/Hatch/Tailgate-windows and sunroof/convertible roof
  • Integrated navigation system with voice activation
  • Driver/passenger and rear door bins
  • Power 1st row windows with driver and passenger 1 touch up down
  • Delayed accessory power
  • Power door locks with auto lock feature
  • System monitor
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Analog display
  • Seats with leatherette back material
  • Manual anti whiplash adjustable front head restraints and manual adjustable rear head restraints
  • Front center armrest and rear center armrest
  • 2 seat back storage pockets
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Engine immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Air filtration
  • Vehicle stability assist electronic stability control (ESC)
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Side impact beams
  • Dual stage driver and passenger seat mounted side airbags
  • Lane keeping assist system lane departure warning
  • Blind spot information system blind spot sensor
  • Collision mitigation braking system forward collision and rear cross traffic monitor rear collision
  • Tire specific low tire pressure warning
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags
  • Air occupancy sensor
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts-inc: rear center 3 point-height adjusters and pretensioners
  • Back up camera

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