2018 Acura RDX SUV

2018 Acura
RDX SUV

Starting at: $36,000

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RDX
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$36,000   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Base (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Base (A6) Search New $36,000   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with AcuraWatch Plus
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$37,300   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
AcuraWatch Plus Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV AcuraWatch Plus Package (A6) Search New $37,300   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX AWD
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$37,500   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Base (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Base (A6) Search New $37,500   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
AcuraWatch Plus Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV AcuraWatch Plus Package (A6) Search New $38,800   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with AcuraWatch Plus
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$38,800   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Technology Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Technology Package (A6) Search New $39,700   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with Technology Package
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$39,700   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Technology & AcuraWatch Plus Packages (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Technology & AcuraWatch Plus Packages (A6) Search New $41,000   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages
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$41,000   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Technology Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Technology Package (A6) Search New $41,200   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with Technology Package
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$41,200   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Technology & AcuraWatch Plus Packages (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Technology & AcuraWatch Plus Packages (A6) Search New $42,500   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages
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$42,500   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Advance Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Advance Package (A6) Search New $42,700   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
RDX with Advance Package
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$42,700   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Advance Package (A6) 2018 Acura RDX SUV Advance Package (A6) Search New $44,200   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
RDX AWD with Advance Package 2018 Acura RDX SUV RDX AWD with Advance Package Search New $44,200   279-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The 3.6-liter V6 engine is powerful and refined, and brings a lot of grunt with its torque. It makes 279 hp with 252 lb-ft.

The electric power steering is direct, better than that the Lexus RX. And the handling is accurate, if not entirely sports-car-like. Out on the wide-open road, at high speed, it’s rock steady. The suspension takes the bumps in stride.

Walk Around

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The busy RDX features a beak nose on a two-box shape. It’s reasonably harmonious. The five-square LED headlamps blend smoothly. The nose is neither aggressive nor flashy. You don’t do a double-take.

The base 17-inch alloy wheels could stand to be a bit more flashy, like the machine-finished 18-inch alloys that come with the Technology package.

Interior Overview

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The busy cabin shows its age, especially in gray, and struggles to meet that near-luxury tag. For example some matte silver painted plastic trim looks like it came off the modest CR-V. But close your eyes and the RDX feels like a crossover costing much more. It’s solid and quiet. Open them and you’ll see that the large center console has lots of storage space. The thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel suggests cornering tenacity that’s not quite there.

Front occupants will find it spacious and comfortable, with power adjustment on both seats, even the base model, with especially good lumbar support.

The rear passengers face a low bench seat, in an attempt to improve headroom which remains limited. It supposedly can fit three adults but we don’t recommend it. It folds almost flat, to create a good-sized 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space. And then there’s the bonus of another 15.6 cubic feet under the cargo floor.

The infotainment on the Technology and Advance RDX isn’t user-friendly. The menus are complicated, and a second screen in the process doesn’t help. Another drawback to the system is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aren’t available.

Summary

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We’ll stick to the base model, in avoidance of the frustrating infotainment on the upscale models. We’re fine with the good leatherette, and we still get the great V6 and slick six-speed paddle-shifting automatic. Comfortable supportive seats. The rear passengers will be a bit tight, but when they’re gone there’s tons of room for cargo. Sharp direct handling at all times. Cheaper than a BMW. So what if the trim isn’t fancy.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Acura RDX comes standard with 3.6-liter V6 and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available ($1500).

The 2018 Acura RDX ($36,775) comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, power liftgate, keyless ignition, LED headlamps, rearview camera, and heated front leatherette seats, power adjustable. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

RDX with the Technology package ($40,475) has real leather upholstery, higher infotainment on 8.0-inch screen, upgraded audio and 18-inch alloy wheels. AcuraWatch includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist ($1300).

RDX with Advance package the ($43,475) brings ventilated front seats, foglamps, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, remote start, and parking sensors, and AcuraWatch.

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