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2016 Acura RDX: What You Need to Know

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2016 Acura RDX© American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 2016 Acura RDX

The 2016 Acura RDX provides a great balance of engine power, handling composure, and interior practicality. However, some of its competitors are more fun to drive and offer more user-friendly tech.

Is the 2016 Acura RDX a Good Used SUV?

Overall, the Acura RDX offers an excellent value in the luxury compact SUV class. It has excellent safety scores, and few rivals are as well-rounded.

Used 2016 Acura RDX Performance and Interior

The RDX’s standard V6 engine makes 279 horsepower and provides eager acceleration from a stop. Highway passing is effortless, with smooth power delivery. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. It generally shifts smoothly, but it can sometimes be slow to downshift. Fuel economy is on par with the rest of the class, at 19-20 mpg in the city and 27-28 mpg on the highway. Though the RDX isn’t the sportiest SUV in the luxury market, it has precise steering and remains unruffled through sharp turns. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The Acura RDX seats four adults comfortably. Five can fit in a pinch, especially if the back-seat passengers are children. Two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat make installing child seats easy. Standard leatherette upholstery complements the RDX’s high-quality cabin. Available seating comforts include heated and ventilated front seats and leather upholstery.

Standard features in the 2016 Acura RDX include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. The standard infotainment system, which shows information on two different screens, can be confusing at first. However, there are plenty of physical controls to make it a little easier to use. The standard audio system has great sound, but a 10-speaker premium audio system is available for an even better listening experience. An available GPS-linked climate control system uses the sun’s position and intensity to keep the cabin at an optimum temperature.

Used 2016 Acura RDX Prices

The price of a used 2016 Acura RDX ranges from about $30,500 for a base model with front-wheel drive to around $37,500 for an all-wheel-drive model equipped with the Advance package. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Acura RDX?

The 2016 Acura RDX has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is typical compared to other luxury compact SUVs.

How Safe Is the RDX?

The 2016 Acura RDX has one of the highest safety scores in its class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest praise. The RDX also received a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A multiangle rearview camera comes standard in the RDX. Models with the AcuraWatch Plus package come with a healthy assortment of driver assistance features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Models with the Advance package include those features, plus blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

Should I Consider Another Used RDX?

The 2016 model is part of the luxury crossover’s second generation, which began with the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 Acura RDX. For 2016, the RDX’s V6 engine received a boost in power and fuel economy, and Acura added an array of available driver assistance features. Otherwise, the RDX remains mostly unchanged since its 2013 redesign.

Which Used Acura RDX Is Right for Me?

There are only two configurations of the RDX. The FWD model has front-wheel drive, and the Acura RDX AWD trim has all-wheel drive. With either the FWD or AWD model, three packages are available. The AcuraWatch Plus package adds an assortment of advanced safety features. The Technology package adds features like a 10-speaker audio system, leather upholstery, navigation, GPS-monitored climate controls, and a couple more safety features. However, the Advance package is the one to go for; it includes all features from the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages, plus heated and ventilated front seats, remote start, and front and rear parking sensors.

A certified pre-owned RDX is also worth checking out. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

2016 Acura RDX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Acura RDX or 2016 Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX offers 3-row seating and more cargo space than the smaller RDX. However, the RDX is a better value. It’s more fuel-efficient and has a higher predicted reliability rating. Since the MDX is a luxury midsize SUV and comes with more standard features – like a moonroof and leather upholstery – it has a higher average price than the RDX. Luckily, you should be able to find a used RDX with those features added on – and it’ll still cost less than an MDX.

Which Is Better: 2016 Acura RDX or 2016 Lexus NX?

If you’re looking for a luxury compact SUV with an excellent predicted reliability rating, it’s tough to beat the Lexus NX. With its modern style, comfortable interior, and sporty handling, the NX gives the RDX a run for its money. The NX achieves better gas mileage in its base model, and the Lexus NX Hybrid takes those fuel savings to a higher level. However, neither the NX nor the NX Hybrid is as powerful as the RDX, which may be a deal breaker for some folks.

Which Is Better: 2016 Acura RDX or 2016 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 offers a range of powerful engines, standard all-wheel drive, sharp handling, and plenty of seating space. However, compared to the RDX, the Q5 comes up short in other areas. It has a comfortable ride most of the time, but ride quality worsens considerably over broken pavement. While the RDX has infotainment issues of its own, the Q5’s controls are a bit hard to reach and difficult to use. Also, the Audi Q5 does not offer the wealth of driver assistance features that the RDX does.

Read the full 2016 Acura RDX reviewon U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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