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2017 Acura RDX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/28/2016 Jason Udy
2017 Acura RDX© IZMO 2017 Acura RDX

You'll Like:

  • More powerful than the similarly sized Honda CR-V
  • Refined styling

You Won't Like:

  • Can get pricey when fully optioned
  • Unlike the CR-V, rear seats do not recline

New for 2017

After a 2016 refresh, changes for the Acura RDX crossover are minimal. Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic replace Slate Silver Metallic and Graphite Luster Metallic, respectively. Additionally, the Ebony interior color is now available with the White Diamond Pearl exterior paint. The AcuraWatch suite of active safety tech is now available on all trims.

Vehicle Summary

The two-row Acura RDX plays in the premium compact crossover segment and slots below the midsize three-row Acura MDX in the automaker's lineup. The RDX shares its basic chassis architecture with the Honda CR-V.


The Acura RDX's standard powertrain is a 279-hp, 252 lb-ft, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The revised engine makes 6 hp and 1 lb-ft more than the 2015 model. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The RDX is EPA-rated 19-20/27-28 mpg city/highway. Other changes introduced for the 2016 model included retuned steering system, stiffer suspension mounts, and a revised AWD system with Intelligent Control for improved application of rear torque.

In addition to the mechanical changes, the 2016 refresh brought revised styling including a new three-dimensional grille flanked by Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights, new front and rear fascias, and Jewel Eye LED taillights. Wheel designs were also revised. The RDX also gained new silver and black interior trim, heated front seats, and second-row HVAC vents. Cargo space behind the second row of seats is a decent 26.1 cubic feet, with up to 76.9 cubic feet available with the second-row seats folded and the front seats moved forward.


The 2017 Acura RDX crossover has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is a considered a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. The RDX received a front crash prevention designation of Superior. In the low speed autobrake test, the optional Collision Mitigation Braking System reduced impact speed in a 12-mph autobrake test by 11 mph, and by 16 mph in a 25-mph high-speed autobrake test. The automaker's AcuraWatch suite of active safety tech includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Lane Departure Warning.

What We Think

In our First Test review, we were impressed with the RDX's powerful naturally aspirated in a segment full of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. With the 279-hp V-6 and six-speed auto and all-wheel-drive combo, our RDX tester hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, putting it near the head of its class. Though not the sportiest model in its class, we were impressed by its ride and handling balance. The all-wheel-drive RDX also beat its EPA fuel mileage rating (19-20/28-29 mpg city/highway) in our Real MPG tests (21.5/30.2 mpg).

Cool Fact

The Acura RDX crossover comes standard with LED headlights (and taillights). That feature is optional or not available on some of its competitors.

Key Competitors

  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Infiniti QX50
  • Lexus NX


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