Plush cabin; smooth power; quiet at highway speeds; slightly sporty edge
Missing some key features, such as a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats; no high-mileage hybrid or diesel option
Once again, the Acura RDX carries over with no major changes
Although SUVs are thought of as 4-wheel-drive off-roaders, most of us do fine with the cheaper, more fuel-efficient front-wheel-drive versions, especially when they're equipped with modern traction and stability control systems. It therefore makes sense to save money on the purchase and save gas during ownership by choosing the front-wheel-drive version. Unless you're all about premium audio and factory navigation, we'd say to skip the Technology package and go for the base trim with AcuraWatch.
The 2018 Acura RDX comes in one trim, with no stand-alone options but a number of packages.
The front-wheel-drive RDX ($36,775) includes a power moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, auto on/off headlights, an 8-way power front driver's seat with power lumbar support, a 4-way power passenger seat, leather seat trim, heated front seats, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Hill-start Assist, cruise control, keyless access with push-button start, a tilt-telescopic steering column, a 360-watt 7-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a rear backup camera and the Active Noise Cancellation system.
The RDX with the Technology package ($40,475) brings a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, the AcuraLink satellite communications system, voice-activated navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates, SMS text messaging, GPS-linked climate control and the ELS premium sound system with 410 watts, 10 speakers, DVD audio, Dolby Pro Logic II and 15 gigabytes of hard drive music storage.
The AcuraWatch Plus Package can be added to the base RDX or the RDX with the Technology package. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, collision-mitigation braking, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning.
The RDX with the Advance package ($43,475) adds unique 18-in machine alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, bi-directional keyless remote engine starting, fog lights, ventilated front seats and the AcuraWatch system.
All-wheel drive adds another $1,400 to the bottom line of each version.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 BMW X3 -- The X3 is all-new this year, offering a range of powerful turbocharged engines, including 355-hp M version. Checking off options on the X3 can push the price well beyond the most expensive RDX trim, but you'll get many more features when doing so.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC -- The GLC offers a bit more sophistication and there's a sporty 4-door Coupe version as well. The GLC's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gets better fuel economy than the RDX, while the sporty V6-powered AMG offers better performance.
2018 Audi Q5 -- Also new this year, the Audi Q5 has quickly made itself the understated favorite in many categories. It has the curb presence and visible quality to state its case.