2018 Acura RDX

Original MSRP Range
$36,000 - $44,200
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
19 - 20 MPG City / 27 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2018 Acura RDX

What We Like

Plush cabin; smooth power; quiet at highway speeds; slightly sporty edge

What We Don't

Missing some key features, such as a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats; no high-mileage hybrid or diesel option


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Acura RDX?

Once again, the Acura RDX carries over with no major changes

Which RDX is the Best?

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. 

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How Much Does a 2018 Acura RDX Cost?

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.

RDX Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
RDX AWD$37,500 / $35,6056 Cylinder27919 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX AWD w/AcuraWatch Plus$38,800 / $36,8376 Cylinder27919 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX AWD w/Advance Pkg$44,200 / $41,9526 Cylinder27919 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX AWD w/Technology Pkg$41,200 / $39,1106 Cylinder27919 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX AWD w/Technology/AcuraWatch Plus Pkg$42,500 / $40,3426 Cylinder27919 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD$36,000 / $34,1846 Cylinder27920 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/AcuraWatch Plus$37,300 / $35,4166 Cylinder27920 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/Advance Pkg$42,700 / $40,5316 Cylinder27920 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/Technology Pkg$39,700 / $37,6896 Cylinder27920 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/Technology/AcuraWatch Plus Pkg$41,000 / $38,9216 Cylinder27920 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acura RDX Safety

Is the 2018 Acura RDX a Safe Car?

The availability of the AcuraWatch Plus Package of safety and driver-assistive technologies includes adaptive cruise control, which keeps a safe distance from the traffic ahead, while systems such as lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist help keep drowsy or distracted drivers safe. Collision-avoidance and mitigation braking also help avoid accidents by alerting the driver to an impending accident. Although the AcuraWatch system won't always bring the car to a full stop as some other systems do, it will slow the vehicle while simultaneously tightening the seat belts and preparing the safety systems for impact.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the 2018 Acura RDX performed near the top of its class, earning five out of five stars in the front-end and side-impact tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also thinks highly of the RDX, handing it a Top Safety Pick rating in 2017.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$48,487 ($0.65 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Advance Pkg


2018 Acura RDX vs the competition

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.

Used Lexus RX 350 -- A 2012-2016 Lexus RX offers a more luxurious ride and more interior room, plus the option of a hybrid model.

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