2021 Acura RDX

Original MSRP Range
$38,400 - $51,000
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
21 - 22 MPG City / 26 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2021 Acura RDX

What We Like

  • Huge interior for the class
  • Tons of features at reasonable prices
  • Exceptional safety content and ratings
  • High-quality cabin


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5


How Much Does a 2021 Acura RDX Cost?

The 2021 Acura RDX ($39,225) comes in just one trim level. All-wheel drive is an extra $2,000. Standard equipment includes 19-in alloy wheels, four driving modes, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic LED headlights, powered liftgate, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment, simulated leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a self-dimming rearview mirror.   The infotainment system consists of Acura’s True Touchpad Interface (10.2-in screen, center console touch controller), Wi-Fi, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, HD/satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, and a 9-speaker sound system. There are no individual options. All extra equipment is obtained through three options packages. But the Advance package cannot be ordered with the A-Spec. The Technology package adds different 19-in alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors, GPS-linked climate control (it detects the sun’s position and alters airflow accordingly), leather upholstery, two USB ports in the back, navigation, and a 12-speaker Panasonic/ELS Studio sound system. From there, offerings fork in two directions. The A-Spec package requires the Technology package, then brings exterior and interior styling variations (explained in our 2019 Acura RDX vs. RDX A-Spec: What’s the Difference? video). Additions include 20-in alloy wheels, LED fog lights, heated/ventilated front seats, and a 16-speaker Panasonic/ELS Studio audio system. The Advance package also requires the Technology package, but adds adaptive suspension dampers, rain-sensing wipers, hands-free liftgate operation, LED fog lights, acoustic front side glass, a head-up display, heated/ventilated/12-way front seats with power-adjustable bolsters and thigh support, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, 360-degree camera system, washer for the rearview camera, and a 16-speaker ELS sound system.

RDX Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
RDX FWD$38,400 / $36,4584 Cylinder Turbo27222 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/A-Spec Package$44,300 / $42,0474 Cylinder Turbo27222 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/Advance Package$46,200 / $43,8474 Cylinder Turbo27222 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX FWD w/Technology Package$41,300 / $39,2054 Cylinder Turbo27222 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX SH-AWD$40,400 / $38,3524 Cylinder Turbo27221 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX SH-AWD PMC Edition$51,000 / $48,3944 Cylinder Turbo272N/A10-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX SH-AWD w/A-Spec Package$46,300 / $43,9414 Cylinder Turbo27221 / 2610-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package$48,200 / $45,7414 Cylinder Turbo27221 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package$43,300 / $41,1004 Cylinder Turbo27221 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acura RDX Safety

Is the 2021 Acura RDX a Safe Car?

Every 2021 RDX comes standard with eight airbags (front, front side, side curtain, front knee), stability and traction control, rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning/lane-keeping assistance. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is part of the Technology package. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the RDX a maximum five stars out of five for overall crash test performance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the RDX a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned the best possible score in every major category.
Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
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5 Year Cost to Own

$56,615 ($0.75 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
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Black Utility Pkg
  • Chrome Utility Pkg
  • Diamond-Cut Wheel Pkg
  • Fashion Pkg
  • Premium Utility Pkg


2021 Acura RDX vs the competition

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio — Stylish and less commonplace than many rivals. Great fun for drivers. 2021 Audi Q5 — Highly stylish, sophisticated cabin, plenty of tech, plug-in hybrid variant available, and all-wheel drive is standard.   2021 BMW X3 — The perennial go-to choice for those seeking a sporty premium SUV. Yet the X3 can still be comfortable. It’s well-rounded, well-made, and quite spacious. 2021 Jaguar F-Pace — Spacious, with a choice of engines, a superb chassis, and arguably good looks. 2021 Lexus NX — Especially refined and tranquil, comprehensive standard equipment (including blind-spot monitoring), superb resale values. Not much driver appeal, though. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class — Although smaller than the RDX inside, the GLC nevertheless offers a sophisticated driving experience, a truly luxurious cabin, and classic styling. 2021 Volvo XC60 — The stylish XC60 is another spacious compact crossover. Like the RDX, it also enjoys sterling safety credentials. It’s one of our must test drives. Used Acura MDX — For more space, and/or if a new MDX is too expensive, a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) example would be a great choice given Acura’s excellent reputation for reliability.

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