Plush cabin, smooth power, quiet at highway speeds, slightly sporty edge
Pricey, missing some key features such as a panoramic sunroof and a blind spot monitoring system, no high-mileage hybrid or diesel option
There are no major changes to the 2015 Acura RDX.
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.
The 2015 Acura RDX comes in one trim with no stand-alone options.
The front-wheel-drive RDX ($35,790) 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, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless access with push-button starting, a tilt-telescopic steering column, a 360-watt 7-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a rear backup camera and the Active Noise Control interior-noise cancellation system.
The RDX with the Technology package ($39,490) brings 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.
All-wheel drive adds another $1,400 to the bottom line of either version.
The GPS-linked, solar-sensing dual-zone climate control system seemed a bit gimmicky and didn't provide any noticeable benefit to cabin comfort. Credit goes to Acura for adding the automatic 3-flash turn-signal function for lane changes to the RDX. This is a handy feature that remains uncommon among Asian vehicles, although American and European brands have embraced it for some time now.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
BMW X3 -- BMW has gone in the opposite direction, replacing a 6-cylinder engine with a turbocharged 4-cylinder. Because BMW is already on people's shopping lists, it is a risk that the brand can take, even though the new TwinPower turbo engine delivers exactly the same hp as that of the previous Acura RDX turbo.
Mercedes-Benz GLK -- The 2015 Mercedes GLK offers a higher quality of materials and a more sophisticated information and entertainment system. A fuel-sipper diesel is also an option.
Audi Q5 -- Audi has quickly made itself the understated favorite in many vehicle categories, and the Q5 certainly qualifies. It has the curb presence and visible quality to state its case.