Plush cabin; smooth power; quiet at highway speeds; slightly sporty edge
Pricey; missing some key features, such as a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats; no high-mileage hybrid or diesel option
The 2016 Acura RDX sees improvements made to its V6 engine, suspension and standard equipment list. The AcuraWatch suite of driver-assist technologies is now available, while a new Advance package is added to the lineup. The RDX also receives a mild exterior freshening, with new Jewel Eye LED headlights, LED taillights and new wheel designs.
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 2016 Acura RDX comes in one trim with no stand-alone options.
The front-wheel-drive RDX ($36,190) 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 starting, 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 ($39,490) 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.
AcuraWatch 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 ($42,840) adds unique 18-in machined 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.
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|
2015 BMW X3 -- The X3 offers a range of powerful turbocharged engines, including a diesel option. 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.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class -- The 2016 Mercedes GLK-Class offers a higher quality of materials and a more sophisticated information and entertainment system. A fuel-sipping diesel is also an option.
Used Lexus RX 350 -- A 2010-2014 Lexus RX offers a more luxurious ride and more interior room, plus the option of a hybrid model.