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2023 Acura RDX: Choosing the Right Trim


Finding a more compelling compact luxury SUV than the 2023 Acura RDX is tough. It’s spot-on for size, power, and technology. Acura didn’t get carried away with adding new features this year, but the 2023 RDX now comes standard with AcuraLink services and two years of free maintenance.

Beyond that, the RDX dazzles with many features and technologies. We like this Acura for its roomy interior, enviable safety scores, and gutsy engine. Furthermore, it’s attractively priced.

Acura offers the RDX in five trims: RDX, RDX Technology Package, RDX A-Spec, RDX Advanced, and RDX A-Spec Advanced. The bottom three trims are standard with front-wheel drive (FWD). For a $2,200 upcharge, you can add all-wheel drive (AWD) to the bottom three trims. The RDX with Advanced Package and the RDX A-Spec with Advance Package come standard with AWD.

Acura outfits the RDX with one engine. It’s a 272-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that teams with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With FWD, the 2023 RDX is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Stepping up to the AWD drops those numbers by one mpg.

The Acura RDX has about average resale value. Compare the RDX with the Lexus NX, Infiniti QX50, Cadillac XT4, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, and other compact luxury crossover SUVs.

Here’s how the Acura RDX trims shake out.

2023 Acura RDX ($41,350)

The base RDX is the best value. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels, hill-start assist, LED auto on/off headlights, and high-beam assist. Heated outboard mirrors, a HomeLink transceiver, dual-zone automatic climate control, and GPS-linked climate control are standard, too. Also included are proximity keyless entry, push-button start, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats.

Also standard are a panoramic roof, LED fog lights, and LED daytime running lights.

The infotainment system begins with the 10.5-inch touchscreen and then adds a 9-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and satellite-radio capability. Siri Eyes Free and Amazon Alexa are standard, too.

Acura arms the RDX with a wide range of safety and driver-aid technologies. They include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and road-departure warning with steering assist. Other features include lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and traffic-sign assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard, too.

Acura doesn’t offer any option packages for the RDX.

Adding the $1,195 factory delivery fee to the RDX base price brings the price to $42,545. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $764 per month. See 2023 Acura RDX models for sale near you

2023 Acura RDX includes:

Proximity keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you approach the vehicle or touch the door handle.

AcuraWatch – This thorough bundle of safety and driver-aid technologies helps protect you and yours.

Adaptive cruise control – Once you have engaged the system and set the speed, it will maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking and accelerating as needed.

2023 Acura RDX with Technology Package ($44,000)

The RDX with Technology Package gets metallic pewter-finished 19-inch wheels, front-rear park assist, a navigation system, an upgraded ELS 12-speaker audio system, and wireless phone charging. Other upgrades include enhanced leather seating and acoustic front-side glass.

Adding the $1,195 destination fee to the RDX with Technology Package base price equals $45,195. Financing for 60 months at 3% interest with no money down works out to a monthly payment of $812. See 2023 Acura RDX with Technology Package models for sale near you

2023 Acura RDX with Technology Package includes:

Traffic rerouting – Part of the navigation system, this feature monitors traffic conditions and road closures to provide an alternate route.

Leather seating – Upgraded perforated leather seating adds a level of richness.

Front-rear park assist – Sensors in the front and rear bumpers detect objects in the vehicle’s path at low speeds and sound an alert if necessary.

2023 Acura RDX A-Spec ($47,000)

Building on the RDX With Technology Package, the A-Spec has 20-inch alloy wheels, a theft-deterrent system, and perforated Milano leather seating with Ultrasuede inserts. An exterior sport-appearance package is standard. The audio upgrades to ELS premium 3D sound system with 16 speakers.

Adding the factory delivery fee to the RDX A-Spec base price totals $48,195. With our no-money-down formula, the monthly payment works out to about $866 per month. See 2023 Acura RDX A-Spec models for sale near you

2023 Acura RDX A-Spec includes:

Ultrasuede seat inserts – These perforated leather seats have Ultrasuede inserts to help keep you in your seat.

Theft-deterrent system – This security system features an alarm and an electronic engine kill.

Premium ELS Studio audio – This premium 3D audio system features 16 speakers.

2023 Acura RDX with Advance Package ($51,350)

The Advance Package loses the 20-inch wheels in favor of 19s. However, it gains front knee airbags, a surround-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, and a wiper de-icer. Front 16-way power-adjustable seats and heated second-row seats are standard as well. A 10.5-inch head-up display is included, too, along with standard AWD.

Adding the factory delivery fee to the Advance Package base price equals $52,545. At 3% interest for 60 months with no money down works out to a monthly payment of about $944. See 2023 Acura RDX with Advanced Package models for sale near you

2023 Acura RDX with Advance Package includes:

Surround-view camera – It provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle. This is particularly valuable when parking.

Rain-sensing wipers – When the system senses moisture on the windshield, it automatically engages the wipers. The wiper speed adjusts according to the volume of the rain.

Head-up display – A projector on the dashboard (at the base of the windshield) displays key driver information on the windshield just below the driver’s line of sight.

2023 Acura RDX A-Spec with Advance Package ($53,350)

The 20-inch alloy wheels are back. Also standard are power-folding outboard mirrors, a black headliner, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. All the other upgrades are cosmetic.

Adding the factory delivery fee to the A-Spec with Advance Package equals $54,545. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $980 per month. See 2023 Acura RDX A-Spec with Advance Package models for sale near you

FAQ

What is the Best 2023 Acura RDX trim?

The basis 2023 Acura RDX is a solid value. It’s a refined SUV with lots of convenience features and it won’t break the bank.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Acura RDX trim get?

The front-drive Acura RDX is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/24 mpg combined. With AWD, the figures drop by 1 mpg in each category.

The FWD A-Spec gets 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway/24 mpg combined. With AWD, the figures drop by 1 mpg in each category.

Which 2023 Acura RDX trim offer the most safety?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the RDX a Top Safety Pick+.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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