2011 Acura RDX

MSRP $32,895

Ranked #2 in Suv

8.3

Overall Rating

2011 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With an awkward exterior styling but immaculate interior and handling, the Acura RDX enters the small luxury SUV segment. It feels underpowered as compared to most of its competitors but it delivers practicality making it a desirable package. For the year 2011, the Acura RDX is a carry-forward design with nothing significantly new about it. It is available in only one trim which is Base.

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Pros

Exceptional handling

Affordable than its competitors 

Well-organized interior

Good engine performance

Cons

Awkward exterior styling

Lack of trim levels

Stiff ride

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2011 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

140 cu.in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

182.5 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

65.1 in.

curb weight

3743 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

870 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

186 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/24 mpg

highway range

432 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$32,895 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Acura RDX in Basque Red Pearl color
Basque Red Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


An additional package called the Technology package is available which adds some attractive features. Both these models are available in the reliable SH-AWD drivetrain as well. All RDX models are powered by a turbocharged 2.3 L Inline-4 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $32,895 while the top-end model costs more than $37,995. The Acura RDX competes with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 Acura RDX Features

8.5/10

The 2011 Acura RDX is available in only one trim, which is the Base. It carries a price tag of $32,895 and it comes with a great set of features. Acura offers the Technology Package with the RDX that will increase the starting price to $35,995. It unlocks features like solar-sensing automatic climate control, a navigation system, voice controls, 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system, a rearview camera, a larger screen for the infotainment system, real-time traffic and weather notifications, etc. 

Trim

Base

Technology Package

MSRP (FWD)

$32,895

$35,995

MSRP (AWD)

$34,895

$37,995

Key Features

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Acura/ELS Surround 410-watt Premium Audio System with 10 speakers

 

Sports seats with a perforated leather-trimmed interior

AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather

 

7-speaker audio system

XM Radio with Note function music reminder

 

Driver’s 10-way power seat (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration

Automated Appointments

 

Acura 360-watt Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer, and 7 speakers

Real-time traffic and weather

We Recommend

The Acura RDX doesn’t have a whole lot of options to choose from. A notable point about the RDX is that it's cheaper than its rivals. Hence, our recommendation is to choose the fully-loaded Technology package with the AWD drivetrain which will cost you just under $38,000. The Tech Package adds some significant extra features over the base trim.

2011 Acura RDX Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The standard engine fitted in the 2011 Acura RDX is a 2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4 which produces 240 hp @ 6000 RPM and has a peak torque of 260 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM. This engine is coupled to a 5-speed automatic gearbox and the standard drivetrain is an FWD. However, you have the option to equip AWD. The engine is decently powerful and it doesn’t disappoint when it reaches high speeds. The problem occurs when you get from low speeds to high speeds. The Turbocharger lags when the SUV is pushed through vigorous acceleration. 

Unlike its competitors that offer either a 6-speed automatic or 8-speed automatic transmission, the RDX offers a 5-speed automatic in order to bring out the best engine output. Furthermore, the standard FWD drivetrain is satisfactory at best. The SH-AWD offered by Acura is when it feels alive around cities, highways, and tight corners. With the latter, the handling improves by a significant margin. The steering is light-weighted which makes it easy to maneuver. However, the ride is stiffer than expected. The bumps are felt even during city rides. 

Model

2011 Acura RDX

2011 Audi Q5

2011 BMW X3

2011 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$32,895

$35,200

$36,750

$32,900

Engine

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4 

3.0L Inline-6 

3.2L Inline-6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

240 hp @ 6000 RPM

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

240 hp @ 6600 rpm

240 hp @ 6400 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

221 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

236 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.0

7.0

5.8

7.6

Quarter mile (seconds)

15.4

16.0

14.2

16.0

Top speed (mph)

135

130

130

130

The 2011 Audi Q5 has the smallest sized engine in the segment. When compared to other cars in the segment, it is well underpowered as well but it manages to deliver a good fuel economy. The turbocharger in the RDX helps it attain a class-leading torque while the RDX, X3, and XC60 have the same power figures. The BMW X3 is undoubtedly the most engaging one to drive while also being the fastest and most expensive. 

2011 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2011 Acura RDX comes with a standard fuel economy compared to the average in the segment. But, opting for the SH-AWD will reduce the mileage to 17/22/19 MPG (city/highway/combined), which is the least in the segment. In the FWD configuration, the fuel economy is satisfactory but when the SH-AWD is equipped it lags behind the rivals. The SUV which delivers the best fuel economy is the 2011 Audi Q5 which provides a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG.

Model

2011 Acura RDX

2011 Audi Q5

2011 BMW X3

2011 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

19

20

19

18

MPG (Highway)

24

27

25

25

MPG (Combined)

21

22

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

19.8

17.7

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combine, in Miles)

342/432/378

396/535/435

336/443/371

318/442/371

The 2011 Audi Q5 not only has a class-leading fuel economy but also a class-leading fuel tank capacity. With a capacity of 19.8 gallons, it attains a range far better than its competitors. It is clear enough to say that the Q5 is the clear winner when it comes to fuel efficiency. The more powerful BMW X3 is also a superb option considering that it comes in an AWD configuration and still delivers impressive efficiency. 

2011 Acura RDX Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2011 Acura RDX is filled with modern amenities and a well-organized setup. The use of hard plastic is more than what is seen in its rivals, but it is elegant nonetheless. The seating position and driving position is one of the best in the business with plenty of exterior visibility. The dashboard and center console have a sleek and contemporary design with plenty of hidden storage compartments. The dual-zone automatic climate control provides a calm and relaxing environment inside.

There’s ample headroom, shoulder room, and legroom in both the front as well as the rear row of seats. The leather upholstery enhances the seating comfort of the seats. The driver’s seat is 8-way power-adjustable while the passenger’s seat is 4-way power-adjustable. Both these seats have heated functionality. The cabin experience is not exactly quiet. At times, there is a fair amount of road noise.

Model

2011 Acura RDX

2011 Audi Q5

2011 BMW X3

2011 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/58.2/41.8

39.4/57.7/41.0

40.7/57.3/39.9

39.0/56.7/41.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/56.3/37.6

39.0/56.4/37.4

39.1/56.0/36.8

39.5/55.2/36.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

27.8

29.1

27.6

30.8

Overall, the RDX provides the best interior dimensions. However, it does not do so well in terms of cargo space, but it still provides plenty of cargo area. The figures mentioned above are for the space behind the second row of seats. Out of the 4 SUVs, the 2011 Volvo XC60 provides over 30 cubic feet of cargo space. Some of the highlight features inside the Acura RDX are the following-

  • Sports seats with a perforated leather-trimmed interior
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration
  • Driver’s 10-way power seat (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)
  • Front passenger’s 4-way power seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split flat-folding second-row seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2011 Acura RDX’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system fitted in the Acura RDX provides an array of features. The Base is fitted with a LED screen while the Technology package gets a bigger touchscreen display. The display is fitted deep in the dashboard. Some controls might be too small to read which could be problematic for the driver to use them while driving. 

A premium 7-speaker audio system comes standard in the Base trim. The Technology package upgrades this sound system to a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound system. The Technology package also adds a navigation system with voice controls and real-time traffic and weather notifications. Some of the standard features offered by this infotainment system are:

  • Navigation (Technology package)
  • Voice controls (Technology package)
  • iPod/USB interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite Radio
  • 7-speaker audio system
  • AMFM Stereo
  • CD player

2011 Acura RDX Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior styling of the 2011 Acura RDX is something that you don’t see every day. Its out-of-the-box design is somewhat awkward and will take getting used to. The front fascia especially has been called “the angry chicken”. This is because of its uniquely shaped grille and automatic xenon headlights. The front bumper has a simpler design with basic fog light housing. The hood is sculpted in such a way that it amplifies the styling effect of the grille. 

The side profile is characterized by some curvy body lines and a slightly sloping roofline which give the RDX a boost in personality. Other features that are seen are 18-inch wheels, body-colored heated power-adjustable mirrors which have integrated LED directional signals, a power moonroof, and a comparatively low ground clearance of 6.3 inches. The rear end continues its unique styling thanks to its large taillights. Other features that are in the rear end are rear privacy glass, body-colored tailgate spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets.

Model

2011 Acura RDX

2011 Audi Q5

2011 BMW X3

2011 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,743

4,090

4,112

3,958

Length (in.)

180.7

182.2

183.0

182.2

Width (in.)

73.6

74.0

74.1

74.4

Height (in.)

65.1

65.1

65.4

67.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

7.9

8.3

9.1

Wheelbase (in.)

104.3

110.5

110.5

109.2

The RDX is the lightest among the four SUVs mentioned above by a significant margin. Apart from that, it also has the lowest ground clearance in the segment which is only 6.3 inches. The SUV with the tallest stance is the 2011 Volvo XC60 with a ground clearance of 9.1 inches. Some of the key exterior features of the Acura RDX are-

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • Body-colored heated power-adjustable side view mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Body-colored tailgate spoiler
  • Fog lights

2011 Acura RDX Safety

8.0/10

Unfortunately, neither the NHSTA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2011 RDX. Hence it is not decisive that the RDX is an extremely safe car but with the amount of safety and driver-assist features standard on it, it should be among the safer small crossover SUVs on the market. The list of safety tech that is incorporated into the RDX inspires confidence. Some of the safety features on offer are:

  • Blindspot alert system
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights

2011 Acura RDX Final Verdict

To start off, the 2011 Acura RDX is clearly not a looker. Its rivals offer much more stylish and modern exterior personas. It doesn’t match up with the fuel economy of its rivals as well. Its turbocharged engine lags a bit in acceleration and the ride is stiffer than most of its rivals. Despite these negatives, the Acura RDX is a good package. The Technology package offers some exciting features at a price much cheaper than its competition. The SUV is definitely worth the price which makes it a practical purchase.

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