2014 Acura RDX

Rating7.9

Ranked #2 in Compact Luxury Suv

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$35,920 - $39,620

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Key Spec of 2014 Acura RDX
fuel economy

20/23/28

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Powerful and fuel-efficient engine

Not as sporty to drive as it looks

No major changes

Comfortable ride quality

The transmission can be improved

Upscale interior

Lack of active safety features

Spacious cabin with generous legroom

Choices are limited in terms of trim levels

2014 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Debuted in the year 2006, the RDX became the first compact luxury crossover from Acura. It is developed on the same platform as Honda uses for its Civic and the CR-V. It was last year during the 2013 model year update when the RDX made its transition to its 2nd generation of production, and the 2014 RDX is also a part of it as well. After a full redesign last year, the Acura RDX carries over unchanged for 2014.

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Over All Rating

7.9

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Trims

Base$35,920 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Xm AM/FM/Satellite

Technology Package$38,220 onwards

  • Fog lamps
  • Navigation system
  • Power liftgate
  • Real-time traffic & Weather forecasting
  • Xenon headlights

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2015 Acura RDX
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Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1689926 Jul 2022

2015 Acura RDX Technology Package

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$15,899
Est. $215/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,512 Below market
RMV: $19,411
Wood Ridge, NJ
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2014 Acura RDX
10
Price Drop, $3000
Previous Price: $1599522 Jul 2022

2014 Acura RDX Technology Package

Technology Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$12,995
Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,844 Below market
RMV: $15,839
Austin, TX
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2013 Acura RDX
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2013 Acura RDX SUV

Standard

$15,993
Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,346.5 Below market
RMV: $19,339.5
Houston, TX
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2013 Acura RDX
19
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1799516 Jun 2022

2013 Acura RDX Technology Package

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$16,995
Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,555 Below market
RMV: $20,550
Paterson, NJ
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2013 Acura RDX
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Price Drop, $300
Previous Price: $1450023 Jul 2022

2013 Acura RDX Technology Package

Technology Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$14,200
Est. $192/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,935 Below market
RMV: $17,135
Upland, CA
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2013 Acura RDX
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1549522 Jul 2022

2013 Acura RDX Technology Package

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$14,995
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,069 Below market
RMV: $18,064
Louisville, KY
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2014 Acura RDX
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2014 Acura RDX

4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$13,990
Est. $189/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,869 Below market
RMV: $16,859
Santa Clara, CA
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2014 Acura RDX SUV

Technology Package

$15,895
Est. $215/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,230 Below market
RMV: $19,125
San Antonio, TX
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2013 Acura RDX Technology Package SUV

Technology Package

$14,990
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,910 Below market
RMV: $17,900
Tucson, AZ
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Colors and Styles

2014 Acura RDX in Forged Silver Metallic color
Forged Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Broadly available in a single trim level, the 2014 Acura RDX has a starting price of $34,520. Opting for the optional Technology package will set you somewhere around $38,220 starting price. Although the 2014 RDX has an impressive list of standard safety features at a competitive price point, it is a bit short in terms of the latest safety features, especially when compared to some of its competitors. It faces steep competition from the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, and other similar compact luxury crossover SUVs in the market.


Features
7.5/10

The 2014 RDX is broadly available in a single trim level. Standard features include the likes of Keyless Access System with push-button start, 18” wheels, sport seats with a leather-trimmed interior, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls, dual-zone automatic climate control system with micron air-filtration, ambient cabin lighting, and much more.

If you are not content with the standard features list, you can opt for the Technology package which, as the name suggests, equips the SUV with some tech features like an inbuilt navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather, satellite communication system, GPS-linked and solar sensing dual-zone automatic climate control system.

Trim

Base

Technology package

MSRP

$34,520

$38,220

Key Features

18” wheels

In addition to, or replaces base trim features with:

 

Automatic headlights

Xenon headlights

 

Keyless entry and ignition

Fog lights

 

Power adjustable front seats

Power liftgate

 

Heated front seats

10-speaker Acura/ELS speaker system

 

Leather upholstery

Voice controls

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As the RDX is available in a single trim level, there is nothing much to think about. For this reason, the base trim is packed with most of the important tech features and creature comforts you can think about. But if you are not content with the standard features list, you can always opt for the Technology package which improves the convenience quotient by getting it equipped with some extra tech features, which are not necessary per se but are still definitely worth the extra price.

Engine and Performance
7.7/10

The 2014 Acura RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine under the hood with 273 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, and paddle shifters for changing gears manually. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available as an option. It has a drive-by-wire throttle system that enhances driveability with smooth acceleration according to appropriate conditions.

With a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds, the Acura RDX is pretty quick, especially for its segment. It can finish the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds, and go all the way up to 135 mph, which are pretty respectable figures.

Model

2014 Acura RDX

2014 BMW X3

2014 Audi Q5

2014 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$34,520

$39,800

$37,300

$34,850

Engine

3.5L V6

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

3.2L Inline-6

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power

273 HP @ 6200 rpm

240 HP @ 5000 rpm

220 HP @ 4450 rpm

240 HP @ 6200 rpm

Torque

251 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

236 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2

6.2

6.7

9.1

Quarter mile (seconds)

14.8

14.8

NA

NA

Top speed (mph)

135

130

130

130

Being a naturally aspirated engine, the Acura RDX lacks a bit in the torque department compared to its turbocharged counterpart. But that’s not by a huge margin and it absolutely crushes the competition in terms of peak horsepower output, which is somewhat translated to its performance figures as well. Most of the others in the competition being in a very similar ballpark in this regard, the Volvo XC60 is a bit of a disappointment. The XC60 takes 9.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, which is just not acceptable, while all other SUVs clock timings under the 7-second mark.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

Being essentially a Honda, it has IntelligentVariable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control or i-VTEC in short, for which Honda is known. In order to save that extra bit of fuel, it has technologies like multi-point fuel injection, drive-by-wire throttle system, and Variable Cylinder Management or VCM.

If you go for the front-wheel-drive variant, you can expect fuel-economy figures in and around 20, 28, and 23 MPG in the city, highway, and combined respectively. Opting for the all-wheel-drive drivetrain will drop those figures to 19, 27, and 22 MPG in the same order. That being said, these mileage figures are pretty decent for its segment, however, its 16-gallon fuel tank is the least voluminous in the segment. 

Model

2014 Acura RDX

2014 BMW X3

2014 Audi Q5

2014 Volvo XC60

MPG (city)

20

21

20

18

MPG (Highway)

28

28

28

26

MPG (Combined)

23

24

23

21

Fuel Capacity

16.0

17.7

19.8

18.5

Range (City/hwy)

320.0 / 448.0

371.7 / 495.6

396.0 / 554.5

333.0 / 481.0

In terms of fuel economy, the Acura RDX and most of its competitors are in a very similar ballpark. That being said, the Volvo XC60 is again a disappointment in this regard. On top of being one of the slowest, if not the slowest in the competition, it is also one of the least fuel economies as well. While the Audi Q5 manages similar combined efficiency, its fuel tank is the largest in the segment and can hold 19.8-gallons. The highly efficient 2014 X3 manages a total range of 371.1 city miles and 496 highway miles. 

Interior
8.5/10

With the generation upgrade last year, the interior of the Acura RDX has been completely revised as well. It has a matte surface trim, and combine that with upscale materials and standard leather upholstery, you get a pretty nice place to spend some time in. The cabin is pretty quiet as well, thanks to the abundant use of noise insulation materials and numerous high-tech appointments such as Active Noise Control. Along with a roomy interior, large openings make getting in and out easy.

The dashboard has a dual-cockpit design, and while the center stack might have a button-heavy layout, but it is pretty intuitive to use, to say the least. In terms of the seats, it comes with an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support and a 4-way power-adjustable passenger front seat. The front seats come with heating functionality as standard, and the overall comfort level of both the front and rear seats are pretty good with a good amount of support as well. Speaking of the rear seat, it is a generic 60/40 split-folding setup.

Model

2014 Acura RDX

2014 BMW X3

2014 Audi Q5

2014 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.7 / 58.7 / 42.0

40.7 / 57.3 / 39.9

39.4 / 57.7 / 41.0

38.0 / 56.7 / 41.2

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

38.1 / 57.2 / 38.3

39.1 / 56.0 / 36.8

39.0 / 56.4 / 37.4

39.5 / 55.2 / 36.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

26.1 

27.6 

29.1 

30.8 

The Acura RDX and its competitors are in a very similar ballpark with regard to their interior dimensions. But the Acura does take the cake with regards to rear-seat legroom. That being said, the RDX might just have the most underwhelming cargo space in the competition, especially when all the seats are in position. But it is noting of a deal-breaker. The Volvo XC60 pops off in this regard with a cargo capacity of 30.8 to 67.4 cu-ft, making it one of the best in the competition. In the segment, the 2014 BMW X3 has lower legroom for both rows.

Major interior features include:

  • Sports seats with a leather-trimmed interior
  • 4-way power-adjustable passenger front seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with micron air-filtration
  • Ambient cabin lighting

How intuitive is the 2014 Acura RDX’s infotainment unit?

As standard, the Acura RDX comes with a centrally positioned 5” LCD display for easy operation of the climate control and audio systems. Opting for the Technology Package will replace that with a bigger 8” W-VGA color display with an additional display positioned just above. The secondary display shows the most frequently used audio system and climate control settings, which are accessed via the easy-to-use interface dial.

To keep yourself entertained, you can listen to music on the 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format CD player, AM/FM tuner, and XM Radio. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth, USB, and AUX ports. Opting for the Technology Package will upgrade the music system to an Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System with 10 speakers. Other notable upgrades with the Technology Package include:

  • AcuraLink Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) system with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2014 Acura RDX got a completely new look with the 2013 model year upgrade, which has been carried forward to the 2014 model without any changes. The new design is more aerodynamically efficient than the previous model, and the chassis has been updated with a longer wheelbase and increased track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

The new grill blends together with much longer, more graceful headlights, and at the rear, the RDX roofline is far more tapered than ever before. Along the sides, the new RDX makes use of smoother door panels making it look much cleaner than ever before.

Model

2014 Acura RDX

2014 BMW X3

2014 Audi Q5

2014 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

3717

4068

4079

4012

Length (in.)

183.5

183.0

182.6

182.8

Width (in.)

73.7

74.1

74.7

74.4

Height (in.)

66.1

65.4

65.2

67.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1

8.3

7.9

9.1

Wheelbase (in.)

105.7

110.6

110.5

109.2

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Acura RDX and its competitors are very similar, except for the fact that the Acura RDX has one of the shortest wheelbases in the competition at 105.7 inches. On top of that, at 9.1 inches, the 2014 Volvo XC60 is the segment leader in terms of ground clearance. The 2014 Audi Q5 that weighs 4,068 lbs is the heaviest in the segment and is the widest. It shares the longest wheelbase with the BMW X3 of 110.5 inches.

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Sun/moonroof
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Fog Lamps
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Power Liftgate (Optional)
Safety
8.2/10

The Acura RDX is built on the Advanced Compatibility Engineering or ACE body structure which has a crash stroke front frame design that uses a network of front frame structures to absorb and deflect the energy from a frontal collision. To further improve the strength of the body, Acura makes use of high-strength steel which has a density of 56% compared to the 47% used previously. The body also has front and rear impact-absorbing crumple zones, along with side-impact door beams as well.

To protect its occupants during the event of a crash, the RDX has safety features like:

  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS)
  • Front-seat side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Active front seat head restraints and adjustable rear seat head restraints
  • Height-adjustable 3-point front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system for rear seats

To prevent crashes from happening in the first place, it also comes with some active safety features like:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Final Verdict

The 2014 Acura RDX is a pretty competent SUV in its segment. Acura aimed at the big guns in this segment from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Volvo, and they have successfully built a pretty decent SUV in this regard. The interior is quiet and luxurious, has comfortable ride quality, and has a punchy powertrain with good fuel economy. But the lack of choice in terms of trim level, and the lack of active safety features and driving aids make it a tough choice in some situations. Nonetheless, it is still a must on your test-drive list when looking for its class.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$35920

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

212 cu in

horse power

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

251 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

183.5 in

wheelbase

105.7 in

width

73.7 in

curb weight

3838 lbs

Height

66.1 in

Ground Clearance

8.1 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

103.5 cu ft

cargo volume

61.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/23/27 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Acura RDX 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$40,799
5 Year Cost To Own
$56,939
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $56,939
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,330$4,031$3,285$3,696$3,231$19,573
Insurance$1,172$1,177$1,210$1,322$1,284$6,165
Fuel$2,128$2,276$2,334$2,393$2,454$11,585
Maintenance$265$1,140$507$2,502$2,077$6,491
Repairs$-19$-43$-39$472$770$1,141
Financing Interest$2,547$2,004$1,559$995$390$7,495
Taxes and Fees$3,421$295$299$273$201$4,489
Total Cost-To-Own$14,844$10,880$9,155$11,653$10,407$56,939
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