2016 Acura RDX

Rating8.0

Ranked #3 in Compact Luxury Suv

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$36,670 - $43,520

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Key Spec of 2016 Acura RDX
fuel economy

19/22/28

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

279 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Powerful and refined V6 engine

Annoying infotainment system

V6 engine receives a bump in power figures

Lengthy suite of safety features

Not as fun-to-drive as rivals

More optional driver assistance features added

Responsive steering

Expensive options

Exterior styling has been updated

High safety scores

Fuel economy has been improved

2016 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2016 Acura RDX received a complete redesign on the exterior part. The powertrain has also been tinkered this year, as a result, there is a slight bump in both power and fuel economy. As usual, the 2016 Acura RDX comes only in one trim and two drivetrain options with prices starting at $35,370.The engine of the RDX offers excellent and refined drive. The comfortable seats on the inside complement it further. 

2016 Acura RDX Latest Updates

  • May' 5, 2022 : Top 10 Fastest Acura Cars Of All Time Read More »
  • Nov' 15, 2021 : Acura Announces 2022 RDX Prices, New Features & Changes Read More »

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8.0

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Trims

AcuraWatch Plus Package$36,670 onwards

Base$36,870 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Leatherette seats
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

Technology Package$39,070 onwards

Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages$40,370 onwards

Advance Package$42,020 onwards


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2015 Acura RDXHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1695028 Jun 2022

2015 Acura RDX Technology Package

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

$16,450
Est. $223/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,174 Below market
RMV: $19,624
Oakland, CA
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2016 Acura RDX
15
Price Drop, $2002
Previous Price: $2199925 Jul 2022

2016 Acura RDX AcuraWatch Plus Package

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

$19,997
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,744 Below market
RMV: $23,741
Pembroke, MA
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2016 Acura RDXHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $900
Previous Price: $2189002 Jun 2022

2016 Acura RDX SUV

$20,990
Est. $284/mo
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$3,907 Below market
RMV: $24,897
Sarasota, FL
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2015 Acura RDXHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1
Previous Price: $1992631 May 2022

2015 Acura RDX Technology Package

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

$19,925
Est. $270/mo
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$3,668 Below market
RMV: $23,593
Gurnee, IL
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2015 Acura RDX Technology Package

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

$16,777
Est. $227/mo
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$2,982 Below market
RMV: $19,759
Lodi, NJ
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2016 Acura RDX Technology Package SUV

Technology Package

$20,390
Est. $276/mo
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$3,609 Below market
RMV: $23,999
York, PA
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2016 Acura RDX
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Price Drop, $645
Previous Price: $1939527 Jun 2022

2016 Acura RDX Technology Package

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

$18,750
Est. $254/mo
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$3,245 Below market
RMV: $21,995
South Orange, NJ
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2017 Acura RDXHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $2895020 Jul 2022

2017 Acura RDX Advance Package

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

$28,450
Est. $386/mo
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$4,871 Below market
RMV: $33,321
Auburn, WA
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2015 Acura RDX
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Price Drop, $3010
Previous Price: $2199820 Jul 2022

2015 Acura RDX Technology Package

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

$18,988
Est. $257/mo
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$3,172 Below market
RMV: $22,160
Morristown, NJ
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Colors and Styles

2016 Acura RDX in Basque Red Pearl II color
Basque Red Pearl II

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In a true sense, the 2016 Acura RDX is a great mile-muncher. The cabin and boot space are both generous, thus having a family of four on vacation with their full luggage won’t be a problem on the RDX. That said, the 2016 Acura RDX treads in the luxury SUV segment, thus rivals the likes of BMW X3,Audi Q5, and Lexus NX. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of other German and Japanese giants in the segment.


Features
7.0/10

With its latest iteration, the 2016 Acura RDX brings with it a host of major enhancements that makes it a capable and versatile SUV to compete with its rivals. The RDX comes in only one trim, but it offers two sub-trims which only differ by the drivetrain configuration. The FWD variant comes for $35,370, while the AWD version comes for $36,870. The RDX comes with one engine and gearbox option. Being offered in one trim, it is loaded with features, yet Acura has thrown in a few optional packages in case you feel you are missing out on something.

Trim

Base

MSRP (FWD)

$35,370

MSRP (AWD)

$36,870

Key features

18" wheels

 

LED headlights and tail lights

 

Rear privacy glass

 

Automatic headlights

 

Keyless ignition and entry

 

Rearview camera

 

Premium vinyl (leatherette) upholstery

 

Adjustable steering column

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Acura offers only 1 trim but offers an option to choose from AWD or FWD versions. To get the best value for the money, we recommend getting the AWD version as it offers better traction and handling. The available AcuraWatch Plus package can also be opted for as it brings with it a great array of advanced driver-assist and safety features.

Engine and Performance
7.6/10

Under its hood, the 2016 Acura RDX comes with a big 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The setup puts out a respectable 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels as standard, while the AWD is available. The engine feels powerful, refined, and offers punchy performance. The engine not only feels more responsive but also is intelligent as it shuts off the cylinders in pairs to conserve fuel when it senses less power demand. That said, the Acura RDX is no slouch, and it can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds.

Models

2016 Acura RDX

2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i

2016 Audi Q5 2.0T

2016 Lexus NX 200t

MSRP

$36,870

$38,950

$40,900

$37,065

Engine

3.5-liter V6

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

279 hp @ 6200 rpm

240 hp @ 5000 rpm

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.2 sec

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

135 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

124 MPH

All the rivals of the Acura RDX come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four under their hood, and out of them, the BMW X3 puts out the best 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The result is that it remains quicker than the RDX by one-tenth of a second in the 0-60 mph run, while both the Audi Q5 and Lexus NX 200t took 0.7 seconds more than the RDX to scoot from 0-60 mph.

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

Despite having a big V6 under its hood, the 2016 Acura RDX managed a respectable gas mileage. As per EPA estimates, the FWD Acura RDX returns 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. While going for the AWD drivetrain, you can expect a drop of one mpg across the three parameters. As standard, the 2016 RDX comes with a 16-gallon fuel tank, and a range of 320 miles in the city and 464 miles on the highway is expected from the standard RDX.

Models

2016 Acura RDX

2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i

2016 Audi Q5 2.0T

2016 Lexus NX 200t

MPG (city)

20

21

20

22

MPG (highway)

29

28

28

28

MPG (combined)

23

24

23

25

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

16.0

17.7

19.8

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles) 

320/ 464/ 368

372/ 496/ 425

396/ 554/ 455

350/ 445/ 398

The rivals offer smaller engines, yet none managed to beat the highway gas mileage offered by the Acura RDX. Although in the city, the Lexus NX 200t manages 2 mpg more and BMW X3 manages 1 mpg more compared to the Acura RDX. The Audi Q5 returns almost similar gas mileage as the RDX but gets the largest fuel tank among all of 19.8-gallon capacity and thus offers more range from a full tank of gas.

Interior
9.9/10

A great place to be, the interior of the new RDX feels well built with lots of room in it that can easily accommodate 5 adults. From textures to the design and placement of the controls on the center console, the interior looks like a perfect mix of modern design and luxury. The front seats feel well-bolstered and comfortable and can easily fit a 6 ft. tall person. The rear seats offer enough legroom to stretch and relax. Also, due to its slightly raised height, it gives a nice outward view and still leaves some inches in the headroom.

Models

2016 Acura RDX

2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i

2016 Audi Q5 2.0T

2016 Lexus NX 200t

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.7/ 58.7/ 42.0

40.7/ 57.3/ 39.9

39.4/ 57.7/ 41.0

38.2/ 57.3/ 42.8

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.1/ 57.2/ 38.3

39.1/ 56.0/ 36.5

39.0/ 56.4/ 37.4

38.1/ 55.3/ 36.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

26.1

27.6

29.1

17.7

Overall we can easily pass off the Acura RDX as the one with the most spacious cabin. When it comes to boot space, the RDX offers a spacious boot space of 26.1 cubic feet, though a little less than the Audi Q5’s 29.1 cubic feet and BMW X3’s 27.6 cubic feet of boot space. The Lexus NX200t offers the smallest boot space of just 17.7 cubic feet. Key interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Available ventilated front seats
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Leatherette upholstery

How intuitive is the Acura RDX’s infotainment system?

The Acura RDX offers a two-screen display inside its cabin. The top display can be used for navigation, while the lower one is used for playing audio. The setup has its pros and cons as the navigation display is perfect, but the screen for audio is too small and can be distracting to operate while on the go. That said, the overall implementation is flawless, and there is a rotary knob and buttons to control both the screen in case you don’t want to use the touch. Key infotainment features include:

  • 5-inch display
  • Seven speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Pandora
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • USB audio interface
  • Auxiliary audio jack
Exterior
8.5/10

This year the Acura RDX has received a thorough refresh on the outside. Now the RDX comes with an attractive profile. The 2016 RDX stands as a car with bold looks and aggressive styling along with smooth lines that blend in a way to give the car a perfect crossover look. Its large fenders give the crossover a muscular and beefed-up look. Apart from that, the ice-cube LED headlights and the new grille at the front give this car a modern and future-forward look.

Models

2016 Acura RDX

2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i

2016 Audi Q5 2.0T

2016 Lexus NX 200t

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,737

4,030

4,079

3,940

Length (in.)

184.4

183.4

182.6

182.3

Width (in.)

73.7

74.1

74.7

73.6

Height (in.)

65.0

66.1

65.2

64.8

Ground clearance (in.)

8.1

8.3

7.9

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.7

110.6

110.5

104.7

Except for the longer 184.4-inches of length, the RDX is smaller than the rivals. The BMW X3 is overall the widest and the tallest SUV here. It also gets the highest ground clearance and the longest wheelbase among all. You would be surprised to note that the RDX that is 1-inches longer than the X3 has around 5-inches shorter wheelbase compared to it. Key exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • All-LED exterior lights
  • Sunroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power liftgate
Safety
8.0/10

The 2016 Acura RDX has scored well in the crash tests conducted by both agencies. The NHTSA gave the 2016 RDX a score of five out of five stars in the overall crash test while the IIHS gave the RDX a rating of ‘Good’ in all its five parameters. IIHS went a step further and awarded the RDX with the ‘Top Safety Pick+.’ That said, Acura additionally offers the AcuraWatch package that comes with a host of driver-assist and safety features to ensure maximum safety. Key safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Traction and stability control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure and intervention warning
  • Forward collision mitigation system w/ automatic braking
Final Verdict

When the rivals are going the way of turbocharging to downsize their engine, the Acura RDX is still going strong on its big V6. The engine offers sufficient pull and performance. The fuel economy of this engine is surprisingly close to what the smaller turbocharged four-pot engines offer. As for being a luxury offering, the cabin is top-notch, and so are the overall materials used. The front seats are exceptionally comfortable, while the rear bench is a bit firm. So in the luxury compact SUV segment, the 2016 Acura RDX remains an attractive proposition. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$42020

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

212 cu in

horse power

279 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

252 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

184 in

wheelbase

106 in

width

74 in

curb weight

3781 lbs

Height

65 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

103.5 cu ft

cargo volume

76.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/23/29 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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