2017 Acura RDX

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2017 MODEL
$35,670 - $43,820 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Crossover SUV market has a vast offering of different cars and at different price ranges. To get it right, the manufacturer has to get the balance right between space, comfort, performance, and the aspects of the SUV in a compact form. Amongst its competition lies the Cadillac XT5 SUV, Infiniti QX50, and the more expensive Audi SQ5, all of which have similar, or better, offerings in some aspects as compared to the Acura. So why the 2017 Acura RDX? Read the review to find out more about it.

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Pros

Spacious interior

Excellent legroom and headspace

Decent fuel consumption

Great handling

Decent cargo volume

Cons

Performance could be better

Rear seats do not full recline

Features less impressive on the base model

What's New?

The 2017 RDX SUV comes fundamentally unchanged.

Minor updates


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35670

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

345 cu. in.

horsepower

383 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

252 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

non-independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.1 in. /14.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

149 in.

length

237.4 in.

width

79.5 in.

height

76.9 in.

curb weight

6306 lbs.

ground clearance

7.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

125.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

26.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

30800 lbs.

payload capacity

2590 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

21.9 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

8.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

196 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/28/23 mpg

ev range

320 mi.

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.



Styles

 2017 Acura RDX in Basque Red Pearl II color  2017 Acura RDX in Crystal Black Pearl color  2017 Acura RDX in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2017 Acura RDX in Kona Coffee Metallic color  2017 Acura RDX in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2017 Acura RDX in Crystal Black Pearl color  2017 Acura RDX in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2017 Acura RDX in Kona Coffee Metallic color
Basque Red Pearl II

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Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine

7.6

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.7

Safety

7.6

Driving

8.3

Comfort

7.8

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Acura RDX base

base

power
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$35,670 - $37,170


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,670 MSRP (20/23/28) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,170 MSRP (19/22/27) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RDX AcuraWatch Plus Package

AcuraWatch Plus Package

power
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$36,970 - $38,470


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
AcuraWatch Plus Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,970 MSRP (20/23/28) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
AcuraWatch Plus Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,470 MSRP (19/22/27) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RDX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$39,370 - $40,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,370 MSRP (20/23/28) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,870 MSRP (19/22/27) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RDX Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Package

Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Package

power
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$40,670 - $42,170


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,670 MSRP (20/23/28) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,170 MSRP (19/22/27) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RDX Advance Package

Advance Package

power
279 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$42,320 - $43,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Advance Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,320 MSRP (20/23/28) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Advance Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,820 MSRP (19/22/27) 279 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Top Acura Cars

2018 Acura NSX hybrid
8.2/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 21 combined

2017 Acura NSX hybrid
8.0/10

Engine: 500 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 21 combined

2018 Acura RDX
7.9/10

Engine: 279 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Acura NSX hybrid
8.4/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Acura RDX
8.4/10

Engine: 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 24 combined

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV
7.8/10

Engine: 321 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3 L V-6

MPG: 27 combined

2018 Acura MDX
8.2/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 Acura MDX
8.4/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 23 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


7.2/10
Features

 

7.6/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Exterior

 

7.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2017 Acura RDX SUV comes standard in FWD with an optional AWD offered to each trim. Starting at $35,670 for the FWD and $37,170 for the AWD, the powertrain offered is standard 3.5L V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which churns out 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The RDX offers a spacious interior, great legroom, and headspace along with generous cargo volume and excellent safety rating. 

2017 Acura RDX Features

7.2/10

The Acura RDX SUV comes in two drivetrains - FWD and AWD, with prices starting at $35,670 for the base trim and going up till $43,820 for the top trim. Under both, the RDX SUV is offered in 5 different packages namely Base, Technology Package, Advance Package, Acurawatch Plus Package, and Technology and Acurawatch Plus Package. Every successive package is offered with the same standard powertrain while an optional AWD drivetrain is also provided. 

Trim

Base

Acurawatch Plus Package

Technology Package

Technology and Acurawatch Plus Package

Advance Package

MSRP

(FWD)

$35,670

$36,970

$39,370

$40,670

$43,320

MSRP

(AWD)

$ 37,170

$38,470

$40,870

$42,170

$43,820

Key

Features

  • Rearview camera LED headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Rear privacy glass
  • keyless ignition and entry
  • Power lift gate
  • Sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated power front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger)
  • leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery
  • a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Blind spot information (BSI) System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Dual-Zone, Automatic Climate Control with Air Filtration
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
  • Rear-Passenger Ventilation
  • Push button Ignition
  • Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
  • Driver's 10-Way Power Seat with Power Lumbar Support 
  • Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
  • Active Sound Control
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting
  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror Retained Accessory Power for Windows and Moonroof
  • 12-Volt Power Outlets (center console and front armrest
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Retained Accessory Power for Windows and Moon roof

We Recommend 

The Compact SUV provides plenty of features in the base model but the Advance Package, which is also the top-trim and with a price difference of almost $8000, is the recommended model for it comes equipped with a plethora of features and safety components.

2017 Acura RDX Engine

7.6/10

"Automotive journalists agree that the V6 is plenty powerful for spirited highway cruising, providing smooth acceleration and throttle response. The cabin remains quiet, however, shielding passengers from most exterior noise."-Cars.USnews

Engine and Transmission 

Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the RDX produces 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The power delivery is optimal and has no hiccups in low-end torque delivery for quick acceleration. It makes for a comfortable drive and cruising the highway is a joy. The transmission is well optimized and responsive to the engine speed and has no hassle of cutting or shifting to greater gears. 

Every other car in this field puts the Acura to shame. They all offer better engine output and torque, while also beating it in 0-60 mph and quarter mile tests. In particular, the Audi SQ5 leaves every other car in the dirt. It’s the most powerful and quickest car amongst the competition.

Models

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

MSRP

$35,670

$39,395

$53,300

$34,650

Engine

3.5L 6cyl

3.6L V6, DI, VVT

3.0 TFSI 6 Cylinder

3.7L V6 24-Valve DOHC

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

279 hp

310 hp @ 6600 rpm

354 hp @ 6000 rpm

325 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

252 lb-ft

271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

346 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

267 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

Acceleration

The 3.5L V6 with 6-speed transmission churns out 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, which takes 6.2s to reach 0-60 mph and 14s in the quarter mile. These are quick and decent for the sort of powertrain offered. The Infiniti QX50 and Cadillac XT5 come with a better powertrain and a tad better torque. The QX50 is quicker in 0-60 mph test, but falls behind in the quarter mile; similarly, the Cadillac falls behind in both tests against both its competitors.

Models

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

5.1 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter mile

14.0 sec

15.1 sec

13.1 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

3.5L

3.6L

3.0L

3.7L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

8.0

9.3

8.9

The Audi SQ5 is another league entirely; it offers the most powerful displacement and torque in the field and leaves the other cars in the dust. Although, it also costs almost $20,000 more than the Acura and Infiniti and $15,000 more than the Cadillac.

Handling and Steering

The Acura RDX SUV is one of the most stable and balanced compact SUVs in the market. It handles extremely well, offers excellent nimble suspension and maneuverability, and greatly responsive to the input given. It sticks rather well to the road, without weaving towards any direction.

The car is very smooth and comfortable to drive. While steering, it turns accurately at the same time feeling light. The Acura, by no means, feels sporty or screams any sporty perception. It feels like a well-built car with precise craftsmanship.

Braking

The Acura takes 121ft to come to a standstill from 60 mph, the average for this class. The Cadillac takes 128ft which is below average while the Audi SQ5 takes a similar time as the Acura. The Infiniti has a decent braking system, where it takes 114ft to come to a standstill.

Model

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

13.6

15.0

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.0

12.4

13.0

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3737

3985

4442

3855

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

128

123

114

2017 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

6.9/10

Even with a 3.5L V6 engine, the Acura returns a decent fuel economy which is actually quite average for the class. In the city, it delivers 20 mpg while on the highway it returns 28 mpg and the Acura has a combined mpg of 23. Its rivals, the Cadillac XT5, the Audi SQ5, and the Infiniti QX50 all return worse fuel economy compared to the Acura. The Cadillac comes closest, yet the Acura wins overall as it is a tad more pocket-friendly.

Model

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

MPG (city)

20

19

17

17

MPG (highway)

28

27

24

24

MPG (combined)

23

22

19

20

2017 Acura RDX Interior

8.0/10

"On the upside, the front seats are as firm and supportive as those in the best European models, while the backseat offers more legroom than most competitors, making it easy for a pair of 6-footers to sit comfortably in both rows. One notable ingredient here is the elevated height of the rear bench, which affords both excellent thigh support and a commanding outward view, while still leaving ample headroom. There's also enough width for three adults to share the space during short trips."-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Once you enter inside, there’s plenty of space and feels solidly built. The cabin is elegant in amalgamation with sporty design elements and neatly arranged buttons. The front and the rear seats are very comfortable with generous legroom and headspace. It can accommodate 5 passengers, where the rear seats can easily accommodate 3 adult passengers, a feat some similar but taller sized SUV’s struggle with. The Acura RDX SUV has excellent interior spacing and comfort, unlike some similar priced cars and type.

Model

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/58.7/42.0

38.4/58.3/41.2

39.4/57.7/41.0

38.7/54.8/44.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/57.2/38.3

36.0/56.2/39.5

39.0/56.4/37.4

37.7/55.0/35.3

Interior features

The 2017 Acura RDX comes equipped with the following interior features -

  • Power Moonroof
  • Backup camera
  • Heated front seats
  • USB Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming

Cargo Volume

With an offering of 26.1 cubic feet, the Acura has a generous boot space behind the 2nd and 3rd rows. But fold the rear seats and you would find a spacious 61.3 cubic feet of cargo volume at your disposal. The car comes standard with a power liftgate. The RDX has one of the most generous and spacious boot space in its price range. Only the Cadillac comes close to the Acura, while the Audi SQ5 almost matches it but still falls behind.

Model

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

Cargo Volume 3rd row up (ft.3)

26.1

N/A

29.1

18.6

Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3)

26.1

30.0

29.1

18.6

Cargo Volume rear 2nd  row folded (ft.3)

61.3

63.0

57.3

50.1

2017 Acura RDX Exterior

7.7/10

"Fresh from an update last year, the 2017 Acura RDX SUV carries over its subtle tweaks that bring it in line with the more modern design language of the brand. Brilliant Jewel Eye headlights flank a revised 3-dimensional grille design, while around back the RDX’s taillights have the same signature look as the rest of the Acura lineup."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The Acura measures neither too long, wide, nor short. It offers the shortest wheelbase nonetheless but measures longer than the Audi only, whose wheelbase is 0.5 inches longer. It is wider and taller than the Infiniti and weighs the lightest at 3737 lbs. In terms of ground clearance, the Acura is quite down to earth, measuring 5.4 inches tall while the Audi SQ5 is tallest.

These measurements really do make the Acura a compact car with great maneuverability, but its shorter ground clearance may cause concern to the drivers.

Model

Acura RDX SUV

Cadillac XT5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Infiniti QX50

Curb weight (lbs.)

3737

3985

4442

3855

Length(in)

184.4

189.5

183.0

186.8

Width(in)

73.7

75.0

75.2

71.0

Height(in)

65.0

66.0

65.3

62.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

7.8

8.2

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.7

112.5

110.5

113.4

Track width (in) F/R

63.1/63.4

64.4/64.4

64.2/64.0

60.4/61.0

Exterior features

The 2017 Acura RDX comes with a striking and unique exterior design which boasts the following features -

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • All LED headlights and taillights
  • 3D grille design
  • Heated side mirrors
     

2017 Acura RDX Safety

7.6/10

In crash and safety tests conducted by the NHTSA and IIHS, the 2017 Acura performed quite well, acing the 5-star criteria. Under IIHS’ crashworthiness, the Acura scored “Good” and scoring “Superior” in Crash Avoidance and Mitigation. These results undoubtedly make the RDX a safe car to own.

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS Rating

 

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

N/A

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention

Superior

Headlights

Acceptable

LATCH

Acceptable

2017 Acura RDX Competition

Cadillac XT5 SUV VS Acura RDX

Priced a bit more at $39,395, the XT5 is powered by a 3.6L V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain produces 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, which does 0-60 mph in 6.6 second and the quarter mile in 15.1s. It is less powerful, while being a tad less on fuel economy, provides less cargo volume and below average braking. While it does offer standard features which are missing on the base Acura, the price it’s offered for is similar to the higher trims offered by Acura. Overall, it is still a worthy alternative to the RDX SUV.

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus VS Acura RDX

Belonging to a different league altogether, the Audi is more than 10 thousand dollars more the highest RDX trim. Starting at $53,300, the Audi pretty much justifies the price difference. It is way more powerful, elegant and luxurious, great seating handles like a charm and is equipped with a plethora of features and safety conveniences. Granted that it is rather expensive, but having said that, it truly does provide a good package for the price. If you still are not convinced with the price jump, the Advance package AWD costing $43,820, offered by Acura is an excellent alternative.

Infiniti QX50 VS Acura RDX

The Infiniti starts at a cheaper $34,650 and offers a more powerful powertrain similar offering better performance than the Acura. It has a spacious interior with a nicely designed cabin and can accommodate 5 passengers comfortably. Low fuel economy and poor cargo volume make up for the biggest drawbacks of the car. Yet, the Infiniti is a fun-to-drive car and has quite a number of similar features compared to the base Acura RDX, but higher safety rating makes the Acura a more compelling choice.

2017 Acura RDX Final Verdict

The Acura is an excellent deal for what it offers; a compact and spacious luxurious SUV offering a good amount of features and excellent drivability with above-average fuel economy for its price range. While not being sporty on the performance side, it is still quick to drive.

The AWD drivetrain is recommended if anything, while the Advance Package is the choice-of-trim for it comes packed with a plethora of features and safety conveniences. The RDX is also one of the safest cars to drive in the market which all the more makes it a top choice to buy.