2021 Acura RDX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Acura RDX Coming Soon Model Overview at Motorcars Acura in Bedford, OH

Key Features

  • Starting at $38,200 MSRP*
  • 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC turbocharged engine with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain – 272 horsepower / 280 lb-ft of torque
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
  • Acura-Exclusive Body and Chassis Architecture, composed of over 50 percent high strength steel
  • Available torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Integrated Dynamics System control knob with four distinct drive modes (Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+)
  • Standard Acura True Touchpad Interface™ with 10.2-inch HD Display, Apple CarPlay™ compatibility
  • AcuraLink™ Connected Services with 4G LTE in-car WiFi
Acura RDX Exterior

About the 2021 Acura RDX

As the smallest member of the Acura SUV lineup, the RDX delivers potent performance, a luxurious and spacious cabin, along with an array of premium technology and groundbreaking safety features. When designing the RDX, Acura engineers incorporated the foundations of the Acura Precision Concept, adapting its low and side stance, sleek profile, and wheels-out proportions to a five-passenger SUV. For that push you back in your seat feeling, the Acura RDX is powered by a direct-injected VTEC® Turbo 2.0-liter engine, producing an impressive 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The third-generation RDX is also the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. A sophisticated interior along with top active and passive safety tech help make the Acura RDX a true leader in the compact five-passenger luxury SUV segment.

What the Critics Say

“The front passengers of the RDX are pampered with what Acura calls its next-generation sport seats, and has 12-way power adjustments. Impressively, Acura says that this is standard across the line. Also standard is a panoramic moonroof that Acura claims is the largest in its class; along with a light-toned interior, gives an airy, upscale feel.” — J.D. Power

“As the first Acura vehicle designed from the outset around the brand’s new pentagonal grille design, the RDX wears it best. Other styling cues picked up from Acura’s Precision concept from 2016 also work well, including the bold fender bulges, spearlike hood creases, and pointed headlights and taillights. It all combines to form a shape that is both sporty and upscale.” — Car and Driver

2021 Acura RDX Exterior Styling

Style & Performance

Sporting an evocative exterior design, the RDX showcases Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon Grille flanked by Jewel Eye™ headlights – now boasting seven LED light elements. Wide air intakes include NSX-inspired air curtains which channel air efficiently around the front wheels and down the body side. Prominent hood bulges and sharp character lines accentuate the front and rear fenders, giving the RDX an unmistakable appearance.

Potent performance in the RDX comes in the form of a standard 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC turbocharged engine featuring direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain. A total of 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque are managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). The introduction of the third generation also marks the return of torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to RDX, in its most powerful and sophisticated form ever. Up to 70% of torque can be distributed to the rear wheels while up to 100% of that torque can be distributed to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating unrivaled control and agility.

Spacious and Luxurious Cabin

For a more premium, personal, and connected driving experience — the sumptuously appointed, tech-forward, and spacious cabin of the RDX challenges convention. A standard ultra-wide panoramic moonroof ranks among the largest and widest in the class providing an open and airy feeling throughout the cabin. Intricately sculpted sport seats feature a lightweight ultra-high-strength steel frame with improved lateral support for spirited driving and up to 16-way power adjustability. Standard Apple Carplay integration amplifies audio through an available 16-speaker ELS Studio® 3D system. Thanks to a wheelbase which is 2.6 inches longer, the Acura RDX provides 3.4-cubic feet more cargo space than the previous model along with an additional 1.7 cubic-feet of compartmented underfloor storage.

2021 Acura RDX Interior
2021 Acura RDX Display Screen

Advanced Technology

Designed from a clean sheet, the True Touchpad Interface™ found on the RDX offers a system-level approach to an in-car user interface that is optimized for the driver and the driving experience. This system features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display mounted high atop the center console, a center console-mounted touchpad, and an Android-based operating system. Simply put, a touch on any location of the touchpad corresponds directly with that same location on the display. Another exciting innovation is a natural language voice recognition system for more intuitive voice control of the available embedded Acura Navigation System. An available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display puts customizable information displays such as audio, phone, AcuraWatch alerts, turn-by-turn navigation, and more directly in the driver’s line of sight.


Every Acura RDX comes standard with the full suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver assist technologies, including Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Additional standard safety equipment includes advanced supplemental restraint systems, including front and front side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, pretensioning seatbelts, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child-seat anchors. The Acura Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure provides superior rigidity and strength.

2021 Acura RDX A-SPEC Package Safety

Acura RDX Standard Equipment

2021 Acura RDX Interior


  • 19-inch Glitter Silver Multi-Spoke Wheels
  • Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
  • LED-illuminated Dragon Tail Taillights
  • Gloss Black Tailgate Spoiler
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Dual Exhaust Outlets


  • Sport Seats
  • Front 12-Way Heated Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support
  • Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Flat-Folding Rear Seatback
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • Keyless Access System with Pushbutton Ignition
  • 79.8 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume Behind First Row
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura Premium Audio System with 9 Speakers
  • Apple CarPlay™ Integration
  • True Touchpad Interface™
  • 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
  • 7-inch Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System

Acura RDX Packages

Technology Package

Acura RDX Technology Package

Command every aspect of your drive and stay connected. Starting at $41,100* MSRP with FWD or $43,100* MSRP with SH-AWD®.


  • 19-inch Pewter Gray Metallic Machined-Finished Wheels


  • Premium Perforated Milano Leather-Trimmed Sport Seats
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
  • Rear Doors Smart Entry

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
  • Acura Navigation System with 3D View
  • 2 Rear USB Charge Ports
  • HD Radio™
  • Song By Voice®
  • Traffic Rerouting™

Safety & Driver Awareness

  • Blind Spot Information (BSI) System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors

A-Spec® Package

Acura RDX A-Spec Package

Interior and exterior details give a bold, high-performance appearance. Requires Technology Package. Starting at $44,100* MSRP with FWD or $46,100* MSRP with SH-AWD®.


  • 20-in Shark Gray Split Five Spoke Wheels
  • Exclusive A-Spec® Front and Rear Bumpers
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Black Diamond Pentagon Grille and Exterior Trim
  • Exclusive A-Spec Dual Exhaust Outlets
  • Gloss Black Rear Spoiler
  • Dark Internal Headlight and Taillight
  • A-Spec Badging on Front Fenders and Tailgate


  • Heated and Ventilated Sport A-Spec® Front Seats
  • Premium Ultrasuede®-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • Leather-Wrapped A-Spec® Steering Wheel
  • Ebony Headliner
  • Dark Brushed Aluminum Trim
  • Red Instrument Panel Illumination
  • Red Ambient Cabin Accent Lighting
  • A-Spec® Insignia Step Garnish
  • Sport Pedals

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System with 16 Speakers

Advance Package

Acura RDX Advance Package

High-grade materials add an extra level of comfort and luxury. Requires Technology Package. Starting at $46,000* MSRP with FWD or $48,000* MSRP with SH-AWD®.


  • Adaptive Damper System


  • 19-inch Medium Alloy Silver Interwoven Wheels
  • Remote-Linked Power-Operated Tailgate with Hands-Free Access
  • Acoustic Front Side Glass
  • LED Fog Lights
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Rear Camera Washer


  • 10.5-Inch Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • Heated and Ventilated Front 16-Way Power Seats
  • 3-Level Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Natural Olive Ash Burl Wood Trim
  • White Ambient Cabin Accent Lighting

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS Studio® 32 3D Premium Audio System with 16 Speakers

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Head-Up Warning
  • Surround-View Camera System

Acura RDX Exterior Colors

Platinum White Pearl

Platinum White Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Lunar Silver Metallic

Lunar Silver Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Majestic Black Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Fathom Blue Pearl

Fathom Blue Pearl

Performance Red Pearl

Performance Red Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Gunmetal Metallic

Gunmetal Metallic (+$500 MSRP)

Apex Blue Pearl

Apex Blue Pearl (requires A-Spec® Package +$6,400 MSRP)

Pricing & Performance

2021 Acura RDX


Technology Package (+$2,900)

A-Spec® Package (+$5,900)

Advance Package (+$7,800)

Starting MSRP*

Front Wheel Drive

$38,200 $41,100 $44,100 $46,000

SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™)

$40,200 $43,100 $46,100 $48,000

Engine Type


2.0-Liter Turbo Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain 2.0-Liter Turbo Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain 2.0-Liter Turbo Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain 2.0-Liter Turbo Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain

Transmission Type


10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters

Horsepower / Torque (HP / LB FT)


272 HP / 280 LB FT 272 HP / 280 LB FT 272 HP / 280 LB FT 272 HP / 280 LB FT

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings** (city / highway / combined)

Front-Wheel Drive

22/28/24 22/28/24 22/28/24 22/28/24

SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™)

21/27/23 21/27/23 21/27/23 21/27/23

Front-Wheel Drive w/A-Spec® Package

22/27/24 22/27/24 22/27/24 22/27/24

SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™) w/A-Spec® Package

21/26/23 21/26/23 21/26/23 21/26/23

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge, and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings; Use for comparison purposes only; Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.