2023 Acura RDX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

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Key Features

  • Starting at $40,600 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 Acura RDX

As the smallest member of the Acura SUV lineup, the RDX delivers potent performance, a luxurious and spacious cabin, and 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 wide stance, sleek profile, and wheels-out proportions to a five-passenger SUV. Engineered to deliver a combination of efficiency and responsive performance, 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 RDX, however, is more affordable than most of its rivals, with that incredible Acura reliability and build quality on its side, enjoying strong resale values as a result. Yet it’s still engaging behind the steering wheel, as well as being packed with standard equipment.” — Kelley Blue Book

“Acura really has interior packaging figured out, and the RDX is yet another showcase of space efficiency. From a generous cargo area to flexible interior storage solutions, the RDX makes carrying a lot of stuff easier than it should be.” – Edmunds


What’s New for 2023

While there are no significant changes to the Acura RDX from last year’s version, there are two fantastic additions that we’d like to highlight for the 2023 model year. Helping to enhance the already tremendous value of the RDX, shoppers will now receive two years / 24,000 miles of complimentary standard maintenance. Better still, the RDX also now comes standard with three years of AcuraLink connectivity services. These two updates make the Acura RDX an even more compelling choice for those searching for the ultimate compact luxury SUV.

Acura RDX Features

Acura RDX Exterior

Styling & 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.

Acura RDX Interior

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.

Acura RDX Wireless Charging

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. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration are included as standard on the RDX as well. 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.

Acura RDX Safety

Safety

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.

Acura RDX Standard Equipment

Acura RDX Interior

Exterior

  • Panoramic Roof with Tilt and Slide Function
  • Jewel Eye® LED headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED-Illuminated Dragon Tail Taillights
  • Heated Side Mirror with Reverse Gear Tilt-Down
  • LED Side Mirror-integrated Directional Signals
  • Acoustic Glass Windshield

Interior

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • Keyless Access (System) with Acura Personalized Settings and Push-button Ignition
  • Sport Seats with Leatherette
  • 12-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Brushed Aluminum Trim
  • Floating Center Console with Pass-Through Storage
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura Premium Audio System with 9 Speakers
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration
  • True Touchpad Interface™
  • 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
  • 7-inch Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • AcuraLink® Connected Services
  • WiFi 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

Acura RDX Technology Package

Acura RDX Technology Package

Command every aspect of your drive and stay connected. +$2,650 MSRP*

Exterior

  • 19-inch Sparkle Silver Multi-Spoke Wheels
  • Rear Camera Washer

Interior

  • Sport Seats with Premium Perforated Milano Leather-Trim with Contrast Stitching
  • Iconic Drive™ Ambient LED Cabin Lighting (27 Themes)
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
  • Acura Navigation System with 3D View
  • Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Street and Freeway Conditions
  • Wireless Charging Pad

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Parking Sensors (front and rear)

A-Spec® Package

RDX

ELS Studio 3D

RDX Interior

Interior and exterior details give a bold, high-performance appearance. Requires Technology Package. +$3,000 MSRP*

Exterior

  • 20-in Shark Gray Split Five Spoke Wheels
  • Exclusive A-Spec® Front and Rear Bumpers
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Sport Appearance Exterior Package
  • Exclusive A-Spec Dual Exhaust Outlets
  • A-Spec Badging on Front Fenders and Tailgate

Interior

  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Sport Seats with Perforated Premium Milano Leather and Ultrasuede® with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • Leather-Wrapped, Flat-Bottom Sport Steering Wheel
  • Ebony Headliner
  • Y-Patterned Dark Brushed Aluminum Trim
  • A-Spec Insignia Step Garnish
  • Sport Pedals

Media & Connectivity

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

Advance Package

Parking Assist

High Grade Interior Materials

RDX Interior Seats

High-grade materials add an extra level of comfort and luxury. Requires Technology Package. +$5,650 MSRP*

Chassis

  • Adaptive Damper System

Exterior

  • 19-in. Shark Gray Machine-Finished Wheels
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Height-Adjustable Power-Operated Tailgate with Hands-Free Access
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Power-Folding Side Mirrors

Interior

  • 10.5-Inch Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats (Outboard Positions)
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Authentic Open-Pore Wood Trim
  • 12-Volt Power Outlet (Rear Cargo)
  • Key Fob Activated Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

Media & Connectivity

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

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Head-Up Warning
  • Surround-View Camera System

A-Spec® Advance Package

RDX Wheels

Interior Sunroof

RDX Surroundings Assist

Ultimate upgrades in comfort, technology, and convenience. Requires A-Spec® Package.+$4,150 MSRP*

Chassis

  • Adaptive Damper System

Exterior

  • 20-inch Shark Gray Multi-Spoke Wheels
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer
  • Height-Adjustable Power-Operated Tailgate with Hands-Free Access
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Power-Folding Side Mirrors

Interior

  • 10.5-Inch Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • Heated and Ventilated Front 16-Way Power Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats (Outboard Positions)
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • 12-Volt Power Outlet (Rear Cargo)

Media & Connectivity

  • ELS STUDIO 3D® Premium Audio System with 16 Speakers

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Head-Up Warning
  • Surround-View Camera

Acura RDX Exterior Colors

Lunar Silver Metallic

Lunar Silver Metallic

Liquid Carbon Metallic (+$500 MSRP*)

Liquid Carbon Metallic (+$500 MSRP*)

Majestic Black Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Majestic Black Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Platinum White Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Platinum White Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Performance Red Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Performance Red Pearl (+$500 MSRP*)

Fathom Blue Pearl

Fathom Blue Pearl

Apex Blue Pearl (+$500 MSRP*, Requires A-Spec® Package)

Apex Blue Pearl (+$500 MSRP*, Requires A-Spec® Package)

Phantom Violet Pearl (+$500 MSRP*, Requires Technology Package)

Phantom Violet Pearl (+$500 MSRP*, Requires Technology Package)


Pricing & Performance

2023 Acura RDX

Standard

Technology Package

A-Spec® Package

Advance Package

A-Spec® Advance Package

Starting MSRP*

Front Wheel Drive

$40,600 $43,250 $46,250

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

$42,800 $45,450 $48,450 $50,600 $52,600

Engine Type

Standard

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

Transmission Type

Standard

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 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters

Horsepower / Torque (HP / LB FT)

Standard

272 HP / 280 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 22/27/24

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

21/27/23 21/27/23 21/26/23 21/27/23 21/27/23

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) does not include destination & handling charge and excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2023 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.