2016 Acura RDX

 
 
2016 Acura RDX
 

2016 Acura RDX

MSRP 
$36,190
Invoice 
$34,413
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Premium Unleaded V-6, 279 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The RDX has proved to be a hot seller for Acura, and for good reason. It's small but refined alternative to mid-size luxury models like the Lexus RX or Cadillac SRX. The RDX's simplified model lineup and rich list of standard features also means that buyers get a well-equipped luxury vehicle that has a lower price tag than many other well-equipped models. Among the changes for 2016 include improved power and fuel economy, the front-wheel drive RDX is now rated to be capable of up to 29 mpg on the highway.

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What's New For 2016

The 2016 RDX gets the "Jewel Eye" LED head and taillight setup. Revisions to the standard 3.5L V6 makes it more efficient. Heated seats are added as standard equipment. The Tech package now includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic monitoring.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2016 Acura RDX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • 360w Regular Amplifier
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Acura Premium Audio System -inc: 7 speakers, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text message function, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, SiriusXM satellite radio, Pandora capability, USB audio interface w/iPod integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack, Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC) and HomeLink
  • Exterior Features
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P235/60R18 102V High-Performance AS
    • Wheels: 18" x 7.5" Aluminum-Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Sport Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar support and 4-way power front passenger's seat
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L SOHC V6 24V i-VTEC
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
    • 4.25 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: TBD
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 72-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 130 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 16 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 61.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 26.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 26.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 550
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/212
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 279 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 252 @ 4900
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 105.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 63.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 103.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.7
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.9
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Acura RDX
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/60VR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/60VR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 225
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.09
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.48
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.06
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.56
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.27
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.25
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3737
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The Acura RDX is a smooth and sophisticated compact crossover with the latest technology. It comes with a smooth 3.5-liter V6 that makes 279-hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The RDX competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, BMW X3.

One of the changes for 2016 is a small increase to the horsepower and torque. The nose and tail have also been tweaked. Inside, heated front seats and climate vents in the rear are now standard.

The EPA fuel mileage is 20/29/23 mpg City/Highway/Combined; with all-wheel drive it’s 22 mpg Combined. And that’s on Premium fuel. Here it loses big to the Volvo XC60, whose turbocharged 2.0-liter engine delivers 26 mpg Combined and runs fine on Regular. In the RDX, three of the six cylinders shut down to improve fuel mileage when not needed, and fire back up when they are. The driver can’t feel or hear any of this.

The RDX feels like a boxy Acura sedan. Its tidy size and nimble response make it maneuverable in tight spaces and easy to park. Its balance in the curves makes it enjoyable to drive on winding two-lanes. It handles more lightly and less sporty than a BMW or Audi.

AWD with Intelligent Control is what Acura calls its all-wheel-drive system. It’s been tuned in 2016 to increase the power to the rear wheels, making the RDX feel and behave a bit more like a rear-wheel-drive car under acceleration. With 2WD, traction control is standard.

Six airbags are standard, along with a rearview camera. Safety ratings for the 2015 RDX are excellent (2016 not done yet), with five stars from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick + from IIHS.

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The front-wheel-drive RDX retails for $35,270 MSRP, and with AWD Intelligent Control it’s only $1500 more. Tech Packages for each model raise the price another $3700.

Walkaround

For 2016, Acura RDX gets a new front and rear end. The headlamps dazzle, a row of five LEDs like a string of diamonds. A new fascia underlines the emphatic angular grille, which kind of looks like a beak, better on the Acura SUVs than the sedans. At the rear, new LED taillamps are a light-pipe design.

The roofline is low and arched. Muscular fender arches around new-for-2016 wheels enhance the attractive profile.

Interior

The RDX shares its structure with the Honda CR-V, making it a five-seat compact. The front seats are comfortable, with eight-way adjustment and a tilt-telescope steering wheel so six-footers are fine. But in the back, three people get crowded, even if they’re small. Two adults in front and two kids or teenagers in back is optimum comfortable seating. Still, the RDX has nearly two more inches of rear legroom than the Volvo XC60.

The instrument panel offers both form and function, with controls that are easy to find and use. Soft-touch materials and matte surfaces make it upscale, despite too many bright bits. The controls are canted a bit toward the driver but don’t crowd him or her. There’s good storage space in various bins, including slots for 23 CDs in the center console, as well as the perfect shelf for a phone and nearby slot for charging.

The rear seats don’t fold flat, but there’s 61 cubic feet of cargo space when they’re down (BMW X3 has 63), and the cargo floor is low in the rear. Under that floor, there’s another 15 cubic feet, and that’s a lot.

Driving Impressions

The six horsepower increase in the smooth V6 is fine, but a bigger improvement to the engine is the broadening of the torque range. This makes it more responsive at almost all engine speeds, especially improving drivability around town. Its quickness from 40 to 70 mph makes passing on two-lane roads secure, while the torque keeps the transmission from having to downshift.

The RDX is pleasant to drive on winding roads. It’s quite refined, with new active rear and front engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness, all reducing vibration and jolts on rough roads.

Summary

The Acura RDX is a premium vehicle with a smooth and powerful V6 whose downside is that it rates EPA-estimated 23 mpg Combined and needs Premium gasoline. It has nimble handling, a solid ride, strong safety results, and a classy cabin with good cargo space.

Driving impressions by Mitch McCullough. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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