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Acura RDX

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OVERVIEW

2015 Acura RDX – Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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Editors Overall Rating

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We liked
  • Modern Electronics, Driver-Assist Features
  • Class-Competitive Pricing, Fuel Economy
  • Rare V-6 For Class
We disliked
  • Lacks the Personality of Its Predecessor
  • Snug Accommodations With Full Load of Passengers
PRICING Fair Market Pricing
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MSRP
$35,095
MPG
20 / 28
City/Hwy
ENGINE
3.5L V6
HORSE POWER
273 hp
@ 6,200 rpm
TORQUE
251 ft lb
of torque @ 5,000 rpm
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The 2015 Acura RDX continues largely unchanged, with the model getting a full-fledged redesign for the 2013 model year, in which the edgy, unconventional styling and turbocharged I-4 of its predecessor were dropped in favor of a more conservative, upscale look, and naturally aspirated V-6 power.
Counterintuitively, fuel economy improved over the turbo four with the V-6, and the model boasts significantly better refinement. The resulting RDX is competent, smooth, and comfortable—but lacks the excitement of its feisty predecessor.
Depending on trim and configuration, the RDX is priced from a little more than $35,000 to the low 40s. Those looking for a more engaging driving experience might want to consider the Audi Q5 or BMW X3, or even the newcomer Lincoln MKC. But for those who appreciate the traditional Acura attributes of solidity, reliability, and refinement, the RDX is a solid choice. A refreshed model is due for 2016 with slightly more power, LED headlights, and other detail changes.

REVIEW

It's hard to believe a year has come and gone with our long-term Acura RDX. In that time, I learned a lot. Without focusing on the idiosyncrasies I found annoying, this is a vehicle anyone would be happy owning. I didn't have a single problem with the car, and we never really had anything negative to say about it. In truth, we didn't really have anything at all to say about the RDX, and therein lies the issue. There is a missing component that Acura clearly needs to find.
The 2013 RDX is completely different from when it launched. Then, Acura was targeting a specific demographic with its edgy styling, turbo engine, and tech-laden SH-AWD system. Acura learned that focusing that narrowly isn't necessarily a good thing, which is why this new version was changed so thoroughly. Out went the edgy styling, the turbo engine, even the SH-AWD system -- all replaced by things that would appeal to a more mainstream audience. Compared with its competitive set (Infiniti QX50, Lexus RX, BMW X3), the RDX offers the best value, best fuel efficiency, and most standard equipment. But it still lacks one key ingredient.
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During my year with the RDX, I took it on many road trips -- some solo, others with the whole family, and a few with just my son. Flying solo, the RDX was great. It's not too big, the interior is comfortable for an extended stay, there's plenty of room for anything, and the fuel mileage is more than adequate. When it was just my son and me, again, the RDX was a fairly smooth, quiet, comfortable, fun vehicle for whatever little adventure we went on. But when I loaded up the family, the RDX's limited room became evident. Both my wife and I are taller than 6 feet. I had no problem with the driver's seat legroom, but when the boy was in his car seat behind my wife, legroom for both of them was compromised. Interior ergonomics are good, but not great. If you have four adults in the vehicle, plus luggage, this smaller luxury SUV gets pretty crowded.
When you think SUV, you think, big, family-friendly vehicle, but the RDX isn't that. It's definitely more ideal for a single individual or a newly married couple with no immediate plans to start a family. It's amazing how much you learn about things you never cared about when you have a family. Do you have the cargo room necessary to hold all the things needed to keep your child happy, safe, and fed, plus whatever the grown-ups might require? (Yes, for a weekend.) How easy or difficult is the installation of a child seat? (It's a snap.)
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In addition to serving as family transportation, the RDX also was a more than competent support vehicle for our photo and video teams. With one or two occupants, the Acura was able to hold anything they needed: rig gear, camera bags, booms, sliders, tripods, bounce boards, cleaning gear. And because the RDX has decent ground clearance and AWD, there weren't many places it couldn't go. The lifting rear hatch and relatively smooth ride also made the RDX a good vehicle to shoot photos from.
The RDX was serviced three times while with us. The service reminder made sure I didn't forget when it was due and which service I needed. For more than a year's worth of duty, some of it hard duty, $357 is reasonable as far as maintenance costs go. For that fee, we had three oil changes, two tire rotations, and one differential fluid change,
Whenever I asked a staffer who drove the RDX how it was, I would get a shoulder shrug and "It was fine" or "It was good," but there weren't any strong emotions. Compared with the previous-generation RDX, basically everything in this 2013 version -- styling, fuel economy, ride -- is head and shoulders better. But there is still something missing -- that deeper connection, that feeling of looking forward to driving it -- in essence, a soul. The RDX does everything well, but there is nothing that wows you, nothing that excites you, nothing that makes you eager to go for a drive.
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Our Car
Service life 15 mo/28,406 mi
Base Price $36,815
Price as Tested $40,315
Options Technology Package ($3500: AcuraLink Telematics, Navigation, Acura/ELS Surround Sound System)
Average fuel economy 21.8 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.89 lb/m
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 19/27/22 mpg
Problem Areas None
Maintenance cost $357 (3-oil change, inspection; 2-tire rotation; 1-differential fluid change)
Normal-wear cost $0
3-Year Residual Value* $21,367
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*Automotive Lease Guide

2013 Acura RDX AWD
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPE 60-deg V-6, aluminum block/heads
VALVETRAIN SOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 211.8 cu in/3471 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.5:1
POWER (SAE NET) 273 hp @ 6200 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 251 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
REDLINE 6800 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 14.0 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.25:1/2.36:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 15.0:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.7
BRAKES, F;R 12.3-in vented disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 7.5 x 18-in, cast aluminum
TIRES 235/60R18 102V M+S Michelin Primacy MXM4
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 105.7 in
TRACK, F/R 63.1/63.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.5 x 73.7 x 66.1 in
GROUND CLEARANCE 8.1 in
APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 17.2/22.0 deg
TURNING CIRCLE 39.0 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3816 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R 59/41 %
TOWING CAPACITY 1500 lb
SEATING CAPACITY 5
HEADROOM, F/R 38.7/38.1 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.0/38.3 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 58.6/57.2 in
CARGO VOLUME, BEHIND F/R 61.3/26.1 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.4 sec
0-40 3.5
0-50 4.8
0-60 6.3
0-70 8.3
0-80 10.4
0-90 13.5
0-100 17.1
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.1
QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 93.9 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 123 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.77 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.8 sec @ 0.58 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1700 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $36,615
PRICE AS TESTED $40,315
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes
AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 6 yrs/70,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 16.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 19/27 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 177/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.88 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium
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