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2012 Acura RDX Overview (See Available Styles)

Those looking to infiltrate the compact luxury crossover class will be very satisfied with the value-laden and reliable 2012 Acura RDX.

As the little brother of the midsize MDX, the 2012 RDX provides ample interior space and adequate pop. There aren’t any noteworthy changes for 2012, which is okay because the RDX is already stacked. The RDX is powered by a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that generates 260 pounds-feet of torque for decent acceleration. The four-cylinder engine is paired to a five-speed automatic and has paddle shifters so you can feel the thrill of manual driving. Variable valve timing with Acura’s Variable Flow Turbo reduces turbo lag for smooth acceleration. Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive provides superb handling in adverse conditions by distributing torque to the front and rear wheels as well as the left and right rear wheels. Fuel efficiency ratings are moderate at 17-19  mpg in the city and 22-24 mpg on the highway.

Competition to the 2012 Acura RDX includes other luxury crossover offerings, such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. There is a host of standard equipment, which is part of the allure of the RDX. A rearview camera, high-intensity discharge headlights, a liftgate spoiler, fog lamps, 18-inch wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals and dual exhaust pipes are all standard exterior features.

For a small crossover, the 2012 RDX displays big refinement and luxury. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, electric compass and ambient footwell lighting, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port are all included with the base price. A standard 360-watt, seven-speaker audio system has an eight-inch subwoofer works in concert with speed-sensitive volume so you aren’t constantly adjusting the dial. Take audio to the next level with the Acura/ELS premium 10-speaker, 410-watt sound system with DVD player. An eight-inch navigation system is optional.

Not only is the 2012 Acura RDX extremely reliable, but it’s extremely safe. Antilock brakes, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and the Vehicle Stability Assist system that uses an array of sensors along with ABS and Super Handling AWD minimizes the dangers of oversteer or understeer.

In terms of bang for your buck, the 2012 Acura RDX compact luxury crossover is top dollar.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 17 - 19 MPG
  • Highway: 22 - 24 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

9 of 9 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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