- Two-row, five-seat luxury crossover
- Competes with the Lexus RX 350 and BMW X3
- Good fuel economy for its segment
The five-seat 2015 Acura RDX is a stylish luxury crossover that offers lots of standard features and solid fuel economy figures.
The last big changes to the RDX came in the form of a full redesign in 2013 and those additions have continued into the current model year. Styling on the RDX is familiar, it carries a lot of the same design cues found on much of Acura’s lineup including a large “shield” front grille and plenty of sharply angled creases up and down the sides of the crossover. It reminds us of a taller, more substantial ILX. 18-inch wheels and a power moonroof are standard, while a power liftgate for easier loading/unloading is optional.
There is only one available engine in the 2015 RDX, a 273-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 251 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, with all-wheel drive a $1,400 option. The intelligent all-wheel drive system can range its torque split depending on conditions, operating as a FWD vehicle for maximum fuel economy in normal driving, and transferring up to 50-percent of the torque to the rear wheels in wet or slippery conditions. The RDX slightly outpaces most of its competitors when it comes to fuel economy, offering 20/28 mpg city/highway for FWD models (AWD models get 19/27 mpg). Bear in mind that premium gasoline is recommended for the RDX, so add that factor into any fuel cost estimates.
Inside, the RDX offers cargo room similar to what is found in many compact crossovers with 26.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats. The cabin is nicely appointed, with standard leather upholstery and good, but not great materials and fit-and-finish. There is however a long list of standard equipment which is a welcomed contrast to other luxury makes which seem to be moving more and more features into options lists. Heated and powered front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a five-inch color display, USB/iPod port, satellite radio, Pandora streaming, and dual-zone automatic climate control are all standard. An available technology package adds GPS-linked climate controls, a navigation system, real-time weather and traffic updates, and a hard drive with 15 GB of media storage.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, a backup camera, electronic stability system, and six airbags. For its performance in crash tests, the NHTSA gave the 2015 RDX a full five-star overall rating, its highest award.