Our first test drive review of the 2017 Acura RDX showed that even without breaking the bank, this compact luxury crossover is on par with anything else in its rapidly growing class. Now, we get to check out how this stylish crossover stacks up against the higher end of the segment thanks to this 2017 Acura RDX AWD with Advance Package decked out with all the bells and whistles. With direct competition coming from crossovers like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Lexus NX, the Acura RDX was substantially upgraded for the 2016 model year and it carries over untouched (including price) for 2017.
2017 Acura RDX Exterior:
Despite just coming off a redesign last year, the 2017 Acura RDX already looks a little dated in the Acura lineup compared to the new design language found on the 2018 TLX and 2017 MDX. That being said, this is still an incredibly handsome crossover with its distinctive grille and Acura’s signature Jewel Eye LED headlights; LED taillights also add an upscale look. Another part of last year’s refreshed design are the front and rear fascias that feature hexagonal inserts for a more athletic stance. This being the fully loaded Advance model, our 2017 Acura RDX tester also upped the sportiness with exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, and the look was finished with the new-for-2017 Lunar Silver Metallic paint color.
2017 Acura RDX Interior:
Our first impression of the 2017 Acura RDX left us smitten with the amount of technology available inside this luxury crossover, and the addition of the Advance Package only amplifies these feelings. The $1,700 Advance Package requires AcuraWatch Plus and Technology Package, which were equipped on our previous tester, and takes things up another notch with heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote engine start, auto-dimming mirrors, fog lights and front and rear parking sensors.
In addition to the high-tech cabin, Acura’s normal level of luxury is obvious inside the 2017 Acura RDX. Every inch of the interior is adorned with high-quality materials including the rich leather on the seats and steering wheel and the soft-touch material on the instrument panel and door panels. No matter if you’re in the front seat or the back, the seats are comfortable and supportive, and there is plenty of room for five adults to fit in this compact crossover. When it comes to cargo space, the RDX can hold 26.1 cubic feet with the seats up and 61.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
2017 Acura RDX Powertrain:
All 2017 Acura RDX models are powered by the proven 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 matched up to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. This engine has plenty of power with 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, but the standard Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation also ensures great efficiency with the AWD model carrying official EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway**.
Opting for the AWD costs just $1,500, and it adds both safety and performance to the 2017 Acura RDX regardless of driving conditions. On dry roads, the system can send up to 40 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels for improved acceleration and cornering, and in wet or slippery road conditions, up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque can be sent to the rear wheels. So what does this mean for the RDX’s driving dynamic? The system only adds 165 pounds to the overall curb weight yet brings a more-balanced 59:41 weight distribution front to rear making the RDX surprisingly fun to drive.
2017 Acura RDX Safety:
Acura is renowned for its safety, and the 2017 Acura RDX is more evidence of this. Adding to the RDX’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and a full battery of standard safety features, models equipped with AcuraWatch also get Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System. As such, the RDX receives the highest safety scores including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2017 Acura RDX Overall:
The 2017 Acura RDX is positioned in one of the fastest-growing segments, and it definitely stands its ground with attractive styling, loads of high-tech content and a fun-to-drive spirit. For a premium brand, the $35,800* starting price of the 2017 Acura RDX makes this crossover a solid choice for any budget, but even the fully loaded models are remarkably priced with this 2017 RDX having an as-tested price $44,795.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Acura dealership and test drive the 2017 Acura RDX today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.