The crossover segment is growing more and more by the day and luxury automakers are fighting to grab a piece of this giant pie. With that in mind, today we take a look at one of the most popular luxury crossovers on the market – the Acura RDX.
The first-generation Acura RDX made its debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show and continued on until the second-generation model debuted in 2012 as a 2013 model year. Since then the second-generation model has received a bunch of updates along the way. Today, we take a closer look at the 2017 Acura RDX and right off the bat, I’m going to say that it is one of the best luxury crossovers that I have had the privilege of driving this year.
The new 2017 Acura RDX looks very different than the previous second-generation models that came in the years leading up to it. So much so, it seems that the 2017 model year should definitely usher in the third-generation model.
The front end of the new 2017 Acura RDX is highlighted by the brand’s new signature and standard Jewel Eye LED headlamps and a sharper updated grille. You’ll also notice that the 2017 Acura RDX features a new front bumper that gives it a more sleek presence.
The rear end of the 2017 Acura RDX is highlighted by new LED tail lamps and a new rear bumper that gives it a more muscular stance.
The 2017 Acura RDX sits on a wheelbase that measures 105.7 inches with an overall length of 184.4 inches. The width comes in at 73.7 inches while the overall height comes in at 65 inches. The Acura RDX also features a ground clearance of 8.1 inches.
Overall, the exterior of the 2017 Acura RDX is very sharp and luxurious, which helps it stand out in a giant crowd of luxury crossovers.
When we first stepped inside the 2017 Acura RDX we thought the enormous amounts of tech and driver assistance features would be the intial thing to blow us away. However, the thing that we noticed first was how comfortable the seats were. Most luxury crossovers in this size segment offer smaller and tighter seats, but the seats of the Acura RDX stand out in terms of fit and comfort.
The 2017 Acura RDX comes with a wide range of standard features including 10-way power driver seat, 4-way power passenger seat, power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, an Acura premium sound system, USB iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity and much more. Our fully-loaded model came with navigation, an upgraded ELS sound system with 10 speakers, ventilated seats, remote start, rain-sensing wipers, and a wide range of driver assist technologies that are a part of AcuraWatch Plus Package that we’ll talk more about later.
The 2017 Acura RDX offers 42 inches of front legroom and 38.3 inches of rear legroom. Cargo volume comes in at 26.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 61.3 cubic feet with the second row folded.
Power for the 2017 Acura RDX comes from a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. That is quite a bit of power for something that weighs in at just 3,936 pounds. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which allows the Acura RDX to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph.
As we mentioned earlier, the seats and overall interior comfort are some of the best in its class and the same goes for the ride quality of the Acura RDX. The crossover is simply glides on long straight roads and is also extremely comfortable around city driving.
Fuel economy-wise the 2017 Acura RDX delivers an EPA-rated 20/28 mpg* (city/highway) for the front wheel drive model and 19/27 mpg* for the RDX all-wheel drive model.
Along with a long list of standard safety features, the Acura RDX boasts the brand’s AcuraWatch suite of driver assist technologies. The package is optional on some models and comes standard on models with the Advance Package. The AcuraWatch package adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot notification, and much more.
If you’re in the market for a new luxury crossover, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not giving the new 2017 Acura RDX a serious look. Prices for the model start at just $35,570** for the base model and $37,070** for the Acura RDX AWD. Visit your local AutoNation Acura dealership for a test drive today.
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.