2021 Acura RDX Reviews

2021 RDX New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2020 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.


Redesigned for the 2019 model year with edgier, more appealing body lines, the 2020 Acura RDX sets a new styling theme for the brand.

Except for a new extra-cost Platinum White body color, little has changed for the 2020 model year. Four trim levels are offered: base, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance.

Each RDX draws power from a strong 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, yielding 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-4 mates with a slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. Optional all-wheel drive can shift 70 percent of power to rear wheels, to strengthen grip on curvy roads.

Three drive modes are available: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, along with a Snow choice that helps winter traction.

The 2020 RDX earned top safety ratings from the IIHS, which made it a Top Safety Pick+. Headlights were judged “Good,” except for the Advance model, on which they were declared “Acceptable.”

The NHTSA gave Acura's RDX a five-star crash-test score. Surprisingly, that government agency gave the RDX only a four-star rating for frontal collision. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) also warranted four stars.

All RDX versions feature collision-avoidance technology, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Adjustable headrests also are standard. Blind-spot monitors are installed on all except the base model.


Prices do not include $995 destination charge.

The base RDX ($37,600 with front-drive, $39,600 with all-wheel drive) includes a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats upholstered in synthetic leather, 10.2- and 7.0-inch displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 19-inch alloy wheels. A Technology Package ($40,800 with front-drive, $42,800 with all-wheel drive) substitutes genuine leather and adds navigation, upgraded 12-speaker audio, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors. The A-Spec ($43,800 with front-drive, $45,800 with all-wheel drive) adopts sporty black trim with red accents, riding on 20-inch wheels. The Advance ($45,700 with front-drive, $47,700 with all-wheel drive) features 16-way front seats, including thigh extensions and power side bolsters. Also standard are cooled front seats, a surround-view camera system, wood trim, ELS 16-speaker audio, a head-up display, and adaptive dampers.

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