2016 Acura RDX Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on February 22, 2016 1:03 PM

A Confidently Practical Luxury SUV

The RDX brings together the sharp styling, high-tech features and high-quality practicality that Acura is known for, in a small, easily maneuverable package. This 5-passenger SUV is something for everyone: smooth road-trip transport with a quiet, well-crafted leather-lined cabin, reliable errand-runner with an excellent resale value, a sporty, powerful performer on twisting roads. As an added bonus, its engine is both more powerful and more efficient than it was in 2015. Its looks may not stand out, but the RDX excels at everything it does.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2016 Acura RDX: "The 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers its power with a smoothness that can't be matched by the turbocharged 4-cylinder engines in the Audi Q5 and Land Rover LR2. The RDX offers a Sport mode that sharpens throttle response, but even with the implied sportiness of the paddle shifters, the Acura RDX is happiest when cruising."

Technically Speaking

Some of the coolest high-tech features on the market are available in the RDX. Its optional climate control system, which can be controlled with voice commands, uses data from the GPS system to regulate temperature. Its 10-speaker surround sound system can store 3,500 songs and works with Pandora. The Multi-view backup camera lets you choose which angle you want to see when parking. And now for 2016, the RDX is available with Acura's AcuraWatch suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and more.

Build Yours

The 2016 Acura RDX starts around $36,000 and climbs to $44,000 fully loaded. Build and price your own 2016 Acura RDX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com visitor and 2016 RDX owner Jim had this to say about Acura's compact luxury SUV: "Contrary to other reviews, I find the Acura to be quiet on the road with a slight jittery on bumps and a slight noise from the struts…On the highway, I do not hear any wind noise (dislike wind noise) so I would notice that. The seats are firm with "pretty" good support. The front seats do need additional extended thigh support. There is plenty of rear seat room BUT the rear seats do not fold flat." Read more Acura RDX consumer reviews.

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