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2012 Acura RDX KBB Expert Review
Now that the market offers a healthy variety of desirable compact luxury SUVs, one could easily overlook the segment's value-oriented veteran, the
Acura RDX. Basically sharing a platform with the popular
Honda CR-V, the
2012 Acura RDX outclasses its corporate stablemate with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (AWD), a more refined interior and a turbocharged engine with a robust 260 lb-ft of torque. Boasting the lowest starting price of its competitors and one of the highest residual values in its class makes the Acura RDX a smart choice for most small luxury
You'll Like This Car If...
If you are searching for a small luxury SUV with an array of standard features at a value price, the Acura RDX offers Honda's legendary reputation for reliability and resale value along with an attractive sticker price.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If class-leading fuel economy tops your list of desirable attributes for your next compact SUV, the Audi Q5 or the BMW X3 might satisfy your efficiency craving.
What's New for 2012
With an all-new model on the way, the 2012 Acura RDX remains unchanged from the 2011 model.
Given its all-independent suspension, turbocharged powertrain and available sport-tuned all-wheel drive, the RDX provides a reasonable take on a sport sedan within its SUV-like, 2-box profile. It won't, however, mimic those compact SUVs with a rear-wheel-drive bias, or - for that matter - the standard rear-wheel drive found in the Mercedes Benz GLK350. Opt for a front-wheel-drive (FWD) RDX and you have - at its root - a Honda CR-V with approximately 50 percent more power and a more refined ride/handling balance. The RDX is appropriately proportioned - with an overall length of just over fifteen feet - for running around town. And if traffic allows, with its 240 horsepower you can actually run!
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
The availability of Acura's SH-AWD is what separates Acura's RDX from the others in its compact SUV category. Not only does SH-AWD augment traction in low-traction situations, it also effectively balances the platform by optimizing torque not only between front and rear axles, but also side to side. In the drizzle, it's the shizzle.
GPS-linked Temperature Control
Within the available Technology Package is a unique dual-zone climate control system that tracks the sun's position via GPS and adjusts the cabin temperature accordingly.
An upscale, modern character is expressed throughout the cabin of the 2012 Acura RDX, thanks to silver-painted accents and the center stack's high-tech design. The standard seating surfaces are wrapped in supple leather, as is the multifunction steering wheel. The front-seat bolsters offer ample support for spirited driving and the rear seats offer sufficient legroom and headroom for most average-sized adults. Despite its cozy cabin, the RDX features one of the biggest cargo areas in its class with over 60 cubic feet of space with the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat.
There's no mistaking an Acura vehicle for anything else these days, thanks to their prominent satin chrome-finished front grilles. The 2013 RDX's features an aggressive design defined by angular sheet metal, a muscular stance and a pair of wide, chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. The RDX rides on 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55R18 all-season rubber. Nighttime illumination is provided by standard xenon headlights and integrated fog lights for increased visibility in murky weather.
Notable Standard Equipment
With a well-equipped window sticker under $34K, the 2012 Acura RDX is suitably furnished in its standard spec, offering a power moonroof, xenon headlamps, perforated leather-trimmed seats, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic climate control, multi-information display, a rear backup camera, USB port, and an auxiliary input jack for your MP3/WMA player. A host of safety features includes six airbags, whiplash-lessening active front headrests, and a theft-deterrent system with an electronic immobilizer.
Notable Optional Equipment
As is typical in both Honda and Acura vehicles, the RDX is easy to order, with a comprehensive list of standard equipment and only two factory options: the Technology Package and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The Technology Package includes an AcuraLink Satellite Communication System with navigation, voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather, a 10-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The package also includes an 8-inch full-color display and a GPS-linked climate control system. And the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive isn't only for those living in the Snowbelt states – it gives the RDX all-season handling ability that the FWD variant simply cannot match.
Under the Hood
Acura's 2.3-liter DOHC 4-cylinder is effectively the RDX's centerpiece, and is the most singular reason for choosing the RDX over its CR-V stablemate. A Variable Flow Turbocharger delivers an unusually broad powerband - and 260 lb-ft of torque - with minimal lag. Partnered with the available SH-AWD, the combo makes for nimble handling in-town, and composed, secure handling on the open road - all year long. The turbocharged powerplant is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode. And while the setup is responsive, the EPA ratings for both FWD and AWD are - at best - middle-of-the-road.
2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg (FWD), 17/22 mpg (AWD)
Within the context of its immediate competition, the RDX constitutes a value-oriented package, with a starting MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of approximately $34,000. Add its two available factory options - the Technology Package and all-wheel drive - and you'll still top out under $39,000. Check kbb.com's Fair Purchase Price in the "What should I pay for a new car" section of our homepage for what consumers are paying for their RDXs in your area. And regardless of the market on the new end, expect the RDX to provide a return on investment fully competitive with the segment (which includes BMW's X3 and Audi's Q5), and several points better than the Mercedes GLK or Volvo XC60.
Acura RDX Consumer Reviews
May 09, 2017
Love my car
Ive had my Acura for 7 years now and have put 130,000 miles on the car. Its at a total of 175,000 or so miles now, 10 years after its...
May 07, 2015
Has been an excellent car
Has been an excellent car
February 10, 2015
this has been a great car
I would buy another one, and will.
January 14, 2015
Perfect luxury crossover w/ great performance
Silver exterior. Black leather interior. Beautiful car. Excellent ride. All maintenance is Acura certified and recorded in maintenance...
June 17, 2014
Best car I ever owned. Fast. Fun. Comfortable.
Reliable. Great in snow and rain.
May 15, 2014
Nice sporty looking car. Interior vg.
My one problem is, this year rdx (first ) needs to run on premium gas and gets expensive, other than that it runs strong and is very...
December 12, 2013
Only negative is fuel consumptionj. Had 115,000 miles and never had a problem except with AC at 95000 miles. Newer model has better...
October 07, 2013
My fav car ever
I bought my rdx the first week it came out in 2006. I have zero complaints. It's beautiful. Sporty. Comfy. Fast. The turbo makes it a...
March 01, 2013
I would recommend this car to everyone.
Keep in mind it has a turbo motor so it requires High test gas. Never had any issue with it. Love my service department. Great Vehicle.
May 27, 2012
It's really a fun car to drive.
It gets decent mileage, about 19-20mpg in town and 24mpg on the Interstate driving 70. It has lots of punch when you give it the gas. It...