Review: 2018 Acura RDX

September 15th, 2017 by

Middletown drivers who are shopping for a luxury crossover SUV will find all the comfort, convenience, and power they want in the 2018 Acura RDX.

You can call it a new classic, because it will never go out of style, yet includes everything you’d expect in a modern luxury car, including luxe seating, high-tech features, and top safety ratings. Check out our full review, then come take one for a test drive:


The RDX comes with a standard package of features, and you should talk to your Friendly Acura dealer about what’s included in the AcuraWatch Plus, Technology, AcuraWatch PI and Tech, and Advance packages. Here are some details to get you started.

The base model comes standard with leatherette-trimmed sport seats and interior trim, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power passenger’s seat, 60/40 rear split-folding bench, push-button start, auto-dimming mirrors, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Technology packages and higher add sport seats with perforated leather trim, 8-way power passenger’s seat, GPSlinked solar-sensing navigation, and MID navigation turn-by-turn display. The 2018 RDX is also available with heated and ventilated front seats.


The RDX comes standard with the Acura Premium Sound System with 7 speakers, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, USB audio interface, Bluetooth streaming audio and HandsFreeLink, Pandora capability, SMS text function, HomeLink universal remote, and a Maintenance Minder System.

Available features include the ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Aha compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, and Acura Navigation with 3D view, real-time traffic, traffic rerouting, and voice recognition system. Upper trims come with an 8-inch navigation display, as well as an On Demand Multi-Use Display.


Once you test drive the 2018 RDX, you might have a hard time going back to your old ride. It’s fun and easy to drive, making it the perfect crossover for road trips or long commutes. The Acura crossover is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. It makes 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

According to EPA estimates, the RDX gets up to 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway*.


All models of the 2018 RDX come standard with a Multi-View Rear Camera, as well as a system of both active and passive safety features to keep you and your family safe. Upper trims come with a Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and a Lane Keeping Assist System.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 RDX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating ‡. While the newest model hasn’t yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization named the 2017 Acura RDX a 2017 Top Safety Pick+.


Starting at $36,800**


*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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