Impressive and Practical: The 2015 Acura RDX
The Acura RDX offers a long history of reliability and a better than average resale value for owners to enjoy. As an excellent small SUV the RDX is comfortable and comes packed with plenty of cargo space for a family of five to head out on a nice long vacation or simply to enjoy a weekend trip to the lake for some fun in the sun. The RDX competes in the luxury class but does lack a few of the more advanced features found on many luxury vehicles of today.
Competing with such stout competition as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class and Audi Q5, the Acura RDX offers a great feel and stands out as a practical small SUV for a family to own. Whether its life mission is to become a daily driver, or it is more apt to be the family weekend getaway vehicle, this nice SUV has a lot of character and equipment to enjoy. Because it doesn’t pack all the luxury offerings inside that can sometimes be found on luxury SUV’s the RDX is priced much lower than its competition allowing owners to enjoy a bit of break at the dealership.
Entering its second year of this generation of the RDX, there have been no major changes to the vehicle allowing new owners to experience the same great luxury offered last year as well. Driving the RDX is an experience of smooth responsiveness from the highly tuned steering as well as a comfortable and pleasurable ride made possible from the expertly tuned suspension. With these components in place and the nicely powered V6 under the hood the RDX is quick and agile, able to pass on the highway with ease and maneuver city traffic with ease. The cabin is supremely quiet allowing the occupants to choose their musical selections to enjoy rather than the road noises.
Many of the luxury SUV’s on the market offer two or more engines, but the RDX only offers one. This engine comes in the form of a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 273 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Aiding this nice engine is a six-speed automatic transmission that helps to achieve a fuel efficiency of 20 city/28 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive models and 19 city/27 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive versions. The RDX only weighs in at 4,000 pounds making this middle of the line engine able to boast excellent performance. The engine is even equipped with the cylinder deactivation system that shuts down two or three cylinders when not needed allowing the RDX to increase its fuel economy. The towing capacity is very slight at only 1,500 pounds which is actually enough to get a good supply of camping gear to the campsite or a couple small toys to the lake.
Even though this luxury SUV is scarcer for the equipment offered doesn’t meant it isn’t complete luxury inside and out. The interior is covered in upscale materials that make it very comfortable for anyone to ride in. This is one model devoid of an infotainment system leaving plenty of knobs and buttons in place to control all the equipment designed for both driving control and creature comfort. The RDX is also fitted with a 60/40 split rear bench seat the cargo space will expand to a massive 76.9 cubic feet of space that allows for any number of configurations of cargo to be transported by this elegant and comfortable vehicle.
On the outside the RDX shows off in a big way with a highly athletic stance and ready to go attitude. The hood to roof angle allows a feeling in the RDX of a vehicle that is sleek and speedy. The angle continues to the rear of the vehicle finishing off with a well-designed hatch. The side lines of the RDX lead to high windows that give the feeling of a SUV that is larger than it really is. The RDX is stylish in its appearance and offers a look that many luxury SUV owners desire to have in their driveway to show off to their neighbors. Finishing off the looks that will illicit jealousy the RDX sports a full set of star spoked wheels that have a unique and interesting look as well as sporty and classy style.
As a luxury SUV that is high on value the RDX offers a very nice list of standard features for any owner to enjoy. This list includes leather upholstery, a Multi-view backup camera, heated front seats with a 10-way power driver’s seat, a seven-speaker 360-watt audio system with a five-inch LCD display, USB and auxiliary ports, voice-activated text messaging, Pandora Internet radio, a moon roof, keyless entry and push button starting. All of these features help to make the RDX a well-equipped and fun to drive luxury vehicle.
At the other end of the spectrum, the optional features offered for the RDX are not as extensive but the ones that are offered are enjoyable and help to improve the vehicle overall. The optional features includes all-wheel drive, a navigation system, a ten-speaker 410-watt ELS premium audio system, a power lift gate, the Acura GPS-linked climate control system, and a voice recognition system. Unfortunately this means the RDX does not offer the safety features that are quickly becoming popular such as automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, or even blind spot monitoring. Even without the upgraded safety features this list of options can help to take the RDX for an already well-packed SUV to one that has it all for an owner to enjoy.
For a luxury SUV the starting price would normally be expected to be over $50,000 but this one starts out at $35,800. Adding the all-wheel drive will increase the price by $1,400 and adding the Technology Package which is the only package offered adds another $3,700 to the price bringing a fully loaded RDX in around $41,000 keeping it well under the competition. Anyone looking for a fun to drive and high performing small SUV should check out the Acura RDX, its price tag alone makes it a very exciting choice.