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2018 Acura RDX Pros vs Cons

Why Buy a 2018 Acura RDX?

Are You Considering a 2018 Acura RDX? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

The 2018 Acura RDX offers buyers a great value on many levels. The price tag is low for the luxury compact SUV class. It also offers great standard features and is upgradable through a list of optional packages instead of trim levels. The RDX breaks from traditional trim levels by offering only one trim level so buyers just add whatever upgrade package they choose. The Acura RDX is also a good option for buyers that are attracted to the larger MDX model but don't quite need a full size SUV.

What’s New for 2018

Freshly redesigned in 2016, the RDX has not added any new features for the 2018 model.

Ten Reasons You May Like the 2018 Acura RDX – The Pros

1. No complicated trim levels.

The RDX allows buyers to bypass the complications of trim levels and upgrade packages as dual considerations. You don't have to upgrade to the Sport package to get ventilated seats or the Platinum package to get the best sound system. The RDX has multiple add on packages instead. They are all available for an additional price to simplify the buying experience and allow buyers to add features as they choose.

2. Great mix of standard features.

Even though the 2018 Acura RDX has a rock bottom base price for its class, the standard features are numerous. The standard features include power moonroof, rear view camera, 5 inch touch screen, dual zone climate control and a power liftgate.

3. Keyless Access System.

No need to take your keys out of your pocket to unlock or start your car. The Acura Keyless Access System comes standard on all 2018 Acura RDXs.

4. AcuraWatch package adds value.

The AcuraWatch add-on package packs an already long list of standard features with even more luxury and driver assist features for just $1300. The features buyers get with the AcuraWatch package include adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking and lane departure warning. This package also includes lane keep assist.

5. Advance package increases luxury.

The ultimate upgrade to the RDX is the Advance package. It is pricey because buyers must also equip their RDX with the AcuraWatch and Technology packages. The Advance package includes blind spot monitoring, remote start, ventilated front seats and rain sensing wipers.

6. Technology Package.

If the Advance package seems like too much, the RDX can also be upgraded with a technology package that includes a second display. Two displays allows drivers and passengers to use both navigation and a secondary feature at the same time. The Technology package includes both navigation and voice recognition. The RDX also gets an upgrade to a 10 speaker surround sound audio system with the Technology package. The RDX Technology package incorporates a GPS guided climate control system that adjusts temperature automatically based on weather and sun location.

7. Safety ratings.

The 2018 Acura RDX gets a perfect safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. It is also top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Combined with the available driver assist features of the RDX, it is truly a safe vehicle.

8. Enjoyment while driving.

The RDX features a 3.5 liter V6 engine with more than enough power for the daily commute. Paired with a smooth six speed transmission and available AWD, the RDX won't be a beast at the pump. It also offers a very comfortable and quiet ride.

9. Economical choice.

The RDX has a low base price and can be upgraded without making the buyer pay for things they don't want. It also gets above average fuel economy at 20 city and 28 highway. AWD only lowers fuel economy to 19 city and 27 highway. The low price and cost of ownership make it a excellent low price luxury compact SUV.

10. Excellent reliability.

The RDX has a higher than average predicted reliability for 2018 at 3.5 out of five. It also has a decent warranty at four year or 50,000 miles limited and six year or 70,000 powertrain.

Reasons You May Not Like the 2018 Acura RDX – The Cons

1. More exciting choices.

The competition offers more dynamic driving experiences by increasing handling and horsepower. Higher priced options like the BMW X3 perform better on the road. Similarly, better luxury upgrades like premium leather and interior materials are available elsewhere.

2. Only one engine choice.

While the V6 in the 2018 Acura RDX is capable and efficient, other options in the class include a turbo diesel, turbocharged four cylinder and six cylinder engines with more horsepower. With such a large array of engine options, one might find a more suitable one elsewhere.

3. Basic trim level drawbacks.

While the idea of doing away with trim levels may be appealing to some, there is only one interior and exterior design. While the RDX resembles its larger counterpart the MDX and has contemporary styling, sport versions are obviously absent.

How it Stacks up to the Competition

The RDX offers luxury and affordability in the same vehicle. It starts out at the lowest price point in its class, but has plenty of upside for the price. As a luxury compact SUV, the RDX must compete with some pretty impressive contenders. There is a great variety of compact SUVs for 2018. The BMW X3 takes the luxury compact SUV in a sporty and agile direction, while the Audi Q5 is all new this year with many luxurious new details. While the RDX may be just middle of the road for this category, it definitely works as a low cost vehicle with lots of luxury options to pick and choose.


The 2018 Acura RDX combines reliability, affordability and luxury. Buyers will be taken in by the impeccable safety they get with the RDX. Doing away with trim levels also helps the cause by making sifting through options and upgrades simple. The 2018 Acura RDX also offers good fuel efficiency and cheaply upgradable AWD to round out the package.

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