2020 Acura RDX Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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The 2020 Acura RDX is not your typical small luxury SUV. For starters, it is significantly more affordable than a lot of its European competitors. While there is only one engine available (a 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine, to be precise), it produces a good amount of power.
For the price of the vehicle, there are a lot of desirable standard features. While the infotainment system could use a few tweaks in order to perform better, everything else should be enough to draw positive attention from potential buyers and auto gurus alike.
What's New For 2020?
Virtually everything on the 2020 Acura RDX carries over from the previous model year. The 2020 Acura RDX is part of the third generation of RDXes, which was introduced in 2019. Do nto expect any major changes for several more model years since this iteration is still so new.
The 2020 Acura RDX is available only as a small luxury SUV. There are only gasoline-powered trim levels, so if you are looking to get a hybrid powertrain, you will have to find something from another auto manufacturer.
The way Acura sets up their 'trim levels' is a bit different, to say the very least. The 2020 Acura RDX is available in four different 'packages': the Standard, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance. They all come with the same engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive (although there is an all-wheel drive option available).
The Standard trim is remarkably well-equipped with standard features. This package comes with the suite of driver aids known as AcuraWatch. This includes collision mitigation warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control - all features that drivers are looking to have on newer vehicles. LED daytime running lights and automatic high beams are also included. The 9-speaker sound system is also high-quality, and the 10.2-inch dual-content center display is a nice touch.
Bump up to the Technology package and get upgraded to perforated Milano leather seating, GPS-linked climate control, and voice recognition. There is also a 12-speaker premium audio system and two USB charging ports that get added to the rear seats. Parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic monitor round out the list of standard safety features.
The A-Spec gets a 16-speaker premium sound system, but the upgrades found are mostly aesthetic. The A-Spec has special garnish on the door sills and steering wheel, a sport pedal, an ebony headliner, a red-on-silver gauge cluster, dark brushed aluminum trim, red ambient lighting in the cabin, an A-Spec leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and leather mixed with ultrasuede trimming. The body gets LED fog lights and special A-Spec exhaust outlets and bumpers.
Finally, the Advance gets a few mechanical features, including an adaptive damper system and 19-inch wheels. The front seats become 16-way power-adjustable and have power side bolsters and thigh extensions. The rear outboard seats gain heating, and the steering wheel is heated. There is also gorgeous wood trim inside of the cabin that speaks to the vehicle's luxury. A 10.5-inch head-up display, rear camera washer, and surround-view camera get thrown into the mix.
Driving performance on the 2020 Acura RDX is something of a mixed bag. The turbo engine puts out a good amount of power, and the transmission is excellent with its gear selection. The brakes are extremely easy to mitigate and predict. However, the acceleration speed (about 7 seconds when going from 0 to 60 mph) is a tad sluggish for this class.
Steering and handling are both strong points for the RDX. There is little in the way of body roll, so taking turns will feel secure. The optional all-wheel drive (which is called SH-AWD) makes the RDX's ride quality feel sportier than on the front-wheel drive. Steering feels light and relays enough feedback to the driver.
The ride quality itself is cozy, as the suspension works well at providing a smooth ride regardless of the pavement the vehicle is going over. Although there is some engine noise that makes its way in when driving along at higher speeds, it is not intrusive. Otherwise, the cabin is well-muted.
Fuel efficiency is one of the downfalls of owning the 2020 Acura RDX. EPA ratings sit at 24 mpg combined on the front-wheel drive and 23 mpg combined on the SH-AWD. If you have a light touch on the pedal, you might get 23 mpg combined, but real-world tests show that you are more likely to get somewhere around 20 mpg. This is a sub-par number for a vehicle in this segment, and the loss of 3-4 combined mpg is disheartening.
All in all, the 2020 Acura RDX is a competent and comfortable small luxury SUV. It has a price tag that is hard to beat, especially when you consider how laden it is with standard features. Even the base package is well-equipped.
The RDX might be lost in a sea of small luxury SUVs, but with a few more tweaks, Acura could see this vehicle become a tough competitor. It certainly has the price tag to make it competitive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Acura RDX invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Acura RDX MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.