2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
For most drivers, there are no notable changes for 2021. A select few may get their hands on the limited edition PMC model. Made at the Performance Manufacturing Center, this version of the 2021 Acura RDX comes in an exclusive Thermal Orange Paint. It sits on 20-inch black wheels, has black chrome exhaust tips, and blacks out several other exterior details. As for features, the PMC has all the best stuff from the A-Spec and Technology packages. Only 360 of these models will be made.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Acura does things a little differently, offering its vehicles in packages rather than trims. The base model is well-equipped, coming standard with heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Tech-wise, the RDX base model has a 10.2-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a nine-speaker audio system.
The Technology package has leather upholstery, two extra USB ports, navigation, and a 12-speaker premium audio system. For the A-Spec package, everything from the Technology package is added, plus ventilated front seats, a 16-speaker audio system, and restyled exterior details.
Models with the Advanced package have a hands-free power liftgate, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and adaptive suspension dampers. It also has a head-up display. The limited-edition PMC Edition is technically the top trim this year and has exclusive orange paint on the outside and orange contrast stitching on the inside.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Buyers will want to add at least the Technology package to get the most out of their 2021 RDX. The leather seating and extra speakers help it feel more like a luxury SUV, which is what the RDX claims to be. This model also has additional driver aids, further adding to its appeal for families.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Acura does well when it comes to tech, whether or not buyers add the Technology package. Standard for the base model are things like a 10.2-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, Siri Eyes Free, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, and both HD and satellite radio. AcuraLink, a way to connect the RDX to compatible smartphones, is standard as well.
Buyers can get either a 12-speaker or a 16-speaker premium audio system, depending on the model. Also available are two rear USB ports, a navigation system, and a head-up display.
How Does It Perform?
This is a front-wheel-drive SUV, but it is also available with all-wheel drive. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that generates 272-horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Paired with it is a 10-speed automatic transmission that does an admirable job of providing responsive shifting.
The 2021 RDX is a fun SUV. This is even more true when buyers opt for all-wheel drive. Either way, the vehicle comes equipped with driver-selectable modes for added control and excitement.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
When it comes to safety, the 2021 RDX is impressive. It received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS even gave the SUV a "Good" score for its headlights, which is an area that many vehicles struggle.
Standard driver assistance features for the RDX in 2021 include forward-collision warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam assist. Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist are both included for all 2021 RDX models as well. The Technology package adds a blind-spot monitor, along with both front and rear parking sensors.
Many consumers look to J.D. Power for predicted reliability scores prior to purchasing a new vehicle. For the 2021 RDX, they awarded 2.5 out of five stars. The score is considered slightly below average but is likely not low enough to cause much concern.
What's the Interior Like?
The RDX is a two-row SUV offering from Acura. It has spacious seating for both children and adults in the back. Power-adjustment for the front seats is standard across the board, further adding to the comfort of the vehicle. Drivers should be aware that the design of the RDX includes thick roof pillars that can impair visibility.
Behind the backseat, the Acura RDX has 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the second-row means having 58.9 cubic feet to fill with miscellaneous gear. These are above-average numbers for the vehicle class.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
A popular rival of the Acura RDX is the Audi Q5. The Q5 is available with a V6 engine that offers an exhilarating 349-horsepower, along with a truly luxurious cabin. However, buyers should be aware that it costs approximately $5,000 more than the RDX in 2021, which also provides a satisfying performance and comfortable cabin.
The Volvo XC60 is an upscale choice as well. It has a gorgeous exterior style and comes loaded with features. Like the Audi, however, it will cost buyers much more than the RDX. Shoppers may also want to consider the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, or Infiniti QX50.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Note: All Acura RDX lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.