Acura RDX

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Acura RDX
2010 Acura RDX -- 03-15-2010.jpg
2010 Acura RDX
Manufacturer Honda
Production 2006–present
Model years 2007–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact luxury crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Related Honda CR-V
Honda Civic

The Acura RDX is Acura’s first compact luxury crossover SUV, taking over from the MDX as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX grew in size and price.

First generation (TB1, 2007–2012)[edit]

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2007 Acura RDX
Production July 2006–2012
Model years 2007–2012
Assembly Marysville, Ohio, United States
Marysville Auto Plant
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive (SH-AWD)
Engine 2.3 L K23A1 Turbo I4
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 104.3 in (2,649 mm)
Length 2007-09: 180.7 in (4,590 mm)
2010: 182.5 in (4,636 mm)
Width 73.6 in (1,869 mm)
Height 65.2 in (1,656 mm)
Curb weight 3,968 lb (1,800 kg)

Originally previewed as the Acura RD-X concept car, the production RDX had its debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show and went on sale on August 11, 2006. A facelifted 2010 model went on sale in August 2009, adopting Acura's power plenum grille seen on its sedan models. Front-wheel drive was also added.


2007 Acura RDX

The first generation RDX is powered by turbocharged gasoline engines; at the time, this was uncommon among Honda vehicles although it has since become common. The 2.3-litre straight-4 K23A1 engine has all-aluminum construction, an i-VTEC head, and dual balance shafts. It is also one of the only four-cylinder powered luxury SUVs. Honda's variable flow turbocharger reduces turbo lag by using a valve to narrow the exhaust passage at low rpm, increasing the velocity of the exhaust flow and keeping the turbine spinning rapidly. At higher rpm, the valve opens to allow more exhaust flow for increased boost. The engine also features a top-mounted intercooler which receives air from the grille, channeled by ducting under the hood. The Acura RDX engine is rated at 240 bhp (179.0 kW; 243.3 PS) at 6000 rpm with a torque peak of 260 ft·lbf (350 N·m) at 4500 rpm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel mileage is 19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp) city and 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) highway miles per gallon. Driving style and the terrain plays an important part in this Vehicle's fuel economy. Uphill driving, frequent lane changes and sudden accelerations can increase turbo usage to increase torque output to the SH-AWD system and thus cause much higher fuel consumption. New more recent EPA mileage estimates as of February 2007 are 17 mpg‑US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg‑imp) city and 22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg‑imp) highway. The required fuel is premium 91 octane unleaded.


The Acura RDX comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with Acura's SportShift sequential manual shift capability, activated by paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The paddles can be used in Drive (D) to make a gear change with the transmission returning to automatic mode as soon as the vehicle resumes a steady-cruise state. The Sport (S) setting has higher shift points and quicker downshifts, and using a paddle in “Sport” immediately puts the transmission in full manual mode. The RDX also has a version of Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), first seen on the flagship RL sedan. The system can vary the front/rear torque distribution from 90/10 to 30/70, depending on whether the vehicle is accelerating, cruising, hill climbing, taking a curve, or encountering poor road conditions. When taking a curve, a pair of magnetic flux clutches in the rear differential can transfer as much as 100% of the available rear torque to the outside wheel. That torque transfer, combined with a 1.7% rear over-rotation of the rear wheel helps rotate the RDX through a turn.


The RDX seats five and comes standard with leather seating, a moonroof, automatic climate control, and all the expected power features. The RDX 7-speaker audio system features an in-dash 6-CD changer, which is capable of playing standard Audio CDs, and Data-CDs burned with either MP3 or WMA files, it also plays DVD-A type CDs. The RDX's sound system also includes XM Satellite Radio with a complimentary 3-month subscription.

Much of the interior technology introduced in the RL sedan is found in the optional "Technology Package". This package includes the latest version of Acura's navigation system, complete with a rear view camera, XM Nav-Traffic real-time traffic monitoring, and Zagat restaurant reviews. The package also features a 10-speaker ELS Surround audio system with DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. The audio system plays DVD-Audio discs as well. Both stereos come with a 1/8" (a 3.5mm) auxiliary input jack, which may be used to plug in external sources such as iPods. For 2007, Acura also offered an iPod adapter for the RDX, which was wired into the glove box, and allowed the iPod to be controlled through the RDX's sound system interface. Due to hardware incompatibilities the Honda/Acura iPod musiclink has been discontinued as of model year 2008. 2010+ models come standard with a USB connection that interfaces with Apple iPod players and other USB mass storage devices, such as flash drives that contain MP3, WMA6 or AAC music files while being stored in the center console.

Almost all of the ELS sound system's operations can be activated by voice command, as can most of the operations for the navigation and climate control systems. In addition, the vehicle will interact with most Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. The driver can initiate or receive calls through verbal command. During the call, the sound system will mute and channel the call through the speakers while caller and signal information is displayed on the instrument cluster.

The tailgate opens over six-feet high and 60/40 rear seatbacks fold down for a flat cargo area. A hard cargo cover can fit flush on the floor when not needed and is reversible to carry wet or dirty cargo. The cabin includes several storage areas including a lockable center console that can hold a standard size laptop computer. The cargo hold is small size compared to most rivals and does not have the adjustable cargo tracks or a rear parcel shelf.


The Acura RDX is the second Acura vehicle to feature the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure which is designed to absorb energy from a collision. The RDX comes standard with six airbags, including dual front airbags, front side airbags and dual side curtain airbags. The front airbags use a dual-threshold, dual-stage technology that can adjust the timing and speed of each airbag deployment depending on the degree of impact and the driver's or front passenger's seat belt usage. If sensors deem the front passenger too small (less than 65 lb (29 kg)), the front airbag is designed not to deploy. The front passenger's side airbag is also designed to shut off if a child or small-statured adult is leaning into the airbag's deployment path. In the event of a sufficient side impact or roll-over, the side curtain airbag deploys from above the door frames of the affected side, with coverage for both the front and rear occupants on that side, and stays inflated longer than if there were a collision.

Front seats have active head restraints and their seat belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and force-limiters. As of November 2006 the RDX was crash tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, resulting in a perfect "5 Star" rating for driver and passenger frontal crashes, and front and rear side impacts, along with "4 Stars" for rollover.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI) gave the 2007-12 RDX the grade of Good "G" for moderate overlap front test and side impact test. The grade of Marginal "M" was given for roof strength evaluation.[1]

Second generation (2013–)[edit]

Second generation
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2013 Acura RDX
Production Mar 2012–present
Model years 2013–present
Assembly East Liberty, Ohio, United States
East Liberty Auto Plant
Engine 3.0 L J30Y1 V6 (China Only)
3.5 L J35Y V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 105.7 in (2,685 mm)
Length 183.7 in (4,666 mm)
Width 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
Height 64.2 in (1,631 mm)
Curb weight 3,717 lb (1,686 kg) (FWD)
3,838 lb (1,741 kg) (AWD)

The second generation RDX was revealed during January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show going on sale in April.[2] The turbocharged four-cylinder engine was replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic, improving gas mileage to an EPA estimated 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) by using variable displacement (VCM).[3] The SH-AWD system will be replaced with a simpler and less costly AWD setup.

2013 Acura RDX

A 5-inch display, tri-angle rear-view backup camera are standard, as well as keyless entry with push button start. Also, standard Bluetooth hands-free calling and Pandora music can be streamed wirelessly into the audio system. When upgrading to the Technology package, a power tailgate is included[4],along with an upgraded 60-gigabyte hard disc (HDD) based navigation system with 8-inch screen, this system enables 15GB of music to be stored.

In China, the RDX is offered with two engines. A 3.0-liter SOHC V6 produces 263 hp at 6700 rpm and 220 lb.ft of torque at 4600 rpm, while the 3.5-liter SOHC V6 produces 273 hp at 6500 rpm and 254 lb.ft at 4400 rpm. Both engine choices come with either FWD or AWD.

2016 Facelift[edit]

The refreshed 2016 RDX was introduced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show,[5] sales began in mid-April.[6] The updated RDX uses a slightly more powerful revised 3.5L SOHC V6 that produces 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The exterior adds LED headlamps (low and high beams, DRL pipe and amber turn signals) and LED taillamps. Additionally, the 2016 RDX includes several driver assists in the AcuraWatch package including Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).[7]AWD was also updated to send up to 40% torque to rear wheels opposed to up to 25% in the previous model.


NHTSA 2014 RDX:[8][9]
Overall: 5/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars
Rollover FWD: 4/5 stars / 16.4%
Rollover AWD: 4/5 stars / 15.5%
IIHS scores:[10]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2013–15) not tested
Small overlap frontal offset (2016–present) Good1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1 vehicle structure rated "Good"
2 strength-to-weight ratio: 5.48


Acura and Marvel Entertainment, LLC, announced a joint promotional campaign with Marvel's The Avengers movie. Throughout Marvel's The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents drive various Acura vehicles, including the MDX, ZDX, and TL models; the completely redesigned 2013 RDX was to make a cameo appearance in the movie but the scene did not make it in the final movie. In addition, the Acura NSX concept convertible sports car made an appearance in the movie.[11]


Calendar year US sales
2006 9,164[12]
2007 23,356[13]
2008 15,845
2009 10,153
2010 14,975[14]
2011 15,196
2012 29,520
2013 44,750[15]
2014 44,865[16]
2015 51,026
2016 52,361


  1. ^ "IIHS-HDLI: Acura RDX". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Acura 2013 – It’s time to resurrect Honda’s "A" game". New Cars for 2013. 29 November 2011. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Gritzinger, Bob (April 30, 2012). "Change-Up". Autoweek. 62 (9): 36. 
  4. ^ 2013 Acura RDX News and Photos, Car and Driver News Online.
  5. ^ Lienert, Anita (January 21, 2015). "2016 Honda Pilot, Acura RDX Bound for 2015 Chicago Auto Show". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ready for Liftoff: 2016 Acura RDX Launching with More Performance, Luxury Appointments and Advanced Safety Technology than Ever Before". Honda Newsroom. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
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  8. ^ "2014 Acura RDX SUV FWD". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "2014 Acura RDX SUV AWD". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "2016 Acura RDX Midsize luxury SUV / 2014 Acura MDX 4-door 4wd". IIHS. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Acura and Marvel Entertainment Announce Exclusive Co-Promotion Campaign for Marvel’s The Avengers". 2012-04-05. Archived from the original on 2012-06-22. 
  12. ^ "American Honda Posts 10th Consecutive Year of Record Sales in 2006" (Press release). 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  13. ^ "American Honda Reports 2008 Annual and December Monthly Sales" (Press release). 2009-01-05. Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Acura Announces December and Year-End Sales Results" (Press release). 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  16. ^ "Honda Division Breaks Annual Auto Sales Record as Honda and Acura Brands Set Numerous New Sales Marks". Honda Newsroom. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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