We recently spent some time driving around the new 2015 Acura RDX AWD. This crossover is one of the newest members of the Acura family and excites in a lot of different ways. Is it worth the $35,000 price tag, though? Read on to find out.
From its decidedly-Acura grille to its warmed-over body design, the 2015 RDX All Wheel Drive holds it own when compared to its competition—a crowded group of crossovers that includes the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Land Rover Evoque.
The 2015 Acura RDX is powered by a refined 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 273 horsepower at 6200 rpm. Gas mileage is reasonable for a crossover: EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the open road. The V6 accelerates quickly and delivers plenty of power. It idles smoother and pulls harder than the 4-cylinder turbocharged engines found in the Audi Q5 and Land Rover LR2, and there’s a sport mode when extra kick is needed. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard which is on par for the class. The RDX delivers seamless acceleration and ample power for highway passing; true to its conservative nature, the 2015 Acura RDX doesn’t exactly position itself as a land rocket. The RDX is sporty yet demonstrates a smooth ride. It exceeds expectations in terms of initial acceleration and passing power.
On the inside, one’s friends will be snuggled by plush leather seats which provide ample seating for five adults. The hatchback’s storage aft with the rear seats up equals 26.1 cubic feet; with the rear seats in the down position that space grows to 61.3 cubic feet—76.9 cubic feet including under floor storage. The overall storage room is good for its class, and can accommodate plenty of cargo for that next vacation get-away.
The optional Technology Package includes a multi-view back up camera, state-of-the-art dash displays, push-button start, Bluetooth and Pandora connectivity and a USB port. Other techy items on the list are a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, a surround-sound 10-speaker ELS audio system, and a dual-zone GPS-linked automatic climate control–which tracks the sun’s position and intensity and adjusts the RDX’s climate settings accordingly along with HID headlamps with front fog lights and a power tailgate.
The 2015 Acura RDX all-wheel drive option adds enough weight to allow the vehicle to tip the scales at over 3850 pounds. Though some luxury compact SUVs are said to be more athletic, the 2015 RDX offers stable handling in turns, strong brakes and a comfortable quiet ride. The RDX’s steering is responsive, yet comes up a little short on feel for the road.
Safety always comes to the forefront with Acura, and with the RDX safety is top-tier. Anti-lock brakes are standard as are Michelin Primacy P235/60 R18 high-performance all-season tires–mounted on 18 x 7.5 inch aluminum alloy rims. Interior safety features include driver and passenger front and side air bags, side head air bags, rear head air bags and rear side air bags. Other safety features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, child safety locks, integrated turn signal mirrors and traction control.
The RDX is aggressively priced, starting at $35,000. Even the all-wheel drive version with Technology Package comes in under $41,000. The RDX comes with a 50,000 mile warranty and receives four thumbs up on our unofficial review.
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