2013 to Present: Acura RDX
The current Acura RDX, introduced for 2013, does battle in the hyper-competitive luxury crossover segment with models like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic, it comes with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.
All models seat five and offer 26 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 61 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A rearview camera, Leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio are among the RDX's standard features. Choosing the Technology package adds items like a power liftgate, an upgraded audio system and satellite navigation.
The RDX carried on basically unchanged for 2014 and 2015.
In early 2015, the freshened 2016 RDX debuted with numerous cosmetic and powertrain improvements. The new V6 engine puts out 279 horsepower, instead of 273, and gains cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy. A new front end with new LED headlamps was also added, as was a new top-of-the-line Advance package that includes the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.
Earlier Acura RDX Models
The first-generation RDX was introduced for the 2007 model year. It is a smaller crossover powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive. The only transmission is a five-speed automatic. Aimed at sportier drivers and couples without kids, the 2007-2012 RDX is a much different crossover than the roomier and more refined second-generation model.
For 2008, the RDX gained standard Bluetooth connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver's seat memory positioning.
The 2009 RDX was mostly unchanged, but the 2010 model gained revised front-end styling and a new front-wheel drive model. It soldiered on through 2011 and 2012 unchanged.