With the MDX covering the luxurious part of the Acura lineup, there was a sportier spot left open. Acura decided to fill that void with the RDX, an engaging and charismatic compact crossover with a striking body design and a dynamic feel. 

A Bite-Sized History of the Acura RDX

The Acura RDX came out of the need for a compact crossover, as the MDX was already fulfilling the crossover status. As the MDX increased in price over the years, people weren’t able to afford it. In 2007, Acura decided to release the RDX to compensate for their losses. 

Technology and Innovations of the Acura RDX

The 2020 Acura RDX is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 272 horsepower. The engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and can either be used with front or all-wheel-drive. The top-spec version of the car has a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds.

On the inside, there are a couple notable features, including the rotary drive-mode selector, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a 10.2” touchscreen infotainment system, and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. 

A Generational Timeline of the Acura RDX

  • First Generation Acura RDX (2007-2012)

The first-generation RDX was built on a global light truck platform and utilized a 2.3L DOHC in-line four-cylinder VTEC engine. Some of the top features included standard five-speed automatic transmission, the Vehicle Stability Assist system, and a multi-information display. 

  • Second Generation Acura RDX (2013-2018)

The previous engine from the first generation was replaced by a 3.5L V-6 engine and was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Some of the top features on the second-generation RDX included the 5” infotainment system, keyless entry, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. By 2015, the SUV received a few more upgrades, including the dual-screen On-Demand display, blind spot information, and eight-way adjustable power seats. 

  • Third Generation Acura RDX (2019-Present)

The third-generation Acura RDX has an upgraded 2.0L DOHC VTEC engine with 272 horsepower. It has the best handling and most luxurious cabin of any prior RDX model.

The Acura RDX In the News

In recent Acura news, the Acura Type S concept car might be the future of Acura automobiles. Many news sources are saying that one of the two S concept cars coming out in the next few years will likely be an RDX or MDX crossover. 

Celebrity Endorsements of the Acura RDX

Though we have been unable to find any celebrity-owned RDX models, there are quite a few celebrities who own Acura vehicles, including Chris Hemsworth, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elsa Pataky.

Best Acura RDX Groups

The RDX sub-group of the larger Acura Club  is the perfect place for owners and enthusiasts of the compact luxury crossover SUV to talk mods and RDX news. 

The Acura RDX – Polished Power

The Acura RDX is much more than getting from point A to point B. This luxury compact crossover is built for those who want the space of an SUV with the feeling of a luxury sedan. When Acura set out to fill the gap in their lineup, they did it right.