Automotive Review: The 2017 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV

2017 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV

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With a starting MSRP of $35,370, the stylish and comfortable 2017 Acura RDX offers room for five and a long list of interior amenities.

Significantly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the 2017 RDX retains the upgrades made last year, including a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, restyled exterior and interior elements, and list of luxury features.

Seven exterior colors are available, including two new exterior colors for 2017. And for the first time, the Ebony interior is available with the popular White Diamond Pearl exterior. Other exterior colors include Crystal Black Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II, and Kona Coffee Metallic.


Inside, the 2017 RDX comfortably accommodates its passengers. Interior amenities include standard leatherette-trimmed upholstery or available perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access system, an audio system with seven speakers and much, much more. Interior color schemes include Ebony, Parchment and Graystone.

Rear seat dimensions are listed as 38.3 inches for rear legroom, 57.2 inches for rear shoulder room and 53.8 inches for rear hip room. Additionally, the Acura RDX offers 26.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row.

Under the hood

As mentioned above, the 2017 Acura RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine. This engine produces 279 horsepower and 252 foot-pounds of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Additionally, the RDX features EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined for AWD models. FWD models average 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. The 2017 RDX complies with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.


The Acura lineup features six distinctive models: the RLX, TLX, ILX, the 5-passenger RDX, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, and the NSX.

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