The 2018 Acura RDX is a compact crossover that could be becoming a little too common. Nevertheless it remains a splendid combination of beauty, sophistication, and value. The current car has its essence based on the 2013 model with some additional features to bring it up to date with current trends. This Acura is available in three flavors basically- Base, Technology, and Advance. Although it has to stack up against the likes of BMW X3. This car puts up a decent fight, costs less and is remarkably cheaper to maintain.
Which features stand out for the 2018 RDX?
The 2018 RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that churns out 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but it also features all-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive model delivers an EPA-rated 19/27 mpg city/highway and 20/28 mpg driving on all-wheel drive.
This beauty comes with standard power liftgate, power moonroof, leatherette-trimmed seats and interior trim; Jewel Eye LED headlights, 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, a 5.0-inch information display and I phone compatible audio interface.
It also sports trim-dependent features like seats with perforated leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a second display screen below the 8.0-inch navigation screen, ELS Studio premium audio system, Siri Eyes Free (unfortunately you don't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto), AcuraLink infotainment interface and 3D view navigation.
Which trims are available for the 2018 RDX?
The 2018 RDX does not come with many trims like most SUVs. Instead, this car offers two drive options FWD and AWD, each of these come along with various packages that have the features that you may need in your RDX. The front wheel drive is the standard option and is less expensive starting at an MSRP of $35,800. There is also the all-wheel-drive option which provides better traction on all types of roads at an extra $1,500 bringing the starting MSRP to $37,300.
On top of these standard cars, you can choose to have one of three packages; AcuraWatch Plus, Technology Package or the top ranking Advance Package. There are also additional features you can add to your RDX including a moonroof and wood grain interior trims.
How does it feel to drive The 2018 RDX?
The 2018 RDX is a really pleasant car to drive. The strong V6 and accurate handling it provides despite the direct steering are commendable. Unlike other cars in this segment, the Acura comes with only one engine paired to a slick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with paddle shifters.
The paddle shifters point to a sportiness that is lacking but that is not necessarily a bad thing since the RDX's suspension handles rough patches exceptionally well, and it tracks well on open roads. You also get more cornering tenacity than the Lexus RX has, thanks to the Acura's electric power steering.
How safe is the 2018 RDX?
The 2018 RDX was recently awarded a perfect five-star rating for its overall rating and is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick after scoring the highest rating of Good in all five test evaluations that include; small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. This astonishingly powerful ride also scored the highest rating in the front crash prevention evaluation.
The RDX was able to decrease the speed of a 12 mph collision by 11 mph and a 25 mph collision by 16 mph, a feat that was made possible by the available Collision Mitigation Braking system in AcuraWatch Plus package. The package also comes with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a color multi-information display in the instrument panel. Other driver assist safety features include a forward collision warning system, lane departure warning, blind spot alert, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Does the 2018 RDX have worthy contenders?
The 2018 Acura RDX isn't a true off-road SUV if you're one of the many people looking for something more rugged, a Land Rover Discovery Sport or Evoque will be better options. If you are looking for better fuel economy, you will like the alternative powertrain that powers the Lexus NX 300h hybrid or BMW-X3 xDrive28d diesel.