Acura RDX Review

Acura RDX ReviewChoosing the right midsize SUV to get you around the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo area is important. We at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Acura RDX. This midsize SUV is loaded with features and is capable of impressive feats. However, if you need more information on this reliable vehicle, you've come to the right place.

In this informative article, we're going to give you everything you need to help you decide if this is the vehicle that you've been looking for. Throughout this article, you'll learn about the 2017 Acura RDX in great detail. By learning about this midsize SUV, you'll be able to figure out if this is indeed the vehicle for you.

2017 Acura RDX Exterior

Right from the outside, the 2017 Acura RDX represents style and sophistication. The Jewel Eye® LED headlights and the LED integrated turn signals highlight the dynamic 3D grille. These headlights feature precisely-aimed lenses with three outer LEDs with low beams to highlight the road more clearly without blinding oncoming traffic. These lights can actually illuminate objects in the distance quicker and more clearly than standard headlights. When pushing 60 mph, these lights can show you objects up to 17 feet ahead.

This midsize Acura SUV features a power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close and auto-reverse abilities. As for the body design, the front end is sleek with highlighted curves that accentuate the 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The back end features a remote-linked power tailgate, which automatically lifts adding convenience when your hands are full, allowing you to store your cargo or groceries easily.

As for the size of the vehicle, the Acura RDX is 15.36 ft. long, while resting at 5.41 ft. high. This midsize SUV offers a ground clearance of 8.1-inches with a width of 6.14 ft. Although this vehicle features a decent size, it offers a curb to curb turning diameter of 38.9 ft.

Acura RDX Exterior Colors

When it comes to choosing your exterior color, the 2017 Acura RDX offers a lot of options:      

  Kona Coffee Metallic  
 White Diamond Pearl  
 Modern Steel Metallic   
 Fathom Blue Pearl  
 Basque Red Pearl II  
 Lunar Silver Metallic  



The White Diamond Pearl isn't your run-of-the-mill white, as it offers a depth and hue that's not normally associated with the traditional color. The Crystal Black Pearl II is sleek, dark, and slightly reflective. It blends perfectly with the tinted windows.

The Basque Red Pearl II is a unique color. It's almost burgundy with a sleek shine and a warm tone. The Modern Steel Metallic has a smoky charcoal appearance. The Kona Coffee Metallic is a rich but soft brown with a smooth and shiny complexion. The Lunar Silver Metallic is very similar to the Modern Steel Metallic, but a much lighter color with tones that aren't as soft. It features a depth that's not all too common with most silver-colored vehicles.

The last color offering for the 2017 Acura RDX is the Fathom Blue Pearl. This color has a deep ocean-like appearance that accentuate the smooth surfaces. It's unlike any other blue vehicle out on the market. 

2017 Acura RDX Interior

Acura RDX InteriorWhile the exterior offers a stylish design, it's the interior that flawlessly blends style and comfort. At the base level, the Acura RDX features leatherette-trimmed sport seats and interior trim. The seating can be upgraded to feature sport seats with a perforated leather-trimmed interior. The smooth gray color featured on the seats and side panels are highlighted by the black dashboard and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Interior Comfort

As the driver, you can easily find your comfort zone with the 10-way power adjustable seat with lumbar support. The front passenger gets a 4-way power adjustable seat that can easily be upgraded to feature an 8-way power adjuster.  Both the front seats offer heat, should you ever need to warm up during a brisk drive.

In terms of climate, the Acura RDX features dual-zone automatic climate control and air filtration, letting you set your desired comfort. Rear passengers can easily adjust their comfort with the climate control vents. Should you choose to upgrade packages, you can get the GPS-linked, solar-sensing climate control. This upgrade, included with the technology package, monitors the sun's intensity and your location, and automatically adjusts the temperature.

Acura RDX Interior Dimensions

The Acura RDX offers a great deal of space for you and your four passengers. The cabin opens up with 103.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. You and your front passenger get 38.7 inches of headroom and 32 inches of legroom.

The rear passengers also have a decent amount of space for their ride. They get an offered 38.1 inches of head room. As for leg room, there is 38.3 inches of available space.

Cargo is an important factor to consider if you're actively seeking out a midsize SUV. The 2017 Acura RDX offers 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space. However, when the second row is folded down, the cargo space opens up to 61.3 cubic feet.

Acura RDX Specs

Another huge factor in deciding on your next vehicle is the performance. You want to know that the vehicle will be capable of delivering you the power that you need to get from A to B. You also want a vehicle that's not going to burn up too much fuel.

Power & Capabilities

The 2017 Acura RDX is armed with a 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 engine that has the ability to reach an impressive 279 horsepower with 252 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-Speed Automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters. This transmission offers precise and perceptive automatic shifting with the option to let you shift for yourself. You can set the transmission to your liking with the variety of modes that it offers.

The "Drive" mode was designed to help you increase your fuel efficiency, while the "Sport" mode helps you maximize the performance of the vehicle. Using the steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, you can easily change to your preferred driving modes.

This transmission also features Grade Control Logic. This system adds ease to driving uphill or cruising downhill. It instructs the transmission to hold a lower gear when facing an incline to help keep you in control of the vehicle. The Shift Hold Control offers you superior performance when facing tight curves by keeping the transmission in a lower gear.

Acura RDX Fuel Efficiency

The 3.5-liter V6 engine features direct injection. This fuel delivery helps boost efficiency by directly injecting your fuel into the combustion chamber. This allows the engine to use only the fuel it needs to perform while limiting on fuel waste. Due to this system, along with other systems designed to increase efficiency, the 2017 Acura RDX with 2-Wheel Drive gets an EPA estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway*. When the Acura RDX is equipped with the intuitive All-Wheel Drive, it gets 19/27 mpg city/highway.

The Variable Cylinder Management (VCM II®) system lets the cylinders shut off while at cruising speeds to help increase your highway fuel efficiency. It changes the engine, allowing it to run on six or three cylinders, depending on driving conditions. When facing an incline and you require a harder acceleration, this system will switch over to all six cylinders so you can tackle the incline efficiently. This system also monitors your speed, throttle position, and gear selection to regulate and determine the best cylinder activation, depending on your driving conditions.

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Acura Technology

Acura RDX TechnologyIn the past few years, vehicles have evolved in such a way that they feature great technology and entertainment amenities that add a dose of fun and convenience to your driving. The optional packages offer a different degree to these features, providing you with impressive amenities, should you choose them. To better acquaint you with some of these high-tech features, we'll give you a little bit of insight and information on them.

2017 Acura RDX Packages

The base-level 2017 Acura RDX comes equipped with a full-color 5-inch Multi-Information Display screen that provides you with an assortment of information. It will display the source of your audio, along with information like artist, song, album, and even album art. This system also displays information when you're using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. This screen will even display your incoming text messages with the SMS Text Message Function, allowing you to stay connected at all times.

If you upgrade to the Technology or Advance Package, the screen will increase to 8-inches and include Navigation. This feature will show your GPS location on the 3D map while providing you with turn-by-turn directions to help you get to your new destination easier. The AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and Traffic Rerouting™ will give you immediate updates of upcoming traffic patterns and road obstructions. It will also provide you with an alternate route to help you get to your destination without getting stuck in deadlock traffic.

When you upgrade to the Technology or Advance package, you also get a variety of convenience features. The equipped Voice Recognition™ System allows you to easily access your navigation, audio, and climate control by using your voice while you keep your hands firmly on the wheel. The AcuraLink® The Next Generation is a connectivity system that uses cloud-based technology to provide you with traffic updates, media streaming through Aha®, social media updates, and security and safety assistance.

Audio Entertainment

The 2017 Acura RDX comes standard with the Acura Premium Sound System with 7-speakers. These speakers feature speed-sensitive volume control to accommodate for the loud engine noise when the vehicle is at its peak performance. With the Technology and Advanced packages, you get the ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, which delivers high quality audio through the 10 equipped speakers.

As for the entertainment and media options, the RDX pulls out all the stops. You can get enjoyment from the radio or the CD player that's capable of playing MP3 audio files. This vehicle comes with a 3-month trial of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, providing you with more than 150 different stations of audio enjoyment that spans across all different styles and preferences. You can also stream audio through the Bluetooth® system from your phone, or you can even listen to music via Pandora®. 

Acura RDX Safety

What might be the most important component to your next vehicle is its safety. You need helpful active safety features along with protective passive safety features to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers. The Acura RDX is fully equipped with a variety of different safety features designed to keep you in control and protected at all times. 

Acura RDX Active Safety Features

The 4-wheel anti-lock braking system features a variety of systems that are designed to help you prevent a collision. The Electronic Brake Distribution varies the amount of force that each wheel receives depending on road conditions and speed. The Vehicle Stability Assist® is a system that activates during instances of wheel slip. It will provide brake pressure to wheels with low traction while reducing your engine speed in an effort to bring your vehicle pack to its path.

Passive Safety Features

The exterior design was built to protect. It features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure. This body design features structural elements that can help distribute crash energy to protect your passengers.

As for interior protection, the Acura RDX is outfitted with an advanced airbag system. The front airbags will actively adjust the inflation rate to correspond with the severity of impact. The Acura RDX also features front side airbags with SmartVent technology and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. 

Optional Driver-Assisting Technology

When you upgrade to the AcuraWatch Package or the Advance Package, you get a variety of helpful safety features that can add an extra feeling of security to your driving. The Adaptive Cruise Control allows you to set a speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. It will apply brake pressure if the sensors detect that the vehicle ahead is decelerating or braking.

The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ will automatically apply brake pressure when it senses that a collision is imminent. It begins to add brake pressure to allow you to come to a complete stop. The Blind Spot Information System will aid you during highway driving. It will notify you of an object approaching your blind spot when you're about to change lanes. 

Schedule Your Test Drive of the 2017 Acura RDX

By reading this in-depth review, you learned a great deal about the 2017 Acura RDX. You learned all about its impressive design, style, performance, efficiency, technology, and safety. The next thing you need to learn about this car is how it handles on the road with you behind the wheel. Getting behind the wheel of the Acura RDX is fairly easy.

All you have to do is browse our inventory and find the 2017 Acura RDX that appeals to you the most. Schedule your test drive and you'll get to see how it handles while checking out the impressive features that you just read about. Then, you'll have enough knowledge and experience to decide if this impressive midsize SUV is for you.

Schedule your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo-your source for quality cars and helpful information in the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo area.


*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

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