2021 Acura RDX A-Spec Review | Punching above its class...

The RDX in its current form came in 2019. Two years later it's still a force to be reckoned with in its class. This RDX is truly paving the way for the future of Acura; the TLX, MDX, and upcoming small sedan. Let's dive into what makes this A Spec model so appealing...

0:00 - Intro
0:36 - Exterior
2:15 - Interior
5:17 - Drivetrain
5:59 - Cargo
6:33 - Napability
6:47 - Highs / Lows
8:44 - 0-60 Test
9:41 - Driving Impressions (highway)
11:31 - Handling/Braking
12:22 - Final thoughts


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Comments 

  1. machintruc313

    machintruc313

    5 days ago

    how come there is never crash test results mentioned and the technical aspect explained, because the appearance is secondary to the safety of a vehicle. I know the MDX is an amazing car for shock absorbers and the electro magnetic shocks are amazing and give a quicker response. That should be the focus, surviving a crash and being able to react in time, Anything else is irrelevant compared to what i mentioned.

  2. Quintopolis Dajuganot

    Quintopolis Dajuganot

    12 days ago

    I have the PMC edition it comes with both packages the RDX has to offer and I love my orange beauty

  3. geo cape

    geo cape

    28 days ago

    Very thorough and great review of my future car ;)

  4. Jessica Grecco

    Jessica Grecco

    Month ago

    I bought this identical vehicle last month I did a lot of research this rdx is 10000 times better than my Mercedes Benz glc I suggest look no further and get down to your acura dealership immediately and get into this rdx immediately you will never ever ever be disappointed in your decision enjoy this super wonderful wonderful vehicle and ride ride ride

  5. MrStarman1978

    MrStarman1978

    2 months ago

    Love the looks.. lacks the features I like (360 camera, heated steering wheels, etc). I dont like the wheel option on the higher trims (Advance or Elite here in Canada).

  6. Eric Kirshner

    Eric Kirshner

    2 months ago

    I just bought an A-Spec. I don't know why they don't offer the heated steering wheel or HUD on the A-Spec. Same with heated rear seats. But those are features I can live without.

  7. John Attardo

    John Attardo

    2 months ago

    I bought this exact model and color last week. your review is spot on. coming from an infiniti, i wish the acura had the overhead camera when in reverse. Also, car companies need to stop getting rid of radio presets (or making them 5 steps away from use). I like music when i drive. Acura and Lexus have gone the touchpad route and while it's a nice novelty, i prefer the touch screen in the infiniti for access to everything. Aside from that, this car is stylish, powerful, and overall a great ride.

  8. SF0311

    SF0311

    2 months ago

    Black plastic behind the seat is for kids who love to kick the back of the seats so it wont damage the nice “leather”

  9. AJ

    AJ

    3 months ago

    1000th like 🙂

  10. Alejandro Ramos

    Alejandro Ramos

    3 months ago

    Kirk! What were impressions on the red pearl color? Was it nice? Looking into getting this color.

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      3 months ago

      I quite liked it!

  11. Hot Curry

    Hot Curry

    3 months ago

    My mdx aspec will smoke this rdx

  12. Ty Christensen

    Ty Christensen

    3 months ago

    I have an '18 TLX 2.4L and it's getting a recall done at the dealer so they loaned me a 2021 RDX A-Spec just like this one and wow it's fast compared to my TLX which of course isn't turbo or V6 but this RDX is so fun to drive especially in Sport+ and with the paddle shifters. I did top it out at 116MPH which I thought was weak, it has a governor at 116MPH, what!!! I haven't gone over 110MPH in my TLX so I'm curious if it has the governor as well.

  13. Tidus88

    Tidus88

    3 months ago

    Interesting...my 2020 RDX Aspec has heating steering wheel and power side mirrors.

  14. Ghazi Nesheiwat

    Ghazi Nesheiwat

    3 months ago

    Hi. Should I wait for the 2022 Acura RDX?

  15. Eric B.

    Eric B.

    3 months ago

    I'd MUCH rather have the A-Spec RDX than say the Jag F-Pace, BMW X3, Range Rover EVOQ or Alfa Romeo SUV. First because of the RDX's high quality and next for its rear wheel steering handling and AWD transfer of power where needed. But instead I have a very nice candy apple red MAZDA CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve (next to the top Signature model) and really enjoy driving it. Plus it still has a bit better styling than the RDX - IMHO. BTW, my GT Reserve does have auto folding rear view mirrors and heated steering wheel, mirrors and wipers AND cooled front seats.

  16. NaturallyNu

    NaturallyNu

    4 months ago

    I love how you reviewed this ! Very chill , just not lazy 🔥 can you film the interior at night , can't seem to find any videos of that with this trim

  17. Sokha yin

    Sokha yin

    4 months ago

    My 07 Lexus lx470 is killing me on gas, Yes....We going buying Honda Products again.

  18. Neil Sarran

    Neil Sarran

    5 months ago

    LMAO I loved this

  19. Scott S

    Scott S

    5 months ago

    I love this vehicle but I pause at the people complaining about the transmission. I mean is it worse than a CVT? Is it really that bad or are the reviewer so jaded because they get to drive other vehicles that are closer to perfection and this seems like a step down? Thanks for the great content as always

  20. Chance B

    Chance B

    5 months ago

    Great review Kirk !

  21. bosszell1

    bosszell1

    5 months ago

    Great review I plan on getting one later this year

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      5 months ago

      Thanks! This is a great option.

  22. nmarkert01

    nmarkert01

    5 months ago

    And the rear plastics on the seats definitely Lame but for those who have kids it works.

  23. nmarkert01

    nmarkert01

    5 months ago

    I was in my local Acura dealer today test driving a CPO 2020 example of the RDX. GREAT vehicle and the salesman was extremely knowledgeable. Generally when I spend a week or two researching a car I go in and end up teaching salesman things. But he was clearly an old pro. I’ll definitely be purchasing one this year sometime

  24. Danielle Planch

    Danielle Planch

    5 months ago

    Love my RDX

  25. Chris Cowan

    Chris Cowan

    6 months ago

    Great review man....subscribed!

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      6 months ago

      Thanks my man! Many reviews coming. Currently processing the 2022 Acura MDX review. Cheers.

  26. Soda Fountain To The Stars

    Soda Fountain To The Stars

    6 months ago

    Odd...I have this exact model, even same color and mine has the heated steering wheel AND folding mirrors. Not sure why this one doesn’t.

  27. Jorge Herrera

    Jorge Herrera

    7 months ago

    Great review

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      7 months ago

      Thanks!

  28. Superdimensional

    Superdimensional

    7 months ago

    Why don’t you press the brake and hold it and rev up the engine to say 3k rpm then release the brake? That would get you a better 0-60

  29. Jason Gibson

    Jason Gibson

    7 months ago

    the back end of this suv is ugly i hate that it has no shifter not worth the money

  30. Steven Dye

    Steven Dye

    7 months ago

    How does the 12 or 16 speaker ELS sound system compare against the Mark Levinson in the NX300? Great review, enjoyed it.

  31. Kyle McGrew

    Kyle McGrew

    8 months ago

    Did you really say Nebraska? That’s where I am, and I have the 20 ILX and the cars was not designed for the streets here.

  32. Tomtricity

    Tomtricity

    8 months ago

    Has anyone compared this to the Passport Elite? If you wanted to stay in the Honda family seems like that would be the debate.

  33. Gary Brown

    Gary Brown

    8 months ago

    Good review with insight. I love the way this SUV looks more than just about any other similar size out there except maybe the Alpha Romeo and the ELS stereo is a big draw. If I can get past the learning curve on the infotainment pad, it's a winner.

  34. John Hunt

    John Hunt

    8 months ago

    6:45 - lol! "I call little spoon" so funny! Love your channel! Thanks

  35. Hasan Z

    Hasan Z

    8 months ago

    Perfect except... ...too many gears in the transmission and no touch screen. Will be deal breakers for many.

  36. J G

    J G

    8 months ago

    No spare tire? What a joke! Come on Acura stop reinvent the wheel, or lack of.

  37. Mclaren Speedtail

    Mclaren Speedtail

    8 months ago

    And I thought kirk was using a green screen in the screen.

  38. Stewart Starling

    Stewart Starling

    8 months ago

    I absolutely love my RDX SH-AWD TECH 👀❤️👀

    • Stewart Starling

      Stewart Starling

      8 months ago

      I absolutely love my ELS SYSTEM!!!!

  39. Diane Mumola

    Diane Mumola

    8 months ago

    I just picked mine up yesterday, RDX SH-AWD Advanced package ........ I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!

    • Diane Mumola

      Diane Mumola

      8 months ago

      @Kirk Kreifels ☺️ Thank you!!!!

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      8 months ago

      Congrats!!!

  40. Scott Oshiro

    Scott Oshiro

    8 months ago

    Great review of the RDX! I have a 2019 RDX Advance pkg. I chose that trim for the active dampeners that collates with each ride setting, also for the reverse camera washer! lol Not too sure if the A-Spec has those options on it. Oh and, while in sport+ wasn’t sure if you switched from D to S mode. That makes a difference in acceleration response as well. But still a very informative and awesome review 👍🏻

  41. llv Invective vll

    llv Invective vll

    8 months ago

    Mine does have power folding mirrors

  42. Julio Huang

    Julio Huang

    8 months ago

    Don’t go buy a lexus try Acura first:D it give you more then just reliable

  43. lic2kil007

    lic2kil007

    9 months ago

    Waiting on the refresh and possible Hybrid/ Plug in.

  44. JIANCHI YAN

    JIANCHI YAN

    9 months ago

    how about the pmc

  45. jrhfarquharson

    jrhfarquharson

    9 months ago

    Canada gets the folding mirrors and heated steering wheel! Great vehicle, I just got the black on black Aspec

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Congratulations 🎉

  46. brucedowdy

    brucedowdy

    9 months ago

    Thank you for another excellent review. You are knowledgeable and informative on the topics you present and I appreciate your honesty and profesionalism. Personally, I'm a fan of Lexus/Toyota and am looking forward to a grill redesign and updates on their vehicles. Thanks again and keep up the excellent work.

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Thanks Bruce!!

  47. Jason Lin

    Jason Lin

    9 months ago

    i got this car last month, damn good!!

  48. Brian Denison

    Brian Denison

    9 months ago

    Nice car, let us know when it goes electric!

  49. newday 2014

    newday 2014

    9 months ago

    Acura is killing it

  50. ThisNoName

    ThisNoName

    9 months ago

    Sorry, the giant menstrual pad is a deal breaker

  51. B D

    B D

    9 months ago

    4 cylinder turbo. :( its slow and loud. They better make a v6 or im not trading in my 2016 rdx for a new one. Leave the 4 cylinder crap in the civic where it belongs. The TouchPad is junk. Should have made a touch screen smh.

  52. Robert B.

    Robert B.

    9 months ago

    Great ride! I wish it had HUD and power folding/auto dimming sideview mirrors. You can get a heated steering wheel as an option, at least. Would be nice to have a Type-S RDX.

  53. quest 77051

    quest 77051

    9 months ago

    THANKS.

  54. Scott Hargrove

    Scott Hargrove

    9 months ago

    Hes so cute!!

  55. hari haran

    hari haran

    9 months ago

    Does the A-Spec come with a spare tire ? If not, does Acura provide a 20inch spare tire with extra cost ?

    • hari haran

      hari haran

      9 months ago

      @Kirk Kreifels thanks 👍

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      It does not, however I'd ask you local acura dealer on the add on tire

  56. Ivan

    Ivan

    9 months ago

    This is a great SUV. My wife wanted a Lexus. We stopped at the Acura dealer just to check it out. We never made it to the Lexus dealer.

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Congratulations!

  57. Juan Estevez

    Juan Estevez

    9 months ago

    Nice review Kirk

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Thanks!

  58. iavis corso

    iavis corso

    9 months ago

    Mdx-hybrid......or.......Rdx.....???

  59. Tony Chau

    Tony Chau

    9 months ago

    Only drive it in sport+

    • iavis corso

      iavis corso

      9 months ago

      @Tony Chau Thanks.

    • Tony Chau

      Tony Chau

      9 months ago

      @iavis corso I dunno i don't really pay attention to mpg

    • iavis corso

      iavis corso

      9 months ago

      ...and mpg..??

  60. JiTengful

    JiTengful

    9 months ago

    They need to stop putting ugly Chromefor refresh all over the place

  61. Eric Uh

    Eric Uh

    9 months ago

    If you most excited for 0- 60, you will be disappointed

  62. D Lee

    D Lee

    9 months ago

    Funny you mentioned you wish it has power folding mirrior and heated steering wheel ... the Canadian model has both on A-spec ... just buy one from Canada, and it's cheaper :)

    • Jean-Michel Hardy

      Jean-Michel Hardy

      9 months ago

      @D Lee You are right, my bad. That is even better then. I'm considering bying a used 2019+ RDX A-Spec in the near futur. Heated steering wheel will be nice during winters here in Quebec. How is your satisfaction so far with your RDX?

    • D Lee

      D Lee

      9 months ago

      @Jean-Michel Hardy Hmmm I have the A-spec and I have both ... check out the Canadian Acura website, pretty sure they are standard on every A-spec

    • Jean-Michel Hardy

      Jean-Michel Hardy

      9 months ago

      The heated steering wheel and power-folding mirrors are only available in the Elite and Platinum Elite package, not the A-Spec, here in Canada.

  63. Shav Scott

    Shav Scott

    9 months ago

    The power folding mirror problem was the turn off point for me not buying this suv. Didn’t think it was worth the buy at that price.

    • Ian Andrews

      Ian Andrews

      9 months ago

      Standard equipment in Canada

  64. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden

    9 months ago

    I leased a blue A Spec with red/black leather 2 years ago. I get compliments from people all the time on the car. Initially the compliments were a little shocking being in NJ and accustomed to frequent cut-offs and the inappropriate hand gestures. I thought I was being punked at first by the nice comments. Most of the time I love the car. There are issues that test my patience (Frustrating Track pad interface and turbo/transmission delay) I think overall it is a home-run for Acura. They needed to step it up and the RDX appears to be the first of several statement vehicles from Acura. In the spring I'm going to lease the TLX Type S (my kids will have to suffer in the smallish back seat) - not sorry

  65. Scott S

    Scott S

    9 months ago

    I’m looking to finally get out of my 2017 GTI, which I love because it’s just such a blast, but it’s also always such a vehicle to worry about as its aged (67k). I’ve had several things go wrong and I’m over it. Thanks for the review. Is the 2021 that much different than the 2019 and the 2020?

    • Joann Ulmer

      Joann Ulmer

      9 months ago

      @Kirk Kreifels 19 20 21 all identical. Android & Apple Car Play on all

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      As far as I know the 19, 20, 21 are nearly identical. Not sure on the android auto or apple carplay on the 19,20

  66. Acura Addicted

    Acura Addicted

    9 months ago

    Yeah, ever since the third gen MDX came out in 2013, they started botching the plastic in their vehicles. I was actually shocked beyond belief when I first sat in a 2014 MDX back in 2013. Completely detached from otherwise great materials in the cabin.

  67. chaz l

    chaz l

    9 months ago

    Beautiful I would take this over the TLX any day.

  68. Adrian Nalundasan

    Adrian Nalundasan

    9 months ago

    I have driven this but I’m still on to the low end punch of my CX-5 plus the engagement of driving and you guessed it, the emotions. Lol.

  69. Sec Amend

    Sec Amend

    9 months ago

    Looking forward to the v6 Type S

  70. [Blank]

    [Blank]

    9 months ago

    It's the RDX critics' fault that Acura shrunk the front emblem and put a plastic shield on the 2021 TLX. These critics should have gotten used to the "dinner plate sized" emblem, especially if Mercedes gets away with it. For those that criticized the TLX for putting a plastic shield on the front instead of enlarging the emblem, I agree that the plastic shield looks ugly, but dont' blame Acura because Acura previously did enlarge the emblem to accomodate the emblem. Blame the RDX critics that bitched about the "dinner plate" on the front grille of the RDX.

    • TheBreakfastLover

      TheBreakfastLover

      9 months ago

      agreed, it's the same people that complained about the large emblem that are now complaining about the small emblem on a the radar plate. Acura just can't make everyone happy.

  71. Uzumaki Naruto

    Uzumaki Naruto

    9 months ago

    Good review Kirk!! The RDX is shining and I can’t wait Acura release their flagship suv tomorrow

  72. JokerG16

    JokerG16

    9 months ago

    Good review bro. I miss when the RDX had a V6 smh.

  73. hadlee 189

    hadlee 189

    9 months ago

    Kirk...I Likey, now its between the Lexus RX350, & the RDX for me.

    • hadlee 189

      hadlee 189

      9 months ago

      @tommytqt1 Thank you so much!

    • tommytqt1

      tommytqt1

      9 months ago

      I have both cars. Go for RX350 f sport my friend. Smooth V6 and comfort ride.

  74. Christopher Sutherland

    Christopher Sutherland

    9 months ago

    It was great to hear you say "the road is not grueling". Pot hole after crater pot hole and endless road construction, I believe I speak for many of your viewers wishing all roads were not grueling. Maybe it's me, but my conspiracy theory is that the road construction contractors and state and local government are waiting for a miracle.

  75. Sam Hoefert

    Sam Hoefert

    9 months ago

    i need the "compact sedan" to show up.

  76. netman88

    netman88

    9 months ago

    Very good detailed review, please keep those coming. Too bad it doesn't have a spare tire.

  77. Brad Colby

    Brad Colby

    9 months ago

    Excellent first real world review! Thanks Kirk

  78. Dan Adamson

    Dan Adamson

    9 months ago

    I've test drove it twice ..its fun to drive. I'm going to order one ...after 5 Accords the interior layout is familiar to Honda products. Currently drive an 18 Accord 2.0 touring, is the motor the same ?

  79. SimornM

    SimornM

    9 months ago

    My first time watching a review on your channel, good job Kirk!

  80. Vic Cheng

    Vic Cheng

    9 months ago

    I just didn’t like you can’t get donut tire on the a-spec. I get that it’s weight reduction and all but still.

  81. Steve Luzovich

    Steve Luzovich

    9 months ago

    Great review. Acura hit a home run with this gen of the RDX. Styling is fantastic, inside and out. Performance is perfect for most. Honda reliability is great. Options are simply combined into 3 packages that make it easy to find the one you want on the lot. Terrific value. Just wish it had a touchscreen and full screen nav.

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Well said!

  82. mj28inpa

    mj28inpa

    9 months ago

    ROFL! “SLUMBER PARTY!! LITTLE SPOON!”

  83. MarioStriker28

    MarioStriker28

    9 months ago

    Great SUV 👍🏻

  84. Brett Goldsmith

    Brett Goldsmith

    9 months ago

    I don't know what you did, but the entire time it looked like you were filming in front of a green screen.

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      🤷‍♂️ no idea mate

  85. Luis Mendoza

    Luis Mendoza

    9 months ago

    Nice SUV. Brother any new news on the 2022 Tundra . Motor 1

  86. Cesar Reynoso

    Cesar Reynoso

    9 months ago

    It’s no surprise that it’s the best selling suv for the first quarter of 2020 (with the NX trailing right behind the RDX) 2nd to the Lexus RX. Great review! 🙌🏻

  87. Sam Jones

    Sam Jones

    9 months ago

    The problem is availability. If you don't like black or silver you're screwed.

  88. NoFameKicks

    NoFameKicks

    9 months ago

    Damn Kirk your tall as heck!

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Only 6'1"

  89. MGP 9

    MGP 9

    9 months ago

    When is your TLX review?

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Hopefully before the end of the year lol

  90. Blake Thomas

    Blake Thomas

    9 months ago

    6:45 - lol! "I call little spoon" so funny! Love your channel! Thanks

  91. Yuriy M

    Yuriy M

    9 months ago

    Guys this in not so quick as a quick shift transmission with dual clutch technology. It’s still hydro transformator but it is one of the most reliable transmission

  92. Jon S

    Jon S

    9 months ago

    Nice review, Kirk!

  93. Hang Nguyen

    Hang Nguyen

    9 months ago

    So this A-spec has a Sport+ mode but the TLX A-spec only has a Sport mode. Confusing Acura smh. Great review and I agree with everything. Not a chrome fan, not even on rims.

    • tomss

      tomss

      9 months ago

      This RDX is part of the new Acura platform with the 2.0T, the next gen TLX has it too

  94. KevBot

    KevBot

    9 months ago

    I had the same problem with the transmission with the lc500! It was a deal breaker for me 😭

    • KevBot

      KevBot

      9 months ago

      @Kirk Kreifels they did work very well but I'd want an auto to also be good

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Yeah but the paddles work pretty well in the LC

  95. Jordan Rosenberg

    Jordan Rosenberg

    9 months ago

    They should make an RDX Type S!

    • RaY

      RaY

      9 months ago

      they will

  96. Aurora Jones

    Aurora Jones

    9 months ago

    8:57 Trash control? Whats that? Sounds like a new feature. HAHA i know its traction but sounded like trash. LOL Pun intended. ROFLOL

  97. Aurora Jones

    Aurora Jones

    9 months ago

    TD this. It is indeed a great SUV. The wife settled on a ILX A-Spec blue and red. Looks good but honestly when i drive it i get angry. The car is in a middle ground of not having enough power to do what you want, and then its to quick and spritely to drive slow, the chassis can handle so much more power and you want that but dont get it so your left being angry! LOL Should have bought a Civic Type R and ripped that stupid spoiler off. Just saying...

  98. KevinFromYouTube

    KevinFromYouTube

    9 months ago

    Is it just me? Or does kirk look green screened?

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Lol

  99. Peter Tran

    Peter Tran

    9 months ago

    Quality content! You should make more these on-hand reviews

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      Thank you! Getting a Hyundai Sonata today mate

  100. roman walczak

    roman walczak

    9 months ago

    awesome car i own 2020 white aspec and love it

    • Kirk Kreifels

      Kirk Kreifels

      9 months ago

      gorgeous!

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