2021 Acura RDX Review: Best in class? | CarGurus

Acura claims the 2021 RDX is the best-selling vehicle in its class. Is it the best compact luxury SUV, period?
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Christian Wardlaw puts a 2021 Acura RDX through its paces along some of California's best roads. It has great looks, terrific performance, and it costs less than many of its competitors. It's hard to go wrong with the RDX.
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Presenter: Christian Wardlaw
Cinematography: Dan Sharp
Written review: Christian Wardlaw
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0:00 Introducing the 2021 Acura RDX
0:47 Pricing Overview
2:45 The A-Spec Package
3:30 Cargo Space
3:59 Infotainment Discussion
6:06 Safety Technology
6:30 Driving the RDX
9:29 Final Thoughts and Recommendation

Comments 

  1. Amira’s Angel

    Amira’s Angel

    Day ago

    I just got mine today!!!! 😛😛😛😁😁😁😁

  2. Eric B

    Eric B

    17 days ago

    Its an upgraded CRV

  3. Donna Laughlin

    Donna Laughlin

    18 days ago

    I just purchased a 2021 Nissan Rogue with the premium package and was driving it when I noticed one of my neighbors has the RDX, I feel like it looks "exactly" like my Nissan, or am I crazy? Great premium package with outstanding infotainment and Nissan Connect app pairing for a lot less than the RDX. Just my 2 cents.

  4. kurt mathews

    kurt mathews

    19 days ago

    Wow. An actual useful review. Thanks,

  5. Eric Bulington

    Eric Bulington

    20 days ago

    Is the cabin quiet? Why don’t reviewers talk about that when reviewing luxury brands? Potholes, are they absorbed or does it break a 20” wheel. These are real issues. Please address them

  6. Sean 24986

    Sean 24986

    Month ago

    why do these guys constantly knock the TTI interface for the info system? it takes a 6th grader all of about 15 minutes using it to have it "figured out" and once you have the small learning curve conquered, you will love it! You stay in a normal driving position and not have to reach to "touch the screen" as this chucklehead thinks is better! There are some things I think Acura could do better but overall, I love my 2020 Tech package RDX and easily will give it a 5 star rating! Reviewers: USE THE TTI FOR MORE THAN ONE TIME BEFORE YOU DO THE REVIEW AND JUMP ALL OVER IT! If you lightly tough the interface, it actually acts like a mouse and the options highlight then push down harder to "click" on them!

  7. ETX Kevin

    ETX Kevin

    Month ago

    My next car....

  8. Love Like a Hurricane

    Love Like a Hurricane

    Month ago

    need off road wheel/tire package from factory

  9. jammer117

    jammer117

    Month ago

    mazda's mmi system in one of the best in the market, far better than the touchscreen.

  10. A Peanut to Your Butter

    A Peanut to Your Butter

    Month ago

    EXCELLENT REVIEW!! One of the best I've seen; thank you so much!

  11. kingdele01

    kingdele01

    Month ago

    The center stack is awful! They really need to replace their design team with a team from Audi.

  12. A K

    A K

    Month ago

    Those red seats look positively garish ! I like the lighter interior, but it only comes in the white, which is a pity.

  13. J P

    J P

    Month ago

    Honda CR-V has a Qi wireless phone charging feature without being part of a “technology” group. Granted less powerful but also more than $10k less expensive. If this is just about sport luxury, I’d go straight to Porsche Macan for the name flex.

  14. Carson Redford

    Carson Redford

    2 months ago

    Never trust a 50 year old complaining about an infotainment system who tested the car for 24 hours.

  15. trilingualkid

    trilingualkid

    2 months ago

    Those gauges remind me of my RSX-Type S...how time flys...

  16. Mason Vo

    Mason Vo

    2 months ago

    Like the car, interior and exterior except the back light, it is out of date, hard to accept for a luxury brand. Wish the 2022 MDX back light is on this car, it is so sexy.

    • Mason Vo

      Mason Vo

      27 days ago

      @Titanium Special if you pay attention, accord, civic, crv and now the rdx are same tailight design which they are looked like the letter C, it looks ugly and out of date.

    • Titanium Special

      Titanium Special

      27 days ago

      Tail light should get upgrade for 2022.

  17. Curtis Hall

    Curtis Hall

    3 months ago

    Great value for the money! Fun car to drive!

  18. proximafase

    proximafase

    3 months ago

    Had mine for about 14-15 months. I find the TTI super easy to use. Second nature - just like every other infotainment system I’ve had.

  19. Midi Man

    Midi Man

    3 months ago

    Having a 2019 A Spec I agree with what you said except Real city driving gas mileage is crap not even close to the 21 they advertise. They need a Eco mode. Maybe the gas mileage is better in San Fran rolling down a hill. Also I recently drove a Lexus 2020 RX 350 the info system has both a Touch screen and Touch pad. Also the Touch pad has vibration feed back when you push your finger on it. I liked have all three of those features, Great engineering, Lexus. Now the piped engine noise and the swirling Acura logo when I first got the car was great it's getting old now. Really old want to turn it off. Yes the Torque vectoring is great on a dry road. Car can not climb a small hill in snow mode. It might be the tires but really quite disappointed in that fact also. I had and just sold my old 90 Acura legend about a year ago to a friend and to be quite honest The RDX is just fast. It just not the same quality to me. Maybe if I was a kid that wanted a NSX in a SUV I would be more happy.

  20. Joe T

    Joe T

    3 months ago

    I have this car, rear is fine. You don’t need tech or advanced or a spec. Get the base it already has everything including radar cruise and auto lane keeping self driving in a way. Best value. I got my 2019 base at 35600 plus tax

    • geo cape

      geo cape

      Month ago

      Do you love it? I am in the market to get one.

  21. Tomasz erix

    Tomasz erix

    3 months ago

    The best suv

  22. James Sankey

    James Sankey

    4 months ago

    Great review. A 60/40 rear seat split doesn't cut it on a (quasi) luxury SUV. Must have a 3-way split or pass through. What is it with Japanese/Asian cars ignoring this?

  23. VM

    VM

    4 months ago

    You made it crystal clear: The touch pad controller is a very BAD idea. Acura will dump this in the next redesign.

  24. Ken S

    Ken S

    4 months ago

    they should have replace that giant "NSX" inspired dynamic knob as a scroll wheel for the infotainment, similar to BMW iDrive. Get rid of that dumb touchpad. Your driving a SUV not NSX supercar. And it should not be in the middle of the center stack where logically is reserve for HVAC controls or media.

  25. Ben Haze

    Ben Haze

    4 months ago

    So glad you brought up the low contrast gauge cluster. I don't understand why Acura is forcing all A-Specs buyers to get these crappy gauges and won't buy this trim because of it.

    • Titanium Special

      Titanium Special

      27 days ago

      I call them clown gauges. Remember, Acura is a value brand, don't expect too much.

  26. Jayboogie007

    Jayboogie007

    4 months ago

    First Honda removes the volume knob in their cars, prompting stupendous backlash... now they’ve gone the Lexus route with their infotainment, like that hasn’t utterly killed Lexus sales. Why do you do this shit, Honda?!?

  27. Paul henry

    Paul henry

    4 months ago

    Good car but Acura needs to work on overall NVH. For 50k I expect the new 3.0 DIT from the new MDX as a option not a detuned Civic type R engine as a only choice. As far as styling it looks like a Nissan to me. For a little added utility and least 10k cheaper the 20 CRV Touring is a good choice

    • Paul henry

      Paul henry

      2 months ago

      @Chris P. Bacon nissan murano

    • Chris P. Bacon

      Chris P. Bacon

      4 months ago

      Which Nissan?

  28. Cesar Reynoso

    Cesar Reynoso

    4 months ago

    Very detailed review. I see these new RDX's everywhere, my brother owns an Aspec in Apex Blue and it drives great.

  29. TruthHasSpoken

    TruthHasSpoken

    4 months ago

    nice review but I stopped it at 4:15. I can't stand the auto design trend - repeated over and over - of humungous center consoles, tall and wide. It's obvious that your right knee has no room to move to the right, important to me when driving on cruise control (less in town). I want to like this car but its thumbs down for me because of that.

  30. SRT xxx

    SRT xxx

    4 months ago

    ACURA makes very nice vehicles, I like everything about the RDX, but that infotainment system is absolutely GARBAGE it's not user friendly ! GO BACK TO A TOUCHSCREEN !!!!!!

    • Titanium Special

      Titanium Special

      27 days ago

      @SRT xxx The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

    • SRT xxx

      SRT xxx

      2 months ago

      @Sralaine 007 o-007 you're a Jesus Freak ,aren't you

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      2 months ago

      Garbage is for Homeless and Gangsters.... Maybe you prefer Ford or Dodge...????🤣

    • Carson Redford

      Carson Redford

      4 months ago

      It's not garbage at all.

  31. canonlybeme4life

    canonlybeme4life

    4 months ago

    Acura apparently will be mixing up the A spec & Advance trims in a PMC edition very soon. However, it be priced at over 50k.

    • Scott Douglas

      Scott Douglas

      4 months ago

      When?

  32. Jason Lee

    Jason Lee

    4 months ago

    Great job on the review... this guy knows his stuff

  33. Blake

    Blake

    4 months ago

    Acura new TouchPad interface is infuriating. I hate how it keeps returning to center like its on a rope. No. This is not progress. I know Acura has worse fanboys than Tesla but the truth needs to come put. The TLX and RDX both are not that great. SHAWD is very overrated. Quattro is better for gripe, and the rwd based awd systems found in the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC are more fun and engaging. I think for a fwd based "luxury" suv, it fairs well against the Lexus NX as it is simply ancient. Infiniti QX50 CVT is awful so by default the RDX shines

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      2 months ago

      Blake..... Audi Quattro AWD is the Same as Subaru AWD.... but Wayyyyyy more Money and Fast decrease in Value in 3- years.

    • Satwik V

      Satwik V

      4 months ago

      no

  34. Robert Stoler

    Robert Stoler

    4 months ago

    HOW.... are there only 107k subscribers to this channel? Once again, Chris’s no BS straight to the facts in these reviews are perfection. Keep doing what you and the rest of the gang at CarGurus are doing. 🤘

  35. Sralaine 007 o-007

    Sralaine 007 o-007

    4 months ago

    Do all the Trims of RDX get a Turbo Engine... ?????? Great review as Always...😅👍👍👍. Thank you

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      4 months ago

      @L C Thank you for your info....👍

    • L C

      L C

      4 months ago

      Yes even base got 2.0 turbo 272horse power/280 tq

  36. mct8888

    mct8888

    4 months ago

    How many adjustments on the passenger seat? Does it have lumbar?

  37. Paul M

    Paul M

    4 months ago

    Great little CUV with a horrible infotainment system.

  38. The Boss

    The Boss

    4 months ago

    This is a great SUV, I seen ALOT on the road. Great review! I wonder what Acura going to change with the refresh

    • Midi Man

      Midi Man

      3 months ago

      It's an OK SUV. Great if you want to drive like a lunatic in an want to be NSX.

    • Rob Taylor

      Rob Taylor

      4 months ago

      Likely an fully digital gauge cluster as well

    • [Blank]

      [Blank]

      4 months ago

      Definitely the rims will be changed. While Acura missed the mark with RDX &TLX rims, the new MDX rims look very nice and the RDX could borrow rim design from the MDX

  39. Riyad Kalla

    Riyad Kalla

    4 months ago

    100% right about the infotainment/center stack setup... it’s like they locally maximized the design, but never stepped back and said “do people get this?”

  40. Steven R.

    Steven R.

    4 months ago

    The RDX is a superb SUV. All functions are a B+ or better. The engine and transmission is the best in the business; Power is effortless through out the rev range. The infotainment system is easy to understand and use with a little practice, however, the speed between apps is not lightning fast. The RDX is the SUV you look forward to drive in any weather. Just Proper Motoring.

  41. 11Hammers

    11Hammers

    4 months ago

    I have a 2019 Advance and never had an issue adapting to the touch pad. No fingerprints but each to their own. The ASpec isn’t worth it in my opinion. Go Tech or Advance. I love it. Great vehicle. Good review.

    • Lloyd Y Benoit

      Lloyd Y Benoit

      2 months ago

      I like the exhaust , interior and outside look and the 20'' wheel of the A-Spec than the advance

  42. T M

    T M

    4 months ago

    Great Job Chris

  43. Vin Diesel's Husband

    Vin Diesel's Husband

    4 months ago

    I really like Acura and I’m sure they drive amazing but they look like glorified Hondas inside and out. That’s no bad thing, they look great but they just don’t look expensive. Whereas if you look at Genesis’ new model lineup, whether you like the styling or not, you can’t argue that they don’t look luxurious and expensive inside and out. They look nothing like their Hyundai counterparts.

    • Vin Diesel's Husband

      Vin Diesel's Husband

      2 months ago

      @Sralaine 007 o-007 you didn’t read my comment properly. I wasn’t talking about the engine sharing I was talking about their looks. Acuras still look like Hondas and whereas Genesis look nothing like Hyundais inside or out. Whether you think they’re ugly or not, there’s no denying that they look expensive and upmarket unlike Acuras.

    • AFCompany

      AFCompany

      2 months ago

      @Sralaine 007 o-007 idk what car?

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      2 months ago

      @AFCompany What car is Ranking #1 and #2 around the World....???????

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      2 months ago

      @Vin Diesel's Husband So is Genesis from Hyundai's line up. SAME engine..... just different design. I take ACURA RDX ANYTIME OF THE DAY. .. if they give me Good price...😜👍

    • Vin Diesel's Husband

      Vin Diesel's Husband

      4 months ago

      @Zhi Chang yeah I just don’t understand why they struggle so much with making it actually seem like a luxury car. Genesis have been around for a far shorter period of time than Acura and yet they’ve nailed it on the head. Their lineup looks, feels and drive above their price brackets.

  44. Alexander A

    Alexander A

    4 months ago

    Why do reviewers almost always choose the sport to review? I wonder if they actually ask consumers if they prefer sport over luxury. I for one would choose luxury and comfort over sportiness in an suv.

    • Titanium Special

      Titanium Special

      27 days ago

      @LAXERJK Not true, Advance gets the adaptive suspension, HUD, more sound insulation, real wood etc....

    • LAXERJK

      LAXERJK

      2 months ago

      Nothing is different driveline wise between the aspec and the normal Rdx. Just styling cues.

    • Riyad Kalla

      Riyad Kalla

      4 months ago

      Most of the time it’s a case of what they are given by the manufacturer- which is almost always the most popular/searched/paramount model, in this case Acura believes it to be the Aspec builds... personally, I agree with you.

  45. Wayne Christopher

    Wayne Christopher

    4 months ago

    I'm getting one next month after Christmas. They should be offering great deals then!

    • Wayne Christopher

      Wayne Christopher

      2 months ago

      @Sralaine 007 o-007 Yes, having the SH AWD has no impact on normal driving. It enhances the overall grip and agility the car has on the road. It's also great during bad weather.

    • Sralaine 007 o-007

      Sralaine 007 o-007

      2 months ago

      @young pan I will get one too maybe 5 years from now..... My question is , Can we drive AWD in Normal driving...?????

    • young pan

      young pan

      4 months ago

      @Wayne Christopher so how much for ur pilot trade-in price

    • young pan

      young pan

      4 months ago

      @Wayne Christopher Dammnn bro I’m getting apex on next week they offer me $40178 which is good price

    • Wayne Christopher

      Wayne Christopher

      4 months ago

      @young pan no, I got the super awd, tech package one. Nice vehicle. I traded in a 2017 Honda Pilot.

  46. Kiss Kiss

    Kiss Kiss

    4 months ago

    Thank you!!! Chris.. I wish everyone whom did vehicle reviews, would say/tell/explain where the vehicle being reviewed is/was built. Another Excellent review, Sir.

  47. Itsallgood Good

    Itsallgood Good

    4 months ago

    Chris, Another terrific review. Note to CarGurus; please give this deeply experienced and well-respected automobile journalist more sports cars and sport SUVs, please. Wardlaw should be the lead anchor for your channel if you’re trying to compete against KBB (Micah Muzio), Driven (Tom Voelk) and other ACURA channels. If better organized, this channel could really become something even more special, which will draw a larger audience. Thanks for all you do!

  48. Bryant Monroe

    Bryant Monroe

    4 months ago

    Another great review....thanks Chris!!!!!!

  49. Tre Williams

    Tre Williams

    4 months ago

    ...ANOTHER great car review, man Car Gurus deserves so much more respect than what you guys get! Either way, I’m a certified go nowhere Car Gurus subscriber. Keep the great content coming please?! Thanks!!!!! Oh, and this RDX is pretty sweet. Sure, the competition may offer some better equipment, but this has a(near, almost perfect)combination of everything a driver could ask for or want.

    • Joshua R

      Joshua R

      4 months ago

      R E S P E C T - tell you what it means to me 🎤🎼

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