2021 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD - POV Driving Impressions

Model: 2021 Acura RDX
MSRP: $46,300
MPG: 21 city / 26 highway
Horsepower: 272 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
Curb weight: 4,015 lbs
Transmission: 10-speed automatic

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0:00 Walkaround
6:11 POV Driving Impressions
10:33 Complaints
11:42 Final Thoughts
14:21 ELS Studio 3D Sound System Test

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Comments 

  1. Shaier Sattar

    Shaier Sattar

    Day ago

    This guy is my go to person for car reviews. Love your content, keep it up!

  2. angus p

    angus p

    Day ago

    RDX or GV70?

  3. Anthony Monroe

    Anthony Monroe

    3 days ago

    Nice 🔥🔥🔥 don’t have to buy a bmw, or Benz anymore to get that luxury feel anymore

  4. Thomas Garbaty

    Thomas Garbaty

    7 days ago

    I’ve been a German car owner for the last 10 years. Time to switch

  5. FunFishie

    FunFishie

    10 days ago

    What's in the competing class with Acura RDX? Lexus RX 350??? Audi Q3?

  6. Diego R.

    Diego R.

    10 days ago

    Same as my 19 aspec! Lmao

  7. Gene Song

    Gene Song

    16 days ago

    No question it's a great car but can't stand the red speedo/tach...Audi had this a quite a while back and was just so harsh and Audi learned their lesson, switching to white. Surprisingly bad fuel economy for an Acura, thought it would be better than that. It's Genesis GV70 for me in a heartbeat

  8. V Hinton

    V Hinton

    17 days ago

    I need this!

  9. The ROAD WARRIOR

    The ROAD WARRIOR

    19 days ago

    that cop was still doing the traffic stop from when he started to when he got back lmaoo

  10. A K

    A K

    19 days ago

    Love the wheel design of the A-spec, but hate the color. They would look fantastic in Silver.

  11. Siva Koona

    Siva Koona

    20 days ago

    Acura RDX Aspec Grille Super Cool Lexus, BMW please take note from Acura on this

  12. columbiars

    columbiars

    25 days ago

    Who is Savagegeese?

  13. Cesar Martinez

    Cesar Martinez

    Month ago

    You are clearly getting payed for this! I own one. The suspension is very rigid, and the seats are hard. It drives well but not comfortable on long trips.

  14. mary bassit

    mary bassit

    Month ago

    Which one would you choose? Lexus RX 350 or Acura? Both are the same price and mpg.

    • ChiCo AndTheMan

      ChiCo AndTheMan

      19 days ago

      I heard Lexus RX 350 lasts a long time if you take care of it. But Acura is a better drive and interior

  15. Jeano Balinghasay

    Jeano Balinghasay

    Month ago

    I think it is such a nice looking car inside and out. Probably going to be my next purchase in the next few years

  16. Alpha Beta

    Alpha Beta

    Month ago

    This is a much better buy than the new TLX. Same power: weight and weight distribution, yet you get much more space and a pano.

  17. varun jaitly

    varun jaitly

    Month ago

    Is this engine in the TLX A-spec?

  18. Justin Owens

    Justin Owens

    Month ago

    Can’t wait until they bring out the Type-S version!

  19. Justin Owens

    Justin Owens

    Month ago

    I have. 2019 A-spec. It’s a great car. The only complaint I have is that when you are braking to a full stop and then want to get back on the gas really quick … like at a stop sign, or left turn across traffic. The engine just freezes for a 1 sec or 2 while the transmission hunts for proper gear. It can make for a dangerous situation until you get to used to it and anticipate it doing that on you. That might be common thing with drive by wire cars though? I don’t know, I had a WRX before this Acura so I was used to just thrashing it through gears and doing what ever I wanted to with the car and the car just responding immediately. 😥 Miss that 2012 WRX.

  20. Stefahn Jackson

    Stefahn Jackson

    Month ago

    😂 I like the Savagegeese Easter egg. Great videos and excellent channel!

  21. TheLightKyanite

    TheLightKyanite

    Month ago

    2021 A-Spec vs 2021 Advance?

    • Justin Owens

      Justin Owens

      Month ago

      @TheLightKyanite when I compared the packages, we didn’t find anything in the Advanced Package that I absolutely had to have. Ended up getting CPO 2019 white Aspec with tech package. It’s got the red seats too. Great car!

    • TheLightKyanite

      TheLightKyanite

      Month ago

      @Justin Owens I really love the looks, but are the advance features not worth it on the RDX over the A-Spec?

    • Justin Owens

      Justin Owens

      Month ago

      A-spec all the way, you get the black trim and accents instead of chrome everywhere. The Advanced package only has the HUD, active dampers for a softer ride, and a slightly better back up camera. Make sure you get SH-AWD, it’s worth it.

  22. John Ferrier

    John Ferrier

    Month ago

    I just drove my 2021 Acura RDX Advanced from Philadelphia to Providence, RI and according to the trip computer the recorded MPG was 30.5. The heated steering wheel and the heads up display are only available with the advanced model.

  23. ShooterMcgavin Shooter

    ShooterMcgavin Shooter

    Month ago

    Nice ass interior but ewwwww those back front seats with hard plastic kinda weird.

    • Justin Owens

      Justin Owens

      Month ago

      As someone with 2 kids that hard plastic wipes off real easy in my RDX. 😂

  24. Eric B.

    Eric B.

    Month ago

    Yesterday I drove a 2021 ACURA RDX Advance, supposedly the top-of-the-line model. I found it handled vey well but the steering feel was not quite as good as my 2019 MAZDA CX-5 GT Reserve.(2.5 L. turbo, AWD). Also the seat cooling was not as good. Otherwise the RDX was excellent. REALLY good sound system, high quality interior, great and responsive transmission, well sorted infotainment system. But I much prefer the standard MAZDA shifter to the buttons and knobs on the RDX. Nice exterior design but I'll still take my CX-5 design. Only the P.O.S. Jaguar F-Pace or Alfa SUV looks a bit better. But both of those are WAAAY down in reliability compared to either my CX-5 or the RDX.

  25. Dave Elhamid

    Dave Elhamid

    Month ago

    I honestly hate the electric shift. No wonder they had so many recalls. Drive safe , I’ve read they’ve had problems with these things stopping randomly on the highway

  26. Anuvhab vlog

    Anuvhab vlog

    Month ago

    Very nice video I love it this is what I wanna see. Less talk more action with the car and that interior is looking good for Acura.

  27. Umair Osman

    Umair Osman

    Month ago

    Drove this for a couple of days, what a pain in the ass infotainment system in all new Acuras. Unnecessarily complicated touchpad, and extremely distracting. No way it's safe to drive with that system. It's an absolute deal breaker for me.

  28. XXtheJUMPoffXX

    XXtheJUMPoffXX

    Month ago

    The startup effects in this Acura are very impressive

  29. southpaw117

    southpaw117

    Month ago

    I'm not a fan of most automatics, and I'm certainly less of a fan of having buttons to switch gears, but that setup is absolutely beautiful.

    • Tony Chau

      Tony Chau

      Month ago

      Yea the buttons suck.

  30. Natisha Chauhan

    Natisha Chauhan

    Month ago

    I'm in the market for a bigger car and this video just sold me on the Acura RDX. Thank you!

  31. Edwin Wallace

    Edwin Wallace

    Month ago

    I like this POV driving video. Feel like I’ve already own the vehicle....... This is SO me .......

  32. Jordy Caicedo

    Jordy Caicedo

    Month ago

    Is this a better purchase over the CX-5 Signature?

    • Jordy Caicedo

      Jordy Caicedo

      Month ago

      @Justin Owens love the looks of the A spec but saw the advance package it’s a better lifestyle with more features.

    • Justin Owens

      Justin Owens

      Month ago

      I think so, it’s bigger than the CX-5. Lots of space in trunk area. The A-spec is the sweet spot with the RDX.

  33. Paula Hall

    Paula Hall

    Month ago

    I JUST BOUGHT ONE...AND IM IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  34. Mert Ozbahcivan

    Mert Ozbahcivan

    2 months ago

    I barrow with rdx and x3 still not sure

  35. Darryl T

    Darryl T

    2 months ago

    I'm always a fan of Acura interiors. My only dislike is the odometer display. Don't like it when the needle is the same color as the rest of the gauge. Many times I find myself going 10-15 miles over the speed limit in the city. Freeway is even worse. My old 04 TSX had a red needle on white face so I can easily gauge my speed without looking.

  36. Que TheChosen1

    Que TheChosen1

    2 months ago

    Bro the whole bottom lifts up in the trunk. You only lift up half of it. Theres more storage compartments. Good vid tho

  37. Road1104

    Road1104

    2 months ago

    I was totally turned off from buying one after reading all the problems owners are having with these RDX's in forums and Facebook groups.

  38. Chris atk

    Chris atk

    2 months ago

    I drove one.. horrible tracking. It wanders in the highway. Now i know why it has lane departure... it is not a drivers acura. It is full of gadgets and stuff. But i say if you are a driver in highway allot and good driver. Then it will get old fast and frustrated you!! Mdx is better.

  39. ge mo

    ge mo

    2 months ago

    Can you give me an idea how much better the ELS system in the TLX is than the Mark Levinson in the IS350?

  40. B. L

    B. L

    2 months ago

    The amount of rattles in my 2020 RDX are really disappointing. I came here to remember how it used to be. *sigh*

    • Joshua Burnside

      Joshua Burnside

      18 days ago

      How bad are the rattles?

  41. Mad Mike mtb

    Mad Mike mtb

    2 months ago

    Love the audio test in your videos

  42. Priyank Deshmukh

    Priyank Deshmukh

    2 months ago

    One of the best RDX videos I've ever seen. Kudos to you 👏

  43. Maz Al-Samadi

    Maz Al-Samadi

    2 months ago

    I bought a ‘20 A-Spec last year and the audio system still blows me away when I get in the car. I always take the long way just to listen to another song.

    • wood131313

      wood131313

      22 days ago

      I do the same exact thing. I have the same year and spec as you, it's an amazing audio system.

    • columbiars

      columbiars

      25 days ago

      Any issues so far or any complains? I thinking in getting a 21 A-Spect soon.

  44. Nick A S

    Nick A S

    2 months ago

    Some reason when I saw the thumbnail I thought this was the NSX

  45. Matt Jones

    Matt Jones

    2 months ago

    Too bad about all the gloss plastic

  46. Lawrence Ngo

    Lawrence Ngo

    2 months ago

    Really enjoy your videos! Btw how’s the road/wind noise of this car compared to the tlx or Honda Accord sport 2.0?

  47. Brian Louderback

    Brian Louderback

    2 months ago

    So would you go for this or one of the german competitors?

  48. Michael O

    Michael O

    2 months ago

    Thank you for the great review! I have to say though, the more I look at the interior design, especially the center console with the large button to change driving modes the less I like it. To me it just does not look as clean as some of the latest Korean and German models - even the new Honda Civic. Really favoring all digital dashboards too. I think Acura should have gone all digital dashboard for RDX and TLX.

  49. TheDiscardedFoot

    TheDiscardedFoot

    2 months ago

    I love my acura so much I'm actually watching someone drive one online. I've peaked.

  50. Brother Son

    Brother Son

    2 months ago

    Bro you have the best videos

  51. ontario man

    ontario man

    2 months ago

    The cx 5 has very good steering, cannot be beaten for the money

  52. Tony Kim

    Tony Kim

    2 months ago

    Acura makes some amazing vehicles~ Honda must have some say into what Acura does for their vehicles I assume

  53. Sean The Taurus

    Sean The Taurus

    2 months ago

    Gas googler

  54. Jimmy Luu

    Jimmy Luu

    2 months ago

    I’m waiting for Genesis GV70 even the 4 cylinder gonna have 300 hp and it comes standard AWD in Canada just waiting on the price this probably be my 2nd choice should be touchscreen though mouse pad got to go

  55. Joseph Michael

    Joseph Michael

    2 months ago

    Your wrong the TLX and RDX are almost identical in weight

  56. Black Moses

    Black Moses

    2 months ago

    Looks cheap

  57. RogerC

    RogerC

    2 months ago

    Hi Topher, Like your videos; they give a real feel for what it is like to actually drive the vehicle.

  58. Like a PRO

    Like a PRO

    2 months ago

    acura-video.info/name/video/eJ6f3WqNlaPKvJk.html

  59. Levi Godwin

    Levi Godwin

    2 months ago

    I think it was your channel or maybe someone else but someone used to do reviews of cars at night! No one does reviews of cars at night and it's annoying. I wanna see the interior lights at night and headlight ability.

  60. GhostPrime21

    GhostPrime21

    2 months ago

    Rdx lacks in power imho

  61. Justin N

    Justin N

    2 months ago

    I have the RDX 2020, 99% the same as this 2021

  62. Khaos laxxyy

    Khaos laxxyy

    2 months ago

    my mom has this car in red interior I love it

  63. Nate Kwong

    Nate Kwong

    2 months ago

    the default drive setting is sport...driving on comfort mode will make the car feel more disconnected and light.

  64. SF0311

    SF0311

    2 months ago

    That cluster gauge should have been all digital, I mean HONDA has them, why not ACURA? I would also add that the climate control display looks like something from the early 2000’s and that volume knob looks like an after thought up there on left. Should be bigger and down somewhere by the touch pad.

    • Tony Chau

      Tony Chau

      Month ago

      Nah the gauge cluster is nice.

  65. Sean O'Brien

    Sean O'Brien

    2 months ago

    The savage geese subliminal message 🤣🤣

  66. Brady Evans

    Brady Evans

    2 months ago

    I have the 2020 model and love it!!!!!

  67. nick dilissio

    nick dilissio

    2 months ago

    Awesome review!! my only two complaints on the new RDX would be no wireless charging and more ambient lighting other than that they did an amazing job on the vehicle.

  68. Anatoly Khalizev

    Anatoly Khalizev

    2 months ago

    Are they planning to update ILX with this interior design?

  69. Payton Chalstrom

    Payton Chalstrom

    2 months ago

    I own one of these and it baffles me how they managed to get such poor fuel economy out of it

    • Payton Chalstrom

      Payton Chalstrom

      22 days ago

      @wood131313 exactly

    • wood131313

      wood131313

      22 days ago

      Agreed. I have 20' RDX A-Spec SH-AWD and the mpg is really atrocious. I literally get 17mpg on a good day, which is no where near the advertised numbers.

  70. vsrap71

    vsrap71

    2 months ago

    the headrest movement at 2:00 reminded me of Quagmire moving his head lol

    • Tom Denny

      Tom Denny

      9 days ago

      GIGIDY! GIGIDY!

  71. SPACE.

    SPACE.

    2 months ago

    Honda should’ve put this infotainment on 2022 Civic, the one they’re still adamant about not replacing looks so stale.

  72. Martin River

    Martin River

    2 months ago

    Modestly optioned GLC, X3, Q5 are better choices or the new 2.5t Hyundai Santa Fe with less money

  73. The Pov Driver

    The Pov Driver

    2 months ago

    Nice RDX, might have to test drive it

  74. JoeyPete

    JoeyPete

    2 months ago

    The un-boring CR-V.

    • mary bassit

      mary bassit

      Month ago

      Yes So true. I got the crv and it very low. Don’t feel like SUV . Have to trade in..

  75. Rafal

    Rafal

    2 months ago

    It is a modern, high-tech, comfortable SUV. But it's boring. Maybe the manual would save him.

  76. 804 guwap

    804 guwap

    2 months ago

    that white RDX aspec with tha Deadpool seats 🔥

  77. Adrian Kurian

    Adrian Kurian

    2 months ago

    Acura or Genesis or Infinity or Lexus? 😎 😂

    • wongchai807

      wongchai807

      2 months ago

      Lexus cars..the tlx type s is nice but id say the mdx type s is tops

    • Young Car Wiz

      Young Car Wiz

      2 months ago

      BMW

  78. Adrian Kurian

    Adrian Kurian

    2 months ago

    Bro, when are you gonna review the Range Rovers old and new that I requested sometime back? Can you get LC 100 for review as well?

  79. Ben Ward

    Ben Ward

    2 months ago

    Automatic like he played pretty Carolina! Hands down my favorite test track!!!

  80. TheKingkingg

    TheKingkingg

    2 months ago

    Awesome RDX thanks for sharing

  81. Cesar Reynoso

    Cesar Reynoso

    2 months ago

    Great video! Super excited to see what Acura does with it for the mid cycle refresh coming up soon. I wish they’d hurry up and bring a Type- S variant too.

  82. Lindsey

    Lindsey

    2 months ago

    I want one but am afraid of limp mode

  83. TRAMZO STONE WESS

    TRAMZO STONE WESS

    2 months ago

    I watch TheTopher exclusively for the sound tests 😏

  84. Andrew Kelley

    Andrew Kelley

    2 months ago

    The infotainment screen still looks like it takes forever to load!! Yikes

  85. Krylon Blue

    Krylon Blue

    2 months ago

    Love this RDX. Have had this generation as loaners and they're comfortable yet fun CUV's. I'm looking to upgrade to a TLX Type S from my TLX ASPEC early next year but if I was looking for an SUV the RDX would definitely be the one.

  86. MGP 9

    MGP 9

    2 months ago

    Switching the new MDX steering to sport I believe is the sweet spot for all the Acura products. It's feels slightly more responsive than the new TLX I drove and makes the MDX seem so nimble without the feathery steering in normal or comfort. I am very curious how they will adjust the Type S steering in both the MDX and TLX to make it match the aggressive mission of this very sporty trim level.

  87. Poverty Spec

    Poverty Spec

    2 months ago

    Acura's center console designer has an urinal fetish.

  88. Thatking David18

    Thatking David18

    2 months ago

    It be nice if you can change the color of the gauge with the different drive mode

  89. RichardinNC1

    RichardinNC1

    2 months ago

    Sorry but the interior design looks way over designed. I miss the days of the perfect, clean, simple Acura Legend interior. Buttons wherever they can find space, the push button transmission, and drive selector taking over a key spot for controls, and I can’t do a touch pad (especially being left handed). Otherwise it looks to be a great driving, great value option. PS: BMW has the perfect amount of buttons in my opinion, many other common settings are reached in one touch (safety systems, climate, etc) or can be effortlessly programmed that way. Although iDrive 7 is harder to learn than the iDrive 6 in mine.

    • Mike B

      Mike B

      2 months ago

      @Ali Farsani I can definitely relate with you. We took a 2020 out for a test drive and wife loved how it handled.... interior is a great improvement over the pervious generation and standard options (along with high safety ratings) made our decision to purchase one a lot easier. I will keep my M340i, but I will give credit when it's due - Acura did a great job with their newer newer SUV lines.

    • Ali Farsani

      Ali Farsani

      2 months ago

      @Mike B absolutely, I just picked up my 2021 Aspec RDX. Drives and handles much better than my wife's 2018 X3. Also she is paying 900$ Canadian monthly on a 4yr lease I pay 620$! For a SUV which has more power, better AWD system(we really need it in Toronto's winters!), has much more luxurious interior and to me looks much kuch better than X3. Wifey will return the lease cause it is already starting to have issues while I can buy 200K and 8 year warranty on mine after the lease is up for only 3000$ Canadian

    • Mike B

      Mike B

      2 months ago

      @Ali Farsani I would as well. Having owned a BMW in the past and leased a newer X3, they've definitely lost some of their wow factor. These newer RDXs with AWD handle great. Great interior (although gauges could use some work) and decent Honda reliability make this a SUV to purchase vs lease.

    • Ali Farsani

      Ali Farsani

      2 months ago

      @Young Car Wiz yeah right M4 and M3s look amazing hahaha. I have owned 325ci, 440 and 2x X3's but unlike you I am no fanboy. I appreciate decent engineering and great design when credit is due

    • Ali Farsani

      Ali Farsani

      2 months ago

      @Young Car Wiz hahha what the hell has it anything to do with anything?! I like BMW and Audi's too but I would go with RDX over Q5 and X3 cause they are bland. If we are talking X5/Q7 yeah I'd choose them over MDX. Don't be a fanboy, it's beneath you lol

  90. CRB LF4

    CRB LF4

    2 months ago

    Really liking the direction Acura is taking their new models. Excited to hear how the TLX Type-S drives!

  91. Macklemore Candles

    Macklemore Candles

    2 months ago

    that's going to be my first car😆😆😃😃😁😃😆

  92. Rickster1965

    Rickster1965

    2 months ago

    Topher, if you had to choose between this or the TLX ASpec as a daily driver which would you choose?

  93. Mohammad Redwanul Islam

    Mohammad Redwanul Islam

    2 months ago

    The middle part of this vehicle is an abomination.

    • Ali Farsani

      Ali Farsani

      2 months ago

      you obviously have a very bad taste in cars lol. I absolutely love it and everyone who sat min my car commented on how nice and luxury it is. These are owners of Audi S5, BMW X3 and MB 63 AMG. so yeah! this is you ;) I guess you just cannot afford a luxury car and being salty why your kia is plastic abomination lol

  94. mugenman6

    mugenman6

    2 months ago

    This car seemed to me the most ready candidate for Type-S treatment but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  95. Veyronp87

    Veyronp87

    2 months ago

    WOW im impressed with that onramp/offramp part. this thng corners better than some of the sport sedans you've shown. SH-AWD FTW

  96. Alex

    Alex

    2 months ago

    Why didn't Acura install a heated steering wheel in the A-spec?

    • John Bonacci

      John Bonacci

      Month ago

      Weird, we have it in Canada..

  97. Raja Rafe

    Raja Rafe

    2 months ago

    these acura a specs are so nice, can’t wait for the s type tlx

    • nick dilissio

      nick dilissio

      2 months ago

      go look at the new PMC edition 🔥🔥

  98. Edysin Simon

    Edysin Simon

    2 months ago

    I really like this SUV!

  99. BBBT

    BBBT

    2 months ago

    Not sure why this needs sport + when it doesnt come with adaptive shocks

  100. ThatCarGuy 17

    ThatCarGuy 17

    2 months ago

    8:53 Emergency Alert