Is the 2021 Acura RDX A-Spec the BEST compact luxury sport SUV to BUY?

The RDX is part of a major shift in Acura's lineup. Under the hood is a detuned Civic Type R 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 that is 272HP & mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Getting power to the ground is Acura's SUPER HANDLING AWD that give great power with control. The A-Spec trim brings unique wheels, front grill, black accent trim and special badges. On the inside you get beautiful leather and Alcantara seating, thick rimmed steering wheel, and lots of premium touches. Is the 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec the BEST luxury sport SUV to BUY?
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  1. CW

    CW

    2 days ago

    All of your food analogies had me drying 😂 great review!

  2. Valerie Ching

    Valerie Ching

    6 days ago

    I’ve never laughed so much during a car review. Haha love it!

  3. CarrieBrooks

    CarrieBrooks

    10 days ago

    I wonder how quiet it would be in congested New York City traffic driving

  4. CarrieBrooks

    CarrieBrooks

    10 days ago

    I don't care about the accessories in the backseat... Let those kids look out the window and count the trees like my dad used to say.... This will be a luxury vehicle for my own gratification 🥰

  5. David S

    David S

    14 days ago

    This is definitely a SUV for a guy who loves his snacks.

  6. gino dico

    gino dico

    16 days ago

    SO CLEAN. Gotta love it !!

  7. Cabby 1979

    Cabby 1979

    25 days ago

    Ohh yeah I love the humor man you put in these videos now. The whole boogers on the back seat lol.

  8. Cabby 1979

    Cabby 1979

    25 days ago

    Hey Joe I see your subs keep growing man, you deserve it. As you can see my logo I bought the A-Spec model last week and I love it. Good job on the review man. I hope you and family are all doing well.

  9. Fred Harwell

    Fred Harwell

    25 days ago

    Here’s a problem and Acura or their Factory Service Rep will not admit… Transaxle whine at 60 to 75 mph Disgusting on Acura’s part

  10. Tim Timmy

    Tim Timmy

    Month ago

    The only question is: what color?

    • Boblib1970

      Boblib1970

      27 days ago

      Just the way it sits here 😉 Going to look at one later today

  11. Official Queen Bee

    Official Queen Bee

    Month ago

    That’s my dads old car

  12. tdc3rd

    tdc3rd

    Month ago

    Thanks for this review. You didn’t mention turbo lag nor how quiet the cabin is on the road. Could you comment?

  13. Kyle Books

    Kyle Books

    Month ago

    Should we be concerned about his health?…

  14. Nancy Lee

    Nancy Lee

    Month ago

    Joe I want to thank you and Lori for the review on the Acura RDX ASpec I went out got one yesterday . So thank you again your always spot on

  15. wardellward

    wardellward

    Month ago

    When's the rdx type s comin Joe

  16. Avi Gujar

    Avi Gujar

    Month ago

    Love your humor. Excellent review. Top-notch.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      Thanks for letting me share it all with you!

  17. keren stephanie

    keren stephanie

    Month ago

    Is that good for the snow ?

  18. MissStormes

    MissStormes

    Month ago

    What if you get a flat tire? Where’s the spare/donut?

  19. Scott Douglas

    Scott Douglas

    Month ago

    No birds eye view? 🤔

  20. J Birden

    J Birden

    Month ago

    With used car prices rising so much lately, the price of a 2019/2020 is not far from a new 2021. Is there enough better about the 2021 as opposed to the two prior year-models to make it worth the extra money? Also, which year did Apple Car play come in? Thanks! Love watching your reviews!!

  21. Clap On

    Clap On

    Month ago

    Gauge looks nice but look the same from 2003 RSX type S I had.

  22. Renard Prince

    Renard Prince

    2 months ago

    nice review and good job thanks

  23. Dan Dahl

    Dan Dahl

    2 months ago

    No way you get an 80" tv in there lol

  24. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    2 months ago

    Tisc, Tisc, Acura. Acura Omitted Remote Start and power steering wheel adjustment , even on the Advance .

  25. Corey Weidman

    Corey Weidman

    2 months ago

    The Auto Start/stop button needs to go or allow those of us that don’t want it on anymore, be able to turn it off

  26. Clinton Stack

    Clinton Stack

    2 months ago

    Good Review Joe but I think the top speed is electronically limited to 113mph for the 2021 RDX ASpec SH AWD..

  27. Miguel Ramirez

    Miguel Ramirez

    2 months ago

    No wireless charger and no ambient lights?

  28. Jersey Style

    Jersey Style

    2 months ago

    I drove the Alfa Romeo Stelvio today, its ok, but i think i like this Acura better 👍👍👍

  29. remaerD

    remaerD

    2 months ago

    Extra cargo room for the chips run lol! Never thought of it for chips but great idea

  30. John Kohlmeyer

    John Kohlmeyer

    3 months ago

    I don’t think it’s worth $10000 over a Mazda CX-5.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      I would agree with you John!

  31. Lee G

    Lee G

    3 months ago

    Speaking this car into existence for myself 😩❤️🙏🏽

  32. geo cape

    geo cape

    3 months ago

    When does the 2022 RDX come out?

  33. Tamar T

    Tamar T

    3 months ago

    Waiting for the 2022 RDX!

  34. Dj A Star

    Dj A Star

    3 months ago

    No spare?

  35. Mill Olmeda

    Mill Olmeda

    3 months ago

    Emergency twinkies 🤣

  36. Mill Olmeda

    Mill Olmeda

    3 months ago

    Hahahahhahahaha look yourself in the mirror you gotta love yourself first 😂 I died

  37. James Zhang

    James Zhang

    3 months ago

    Did a test drive, wonderful vehicle. But not buying until dashboard is full digital...

  38. jimmy miller

    jimmy miller

    3 months ago

    can you zonk the rear wiper

  39. May Vang

    May Vang

    3 months ago

    I love this car!

  40. Yandhi420

    Yandhi420

    3 months ago

    Side profile looks amazing

  41. Andrew Purnaveja

    Andrew Purnaveja

    3 months ago

    How is it compare to GLC300?

  42. InsertUsernameHere0589

    InsertUsernameHere0589

    3 months ago

    10:40 "so you don't squish your nuts" thats gotta be painful

  43. DampCake

    DampCake

    3 months ago

    Its beautiful

  44. David sequoia

    David sequoia

    3 months ago

    The 2007-2012 rdx turbo was a screaming hoot to drive

  45. Joe Marzo

    Joe Marzo

    3 months ago

    The lack of touchscreen navigation is truly a dealbreaker. It is beyond me how more distracting it is to try to navigate a third-party instrument instead of seeing something and touching it on the screen. Hilarious.

  46. Chris R

    Chris R

    4 months ago

    No wireless Android Auto is a deal breaker. If the Accord has it the premium Acura line should have it across the board.

  47. Andres Morales

    Andres Morales

    4 months ago

    Still no competition to the infiniti Qx70 I wish Infiniti would bring it back.

  48. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow

    4 months ago

    Love how he measures everything in how much snack food you could potentially fit in there, lol.

  49. Delcy Palacios

    Delcy Palacios

    4 months ago

    They are like an airplane , the soft they are, im looking one of them (MDX or RDX) at this moment

  50. philzee2

    philzee2

    4 months ago

    U da man. Very informative and entertaining 😎😎

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      Thanks for letting me share this one with you!

  51. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown

    4 months ago

    I just hate the logo 😩

  52. Scott Douglas

    Scott Douglas

    4 months ago

    U have review on Advance?

  53. Hello Its Me

    Hello Its Me

    4 months ago

    No ambient lights or wireless charging?

  54. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    4 months ago

    Joe, excellent review with terrific Funny comments .... Man, You really like Twinkies :):). You don't look like YOU eat them !!. I almost took this car in June 2019, but opted for the MDX Advance. Why?. The Touch Pad to control the Infotainment "turned me off" during the 20 minute test drive. I see it is now introduced into all the new Acuras coming out (2022 MDX too). 2 Questions I don't think you emphasized: Does the Driving Dynamic Control change the Suspension Damping?; what are the wheel size and the Ratio of the Tires {45, 50 or 55]. I found in my 2019 MDX Advance which has 20 " Wheels with 45 Ratio tires. When selecting Sport mode in Driving Dynamics (not the Drive Sport Mode which affects Throttle and steering), it adjusts the suspension dampening. With 45 ratio tires, the ride is too stiff , especially going over imperfect roads (in NY there are Plenty of those). When I took a Loaner which had 20" wheels but with 50 ratio tires, I could feel that difference. My lease comes due in June 2022...Perhaps I will ask my Dealer for a RDX Loaner for a few days to Test Drive that Touch Pad. Acura is sooooo remiss by doing that . Should have made that screen with a Touch Screen AND a pad if desired.... Similar to current PC screens today.

  55. Ashley Woods

    Ashley Woods

    4 months ago

    The interior of the car is stunning. I love the red interior, it just brings out car in soo many ways.

  56. John Lain

    John Lain

    4 months ago

    Tech package should come with fog lights. It looks kind of bare without them. That said, I have never used fog lights, but for cosmetic reasons, they should be included, especially for the price.

  57. rob 49erfan

    rob 49erfan

    4 months ago

    Been a honda fan for decades even owned the 99 EM1 so anything with the "SI" POWER TRAIN definitely catches my eye, Honda did this one right. Gonna have to test drive this because I've been looking at the Porsché CAYENNE TURBO S, we'll see how this stacks up. Good review though, definitely was really thorough on it.... 🤙😎

  58. Eric B.

    Eric B.

    4 months ago

    One should really cross shop the 2021 MAZDA CX-5 Signature which is a 2.5 L., AWD luxury compact SUV. It has all the luxury of the top RDX A-Spec. Not quite as quick as the RDX A-Spec and no rear wheel steering but virtually everything else. BUT... if you want to pay the extra $9,000. the RDX A-Spec with the SH AWD is, IMHO, the BEST compact SUV given its great quality and many features. No 2.0 liter BMW, Mercedes,VOLVO Audi or even Lexus will have the Acura A-Spec's handling, steering feel AND luxury.

  59. holly wallace

    holly wallace

    4 months ago

    Why does this stickler sound like a car salesman read in of a QVC telecom

  60. Hello Its Me

    Hello Its Me

    4 months ago

    It's weird they didn't put panoramic sunroof on the TLX or USBs for back seats

  61. Albert Barette

    Albert Barette

    4 months ago

    Joe - you da man!!! Loved your reviews. Getting the exact same car on Saturday!

  62. Mehroz Ahmed

    Mehroz Ahmed

    5 months ago

    For the price I'm debating on buying this over the RX350

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      Tough decision!

  63. Ebony Thomas

    Ebony Thomas

    5 months ago

    i wish i could afford this, i wanna cry 🥲

    • Yandhi420

      Yandhi420

      3 months ago

      U shud ✨manifest✨

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  64. Tania Roberts

    Tania Roberts

    5 months ago

    Acura is knocking it out of the park. Just watched the 2022 MDX review. Wow! Beautiful machines

  65. E Ngen

    E Ngen

    5 months ago

    I think we need a Twinkie sponsorship lol

  66. SF0311

    SF0311

    5 months ago

    Im going to ZONK that ASpec badge in chrome, and its location. It should have been blacked out with red details and probably placed on the lower right of the passenger door.

  67. 804 guwap

    804 guwap

    5 months ago

    yeah after watching this I had to go get one , same color and all 😂

  68. daniesha a

    daniesha a

    5 months ago

    I think someone had the Munchies while making this video....

  69. Retsu Unohana

    Retsu Unohana

    5 months ago

    Really want one but they’re so expensive

    • rob 49erfan

      rob 49erfan

      4 months ago

      Not really if you think about it.... and being a Honda, the maintenance is low cost. Plus, the durability is pretty sound being it's a Honda. Get their power train warranty and free lifetime oil changes an it pays for itself.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  70. Goldii Airs

    Goldii Airs

    5 months ago

    Acura has got to stop with these horrible ass wheels they offer 🙄

  71. Cash Only

    Cash Only

    5 months ago

    That's one beautiful, sporty, boss ride. Just saw my first one today, but as soon as you said that price I gotta bow out.

  72. Leonine 5

    Leonine 5

    5 months ago

    When you go around corners, was that wheel dragging I heard?? Makes me nervous lol

  73. NYK

    NYK

    5 months ago

    Does RDX requires premium gas or regular is fine... Any one????

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      Premium

  74. HaydenArter

    HaydenArter

    5 months ago

    Always thinking of my candy addiction

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      I like the way that you think Hayden!

  75. Willy Cintron

    Willy Cintron

    6 months ago

    My owners manual says The S mode puts the transmission into a 8 speed.

  76. Ed Guss

    Ed Guss

    6 months ago

    Provide more compact suv, does the Rdx have a phone charger where you just set it down?

  77. Tony CrispRuby

    Tony CrispRuby

    6 months ago

    The car lost me at detuned

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  78. Dariusz Nowakowicz

    Dariusz Nowakowicz

    6 months ago

    My wife bought Acura RDX black Aspec instead subaru crosstrek hybrid sold. Acura is pure driving like a plane.

  79. Jeff95TA

    Jeff95TA

    6 months ago

    Your quoted 0-60 and quarter mile times are substantially lower than every other publication. In the dead stop pull, you were at about 50 mph at 6 seconds.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Thanks for the info!

  80. M B

    M B

    6 months ago

    I'm 40 and single man not family guy. Just leased a sick sonic grey CRV Touring and love it!! First HONDA vehicle always a Toyota guy. BUT I can safely say I'm getting a RDX Aspeck or Tech next. I'm all in now on Honda

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Congrats!

  81. evks82

    evks82

    6 months ago

    is this same engine as the acura ilx?

  82. Andee James

    Andee James

    6 months ago

    Joe, I’m getting the the RDX just like you said the apex blue. Picking up one soon.

    • Andee James

      Andee James

      6 months ago

      Thanks Joe, I’m trading in my 2015 TLX wanted to go the compact SUV like everyone else 😂. The RDX was the obvious choice that checked off the boxes. Luxury, sporty and reliable with a Honda/ Acura product that made my choice. Thank you for review

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Congrats Drew! It is a great vehicle.

  83. Leilei808

    Leilei808

    6 months ago

    Is the space in the backseat considerably larger than the 2021 TLX? I have a 2018 Accord 2.0T and I’m looking to get a luxury upgrade with just as much space as my accord, also has to drive as well :)

  84. HotSizzleTV

    HotSizzleTV

    6 months ago

    Between rdx vs rav4 xse what is the better one to get ?

  85. Tommy Jewels

    Tommy Jewels

    6 months ago

    I didn't see a spare tire so are the tires run flat ??

  86. Christopher B

    Christopher B

    6 months ago

    Joe Raiti, the only car reviewer who can use the word "boogers" in a review, and I don't stop the video and move on! LOL!

  87. David Reyes

    David Reyes

    6 months ago

    This guy is awesome. No health food just mountain dew, slim jims, lays and snickers 🤣😋🍫🍩🍰🧁🥤

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Heck yeah David! I appreciate you saying that!

  88. Fernando Vargas

    Fernando Vargas

    6 months ago

    I like it.... cool video ... nice test drive dude

  89. Andry Rodriguez

    Andry Rodriguez

    6 months ago

    🔥🔥🔥

    • Andry Rodriguez

      Andry Rodriguez

      6 months ago

      I love both luxury and sporty at the same time and Acura did it right!!!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  90. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    6 months ago

    Does it got a spare tire?

  91. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    6 months ago

    This guy everything is about food lmao every example he gave was a snack reference lmfao

  92. Goldminer63

    Goldminer63

    7 months ago

    This isn't a review, it's a salesman pitch for sure.

    • Tayger Woods

      Tayger Woods

      4 months ago

      What exactly do you want to see then? He literally went thru everything. That is called...I think...a review??

  93. Tay_tay

    Tay_tay

    7 months ago

    Nobody: Raitis Riders: it’s not a touch screen, you can touch it... but it doesn’t do anything! Haha🤦🏽😂🤣🤣🤣

  94. Carlson Rangey

    Carlson Rangey

    7 months ago

    The RDx is everything.😍

  95. Craig Koch

    Craig Koch

    7 months ago

    On throttle here we go! nice job, thank you!

  96. Loveli S.

    Loveli S.

    7 months ago

    I wish you lived in Toronto so I can buy this incredible Acura from you, and hide and stuff my twinkies and Ruffles from my kids! AWESOME VIDEO🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

  97. Tanner Kovach

    Tanner Kovach

    7 months ago

    Acura's interior design makes a no go for me. Mazda's interior is leagues above and still more affordable. For the price, the interior should be more of a focus. It doesn't feel like a premium brand.

    • DriveCFL

      DriveCFL

      7 months ago

      Two different leagues.

  98. Amanda Estremera

    Amanda Estremera

    7 months ago

    Awesome review. I want some snacks now though.

  99. Netta Rose

    Netta Rose

    7 months ago

    I’m sold

  100. aright2lucidity

    aright2lucidity

    7 months ago

    Since watching your reviews, I'm only buying a new car based on the junk food I can fit into it. Lol All kidding aside, love your reviews. On point and your sense of humour helps it all flow. Happy wheelin'!

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