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. Clinton Stack

    Clinton Stack

    2 days ago

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

  2. Miguel Ramirez

    Miguel Ramirez

    4 days ago

    No wireless charger and no ambient lights?

  3. Jeepdogs Camping

    Jeepdogs Camping

    6 days ago

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

  4. remaerD

    remaerD

    8 days ago

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

  5. John Kohlmeyer

    John Kohlmeyer

    11 days ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      11 days ago

      I would agree with you John!

  6. Lee G

    Lee G

    14 days ago

    Speaking this car into existence for myself 😩❤️🙏🏽

  7. geo cape

    geo cape

    16 days ago

    When does the 2022 RDX come out?

  8. Tamar T

    Tamar T

    16 days ago

    Waiting for the 2022 RDX!

  9. Dj A Star

    Dj A Star

    16 days ago

    No spare?

  10. Mill Olmeda

    Mill Olmeda

    18 days ago

    Emergency twinkies 🤣

  11. Mill Olmeda

    Mill Olmeda

    18 days ago

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

  12. James Zhang

    James Zhang

    22 days ago

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

  13. jimmy miller

    jimmy miller

    23 days ago

    can you zonk the rear wiper

  14. May Vang

    May Vang

    24 days ago

    I love this car!

  15. Singh Wit Me

    Singh Wit Me

    25 days ago

    Side profile looks amazing

  16. Andrew Purnaveja

    Andrew Purnaveja

    26 days ago

    How is it compare to GLC300?

  17. InsertUsernameHere0589

    InsertUsernameHere0589

    29 days ago

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

  18. DampCake

    DampCake

    29 days ago

    Its beautiful

  19. David sequoia

    David sequoia

    Month ago

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

  20. Joe Marzo

    Joe Marzo

    Month 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.

  21. Chris R

    Chris R

    Month ago

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

  22. Andres Morales

    Andres Morales

    Month ago

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

  23. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow

    Month ago

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

  24. Delcy Palacios

    Delcy Palacios

    Month ago

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

  25. philzee2

    philzee2

    Month ago

    U da man. Very informative and entertaining 😎😎

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      Thanks for letting me share this one with you!

  26. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown

    Month ago

    I just hate the logo 😩

  27. Scott Hargrove

    Scott Hargrove

    Month ago

    U have review on Advance?

  28. Hello Its Me

    Hello Its Me

    Month ago

    No ambient lights or wireless charging?

  29. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    Month 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.

  30. Ashley Woods

    Ashley Woods

    Month ago

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

  31. John Lain

    John Lain

    Month 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.

  32. rob 49erfan

    rob 49erfan

    Month 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.... 🤙😎

  33. Eric B.

    Eric B.

    Month 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.

  34. holly wallace

    holly wallace

    Month ago

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

  35. Hello Its Me

    Hello Its Me

    Month ago

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

  36. Albert Barette

    Albert Barette

    Month ago

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

  37. Mehroz Ahmed

    Mehroz Ahmed

    2 months ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Tough decision!

  38. Ebony Thomas

    Ebony Thomas

    2 months ago

    i wish i could afford this, i wanna cry 🥲

    • Singh Wit Me

      Singh Wit Me

      25 days ago

      U shud ✨manifest✨

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  39. Tania Roberts

    Tania Roberts

    2 months ago

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

  40. E Ngen

    E Ngen

    2 months ago

    I think we need a Twinkie sponsorship lol

  41. SF0311

    SF0311

    2 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.

  42. 804 guwap

    804 guwap

    2 months ago

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

  43. daniesha a

    daniesha a

    2 months ago

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

  44. Retsu Unohana

    Retsu Unohana

    2 months ago

    Really want one but they’re so expensive

    • rob 49erfan

      rob 49erfan

      Month 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

      2 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  45. Goldii Airs

    Goldii Airs

    3 months ago

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

  46. Cash Only

    Cash Only

    3 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.

  47. Leonine 5

    Leonine 5

    3 months ago

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

  48. NYK

    NYK

    3 months ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Premium

  49. HaydenArter

    HaydenArter

    3 months ago

    Always thinking of my candy addiction

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      I like the way that you think Hayden!

  50. Willy Cintron

    Willy Cintron

    3 months ago

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

  51. Ed Guss

    Ed Guss

    3 months ago

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

  52. Tony CrispRuby

    Tony CrispRuby

    3 months ago

    The car lost me at detuned

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  53. Dariusz Nowakowicz

    Dariusz Nowakowicz

    3 months ago

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

  54. Jeff95TA

    Jeff95TA

    3 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

      3 months ago

      Thanks for the info!

  55. M B

    M B

    3 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

      3 months ago

      Congrats!

  56. evks82

    evks82

    3 months ago

    is this same engine as the acura ilx?

  57. Drew L

    Drew L

    3 months ago

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

    • Drew L

      Drew L

      3 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

      3 months ago

      Congrats Drew! It is a great vehicle.

  58. Kelsha Taufaasau

    Kelsha Taufaasau

    3 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 :)

  59. HotSizzleTV

    HotSizzleTV

    3 months ago

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

  60. Tommy Jewels

    Tommy Jewels

    4 months ago

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

  61. KittB

    KittB

    4 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!

  62. David Reyes

    David Reyes

    4 months ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      Heck yeah David! I appreciate you saying that!

  63. Fernando Vargas

    Fernando Vargas

    4 months ago

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

  64. Andry Rodriguez

    Andry Rodriguez

    4 months ago

    🔥🔥🔥

    • Andry Rodriguez

      Andry Rodriguez

      4 months ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  65. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    4 months ago

    Does it got a spare tire?

  66. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    4 months ago

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

  67. Goldminer63

    Goldminer63

    4 months ago

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

    • Tayger Woods

      Tayger Woods

      2 months ago

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

  68. Tay_tay

    Tay_tay

    4 months ago

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

  69. Carlson Rangey

    Carlson Rangey

    4 months ago

    The RDx is everything.😍

  70. Craig Koch

    Craig Koch

    4 months ago

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

  71. Loveli S.

    Loveli S.

    4 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🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

  72. Tanner Kovach

    Tanner Kovach

    4 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

      4 months ago

      Two different leagues.

  73. Amanda Estremera

    Amanda Estremera

    4 months ago

    Awesome review. I want some snacks now though.

  74. Netta Rose

    Netta Rose

    4 months ago

    I’m sold

  75. aright2lucidity

    aright2lucidity

    4 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'!

  76. Isaac 787 Garage

    Isaac 787 Garage

    4 months ago

    I need one of these ....😍

    • Dozie

      Dozie

      Month ago

      @Isaac 787 Garage how is your experience with the Lexus now Isaac? What don’t you like about it?

    • Isaac 787 Garage

      Isaac 787 Garage

      4 months ago

      I have a Lexus NX300 Fsport and I dont like it. Do you think this Acura is better?

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  77. Advokat

    Advokat

    5 months ago

    Great car but....$50K???

  78. ꧁Reyhan Aziz꧂

    ꧁Reyhan Aziz꧂

    5 months ago

    I want talllight led turn signal Will be nice

  79. majid memand

    majid memand

    5 months ago

    I'm going to buy this one as a wonderful birthday gift to myself. I love love love your reviews!!! Keep up the great job pls👍👍

  80. Blaine Edwards

    Blaine Edwards

    5 months ago

    10:40..."so you don't squish your nuts." Joe, you're killin' me! I literally spit up my Fresca on that one....LOL! You are the King of YT car reviews!

  81. justARandomFishGuy

    justARandomFishGuy

    5 months ago

    bought my wife an advanced in march 2020, loving it. My only wish with it is the portion of the body before pillar A that it makes it sometimes difficult to look out in some bad designed exits. Otherwise, it is so sweet. the shawd yields great handling and is freaking-closely-good compared to my f30.

  82. Rome Edwards

    Rome Edwards

    5 months ago

    Your making the extra space for junk food not appealing. Or calling everyone fat and over weight lol.

  83. Crystalee Mejia

    Crystalee Mejia

    5 months ago

    you and the comments are highly convincing me towards this 😭

  84. Carl G.

    Carl G.

    5 months ago

    Victor needs to switch from that BMW for the sake of vehicle depreciation. Thanks, Victor for all you do with the camera, you, and Laurie (hope I got her name correct Joe) are outstanding!

  85. Sonya Lieu

    Sonya Lieu

    5 months ago

    I have this car, don’t buy it. The a-spec squeals and you will have a very big headache because Acura won’t do anything about it, they will just change router and break pad, read on it everyone has same issues. Don’t get this car. The touch pad is garbage, the system gives false warnings and signals. It’s very loud you will hear wind and the heating for legs is garbage when it gets cold outside. I watched all these reviews before buying, but after owning it, big regret. Not worth the money. And there are non ambiance light, the rear light doesn’t light up anything, when you are driving at night, it’s so dark you won’t find anything. The side cup holder design is so stupid, if you put a drink there it will spill. Honestly the infotainment is garbage. Why did I pay full in cash for a vehicle that doesn’t have touch screen, I’m still question why I over looked it. Don’t make the same mistake people, you need touch screen.

  86. A Peanut to Your Butter

    A Peanut to Your Butter

    5 months ago

    What color white is this!! It look kind of translucent almost!!! I love it!

  87. Scott Hargrove

    Scott Hargrove

    5 months ago

    Does it have birds eye view camera?

  88. Alyceo Perez

    Alyceo Perez

    5 months ago

    ASSSHH U V, COSHHH Over LMAO!

  89. Bob Bullock

    Bob Bullock

    6 months ago

    Can a 6-3 person drive it comfortably?

  90. Taina Matos

    Taina Matos

    6 months ago

    I love my A-spec RDX. I went from an Audi TT (pre-baby) to an RDX (post-baby).

  91. Panta Rhei

    Panta Rhei

    6 months ago

    Detuned Type R? No one should have to say that about an Acura engine. Why, Acura, why?

  92. Rod Teague

    Rod Teague

    6 months ago

    acura-video.info/name/video/gKuxlGutzdaYlGo.html Real consumer review.

  93. A

    A

    6 months ago

    Super fun to drive!!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      I t really is!

  94. toughgetgoin

    toughgetgoin

    6 months ago

    Got an awd last week, great vehicle to drive but a few odd misses, no floor lights, feels dark with only small leds. No heated steering or folding mirror, pedal shifters are cheap plastic. No rear storage cover?? Overall a good deal as compared to a BMW X3, well equipped, stylish and more fun to drive.

  95. Main Road Sign

    Main Road Sign

    6 months ago

    I love acuras!

  96. MrCam3

    MrCam3

    6 months ago

    Hi Mr Raiti excellent review of the beautiful rdx aspec if possible can you please do the review on the Lexus RX 350 f sport....I'm still debating between the Rdx aspec vs Rx f sports

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Thanks for the compliment! I will get that together for you!

  97. Eddie Mack

    Eddie Mack

    6 months ago

    like the car, not the color combo. I am older and my racing days are over.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      I can understand where you are coming from.

  98. TR

    TR

    6 months ago

    If they had a Hybrid version, I woulda bought one already.

  99. Arnold Buckner

    Arnold Buckner

    6 months ago

    There is no reason why the V6 is not offered! Gas mileage is not that impressive with this turbo engine!

  100. ali eviner

    ali eviner

    6 months ago

    This suv is so good! Very dynamic and sport. New german cars gets boring tbh

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