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. Jeff95TA

    Jeff95TA

    Day 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

      Day ago

      Thanks for the info!

  2. G M.

    G M.

    Day 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

      Day ago

      Congrats!

  3. evks82

    evks82

    4 days ago

    is this same engine as the acura ilx?

  4. Drew L

    Drew L

    4 days ago

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

    • Drew L

      Drew L

      4 days 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

      4 days ago

      Congrats Drew! It is a great vehicle.

  5. Kelsha Taufaasau

    Kelsha Taufaasau

    9 days 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 :)

  6. HotSizzleTV

    HotSizzleTV

    9 days ago

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

  7. Tommy Jewels

    Tommy Jewels

    18 days ago

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

  8. ChristopherB

    ChristopherB

    22 days 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!

  9. David Reyes

    David Reyes

    23 days ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      23 days ago

      Heck yeah David! I appreciate you saying that!

  10. Fernando Vargas

    Fernando Vargas

    23 days ago

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

  11. Andry Rodriguez

    Andry Rodriguez

    25 days ago

    🔥🔥🔥

    • Andry Rodriguez

      Andry Rodriguez

      25 days ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      25 days ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  12. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    25 days ago

    Does it got a spare tire?

  13. Quest4Truth

    Quest4Truth

    25 days ago

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

  14. Goldminer63

    Goldminer63

    27 days ago

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

  15. Tay_tay

    Tay_tay

    29 days ago

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

  16. Carlson Rangey

    Carlson Rangey

    Month ago

    The RDx is everything.😍

  17. Craig Koch

    Craig Koch

    Month ago

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

  18. Lianne S.

    Lianne S.

    Month 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🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

  19. Tanner Kovach

    Tanner Kovach

    Month 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

      Month ago

      Two different leagues.

  20. Amanda Estremera

    Amanda Estremera

    Month ago

    Awesome review. I want some snacks now though.

  21. Netta Rose

    Netta Rose

    Month ago

    I’m sold

  22. aright2lucidity

    aright2lucidity

    Month 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'!

  23. Isaac 787 Garage

    Isaac 787 Garage

    Month ago

    I need one of these ....😍

    • Isaac 787 Garage

      Isaac 787 Garage

      Month 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

      Month ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  24. Advokat

    Advokat

    Month ago

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

  25. Galaxy Reyhan

    Galaxy Reyhan

    Month ago

    I want talllight led turn signal Will be nice

  26. majid memand

    majid memand

    2 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👍👍

  27. Blaine Edwards

    Blaine Edwards

    2 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!

  28. justARandomFishGuy

    justARandomFishGuy

    2 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.

  29. Rome Edwards

    Rome Edwards

    2 months ago

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

  30. Crystalee Mejia

    Crystalee Mejia

    2 months ago

    you and the comments are highly convincing me towards this 😭

  31. Carl G.

    Carl G.

    2 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!

  32. Sonya Lieu

    Sonya Lieu

    2 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.

  33. A Peanut to Your Butter

    A Peanut to Your Butter

    2 months ago

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

  34. Scott Douglas

    Scott Douglas

    2 months ago

    Does it have birds eye view camera?

  35. Alyceo Perez

    Alyceo Perez

    2 months ago

    ASSSHH U V, COSHHH Over LMAO!

  36. Bob Bullock

    Bob Bullock

    2 months ago

    Can a 6-3 person drive it comfortably?

  37. Taina Matos

    Taina Matos

    2 months ago

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

  38. Panta Rhei

    Panta Rhei

    2 months ago

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

  39. Rod Teague

    Rod Teague

    2 months ago

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

  40. A

    A

    2 months ago

    Super fun to drive!!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I t really is!

  41. toughgetgoin

    toughgetgoin

    2 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.

  42. Main Road Sign

    Main Road Sign

    3 months ago

    I love acuras!

  43. MrCam3

    MrCam3

    3 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

      3 months ago

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

  44. Eddie Mack

    Eddie Mack

    3 months ago

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

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      I can understand where you are coming from.

  45. TR

    TR

    3 months ago

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

  46. Arnold Buckner

    Arnold Buckner

    3 months ago

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

  47. ali eviner

    ali eviner

    3 months ago

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

  48. gregertech

    gregertech

    3 months ago

    Is it just me, or are the proportions of the RDX off, which makes it appear a little awkward? I think it’s too narrow.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      You have to see it in person.

  49. Todd H

    Todd H

    3 months ago

    Good ACURAr, funny, detailed and connects with the audience.

  50. Francheska Lene

    Francheska Lene

    3 months ago

    U seems to be exciting to this car which is making me decided to pick this car ✨🤍💍💕

    • Francheska Lene

      Francheska Lene

      3 months ago

      @Raiti's Rides thx bby boy 💋🥵🧡

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      That is so awesom!

  51. Wavvvy Ish

    Wavvvy Ish

    3 months ago

    I see the passenger airbag light is on in your car as well does anyone know how to turn it off

  52. Arjun Brar

    Arjun Brar

    3 months ago

    Good 👌

  53. Hao T

    Hao T

    3 months ago

    Gas mileage isn’t that great though not even close to what’s advertised from Acura

  54. Stewart Starling

    Stewart Starling

    3 months ago

    I own a RDX! I absolutely love it! Acurawatch, ELS♥️ SH-AWD!!!! NEVER A DULL DRIVE!! Acura you're on 🔥

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      You are so very right Stewart!

  55. William Butts

    William Butts

    3 months ago

    Don't like a turbo, rather have a v6 and to pricey.... Lost me

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Thanks for letting me share it with you!

  56. Gary Besaw

    Gary Besaw

    3 months ago

    Audi Q3 or Acura RDX, or something in that line? Best overall bang for your buck, cost of maintenance, good in snow, etc....

  57. Gary Besaw

    Gary Besaw

    3 months ago

    Joe you are the freakin best!!! Love that panoramic roof. It's about time. That's one thing I love about the Audi's is that huge panoramic sunroof, makes a big difference.

  58. Kathy Strahle

    Kathy Strahle

    3 months ago

    Have had two RDX’s and loved them. Would have gone for a third one, but during test drive of a new one, didn’t care for 4 cylinder engine at all. The V-6 that was last in the 2018 model was awesome. Too bad because the A-Spec trim is great looking.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience with this one.

  59. Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd

    3 months ago

    super handling awd what a joke and a bad one 4 wheels locked will always perform better

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  60. Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd

    3 months ago

    Oh Joe you can't fell anything, review the SUV for what it was built for a tiny Asian lady that don't know anything about how she getting ripped off

    • Judge Dredd

      Judge Dredd

      3 months ago

      @Raiti's Rides the manufacturing cost on them are 50 percent of the MFSR price

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      HUH?

  61. Isaac James Tea

    Isaac James Tea

    3 months ago

    Should I get this or an Audi Q3? Looking for compact SUV so boot space not an issue. Thank for the help!!

  62. Travis Henderson

    Travis Henderson

    3 months ago

    Hey Raiti, any Significant differences between the Acura RDX 2019 and 2021 that you noticed? Thinking about getting a used one unless the 2021 is much better than the 2019. Thank you.

  63. Baddmnkey1

    Baddmnkey1

    3 months ago

    Wanted the White A spec w- red leather. Ended up with Lunar Silver A spec w- black interior due to wife and daughter hating the red leather...🤷🏻‍♂️ HATE the gloss black on the exterior pieces. Need to get them wrapped. Downpipe and tune anyone?

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Sounds like a great plan!

  64. ExtrovertedCenobite

    ExtrovertedCenobite

    3 months ago

    Acura builds a fine automobile, just sold our MDX. Purchased it new and took care of it as we do with all our vehicles. The only difference is that the leather/seating they choose are underwhelming. I am looking at 2019 and 2020 RDX with low mileage and I see the same thing again, poor quality seating. I like Acura's, have owned three of them but am getting turned off on the quality in seating situation. Mechanically and running ability, the Acura has few competitors.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing that great input!

  65. Jefè Tae

    Jefè Tae

    4 months ago

    Does this have wireless CarPlay

  66. La'Risha Hawkes

    La'Risha Hawkes

    4 months ago

    My exact car!!! 🙌🏽😍

  67. R M

    R M

    4 months ago

    love the looks , but it has horrible mpg

  68. Rajbir Romana

    Rajbir Romana

    4 months ago

    I bought Rdx ASpech with red interior last month . Awsm suv

  69. MrXYZ2k

    MrXYZ2k

    4 months ago

    Non touching screen is not just about safty and concentrating on road, it's also keeping sceen cleaning from finger prints.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  70. mmmdef

    mmmdef

    4 months ago

    Love your content Joe. Just picked up a 21 A-Spec thank to your reviews.

  71. Eleanor Massaro

    Eleanor Massaro

    4 months ago

    I recognize those roads, Joe!😂😂😂

  72. Nassel A Abraham

    Nassel A Abraham

    4 months ago

    It still look ship

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  73. Nassel A Abraham

    Nassel A Abraham

    4 months ago

    Hunda lack the luxury part

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      That is why they have Acura.

  74. Reynaldo Valenzuela

    Reynaldo Valenzuela

    4 months ago

    can we confirm no sharks were harmed in the making of this video? 😂😂

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      LOL! I can not confirm or deny those claims.

  75. John Hunt

    John Hunt

    4 months ago

    I'm only here to find out how many butterfingers I can fit in the hidden compartments . Jk I'm here for the amazing content! Cant wait until you get into the new MDX.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      You are awesome! I can't wait for the next MDX either!

  76. John Hunt

    John Hunt

    4 months ago

    I heard that Acura is going to be bringing the Integra nameplate back in 2022, Joe. Anyway, I love this RDX, it looks amazing.

    • Omair Sheikh

      Omair Sheikh

      23 days ago

      Imagine an Integra Type S in coupe form with a 355hp V6 and a 6 speed manual 😍🤤

  77. Trash Man

    Trash Man

    4 months ago

    I recommend driving a Toyota Venza after the RDX. The cars drive almost identical, super sporty. My only issue with the RDX is the A-Spec loses some features you might want and can only get on a top model trim. The Venza is cheaper, is a hybrid, and will be just as reliable and the performance feels almost identical. RDX has a nicer interior, looks great in the A-Spec, but pretty similar to the Venza in the other trims. 15000 km for oil changes on Venza, between 8-12000 km on RDX depending on how you drive it. Love both cars but I really recommend you drive both back to back and consider the price difference and the warranty.

  78. Nwachukwu Anosike

    Nwachukwu Anosike

    4 months ago

    Pls review one of the rivian cars

  79. Gustavo Rojo

    Gustavo Rojo

    4 months ago

    Thanks for all the reviews. I was convinced to get the ‘21 RDX A-Spec AWD after watching this one. Thanks buddy.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      4 months ago

      Thank you for taking the time to say that! I appreciate your support Gustavo!

  80. Justin Powers

    Justin Powers

    5 months ago

    Well now that the whole car is scratched everywhere from touching it lmao

  81. Steven Dye

    Steven Dye

    5 months ago

    My first time viewing your channel. Great reviewing. How do you compare this to Lexus NX F sport ?

  82. Ariel Alvarez

    Ariel Alvarez

    5 months ago

    What's wrong with you and food you always talk about twinkies and chips

  83. Kevin A

    Kevin A

    5 months ago

    Excellent overview and commentary. Thx

  84. Kristina B

    Kristina B

    5 months ago

    Hahaha all his storage is for unhealthy food. I'm thinking more along the lines of storage for baby wipes, Kleenex box, big bottle water etc.. lol

  85. Riccardo Verdeccia Sr

    Riccardo Verdeccia Sr

    5 months ago

    Thank you Joe, I’ve been debating which SUv to get for 2021 for a while now, I believe I just found it with this Aspec, fantastic review, those 20 inch black tires are amazing, and yes! I prefer the blue as well, much obliged Joe, and thanks for the laughs.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      Thanks for letting me share it with you Riccardo!

  86. Cam J

    Cam J

    5 months ago

    These cars do look great and the interior is nice but as an Acura tech I see people trading in very low mileage 2017 and 18 models with tech package that you can get for half the price. And in my opinion the previous generation with the v6 is far more reliable. I have already seen a lot of issues with the new generation. Nothing major but small stuff that is really annoying.

  87. Freddy Rd

    Freddy Rd

    5 months ago

    Acura definitely took the w this year

  88. CJ Paul

    CJ Paul

    5 months ago

    I bought a 2021 Advance (coming from a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sport). The RDX is awesome. Its quick, it handles great, SH-AWD is awesome, its super comfortable. But low key the best feature is if you have three kids... the middle row floor is completely flat. This is unique in this segment (other than MAYBE Lexus). We looked at the XC-60 and Q5 and the drivetrain hump in the middle makes them practically 4-seaters, which is the issue I had with my Q50. We literally couldn't take my family of 5 any farther than a 10 minute drive in that car and it would have been the same in the majority of mid-compact luxury SUVs. Yeah, I could have gotten a RAV-4 or CRV and they would have had flat 2nd rows but not the same. Props to Honda/Acura for making such a nice, comfortable, sporty vehicle that is still ultra practical.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      Thanks for sharing that great input from your experience!

  89. Tj Davis

    Tj Davis

    5 months ago

    Don't think I've seen an RDX carve in a corner like that. Nice review as always Raiti!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      Thanks for letting me share it with you TJ!

  90. Steve Wright

    Steve Wright

    5 months ago

    How’s the 10-speed versus the old 9-speed? It always seemed to have poor reviews.

  91. asertiv1

    asertiv1

    5 months ago

    Joe, I had to think a bit to find a criticism of this suv... How about heated rear seats? This A spec is more than I'm willing to spend on a car, but kudos to Acura for this hot awd suv. Love the 2.0t, 10 speed and sh-awd. Also, the red seats are spot on. Acura is coming back! Keep up the great reviews!

  92. TheNorm

    TheNorm

    5 months ago

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      yes sir!

  93. Hasan Z

    Hasan Z

    5 months ago

    A 2019-20 CPO advance for me please.

    • toughgetgoin

      toughgetgoin

      2 months ago

      Acura at St Louis,MO got one

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      5 months ago

      I will try to track one down for you!

  94. Robert Jackson

    Robert Jackson

    5 months ago

    Great video, great MDX, The design group studied the American Bald Eagle to develop the 1992 Honda Prelude.

  95. 임종철

    임종철

    5 months ago

    Acura👍

  96. mmm jjh

    mmm jjh

    5 months ago

    The best reliable and reasonable luxury SUV

  97. hari haran

    hari haran

    5 months ago

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

  98. Top Gun Dog Training

    Top Gun Dog Training

    6 months ago

    I have this exact same car in blue. Nailed the review!

  99. janikakis

    janikakis

    6 months ago

    I like how you describe storage space in terms we can all relate to... 15 cu.ft. what's that? A Costco run for Lays and Doritos -- yes please!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      Thanks man! That means a lot!

  100. Vegan Holly Dawn

    Vegan Holly Dawn

    6 months ago

    I have a 2019 TLX and love it. We are looking at getting a second car and looking at this one, though did they fix the break and faulty fuel pump issue? I know 2018,19 and 20's have the issue. Just don't want to have a problem with it.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      6 months ago

      I heard that they did!

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