After a full redesign for 2013, not much changes on the 2014 Acura RDX. This is a good thing though because it is hard to find anything not to like about this premium small crossover. It is practical, sporty, and stylish, which is everything you need in a sport utility vehicle. Every RDX is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. It is standard as a front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. Vehicles equipped with the all-wheel drive option can sprint to 60 mph on a brisk 6.5 seconds. Plus, its small turning circle makes it easy to maneuver and park, and it remains composed through turns. Quick acceleration and phenomenal handling translates to an exciting driving experience. Fuel economy in front-wheel drive models is quite impressive, as it yields 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for 23 mpg combined. All-wheel drive barely affects these numbers, still returning 22 mpg combined. This is due to its cylinder deactivation technology, which is capable of shutting down as many as three cylinders in light road conditions to save fuel.
• Audio - RDX comes with a seven-speaker audio system that features 8-inch subwoofer, speed-sensitive volume, USB interface, and auxiliary input jack. A premium 10-speaker system designed by Elliot Scheiner is available.
• Navigation - Included in the Technology package is a navigation system with an 8-inch screen, voice guidance, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather ™and Zagat Survey™ reviews.
• SMS Text Message System - Respond to incoming text messages without taking your eyes off the road. Your message is read aloud, and you can choose from six prepared responses.
• GPS-linked Climate Control - This feature monitors the intensity and location of the sun in relation to the vehicle of the sun to ensure a designated temperature is maintained in every part of the cabin.
As you might expect from Acura, the 2014 RDX excels when it comes to safety. When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety it was awarded a -Good- rating in front, roof, and side-impact crash tests. Braking is responsive, but a little longer than rivals, taking 127 feet to stop from 60 mph. A few safety features worth mentioning include:
• Rearview camera
• Occupant Position Detection System
• Child seat anchors
• Vehicle stability assist
• Rear door safety locks
• Traction control
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Emergency braking assist
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Advanced Compatibility Engineering™
• Engine immobilizer
• Turn signal mirrors
• Three rear headrests
• Dusk sensing headlamps
With its aggressive stance and sculpted body, RDX is a beefed up sports car with sophisticated detailing. Standout features include 18-inch wheels, sunroof, and rear privacy glass. A power lift gate, xenon headlights, and fog lights are available in the Technology package.
The cabin is stylish and roomy. There is more than enough space for five tall adults to get comfortable, and the 60/40 split rear seat lets you haul long cargo. The seats in both rows are nicely cushioned yet supportive. When you slip behind the wheel you will appreciate the sport dual-cockpit design. The center stack is modern with thoughtfully placed controls, and the materials are high-quality with plenty of soft touch surfaces.
Behind the rear seat you will enjoy 26.1 cubic feet. Fold the seat down and you are awarded 61.3 cubes.