2018 Acura RDX: The 2018 Acura RDX belongs in the compact crossover SUV segment, competing with vehicles such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Lincoln MKC. It enters 2018 unchanged compared to the 2017 model.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. The V6 also offers cylinder-deactivation to enhance fuel economy, which is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway when equipped with all-wheel drive and 20/28 with front-wheel drive. Power gets to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available.
There are five trims available: RDX, RDX with AcuraWatch Plus Package, RDX with Technology Package, RDX with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Package, and RDX with Advanced Package. Convenience features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, navigation system, remote start, Bluetooth, premium audio, HD radio, satellite radio, Pandora streaming internet radio, USB, auxiliary jack, dual-zone climate control, rear-passenger ventilation, leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats and cooled front seats, power moonroof, power tailgate, LED headlamps, etc.
The AcuraWatch suite of safety technologies includes adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, forward-collision writing, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning, is available. Other standard or available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot information and dual-front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.