THE PROS & CONS
- What’s Best: The RDX is a stylish crossover vehicle that drives more like a smaller car.
- What’s Worst: While the RDX seats five, the three people in the back seats better not have long legs.
- What’s Interesting: The technology in the RDX might look daunting but it is easy to figure out and navigate.
Happiness behind the wheel is driving a vehicle you feel in tune with.
One you feel responds to a slight touch on the accelerator or a more aggressive jolt when you want it.
That’s the feeling I had during my week with the 2017 Acura RDX.
From the moment I got behind the wheel I felt like I was in control of the vehicle and no matter what I asked from it, it responded.
While the RDX is classified as a crossover vehicle, it drives more like a compact car. It is responsive and not once did I feel like I was out of control during a turn.
The RDX is powered by a 3.5 litre, 24-valve i-VTEC, six-cylinder engine that provides 279 hp with 252 lb/ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
All that means the RDX is very responsive in both highway and city driving.
Responsive is actually an understatement. The RDX was similar to how I felt driving the Mazda CX-5, which, until this past week, was my favourite crossover to drive. The RDX is now up there with the CX-5.
Inside, the RDX might look like it has a lot of technology which can be overwhelming for some drivers, but it is laid out well and easy to navigate.
Linking my phone to the infotainment system took just seconds. The navigation system was easy to use and read when required.
The RDX features the familiar two screens, with the uppermost screen moulded into the curve of the dashboard. I didn’t like it in the Honda Odyssey but it works in the RDX.
I’m still unsure whether a second screen is needed but some drivers might like to see the navigation map on the upper screen while also seeing what is playing on the satellite radio on the lower screen.
On the safety side, the RDX is loaded with numerous technology to keep you and your family safe while on the road including lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system and enough airbags to keep everyone safe in the event of an accident.
The Elite package included in my RDX for the week added front and rear parking sensors which can help with depth perception of a larger vehicle when you aren’t use to it.
The RDX has three trim levels, the RDX which features numerous standard features; the Tech package which adds the remote engine starter, the navigation system and rain-sensing windshield wipers; and the Elite package which includes the Tech package plus the front and rear sensors and front ventilated seats.
It also happened that during my week with the RDX, our dryer broke.
That meant lots of trips to the local laundromat to dry clothes. You’d be surprised how many loads of laundry you do during a week and trips to the laundromat can be a hassle.
But, the RDX’s automatic rear liftgate really helped when carrying hampers full of laundry. It’s a small perk but one that can be a big help when needed.
While the RDX seats five, you will find the rear seats are a little tight for anyone over the age of 12.
The RDX starts at $42,190, the Tech package takes the price to $45,190 and the Elite package tops out at $46,790.
That’s a lot of money for a crossover but the RDX isn’t your run-of-the-mill crossover.
It’s a well-laid out vehicle that will get your family where it needs to go safely and with a lot of style.
2017 Acura RDX
BODY STYLE: Four-door compact crossover
DRIVE METHOD: All-wheel-drive with six-speed automatic transmission
ENGINE: 3.5-litre, direct injection six-cylinder (279 hp), 252 lb ft torque.
FUEL ECONOMY: (Premium Unleaded) 12.4/8.7/L/100 km, city/highway.
CARGO: 739 litres behind rear seats; 2,178 litres with back seats down.
TOW RATING: 680 kg (1500 lb.)
PRICE: The RDX starts at $42,190; Tech package, $45,190 and the Elite package, $46,790.
WEB SITE: www.acura.ca