2014 Acura RDX SH-AWD

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Quick Look

Continuing with the second generation look of last year, the 2014 Acura RDX is the ideal-sized car for families seeking a vehicle that is technology-laden and packed with top-notch accessories. It offers the right balance of a smooth ride and fuel economy.

Full Review

As far as family crossovers go, the 2014 Acura RDX is not our top choice, but it does offer a fair bit of features to stay competitive. In other words, it’s not better than any of its rivals, like the BMW X3 or Audi Q5, but it at least it’s decent.

So, what makes this car decent? Well, let’s start with the fact that its exterior is a marked improvement over the last few models. The ZDX and TL were particularly disastrous for the brand, which is why Nissan has decided to play it safe with this one. Key design features include teardrop windows and a slanting backside, which stands in sharp contrast with a car like the new Honda CR-V, which has a much boxier overall shape. At the front, the 2014 RDX has a bit more style thanks to its aggressive features and fender arches. All-in-all, it’s not a bad-looking car at all. The question is – does it look better than its competitors? Not a chance.

So, what about the inside? Well, on the inside, this baby isn’t particularly outstanding either. But, the key thing to remember is that it’s not bad. This cabin is one of the more clear examples of how form and function can be melded together to create a greater whole. In spite of its aspirations to be more functional, you’ll still find a good amount of soft-touch surfaces and intuitive instrumentation. There are plenty of buttons around the dash and steering wheel, but none of them will confuse you – at least not as much as the centre-console-mounted rotary dials you’ll find in the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Another key feature of this crossover is its use of space. The seats are all comfortable and adjustable – at the front and at the back. In fact, the new Nissan RDX has more back legroom than cars like the Cadillac SRX (which is huge). But, the biggest draw here is the 76.9-cubic-foot cargo capacity, which you can achieve by folding the back seats flat. You also get 60/40 split capability – if you need to carry those bigger items.

So, what about the stuff that we see underneath the hood? Is it any good? Well, truth be told, it’s not bad at all. The only problem you’ll run into is the lack of choices since you can only pick one engine – a 3.5-litre V6, which can yield 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. The same goes for the choice of transmissions – as in, there is no choice. All you get is a six-speed automatic, which is connected to steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Since the standard offering is so good, we won’t criticize the lack of choice. Still, the option to pick either a higher- or lower-tier engine would’ve been appreciated!

There’s no denial that the 2014 Acura RDX is a premium vehicle, which means that it comes with a premium price – $41,190. Does the crossover justify such a high asking price? We believe it does, but mostly due to its high-quality interior. So, before giving this one a look, we definitely suggest to check out the offerings from Acura’s competitors, like the Q5 or X3.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
SH-AWD$41,190 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Technology Package$44,190 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 3.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM273
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Body typeSUV
Number of Doors5
Drive Train4X4 Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

Remaining true to its family-centric look, the power behind this vehicle is lacking the turbo-charge you’d expect from a crossover. Instead, what you have is a 3.5-liter V6 VTech engine which offers a smooth, quiet ride. It is rated at 273 horsepower, has 251 pound-feet of torque and is able to go from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds. The 2014 Acura RDX is an all-wheel drive with shiftable automatic transmission and paddle shifters. It offers decent fuel economy with a rating of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg for highway driving.

Interiors and Special Features:

This SUV seats 5 with ample rear legroom. The front seat space has an 8-way power adjustable seat with tilt and telescoping steering column, making it readily adjustable to any height. Cargo capacity with all seats down is a spacious 26.1 cu. Ft and 61.3 cu. ft with the seats folded down. When it comes to standard features, the 2014 Acura RDX is top of its class with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, sunroof, heated front seats, keyless entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, privacy glass and ambient lighting give it a luxurious feel. Meanwhile, technology buffs might appreciate the built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling, USB/iPod/MP3/Auxilliary support, 7-speaker sound system with a CD player, Satellite radio and the navigation system.

Safety features:

Safety is still top of mind for Acura with antilock brake system, front side airbags, side/curtain airbags, active front head restraints, stability control and traction control for the 2014 Acura RDX. Overall, what you have is a crossover that is comfortable, versatile, offers good value for your money and is a perfect fit for today’s modern families.


Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
7 speakers
Audio Connectivity: AUX jack and USB
Roof antenna
Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, DVD player, CD player (reads MP3 format)

Body Exterior

Roof spoiler
Front and rear mud flaps
Chrome/bright trim around side windows


4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Brake assist system
Hill holder
Electronic brake distribution


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks


Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,945.00


Smart key: ; includes keyless entry, keyless start and memory seat
Front reading lights
Garage door opener
Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Cruise control
HandsFreeLink voice activating system; includes phone
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Automatic door closing: hatch/trunk
Cargo area light
Rear camera parking distance sensors
4 passenger assist handles
Coming home device
2 12V in front
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Vehicle start button


Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 983, rear headroom (mm): 969, front hip room (mm): 1,415, rear hip room (mm): 1,367, front leg room (mm): 1,068, rear leg room (mm): 973, front shoulder room (mm): 1,490 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,454
Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,178 and all seats in place: 739
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,660, overall width (mm): 1,872, overall height (mm): 1,678, ground clearance (mm): 130, wheelbase (mm): 2,685, front track (mm): 1,604, rear track (mm): 1,610 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,900
4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 17.2 and departure angle (degrees): 22.0


Rear door: lifting gate
Body colour exterior door handles
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged


Emissions data: CO2: 4,397 kg/yr
Cylinder shutdown: # of cylinders: 3
Engine: 3.5L V 6 OHC i-VTEC with VVT

Engine Performance

Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 10.7 ; highway= 7.3 ; combined= 9.2 ;
Power: 273 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 251 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm


Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)
Fuel tank: 60 litre capacity


Main dashboard display
Multi-function display screen 5.0
Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Service interval indicator
External temperature

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area
Electronic noise reduction
Luxury trim: chrome/leather on shifter, alloy look on doors and alloy look on dashboard


Front fog lights
Headlights: Bi-Xenon with projector beam lens
Daytime running lights
Headlight control with dusk sensor
LED side indicator lights


Card key power locks ; includes power windows and speed sensing
Anti-theft protection


Pearl paint


Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening


Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Front side airbags
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Front to rear curtain airbags


Front seat center armrest
Rear seats: remote split-folding split bench with seating for three
Seating: 5 passengers
Front driver seat : heated, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, bucket with 2 power adjustments
Seat upholstery: leather
Rear seat center armrest


Intermediate service 8,000, variable distance/period and 4,971
Main service variable distance/period


Leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Vehicle speed proportional power steering type


Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Dashboard console, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) full and part-time 4WD drive with automatic selection
4.250:1 axle ratio
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
Transmission: Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters
Center mechanical limited slip differential
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) stability control


Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone
Ventilation system with cabin filter


5-door SUV
Data completeness
Version information
Date introduced: version: 27 Mar 2012 and model: 27 Mar 2012
Powertrain type : combustion
Trim level:


Privacy glass on rear and rear side
Zone tinted windshield
Tinted glass
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with automatic tilting for reverse and indicator lights
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper
Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side
Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows
Front power windows with 2 express, rear power windows


Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Powertrain Warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Whole vehicle warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km


Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,260, published curb weight (kg): 1,749, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 680, gross trailer weight unbraked (kg): 454 and payload allowance (kg): 511


Front and rear all-season tires 235/60/V
Front and rear alloy wheels: 18"x 7.5"
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim