2015 Acura RDX SH-AWD

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The 2015 Acura RDX is a fantastic compact SUV that seems to exist specifically to please fashion-conscious parents. However, the RDX is not all about looks since it also delivers a decent performance and plenty of safety features. With a V6 that can pump out 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, this gentle giant makes driving more joyful than its crossover-like appearance lets on.

Full Review

The 2015 Acura RDX is a compact SUV for fashion-conscious families who hate the bulkiness of its competitors. The best part, of course, is that the RDX also delivers a decent performance performance and plenty of safety features. Its cabin is nothing to scoff at either since it delivers plenty of comfort and even more space – but more on that later.

When it comes to the exterior look of the second-generation RDX, it’s clear that Acura has learned from its past mistakes with the TL and ZDX, neither of which looked “right.” Unlike those vehicles, the RDX is a handsome and sporty compact SUV that easily avoids any sort of controversy – which is something several of its predecessors couldn’t do. Admittedly, its profile reminds us of the Honda CR-V, but thanks to its forward stance, rising crease line and sloping rear window, the RDX looks far more athletic overall. At the front, you also get an elegant yet slightly pointy nose, with the “Acura” logo right in the centre, and a roof that gently blends into the tail.

On the inside, the new Acura RDX manages to successfully combine design with function, which, by our accounts, is a rare feat. The centre console still features quite a few buttons and knobs, but they are all easy to see and reach. The cabin also offers plenty of soft-touch materials as well as a 10-way power driver's seat, which we appreciate. However, if you find yourself at the front, but not in the driver’s seat, you might feel a little short since the seat does readjust for height. That being said, the RDX does make good use of its interior space, being able to easily fit up to three passengers in the back. The rear seat also comes with a 60/40 split, which allows for 76.9 cubic feet of cargo space. In other words, it’s a spacious vehicle no matter how you slice – and we like that.

The only problem with the cabin is the lack of leading-edge tech features like radar adaptive cruise control, night vision and pedestrian detection. If its BMW and Mercedes rivals had none of those, we wouldn’t complain at all, but since they do, this issue is worth mentioning.

Its safety features a plentiful though. It has front, side and side-curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, daytime running lights, a backup camera and rollover sensor for triggering the right airbags.

Under the hood, the 2015 RDX has only one engine, but it’s a good one. The 3.5-litre V6 can yield 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, while being connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but if you want a bit more control than you can opt for all-wheel drive. The RDX is not particularly powerful, but since its curb weight is well under 4,000 pounds, the amount of power is more than enough to give the SUV its athletic edge. The vehicle also benefits from quite a bit of efficiency thanks to a system that deactivates two or even three cylinders when full power is not needed. The RDX’s towing capacity is a disappointment, being only 1,500 pounds. By comparison, the Audi Q5 can tow up to 4,400 pounds. In spite of that, the new Acura is a joy to drive, so if towing is the least of your worries – then forget about the RDX’s measly rating and enjoy everything else it has to offer.

All in all, the 2015 Acura RDX is a fantastic SUV that values performance and space over anything else. It may have a few flaws here and there, but it’s still worth a look, especially if you need a stylish family vehicle.

2015 Acura RDX
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 8 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
SH-AWD$41,690 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Technology Package$44,690 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

April 01, 2015 thru April 30, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
SH-AWD Technology Package$44,690$4,500$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
SH-AWD Technology Package$2,000$03.90%3.90%3.90%3.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
SH-AWD Technology Package$2,000$01.90%1.90%1.90%5.49%N/AN/AN/A

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:

Call it a mystery. With the last redesign given to the Acura RDX, the brand decided to buck the trend toward turbocharging and downsizing in favor of a large, 3.5-liter V-6.That might come as an odd decision from a company that's known for technology and efficiency, although the V-6 does return a decent 28 mpg highway.

The benefit of going with a big engine is readily apparent from the driver's seat; the RDX feels peppy, smooth, and strong for everything from urban stop-and-go to rural high-speed passing. Under full throttle, the RDX willingly moves quickly without requiring dramatic multi-gear downshifts from the six-speed automatic (good, because the automatic can be hesitant when you really need it)

Read more on The Car Connection.

Interiors and Special Features:

Form and function successfully intersect in the RDX's cabin. Yes, there are still quite a few buttons and knobs planted in the center console, but they are easy to see and reach. Soft-touch material abounds, and the 10-way power driver's seat is a treat. Front passengers, though, may feel like they're riding low since that seat doesn't adjust for height. We also like the RDX for its smart use of space. When not sitting up to three passengers in the roomy back seat, it folds in a 60/40 spit to create up to 76.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

The 2015 Acura RDX comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a rearview camera. In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive RDX came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet, which is a few feet longer than average for this class.

Read more on Edmunds.


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

Body Exterior

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


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


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks


Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,995.00


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


4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 17.2 and departure angle (degrees): 22.0
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
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


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


Cylinder shutdown: # of cylinders: 3 and Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
Engine: 3.5L V 6 OHC i-VTEC with VVT
Emissions data: CO2: 5,078 kg/yr

Engine Performance

Power: 273 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 251 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 12.1 ; highway= 8.7 ; combined= 10.6 ;


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


Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
External temperature
Multi-function display screen 5.0 and 1
Service interval indicator
Main dashboard display

Interior Trim

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


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


Anti-theft protection
Card key power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking


Pearl paint


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


Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 5.00 and 5
Front to rear curtain airbags
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center


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
Rear seats: remote split-folding split bench with seating for three
Rear seat center armrest
Front seat center armrest
Seating: 5 passengers
Seat upholstery: leather


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


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


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


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


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


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


Version information 02 Feb 2015
Trim level:
Date introduced:
Powertrain type : combustion
5-door SUV
Data completeness


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


Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ Unlimited km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited 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, payload allowance (kg): 511, Manufacturer’s own, 2,260 and 680


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