2016 Acura RDX

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The new 2016 Acura RDX is back with several changes to the technology, a bit more power and a subtle new look. This was a fantastic vehicle to begin with, but now Acura has figured out a way to make it even better.




Full Review

Acura has released their newest addition to the RDX family, and it looks great with alterations all over the place. With this luxury compact crossover being Acura’s second-best seller, it was hard to believe they made one of the best even better! Even though some changes done by Acura aren’t big, they are significant enough to generate a lot of buzz throughout the automotive industry. You can’t really blame Acura for not making too many alterations because there isn’t much to change. The RDX has everything a driver could ask for in a luxury crossover and more.  

The 2016 Acura RDX’s front bumper is a bit pointier than before, causing the entire shape of the crossover to “lean” towards that point. Since the point is right under the logo, in a way, it is helping to draw more attention towards it, even though it’s technically the focal point of Acura every vehicle. With the logo being an almost triangular object, this new design really complements the overall theme of the brand. The theme is also evident within the vehicle’s pentagonal grille and LED headlights, both of which have that arrow-like look. At the rear, you might notice slight modifications to the vehicle’s exhaust pipes, but they are so insignificant that they hardly matter. The spoiler is still there, featuring a set of wider taillights, which make the rear side of the car seem rounder.

The interior of the new Acura RDX also doesn’t have many changes. One minor change is the reworked two-tone colour scheme, with the black coming farther down the dash and high contrast grey brightening things up where necessary. Also, the front two seats now come standard with heated seats and the second row gets its own air-conditioning vents. There are many other features that Acura has installed in this model, including rear cross traffic alert, blind spot information, HD radio, an eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat, a dual screen, rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and ventilated front seats. In addition to all the features, Acura has also done a great job of keeping the vehicle very space-efficient. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the crossover has enough space for adults at the back and the front.

Under the hood, the RDX uses a 3.5-litre V6 engine. Honda engineers have worked on the engine to improve the power and as a result have been able to boost the engine to now push 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed transmission, which directs the power to either the front wheels or all of them. In terms of fuel efficiency, the vehicle is rated at 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, with the front-wheel-drive option. With all-wheel drive, the number are a bit higher – at 12.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

The 2016 Acura RDX clearly has it all. It’s definitely high up there with other luxury SUVs when it comes to exterior and interior looks, power and fuel efficiency. Acura has done a great job of upgrading only what needed to be upgraded, with nothing that feels unnecessary.

2016 Acura RDX
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Rating: 8.4 / 10



Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
4WD SUV$41,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Elite Package$46,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD$41,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Elite Package$46,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Technology Package$44,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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Latest Incentives

May 03, 2016 thru May 09, 2016
Cash
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
4WD SUV$41,990$0$1,000
Technology Package$44,990$0$3,500
Elite Package$46,590$0$3,500
Finance
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4WD SUV$0$1,0000.90%1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
Technology Package$0$1,0000.90%1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
Elite Package$0$1,0000.90%1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
Lease
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4WD SUV$0$1,0000.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/AN/A
Technology Package$0$1,0000.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/AN/A
Elite Package$0$1,0000.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/AN/A

General Specs

Engine 3.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM273
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Body typeSUV
Number of Doors5
Passenger5
Drive Train4X4 Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

The RDX bucks convention by sticking with a large and powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine, while other luxury crossovers move to turbocharged fours--an approach tried for the first-generation RDX, which may just have been ahead of its time. The 2016 version of the engine gets Variable Cylinder Management, with rated outputs of 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque--increases of 6 hp and 1 lb-ft respectively over the last year's RDX engine. The only available transmission is a conventional six-speed automatic.

Despite the extra power, projected fuel economy ratings rise 1 mpg to 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway for the base model, or 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway if the optional all-wheel drive is specified.

Read more at The Car Connection.

Interiors and Special Features:

The interior of the RDX is comfortable, well-laid-out, and remarkably space-efficient. The underpinnings are shared with the Honda CR-V, so that vehicle's low cargo floor and thoughtful front and rear seats make the RDX surprisingly versatile as family transport despite its much more stylish lines. The seats are better than those of the CR-V, and front-seat space is ample even for passengers over six feet tall. A driver's seat that's power adjustable in eight different ways, along with the tilting and telescoping steering column, make the driver's position adjustable enough to handle almost any body type and size. The cabin is well-insulated, and both front and rear passengers will find the car quiet under almost all circumstances. The cargo bay behind the rear seats provides 26.1 cubic feet of space, while folding the rear seats flat boosts that to 61.3 cubic feet. Under-floor storage adds another 15 cubic feet, giving an overall cargo volume of 76.9 cubic feet.

Read more at The Car Connection.

Safety features:

A batch of new collision-avoidance technologies is grouped into a package called AcuraWatch. That includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Commendably, the AcuraWatch features can be had on any trim level, although they’re standard with the new, top-spec Advance package. Should all the electronic nannies somehow fail to keep you out of trouble, Acura claims that the 2016 RDX also has improved crash-test performance.

Read more at Car and Driver.


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Audio

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

Body Exterior

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

Brakes

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

Bumpers

Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks

Charges

Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 2,045.00

Convenience

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

Dimensions

Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,178 and all seats in place: 739
4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 17.2 and departure angle (degrees): 22.0
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
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

Doors

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

Engine

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

Engine Performance

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

Fuel

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

Instrumentation

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

Interior Trim

Floor mats
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

Lights

Headlight control with dusk sensor
Headlights: LED with complex surface lens LED
LED low beam, side indicator lights and high beam
Daytime running lights

Locks

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

Paint

Pearl paint

Roof

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

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Crash test results IIHS, Good, Good, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 5.00 and 5
LATCH
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre
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
Front to rear curtain airbags

Seats

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

Service

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

Steering

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

Storage

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

Suspension

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

Transmission

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

Ventilation

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

Version

Version information 01 Apr 2016
Date introduced:
Data completeness
Powertrain type : combustion
5-door SUV
Trim level:

Visibility

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

Warranty

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

Weights

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

Wheels

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

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