- - Thursday, July 17, 2014

What does the 2015 Acura RDX have over its competitors?

A loyal customer base, sure, but this Acura also has excellent fuel economy and leg room for back seat passengers that can’t be beat by the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 or the BMW X3.

For a small luxury crossover with a lot of ’tude, the RDX’s standard features are unchanged from 2014 but still offer a lot for the money.

This luxury SUV comes in two trim levels — the base and the base with a Technology package. You get front-wheel drive on either option, but you can choose all-wheel drive.

Standard features include 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors and heated and power front seats with eight-way driver and four-way passenger options, rear privacy glass, rearview camera, sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery and wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and technology essentials such as the Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The 2015 Acura RDX. Photo by Russell Dandridge
The 2015 Acura RDX. Photo by Russell Dandridge more >

If you add the Technology package, you get xenon headlights, fog lights, power liftgate, navigation system, voice controls and a GPS-linked climate control with an infotainment and rearview camera display as well as Pandora Internet radio.

The 2015 Acura RDX offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. It’s a six-speed automatic in front or all-wheel drive and you can get zero to 60 mph in a little under seven seconds.

Safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a rearview camera.

The 2015 Acura RDX’s cabin is an easy ride with lots of room for moving around in the front and back seats, and the materials and design are aesthetically pleasing. Notice the easy-to-use center controls on the dash: The gauge grouping is straightforward to understand and use, with everything at your fingertips.

An easy ride for driver and passengers, this is an excellent road trip vehicle, with 26.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the back seats and the ability to fold down the rear seats — creating 61.3 cubic feet of room for hauling.

With plenty of acceleration, the ride is comfortable and quiet, with easy handling for driving around town or on the road.

Should You Need to Know: The Acura RDX had a complete overhaul in design a few years ago and while there are not a lot of frills inside and out, the basic ride, design and overall experience is highly recommended.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2015 Acura RDX AWD Tech I drove came in with a combined 22 mpg, with 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Cost: The 2015 Acura RDX AWD Tech price tag was $40,890.

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