2020 Acura RDX

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2020 Acura RDX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 4, 2020
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The 2020 Acura RDX SUV comes standard in FWD with an optional AWD offered to each trim. Starting at $37,600 for the FWD and $39,170 for the AWD, the powertrain offered is standard  2.0L Inline-4 Turbocharged Motor with a 10-speed automatic transmission which churns out 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The RDX is a spacious interior, great legroom and headspace, generous cargo volume and excellent safety rating.

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Pros

Roomy Interiors

Spacious Cargo Area

Agile Handling

Premium Interior feel

Loaded with Features

Cons

Lack of Engine options

Acura branding against the likes of Audi, Mercedes or BMW

What's New?

Android Auto now available as a part of an OTA update


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.2/64.7

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

186.7 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3783 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

ev range

376.2 mi.

highway range

478.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Acura RDX in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2020 Acura RDX in Canyon Bronze Metallic color 2020 Acura RDX in Gunmetal Metallic color 2020 Acura RDX in Majestic Black Pearl color 2020 Acura RDX in Modern Steel Metallic color 2020 Acura RDX in Performance Red Pearl color
Lunar Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.4

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Acura RDX Base

Base

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$37,800 - $39,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $37,800 MSRP (22/24/28) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $39,800 MSRP (21/23/27) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Acura RDX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$41,000 - $43,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $41,000 MSRP (22/24/28) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $43,000 MSRP (21/23/27) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Acura RDX A-Spec

A-Spec

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$44,000 - $46,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (22/24/27) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $46,000 MSRP (21/23/26) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Acura RDX Advance Package

Advance Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$45,900 - $47,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $45,900 MSRP (22/24/28) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $47,900 MSRP (21/23/27) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
10-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Acura has equipped the RDX with a standard 2.0L Inline-4 Turbocharged Motor which is mated to 10-soeed automatic transmission. There are no other engine upgrades available which is one of the flaws that the 2020 RDX carries. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for extra $1,500. Prices start just over $37,000. 

 

2020 Acura RDX SUV Front View
2020 Acura RDX SUV Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Acura RDX Features

8.5/10

The 2020 Acura RDX is a five-seater luxury SUV and is powered by a standard 2.0L engine. Acura has equipped the RDX with five optional trims. The AcuraWatch Technology package includes a 12-speaker sound system, navigation, and sports seats. The Advance package bundles all the packages together and adds additional luxury features such as ventilated seats and a remote ignition start. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

Trim Standard Technology A-Spec Advance
MSRP (FWD) $37,600 $40,800 $43,800 $45,700
MSRP (AWD) $39,600 $42,800 $45,800 $47,700
Key Features Panoramic Moon Roof with Tilt and Slide Adds/Upgrades to Standard Trim Adds/Upgrades to Technology Trim Adds/Upgrades to A-Spec Trim
  Auto On/Off LED Headlights with Wiper Integration GPS Iinked Climate Control LED Foglights Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  LED Taillights, Turn Indicators, CHMSL Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel A-Spec exclusive Front and Rear Bumpers Heated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Heated, Reverse Tilt Down Side Mirrors Natural Language Voice Recognition Red Ambient Cabin Lighting with Dark Brushed Aluminum Trim Natural Olive Ash Burl Wood Trim
  Sport Seats with Leather Trimmed Interiors with 7" Color MID Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching Sport A-SpecSeats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  Front 12 Way Powered, Heated Seats with Power Lumbar Support Acura Navigation System with 3D View, Traffic Rerouting, Real-Time Traffic with Street and Freeway conditions Heated and Ventilated Front Seats Front 16-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support, Power Thigh Extension and Power Side Bolsters and Heated Outboard Rear Seats
  9 Speaker Acura Premium Audio System with 10.2" Touchscreen Infotainment 12 Speaker Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio 16 Speaker Acura/ELS Studio 3D Audio System 10.5" Heads-Up Display

Which trim to go for?

Go with the fully loaded RDX with the Advance package and all-wheel drive as it is barely more expensive than the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60. The Advance package adds a plethora of driver assistance features along with infotainment techs.

2020 Acura RDX Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Powered by 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo which comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the RDX produces 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The power delivery is optimal and has no hiccups in low-end torque delivery for quick acceleration. It makes for a comfortable drive and cruising the highway is a joy. The transmission is well optimized and responsive to the engine speed and has no hassle of cutting or shifting to greater gears. 

Models

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

MSRP

$38,595

$40,195

$41,995

$34,990

Engine

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

272 hp@ 6500rpm

250 hp@ 5700rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

245 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

280 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

Every other car in this field falls short to the Acura. They all offer lower engine output and torque, while also beating it in 0-60 mph and quarter-mile tests which are listed below. In particular, the Acura leaves every other car in the dirt. It’s the most powerful and quickest car amongst the competition.

Acceleration

The 2020 Acura RDX is mated to a 2.0-liter engine that delivers strong acceleration for a 4,000-pound midsize SUV. It takes 6.4 seconds to make 0-60 which is good when compared to rivals like the Volvo XC60 and the BMW X3. The BMW X3 falls a little short as it goes to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds however it also carries a higher price tag.

2020 Acura RDX SUV covers 0-60 in 6.4 sec.

Models

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

15.2

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

7.7

6.8

8.4

The RDX comes out to be the faster car of the lot here. It showcases the best times in both 0-60 and quarter-mile timings. While the Lincoln MKC comes out as the slowest car with 7.1 seconds for 0-60mph.

Ride and Handling

The Acura RDX SUV is one of the most stable and balanced compact SUVs in the market. It handles extremely well, offers excellent nimble suspension and maneuverability, and greatly responsive to the input given. It sticks rather well to the road, without weaving towards any direction.

2020 Acura RDX SUV is very smooth and comfortable to drive

The car is very smooth and comfortable to drive. While steering, it turns accurately at the same time feeling light. The Acura, by no means, feels sporty or screams any sporty perception. It feels like a well-built car with precise craftsmanship.

The midsize SUV however, behaves like a front-wheel-drive until challenged on slippery condition that requires extra traction from the rear wheels. The handling, however, feels composed and secure when driving through turns and the response from the steering is excellent with minimal feedback from the road.

Braking 

The Acura RDX stops form 60 mph in 116 feet, which is average for the class. There is also a noticeable amount of nosedive while continuous stops and the all-season tires make a quiet cabin noisy when ABS is applied. 

Model

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

Brake Front (in.)

12.4

13.6

13

13.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.6

13

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3783

4109

4034

3823

60-0 MPH (ft.)

116

114

127

119

The BMW X3 takes 127ft which is below average while the Lincoln MKC takes a shorter distance of 119ft.

2020 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The engine on the 2020 Acura RDX is refined, but it is still a thirsty engine. The RDX with front-wheel drive checks in at 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 combined. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive system drops the rating by mpg as it is rated at 19/27/22. Even after shiting from the 3.5L V6, the RDX has not gained a lot on the fuel economy side which positions it apart from the rivals.

 

Model

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

MPG (city)

22

22

23

20

MPG (highway)

28

29

30

27

MPG (combined)

24

24

26

23

Range (miles) (city/highway)

376/479

414/545

396/516

314/424

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.1

18.8

17.2

15.7

 All the rivaling SUVs showcases similar numbers. but the X3 comes on the top with 26mpg combined. While the Volvo XC60 shows a combined fuel economy of 24mpg.

2020 Acura RDX Interior

7.5/10

Once you enter inside, there’s plenty of space and feels solidly built. The cabin is elegant in amalgamation with sporty design elements and neatly arranged buttons. The front and the rear seats are very comfortable with generous legroom and headspace. It can accommodate 5 passengers, where the rear seats can easily accommodate 3 adult passengers, a feat some similar but taller sized SUV’s struggle with. The Acura RDX SUV has excellent interior spacing and comfort, unlike some similar priced cars and type.

 

2020 Acura RDX has a good seating capacity

Both front and rear doors open wide for easy ingress and egress while the large windows make for good visibility of the road. Though, the availability of blind spot-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert increases the level of awareness. 

Model

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/59.7/41.6

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/56.0/42.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/56.6/38.4

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.7/55.3/36.8

The RDX is one of the roomiest luxury compact SUVs. It makes for one of the most generous rear-seat legroom in the class with 38.3 inches. The shoulder room is similarly generous making ample space for three adults passenger in the second row. The back seats also have three tether anchors for installing child safety which is easy to use.

Infotainment

The RDX infotainment system has seen a big upgrade as the screen size has been increased to 10.2 inches. Earlier it consists of a 5-inch display screen which most drivers say takes time to get familiarize with. The upgraded system complicates things even further as it adds a second screen and removes many redundant buttons but it still isn’t intuitive. Features like Apple CarPlay and plug-and-play connectivity remains standard across all trims.

2020 Acura RDX The bigger screen the RDX still inherits the gene of complication

Interior Features

The RDX comes with a long list of standard features stuffed into every corner. Here is a list of few of the creature comforts

  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Front, Side, And Rear View Camera
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Cargo Space

The 2018 Acura offers 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The back-seat folds with a 60/40 split to make 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space. These numbers are above average for the segment and there is no rival that offers more cargo than the Acura RDX. A power liftgate comes standard.

2020 Acura RDX has a cargo volume of 31.1 ft.

Model

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

29.5

28.7

28.7

25.2

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2020 Acura RDX Exterior

7.0/10

In terms of dimensions, The Acura measures neither too long, wide, nor short. The wheelbase also comes in between the X3 and the Lincoln. It is wider and taller than the Lincoln and weighs the lightest at 3783 lbs. In terms of ground clearance, the Acura is quite practical, measuring 8.2 inches tall while the Volvo XC60 is tallest.

2020 Acura RDX design was actually built around the grill as it looks better than ever

Model

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i

Lincoln MKC

Curb weight (lbs.)

3783

4109

4034

3823

Length(in)

186.8

184.6

185.9

179.2

Width(in)

74.8

78.7

74.4

73.4

Height(in)

65.7

65.3

66

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

8.5

8.0

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

108.3

112.8

112.8

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.2/64.7

65.1/65.2

63.8/64.4

62.4/62.5

The new SUV is a different vehicle altogether, and not just an engine overhauled car. The RDX stands out as a tad more prominent than the old model in terms of dimensions. Although not much has changed in terms of looks, though, you will appreciate more space. The RDX is 186.8 inches in length and 74.8 inches wide. 

Exterior Features

Like the Interiors, Acura has stuffed the RDX with a large number of features on the outside. Some of the highlights of the 2020 RDX's exteriors include the following

  • Power Moonroof with Tilt and Slide function
  • Auto On/Off LED Headlights with Wiper Integration
  • LED Fog lights, Brake lights, and CHMSL
  • LED Turn Indicators on Exterior Powered and Heated Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • 20" Alloy Wheels
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2020 Acura RDX Safety

9.4/10

The 2020 Acura RDX has performed well in the crash tests conducted by the IIHS and NHSTA. It earned a five-star rating overall in each category by the NHSTA expect for the rollover rating where it got a 4-star. The IIHS meanwhile granted it a “Good” score in crashworthiness. The agency, however, rated the LATCH and headlight as “Acceptable.” The RDX has also earned a Top Safety Pick award this year.


In terms of reliability, the Acura covers the RDX with a 4-year/ 50,000-mile limited warranty and 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2020 Acura RDX Safety Test 
  • Multi view Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Surround View Camera System
  • Rear Camera Washer
  • Collision Mitigating Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with lane speed follow
  • Front, Side, Side Curtain and Knee Airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Motion adaptive steering
  • 4 Wheel ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Hill Start Assist with TPMS and LATCH tethers
  • Front and Rear Parking sensors with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross traffic monitor

2020 Acura RDX Competition

Acura RDX vs BMW X3

The BMW X3 offers more cargo capacity and sporty performance. It also offers an optional turbocharged engine with up to 300 horsepower, unlike the 2020 Acura RDX which only comes with one engine specification. The X3 also handles well and feels nimble around corners. The RDX is priced several thousand dollars less than the BMW and when equipped with the Advance package it matches the X3’s performance and still costs a couple of thousand dollars less. Driving enthusiasts would love the X3’s sporty demeanor but the RDX is also a good SUV to go with.

2020 BMW X3

Acura RDX vs. Lincoln MKC

Lincoln has not updated anything in the 2020 MKC, apart from the front grill. On the other hand, the RDX has been upgraded on every part possible, which made the MKC seems a little dull. In the engine department, Lincoln produces lesser horsepower than the RDX, and the same has been proven in the acceleration comparison above.  In terms of cabin space, there is the use of cheap plastics. On top of that, the cargo volume is low, along with packed rear seats.

 

2020 Lincoln MKC SUV

Being a little costlier than the MKC, the RDX has improved in every part of additional horsepower, cargo volume, and better interior quality.

2020 Acura RDX Final Verdict

Acura is an excellent deal for what it offers; a compact and spacious luxurious SUV offering a good amount of features and excellent drivability with above-average fuel economy for its price range. While still being the faster SUV in the segment. The RDX also comes with best in class cargo and interior space making it a solid choice for family and also a comfortable daily driver. 

The AWD drivetrain is recommended if anything, while the Advance Package is the choice-of-trim for it comes packed with a plethora of features and safety conveniences. The RDX is also one of the safest cars to drive in the market which all the more makes it a top choice to buy.