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2009 Acura RDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Acura RDX was new.


Interior: 7.7

The Acura RDX's interior is quiet, spacious and comfortable. It also boasts a long list of standard features. But its Achilles heel is the quality of materials, which most reviewers say just doesn't live up to the RDX's price tag.

  • "Cabin decor is a trendy mix of textures and shapes. Assembly quality is very good. However, the interior makes liberal use of cheap-looking, hard plastic surfaces, which is disappointing for both an Acura and for this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior shows good attention to detail, but some controls could be better designed." -- MSN
  • "The interior will be considered a bit too flashy and bright for some tastes, especially considering the relatively poor tactile quality of several primary pieces, though it is certainly comfortable to inhabit." -- Motor Authority


Most reviewers find the standard leather seats to be comfortable and the cabin inviting, although a few had trouble finding a good driving position.

  • "RDX has a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and power driver seat, but some tall testers still couldn't get comfortably settled. Headroom and legroom are sufficient for most adults. Visibility is slightly pinched to the right-rear and dead-astern." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the plus side, I do have to say that the power seats were very comfortable and supportive as I actually fell asleep while waiting in a parking lot. The Acura RDX comes with belts for five, but seating for four is a prudent choice." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Headroom is pretty good, even for a six-foot-plus driver or passenger, and legroom is acceptable for tall folks -- probably ample for the more average-sized."  -- Motor Authority

Interior Features

There's no doubt that the RDX is well-equipped. However, test drivers register complaints about materials quality and the design of the controls.

  • "For the entry-level luxury crossover SUV segment, the Acura RDX stands out for its list of premium standard features. For instance, leather seating, heated seats, xenon headlights, Bluetooth and a 260-watt audio system with a six-CD changer are all standard." -- Edmunds
  • "As I mentioned, I was caught off-guard by the interior of the test vehicle as I felt it just didn't live up to the Acura nameplate. The dash does not utilize any soft touch materials, the light silver plastic trim (not aluminum) inserts brightened the dark interior but looked and felt inexpensive. This was especially true on the center console." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "In a contest with the average Formula 1 steering wheel to see which has the most buttons, the RDX would lose, but only just. Likewise, the center console area, which houses a brilliant sound system and a very good nav system is undermined by small buttons in illogical locations and a counter-intuitive interface." -- Motor Authority

Stereo and Entertainment

The RDX is equipped with a 360-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, six-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA and seven speakers. The Technology Package upgrades to a navigation system as well as a 410-watt Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and a DTS® changer.

  • "It's a shame there's not more available in the DVD audio music format, because the demo disc that comes with the car proves it's not just a gimmick. It's like having a band in the car. Even in non-DVD audio mode, the stereo sounds excellent, filling the whole vehicle with even, balanced sound." -- Motor Authority
  • "The fabulous 10-speaker audio system sounded great, and the auxiliary jack had my iPod working beautifully alongside the satellite radio and six-disc CD changer." -- Mother Proof


Reviewers generally like the RDX's navigation system, which is part of the Technology Features Package. However, a few found it difficult to use.

  • "The real-time traffic feature of the Acura Navigation System with voice recognition displays traffic information including flow, accident and construction on freeways in 77 metropolitan areas. Unfortunately, I was usually upon the situation just as the information was coming up, and I didn't like the fact that I had to take my eyes off the road to keep looking at a screen." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Despite the difficult controls, the navigation provides thorough and accurate information that's easy to read when the sun isn't interfering. The live traffic reporting feature is a highlight of the system, but the reviewer's home area wasn't within the unit's coverage, so we'll have to withhold judgment of this element until a later date." -- Motor Authority
  • "I had no problem finding my way, thanks to the navigation system that also shows traffic information and Zagat-rated restaurants." -- Mother Proof


Most reviewers give the RDX's cargo space a thumb's up. According to Acura, the RDX's cargo volume (with the seats up) is 28.8 cubic feet.

  • "Good room behind rear seats. Rear seatbacks split 60/40 and fold without removing headrests to create a nearly flat load floor. The center console is a handy, two-tier design big enough for a moderately sized laptop or briefcase. Large door pockets and clever door armrest bins offer plenty of small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although there's plenty of space for passengers (the rear seats are nearly as roomy as those in the larger Acura MDX), the 61 (maximum) cubic-foot cargo hold is on the small side compared to most rivals and lacks items like adjustable cargo tracks and a rear parcel shelf." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the most underreported features of the Acura RDX is its proliferation of innovative, or at least handy, storage areas, such as the use made of the large door armrest. The center console bin, for example, could hold a mid-sized dog or even a very small child. OK, maybe not quite (and we certainly don't recommend it), but it's big, and it's divisible into several configurations thanks to a handy tray system located at the vertical mid-point." -- Motor Authority
  • "The center console storage bin is enormous and has fold-down shelves to help keep things organized. My large purse fit perfectly inside, and most standard laptops will fit as well." -- Mother Proof

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