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2012 Acura RDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Acura RDX was new.


Interior: 7.3

Reviews find only one aspect of the 2012 Acura RDX’s cabin impressive, and that’s its long list of standard features. Other than that, test drivers think the cargo area is small for the class, the cabin feels cheap and that competitors are more comfortable.

  • "Cabin decor is a trendy mix of textures and shapes. However, the interior makes liberal use of cheap-looking, hard plastic surfaces. That's disappointing for both an Acura and for this price level." -- Consumer Guide


Power-adjustable, heated front seats are standard, as is leather trim for all seats. Most reviewers find the RDX’s front seats supportive, although taller adults had trouble finding a good driving position.

Test drivers also think it is hard to enter and exit the back row, and once passengers get there, they may not be comfortable because the seats are hard, and there isn’t enough leg space for all adults.

  • "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. A slightly reclined seat-back angle allows tall riders to sit without their heads touching the sunroof housing. The bench is quite firm. Legroom and knee space are tight with the front seats well aft. Slightly narrow doorways squeeze entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

At first glance, reviewers say the Acura RDX seems like an obvious choice because of the number of standard and optional features it has. The base model has automatic climate control, a USB port for your iPod, a moonroof, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. It is available with navigation.

But after spending some time in the RDX, test drivers are disappointed. Interior materials are cheap for the class, and the dashboard is cluttered with buttons. The navigation system can require too many steps. In all, reviewers think the RDX is well-optioned for the price, but say it’s also has one of the most disappointing interiors in the class.

  • "Most controls are large enough, logical, and handy--especially on models without the navigation system. Some audio-control markings are a bit small, however. Instruments are large and clear. On vehicles equipped with navigation, a big central knob and dashboard screen set navigation, audio, and other functions. The screen can be hard to read by day, and some operations distract with many steps, though included voice control simplifies some tasks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cabin materials not as premium as some competitors." -- Cars.com
  • "Button-crazy dash." -- Car and Driver


The Acura RDX provides a good amount of cargo space with all seats in use at 27.8 cubic feet, but the Volvo XC60 offers more. Even the RDX’s 60.6 cubic-foot maximum pales in comparison to the XC60’s 67.4 cubic-foot maximum. The RDX’s cargo space isn’t as utilitarian either, and lacks the storage features seen in the Cadillac SRX.

  • "Good room behind rear seats. Rear seat backs 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 computer or briefcase. Large door pockets and clever door armrest bins offer plenty of small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Less cargo capacity than some competitors." -- Cars.com

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