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2016 Acura RDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Acura RDX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

According to test drivers, the Acura RDX's cabin features high-quality soft-touch materials. The majority of reviewers say its dashboard has a straightforward layout with easy-to-use buttons, though a few think the dual dashboard screens are confounding. Most critics say that both its front and rear seats provide long-haul comfort. The RDX offers a good amount of cargo space for the class.

  • "Otherwise, the soft-touch materials, a newly available 8-way power passenger seat, 10-way power driver's seat, and smart use of space remain hallmarks of the new RDX." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Redesigned just a couple years ago, the RDX starts with a simple, handsome shape free of gimmicks and excess. That same idea translates to its cabin, which despite its wealth of standard equipment, presents straightforward, easy-to-understand controls, high-quality construction and comfortable seating front and rear." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Though not quite as sporty or tech-packed as some rivals, it still deserves serious consideration due to its spacious, well-executed cabin and punchy V6." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Most plastic surfaces are nicely grained, soft-touch materials, but Acura dresses things up by inserting a sizable amount of leatherette-trimmed accents into the front and rear door panels." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Seating

The 2016 RDX seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. Power-adjustable and heated front seats are standard, and leather upholstery and ventilated front seats are optional. Reviewers say the 2016 RDX's front seats are comfortable, supportive and have good room for taller occupants. They add that its rear seats can fit up to three children or a pair of adults comfortably.

  • The interior can comfortably accommodate four adults for a long drive without complaint -- five for a shorter stint. Three kids in the back -- though in close quarters -- would survive. Your nerves could go either way." -- AutoWeek
  • "The seats are broad, flat, and comfortable, and backseat passengers are treated quite well. Even with the driver's seat set for your six-foot, one-inch author, there's plenty of space in back, especially for long-legged folks." -- Autoblog
  • "The driver seat is firm and supportive in a way that matches the best European models, while the backseat offers more legroom than its competitors do, making it more likely for a pair of 6-footers to sit comfortably in both rows. A decent amount of width should also provide three adults with enough space during short trips." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Interior space is ample, especially for rear-seat passengers. …" -- Left Lane News (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Acura RDX include push-button start, a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include navigation with real-time traffic, 3D view and weather updates, a 10-speaker premium stereo and GPS-linked climate control, which tracks the sun’s position and intensity and adjusts the SUV’s climate settings accordingly. For 2016, the RDX is now available with AcuraWatch driver assistance safety features including lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation braking system.

While most critics are pleased with the RDX's cabin layout, a few complain that the dual dashboard screens are confusing. Test drivers appreciate the 2016 RDX's abundance of physical buttons, noting that some rivals like the BMW X3 use complicated control knobs to access most features. A few auto writers also report that the standard audio system produces excellent sound quality.

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  • "Drivers of the RDX are greeted with a plain but clean-looking dash and instrument panel with some metal accents. Dual screens dominate the central portion, which allows for the use of navigation and sound or climate controls at the same time. The wheel is littered with buttons, some of which get pressed when gripping the wheel in a turn, but overall having everything within reach is a net positive." -- AutoWeek
  • "The big change in the cabin cannot, sadly, be called an improvement. It's the addition of the Honda/Acura dual-screen system, and while it gives the interior a techy vibe, the user experience is convoluted and unintuitive. The rest of the cabin's design, however, is easy to like." -- Autoblog
  • "Don't let the low speaker count of the Acura ELS audio system fool you: This is a darn fine system, one of the best factory-installed sound systems you can buy, and one that any audiophile will appreciate. The fact that it's remarkably affordable is just the icing on the cake." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's no iDrive-like control system; this means that the secondary systems are controlled by buttons and knobs, which are numerous but relatively intuitive." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Cargo

The RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats and 61.3 cubic feet with them folded. That's a good amount of overall cargo space for the class, and reviewers agree that there's plenty of room for stowing a large amount of groceries.

  • "We know the RDX brings the sport, at least relatively, but people buy crossovers for utility more than anything else. And besides a third row, this vehicle has utility in spades. When the rear seats are in position, drivers have about 26 cubic feet of cargo space; that's nearly tripled when the second row is down. It could surely fit a big grocery run or enough food for a week of camping." -- AutoWeek
  • The 2015 RDX's 26.1 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats is about the same as most rivals, but folding down the rear seats opens up 61.3 cubic feet of capacity. This is an average amount for a compact luxury crossover -- in general, these models aren't as spacious as non-luxury models such as the Honda CR-V." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "I found it plenty large for my needs, which included a Costco run that filled the back with three 55-pound bags of potting soil and left enough room for food and other items. More important, the low load floor simplifies throwing in those large items." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The rear seats fold down easily to maximize the cargo space." -- CNET (2013)

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