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2017 Acura RDX Review

The 2017 Acura RDX ranks near the top of its segment on the strength of solid safety and predicted reliability scores, as well as low ownership costs compared to rivals. It also has composed performance and plenty of cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy and capable V6 engine
  • Comfortable and quiet cabin
  • Smooth handling
  • Low associated ownership costs
  • Less sporty than competitors
  • Confusing infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Acura RDX Overview

Is the 2017 Acura RDX a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 RDX may not be as flashy or upscale as other luxury compact SUVs, but it's one of the best options in the class. There's sufficient power from the standard V6 engine, a comfortable ride quality, and lots of interior room. It's also one of the smartest buys in this class; it has a lower average price than its primary rivals, and you'll likely spend less to own it.

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How Much Is the 2017 Acura RDX?

Prices for the 2017 Acura RDX range from around $27,900 up to around $37,900, with the average price coming in at about $32,700. This data comes from more than 400 listings for the 2017 RDX on our site. Actual prices will fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Acura RDX Cost to Own?

The 2017 RDX tends to be more affordable than many of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $27,900 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, the 2017 Lexus NX’s five-year costs are typically around $2,700 more than the RDX’s, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC's costs are nearly $5,500 more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RDX?

Since Acura made no major changes to the RDX for 2018, your money may be better spent on an otherwise-identical used 2017 model. The 2018 RDX starts at $36,000, while the average price of a used 2017 RDX is thousands of dollars less.

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You won't find a new luxury compact SUV for the average price of a used 2017 RDX, but you can get close. Both the 2018 Buick Envision and the 2019 Lincoln MKC start at just under $34,000 – about $1,300 more than the 2017 RDX. These domestic competitors come well-equipped with standard features like a touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. You can't get these smartphone services in the 2017 RDX. On top of that, an infotainment system is only found in midrange RDX trims, which will likely cost more than the base models of the 2018 Envision and 2019 MKC.

You could also look at upscale trim levels of new compact SUVs. For about the average price of a 2017 RDX, you can get a fully loaded 2018 Honda CR-V Touring (MSRP: $32,750). This Honda is well-rounded and ranks near the top of its class. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has a luxury-like interior, and you can get a Grand Touring model with the Premium package for under $32,000.

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Which Model Year of the Acura RDX Is Best?

The 2017 RDX is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year and ended with the 2018 Acura RDX. The 2017 model is essentially unchanged from 2016, but the 2016 RDX underwent a heavy refresh that could make it more appealing than its predecessors. These changes included a tiny bump in horsepower and the debut of several driver assistance features (through the AcuraWatch Plus and Advance packages).

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Acura RDX?

The 2017 Acura RDX has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average.

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2017 Acura RDX Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall that applies to the 2017 RDX. A certification label was made with ink that can be inadvertently wiped away, preventing the operator from referencing critical information such as load capacity. If the used 2017 RDX you are considering is a part of this recall, make sure the issue has been addressed before you buy.

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Which Used Acura RDX Model Is Right for Me?

The Acura RDX forgoes multiple trim levels for more extensive standard features and optional add-on packages. Most buyers should look for a model outfitted with the AcuraWatch Plus package, which comes with several safety features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. You'll get the confidence of extra protection from a collision, along with a more advanced infotainment system.

Used models with the Technology package include navigation, an additional in-dash display screen, leather sport seats, a 10-speaker audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, GPS-enhanced climate controls, and voice recognition. The Advance package includes ventilated front seats, remote start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights.

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What Does Acura's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for cars six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles get a limited warranty that is good for up to two years or 100,000 miles after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty has expired. Acura covers the powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles. These CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits are available, including roadside assistance and the first scheduled maintenance, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Acura’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Lexus, Tesla, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the RDX?

The 2017 RDX received a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In individual NHTSA tests, the RDX earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RDX a top score in every test category and named it a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2017 RDX. Available advanced safety and driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Test drivers report that the collision warning is too quick to sound the alarm, while the adaptive cruise control is too eager to hit the brakes and too lethargic when returning to speed.

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2017 Acura RDX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura RDX or 2017 Lexus NX?

The RDX and the 2017 Lexus NX earn comparable overall scores in our rankings, but the RDX will likely be a better choice for most people. The RDX's potent V6 engine nearly matches the fuel efficiency of the NX's underpowered turbocharged four-cylinder. The NX is a bit nimbler than the RDX, but that comes at the expense of ride comfort. You'll get more cargo room with the RDX and slightly better safety scores. The Lexus edges out the Acura in predicted reliability, though. Rounding out the RDX's list of advantages is a lower average list price and lower associated ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura RDX or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is more luxurious inside than the RDX, but the RDX is a better buy in nearly every other way. It has a much lower average sale price than the three-pointed-star SUV, and your associated ownership costs will be a lot less as well. Predicted reliability is identical between the two, and they share other attributes like a supple ride quality, decent engine power, and comparable fuel economy. There is a high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLC available, but be prepared to open your wallet much wider.

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2017 RDX Performance

How Does the 2017 Acura RDX Drive?

The luxury compact SUV segment is dominated by competitors with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, including the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Lexus NX. Acura bucks that trend by powering the 2017 RDX with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 279 horsepower. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the RDX is most at home cruising on the highway. Shifts are smooth and quiet, so you may not even notice them. Manual-shift paddles add an extra level of engagement to your drive.

The RDX doesn’t have the sporty handling of some European SUVs, but its steering and handling are easy, whether maneuvering tightly in parking lots or moving into highway traffic. Acura offers front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Overall, the RDX’s ride quality is quiet and smooth, complementing the comfortable interior.

Does the 2017 Acura RDX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The RDX earns above-average fuel economy for a V6-powered SUV. EPA estimates for Acura RDX FWD models are 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Acura RDX AWD models lose 1 mpg in both city and highway driving. Rivals that are powered by four-cylinder engines earn slightly better fuel economy estimates. The 2017 Lexus NX and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC will both net you 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

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2017 RDX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 RDX Seat?

The Acura RDX seats up to five people. All the seats are comfortable and supportive, even for long trips. There's generous space in both rows; back-seat passengers have plenty of legroom, even if those in the front slide their seats far back. Leatherette-trimmed seats are standard, while real leather is available. That's typical for the class. Power-adjustable and heated front seats also come standard, and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Acura RDX?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system a score of Acceptable, which is the second-highest rating. The IIHS notes the lower anchors are buried in the seat, but it is easy to attach straps to them once you do find them. It's also easy to find the upper tethers, though you'll need to ensure you're using the correct tether since some other anchors in the cargo space can be confused for the LATCH tether.

2017 Acura RDX Features

Standard features in the 2017 RDX include dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, proximity key entry, and a multi-angle rearview camera. Available features include remote start, a moonroof, a navigation system, HD Radio, a 10-speaker premium stereo, voice recognition for audio and climate systems, and GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control.

The available dual-screen interface dominates the RDX’s center console, with the top screen committed to navigation, and sound and climate controls beneath it. Various buttons and dials are littered haphazardly around the screens, making it difficult to know which dial controls which function on which screen.

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2017 Acura RDX Dimensions

Acura RDX Cargo Space

Behind the second row, the RDX offers 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than what the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2017 Lexus NX provide. Folding down the back seat increases cargo space to 61.3 cubic feet.

2017 RDX Length and Weight

The 2017 RDX is 15.4 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 3,737 pounds to 3,946 pounds, depending on the drivetrain and package configuration.

Where Was the 2017 Acura RDX Built?

Honda built the 2017 Acura RDX in Ohio.


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