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2017 Acura RDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Acura RDX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Test drivers are bullish on the RDX’s interior, citing the spaciousness afforded passengers, better-than-average cargo capacity, and overall comfort. Some have noted, however, that the cabin’s materials feel less than luxurious.

  • "The 2017 Acura RDX's cabin is a pleasant place to be, as it feels spacious and boasts solid construction." -- Edmunds
  • "Material quality is adequate for the segment. Plastics are abundant, but are soft to the touch, while fit is impressive and typically Honda throughout." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 RDX can seat five comfortably on standard leatherette seats. Power and heated front seats are standard; leather interior and ventilated front seats come as part of an add-on package.

Reviewers say that there is enough room wherever a passenger is seated, even if the person up front slides the front seat back to accommodate their long legs. Otherwise, the seats provide good support and comfort for long trips.

  • "Should you need a backseat big enough to affix a rear-facing baby seat, or conversely, a pair of growing teenagers, the RDX is better suited to the task than most other vehicles in the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfortable and easy to adjust, though a little flat on the back and bottom -- the RDX isn't a corner carver, so comfort is on the menu. There's a good amount of room by your feet and a nice, big dead pedal on which to rest your left foot." -- AutoWeek (2016)
  • ”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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Acura RDX include push-button start, a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth interface, and USB audio input and iPod integration. Available features include a navigation system, a 10-speaker premium stereo, voice recognition for audio and climate systems, and a GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control, which adjusts cabin temperatures relative to the sun’s position and intensity. Through the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages, Acura offers advanced safety technologies, including collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic monitoring.

A common knock on the technology in the RDX is that the dual touch-screen display is confusing and difficult to learn. There’s also an abundance of buttons on the dash that aren’t well aligned to the items they control on the screen.

The advanced safety features, designed to help prevent accidents before they occur, are a little too quick to apply the brakes at times, according to some reviewers.  

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  • "Optional active safety equipment includes forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, a blind spot monitor, lane-departure warning and lane-departure intervention. Though these systems on paper sound similar to those offered by rivals, in practice we found them to set off the collision alarm in instances when a collision is clearly not imminent. Its adaptive cruise control system is also too quick to slam on the brakes and too slow to get back up to speed." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "I imagine some blood was shed among Acura's engineering teams when designing the multimedia system: the touch-screen camp versus the controller-knob group. Unfortunately, they both won. The RDX's console panel is cluttered with screens, buttons and dials, and their relationship and placement are confusing. The large knob on the bottom controls the top screen's functions, not those on the screen right above it, which is a touch-screen." -- Cars.com (2016)

Cargo

The RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat and over 60 cubic feet with it folded. These figures are at the upper end of the class, and they allow enough room to shuttle lots of groceries or take a long weekend camping trip. The cargo floor sits a bit high, however, so if you’re loading large items you may find it a bit tricky.

  • "Cargo capacity is also generous, both in terms of its on-paper measurements and real-world practicality." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "Cargo room overall is good for a compact SUV. In front, there's a deep center console and an additional bin near the shifter. In back, the cargo area is generous, though the floor is a bit high, so loading bulkier items feels a bit awkward." -- Cars.com (2016)

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