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2018 Acura RDX Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Acura RDX stands out for its ample passenger space. With more room in the second row than most other compact SUVs, this is one of the few vehicles of this size that can comfortably accommodate up to five adults. Cargo space is also above average. The cabin features upscale materials but lacks some of the high-end options you can get in some competitors. Its technology gets mixed reviews, but most agree that learning how to use the infotainment system is difficult.

  • "The 2018 Acura RDX offers a limited interior color palette, but that's about all we can fault. Acura's dual-screen infotainment system presents a cleanly styled interface devoid of the multitude of buttons found on some competitors. Other touches of note include soft-touch materials, an available 8-way-power passenger seat, 10-way-power driver's seat and a smart use of space for both passengers and cargo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 Acura RDX's cabin is a pleasant place to be, as it feels spacious and boasts solid construction." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • My test model was loaded and cost around $44,000, and though the interior was nice, it didn't impart the same feeling of luxury you get from sinking into the sumptuous Audi Q5." -- Cars.com (2016)

Seating

The RDX comes standard with leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. In the rear is a folding bench seat with a 60/40 split. Available upgrades include sport seats, leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats.

Among luxury compact SUVs, the RDX is one of the roomiest. Its 38.3 inches of rear-seat legroom is one of the most generous you'll find among vehicles this size, and back-seat shoulder room is similarly generous. With these ample dimensions, taller passengers can easily get comfortable in the second row.

In the back seat of the RDX, there are three tether anchors for installing child safety seats. They are generally easy to use, but they may be confused with other hardware in the cargo area. The tether anchor for the middle seat is located in the ceiling, which obstructs a portion of the driver’s rearward view. Outboard seats also have lower anchors that are buried a bit deep in the seat cushions but take relatively little effort to use. 

  • "On the upside, the front seats are as firm and supportive as those in the best European models, while the backseat offers more legroom than most competitors, making it easy for a pair of 6-footers to sit comfortably in both rows. One notable ingredient here is the elevated height of the rear bench, which affords both excellent thigh support and a commanding outward view, while still leaving ample headroom. There's also enough width for three adults to share the space during short trips." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Backseat comfort is high, with ample headroom and legroom and newly standard rear climate vents. By the numbers, the RDX has more backseat legroom than the MKC, NX and Q5, with 38.3 inches. In terms of rear headroom, it's midpack." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The base infotainment system includes a 5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, Pandora, and a seven-speaker premium sound system. Functions are controlled via a control knob (which is a bit convoluted to use) and through the multitude of buttons on the center stack. Most test drivers say this setup takes longer than normal to learn. The upgraded infotainment system is even more complicated. It adds a second screen and removes many of the redundant buttons, but it still isn't intuitive to operate. In addition to the 8-inch touch screen, the upgraded infotainment interface comes with a 10-speaker premium audio system, an enhanced media interface, voice recognition, and navigation.

Other standard features in the Acura RDX include a rearview camera with multiple view settings, a power moonroof, a proximity key, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Upgrades are available through a handful of packages. Besides the enhanced infotainment system listed above, the RDX can also be outfitted with a GPS-linked climate control system, front and rear parking sensors, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "Base models get a dial controller on the center stack plus conventional sound system buttons. That setup works fine, though the control knob in the middle of the dash is less intuitive to use than some rival console-mounted controllers. Unfortunately, the base setup might actually be preferable to the upgraded split-screen interface that comes standard with the Technology package – operating the touchscreen's virtual buttons is a more distracting and often slower process, and the way the system divides information between the two screens can be confusing." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • 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. Once you figure out what's going on where, the system is more user-friendly than the touchpad-based unit in the Lexus NX or Audi's MMI control knob setup. I appreciate that the available navigation gets its own screen (on top), separate from the audio information (bottom screen), but there's definitely a learning curve, and the console is a mess visually." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • 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 (2016)

Cargo

The RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. The back-seat bench folds with a 60/40 split and can lay down to open up as much as 61.3 cubic feet. Both dimensions are above average, and only a few rivals have more overall cargo room. A power liftgate is standard.

  • "The cargo area is wider than that of many rivals and generally more useful." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "If the comfortable rear seats aren't holding passengers, they quickly fold forward to create up to about 77 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (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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