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2021 Acura RDX Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

 The 2021 Acura RDX has a roomy and opulent cabin, and soft-touch surfaces abound. There is a robust number of standard features, but the infotainment system is cumbersome, and it will take most drivers some time to learn it. Cargo space is slightly above average for the class.

  • "Luxury SUVs are supposed to be well built and packed with features. The RDX does that while undercutting the popular competitors by thousands of dollars, even when fully loaded. Build quality is excellent inside and out, and the RDX offers something a little different from competitors in terms of interior design and ergonomics." -- Edmunds
  • "The design seems more tech-focused than its more architectural and traditionally luxurious rivals, but its overall feel and quality are richer than before. It now has real wood and metal trim available, and its supporting plastics and materials are of a higher quality." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "The cabin has a luxurious and futuristic appeal. At first glance, you might just think you’re in a space ship. The prominent silver dial mounted in the center of the dash that’s used to toggle drive modes looks straight out of a sci-fi film, while the 10.2-inch high-res screen mounted on the top dash … is further proof the future is now." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Cargo

The RDX offers a good amount of cargo space for a luxury compact SUV. It has 29.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row, and folding down the second row will get you a maximum of 58.9 cubic feet. While these figures are slightly above average for the class, the RDX’s maximum cargo hold is much smaller than rivals like the Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace, and BMW X3.

  • "Acura really has interior packaging figured out, and the RDX is yet another showcase of space efficiency. From a generous cargo area to flexible interior storage solutions, the RDX makes carrying a lot of stuff easier than it should be. At 31.1 cubic feet of storage behind the back seats, the RDX offers more space than most competitors, and there's an abundance of storage options up front thanks to the tiered center console." -- Edmunds
  • "The new RDX … cargo area is far larger and more functional whether the back seats are raised or folded completely flat. The RDX may be in the ‘compact’ SUV segment, but it's not exactly snug." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "Cargo room is also among the tops in its class. With the rear seat up, there is 29.5 cubic feet, about twice that of a trunk’s sedan [sic]. Fold the rear seats and that space expands to 58.9 cubic feet, plenty to hold packages or sports gear." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Seating

The Acura RDX seats five people in two rows. The standard power-adjustable and heated front sport seats are comfortable and supportive. There is ample legroom in both rows, even for taller passengers, but outward visibility is somewhat obscured by the RDX’s large cabin pillars.

Synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. Optional features include premium leather upholstery with suede inserts, ventilated front sports seats, 16-way power-adjustable front sport seats, and heated rear outboard seats.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. This LATCH system is very easy to use.

  • "In terms of visibility, the front roof pillars are a bit on the thick side and can block some visibility when cornering. Rear visibility is compromised by the rear hatch's power-operated hinges. On a more positive note, there's plenty of room for front and rear passengers. A wide range of drivers should be able to find a comfortable driving position, and rear headroom is more than sufficient for average adults." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "It has a supercar vibe with a cockpit-like design for the driver and new 12-way adjustable sports seats. Acura pulled off a neat trick by giving these sporty front seats enough support and bolstering to keep you snug through the corners while still providing the adjustability needed to be outright plush for leisurely driving." -- Boston Globe (2019)
  • "When we first set off in the RDX, we were immediately impressed by the seating. After some typical adjustment, it simply disappeared from our conscious attention. This is high praise, especially for anything under the Honda umbrella. A seat you don't think about is a seat that isn't giving you back, neck or leg pain." -- Left Lane News (2019)

Interior Features

The RDX comes standard with Acura’s True Touchpad Interface, which features a 10.2-inch display and a touchpad controller. The interface is not terribly intuitive, and most drivers will need some time to get used to the touchpad.

Other standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a nine-speaker stereo system, and AcuraLink, which lets you connect to the RDX via your smartphone. A panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start come standard as well.

The standard AcuraWatch safety system includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam assist.

Optional features include navigation, GPS-linked automatic climate control, a 10.5-inch head-up display with warning, blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 12- or 16-speaker premium stereo.

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  • "Additionally, we're not terribly fond of the RDX's infotainment system. And the required learning curve to operate it may turn off shoppers who aren't interested in picking up new technology." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "The touchpad became much harder to work while driving the car, and, to give it the benefit of the doubt, that might have been because I was focusing a little more on the driving than the other stuff. (What? Mountain roads are fun.)" -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "The only people who need to stay after school on this one are in the electronics department, those who need to figure out how to get a touchscreen into the next redo and stop the spread of this multimedia system from reaching other Acura offerings." -- Cars.com (2019) 
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