Power meets practicality.
If you're looking for something fun and sporty don't overlook an SUV. If you want to enjoy a curvy road or feel the pull of a well-tuned turbocharged engine, consider the 2020 Acura RDX. Not only is the Acura RDX a luxury SUV with the bells and whistles, but its athletic chassis and powerful engine make it a lot of fun to drive. The RDX received a redesign in 2019 and it carries over for 2020 with the only change being the addition of another color choice: Platinum White.
While we currently do not have many 2020 Acura RDXs on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Acura RDX review:
Key Specs and Features:
- The 2020 Acura RDX in FWD configuration with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.1
- In AWD configuration the RDX gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.1
- The 2020 Acura RDX has 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seat is folded down.
- When properly equipped, the 2020 Acura RDX can tow an estimated 1,500 lbs with its 2.0L engine and 2WD.2
- The 2020 Acura RDX has seating for up to five passengers.
- The sole engine choice for the 2020 Acura RDX is a 272-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
- Standard Bluetooth® connectivity
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard lane-keeping assist
- True Touchpad Interface™
- Standard seven-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
The Acura RDX has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:
5 Reasons to Buy
1. Practical Performance
The handling characteristics and power of a sports car are alluring to be sure, but if you need a little more space for your family and their belongings, it makes sense to turn to the practicalities of an SUV. That said, the 2020 Acura RDX gives you the best of both worlds. Its turbocharged 2.0L engine, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, provides effortless acceleration, while its athletic chassis results in responsive handling that makes twisty roads all the more exciting. Nicely bolstered sport seats are standard and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ is an available option, furthering the RDX's driving dynamics even more.
2. Cargo Space
The 2020 RDX's sporty demeanor is complemented by its excellent cargo capacity and seating for up to five passengers besides. The 60/40-folding rear seat provides the flexibility to haul a lot of cargo and still have passengers sitting comfortably in the rear as well. Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is 29.5 cubic feet, while folding it flat provides a total area of 58.9 cubic feet of space.
3. Cutting Edge Tech
The 2020 Acura RDX is a sporty SUV that's loaded with the latest tech. The standard infotainment system is controlled by a unique seven-inch color touchscreen on the center console near the gear selector. Its ergonomic design and convenient location make it simple and easy to navigate the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features, as is adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
4. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
While not a standard feature, the optional all-wheel drive on the 2020 Acura RDX is a popular addition to this sporty SUV. Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive not only inspires driving confidence when the road conditions turn poor but also boosts performance on dry road surfaces as well. Cornering is also improved with Acura's all-wheel-drive system as torque can be applied to a specific wheel or wheels to improve traction going into a corner at speed, giving your SUV more stability as you drive.
5. Simple Model Choices
Technically speaking, there are no trim levels to the 2020 Acura RDX, it comes well equipped in its standard configuration and there are three packages that can be tacked on that add additional features; these include the Technology, A-Spec, and Advance packages. The A-Spec package is mostly cosmetic, adding features like specific A-Spec sport seats in premium leather, red interior trim, and dark chrome exterior details. A 2020 RDX equipped with the Advance package adds convenient features that include automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights (also included with the A-Spec), ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
What You Need to Know
2020 Acura RDX: Available Trims
- Standard: Includes dual-zone climate control, sport seats with leatherette trimmed interior, LED headlights, panoramic moonroof, heated seats, and more
- Technology Package: Adds sports seats in premium leather, leather-trimmed interior, GPS-linked climate control, premium audio system, and navigation
- A-Spec Package: Adds dark chrome and lighting details, LED fog lights, A-Spec-specific exhaust, steering wheel, front and rear bumpers, sport pedals, and more
- Advance Package: Adds acoustic front side glass, sixteen-way power front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and natural olive ash burl wood trim
2020 Acura RDX: Available Colors
- Apex Blue Pearl (A-Spec Only)
- Canyon Bronze Metallic
- Fathom Blue Pearl
- Gunmetal Metallic
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Majestic Black Pearl
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Performance Red Pearl
- Platinum White Pearl
2020 Acura RDX: Average CarMax Prices
The 2020 Acura RDX is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. Pricing data for this model at CarMax is currently unavailable. See below to learn more about previous model years.
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Safety and Reliability
RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Acura RDX3
The 2020 Acura RDX is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Acura RDXs with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Acura RDX.
- Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.5/5.0
- Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $497.00
RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Acura RDX
The 2020 Acura RDX received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.
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The Bottom Line
If you need cargo space, want the option of all-wheel drive, and would like to spice things up a bit, the 2020 Acura RDX is a great option. Its sporty suspension, available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and turbocharged engine married to its roomy interior make the RDX a great choice if you want something more than just basic transportation.
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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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