2016 Acura RDX

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Acura RDX highlights

Customer rating


  • Spacy cabin
  • Powerful V6
  • Generous standard features


  • Distracting infotainment
  • Finicky driver-assist tech
  • Lacking luxurious feel

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 28 highway, 22 combined

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Lots of room and features

The 2016 Acura RDX strikes a great balance of luxury, performance, and style. Its interior is relatively simple and boasts premium materials you’d expect from a luxury vehicle, including standard perforated leather seating. The RDX will also check your boxes in terms of standard features. All RDX models have dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button ignition, Bluetooth® connectivity, a seven-speaker audio system, and a multi-view rearview camera. You can also level up to the Advance and Technology Packages for additional features.

All Acura RDX years

What is new for the 2016 Acura RDX?

  • RDX trims have been upgraded with A/C Seat(s), Automated Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Leatherette Seats, Parking Sensors, and Remote Start as standard equipment this year.
  • Full Roof Rack and Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Power Hatch/Deck Lid and Navigation System as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Acura RDX

1. Powerful and smooth engine 

The 2016 Acura RDX comes equipped with a standard 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain mates with either standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive for added grip in slippery conditions. While the RDX isn’t built for straight-line performance, it delivers its power very smoothly, so you never feel like it's struggling to get up to speed. On top of refined power delivery, the RDX has respectable EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.

With all-wheel drive, these EPA-estimate fuel economy numbers fall to 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.

2. Plenty of interior room 

The 2016 Acura RDX’s cabin is spacious for occupants of all shapes and sizes, from young kids to adults. It has space for five passengers and offers 38.3 inches of rear seat legroom, which is ample for young children, teens, and even adults. Plus, the rear seat sits high, giving rear passengers plenty of forward visibility. If you do a lot of hauling, the RDX has you covered with 26.1 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear seats upright and 61.3 cu-ft with them folded.  

3. Premium amenities come standard 

As a luxury SUV, you expect a certain level of class from the 2016 Acura RDX. It delivers on this expectation with a collection of high-end standard features. Its long list of standard features includes dual-zone climate control, perforated leather seating, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Pandora® compatibility, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a 10-way power driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a multi-view rearview camera, and so much more. If you need even more equipment, upgrade to the available Technology Package, which includes blind-spot monitors, HD Radio®, a multi-rearview camera, and a dual-screen infotainment display. 

4. Refined exterior styling 

The RDX had slightly vanilla styling in years past, but a refresh in 2016 brought in a nice new look. This update included new LED headlights, revised taillights, a new grille, and a handful of other changes to give it a more premium look. You’re sure to appreciate this more modern, updated look for years to come.  

5. Great handling and comfort 

The 2016 Acura RDX stands more on the performance side than the luxury side in terms of ride and handling. However, Acura has struck a delicate balance that makes this a fun daily driver that's also practical. This means you can go from enjoying a twisty mountain road to loving the pillowy ride on your daily commute.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.7 out of 5

6 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Acura RDX an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Acura RDX 7th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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Acura RDX features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 38.7"/R 38.1"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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