2021 Acura RDX

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Acura RDX highlights

Customer rating


  • Long list of attractive standard features
  • Impressive 31.1 cu-ft of standard cargo storage
  • Predictable, highly-engaged braking


  • Competitors offer more powertrain options
  • Touchpad tech controller may not appeal
  • Some front and rear visibility impairment

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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A powerful, elegant, and stylish SUV.

There are quite a few five-passenger SUVs on the market that will do the job of carrying people and cargo, but few do it with the style of the 2021 Acura RDX. Its sleek exterior gives this car loads of curb appeal and its roomy and well-appointed interior creates a welcome space. The RDX has a powerful turbocharged engine that engages the driver and a smooth, quiet ride that passengers enjoy no matter how rough the road. Redesigned for the 2019 model year, this design carries over into 2021 with the addition of the new PMC Edition. This limited edition of 360 units features exclusive Thermal Orange Pearl paint and comes equipped with both the A-Spec and Advance Package.

All Acura RDX years

What is new for the 2021 Acura RDX?

  • The RDX is available in a variety of new trims, including the PMC Edition, SH-AWD Advance, and SH-AWD Technology.
  • RDX trims have been upgraded with Sunroof(s) as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Sunshade features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The A-Spec trim now comes with Leatherette Seats, Head Up Display, Heated Steering Wheel, and Leather Seats as standard equipment.

2021 Acura RDX trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Acura RDX

1. Smooth and luxurious

2021 Acura RDX Review: Dashboard | CarMax

As a luxury SUV, the 2021 Acura RDX offers a very comfortable ride. It has a quiet interior that keeps the outside world from intruding into the cabin and a suspension system that evens out rough roads. Seating is supportive no matter where you sit, with beautiful materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces that put the priority on passenger comfort.

2. Super handling all-wheel drive

2021 Acura RDX Review: Exterior | CarMax

The 2021 Acura RDX is available with standard front-wheel-drive or optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. If you look for an RDX with all-wheel-drive, you'll find it not only makes it a more capable SUV in poor weather conditions, but it also enhances performance in dry weather. The all-wheel drive system adjusts torque to each wheel to improve traction and increase overall stability in all conditions.

3. Cargo room

Room for cargo is no doubt a priority if you're looking for an SUV and the 2021 Acura RDX is up to the challenge. There is 29.5 cu ft of space behind the rear seat, so even with a full load of passengers it can handle plenty of cargo. The rear seats are also 60/40 split-folding to offer more versatility for cargo while still allowing for rear passengers. Cargo room increases to 58.9 cu ft with the rear seats fully folded.

4. Concise trim lineup

There aren't technically trims of the 2021 Acura RDX, but rather a single configuration with three available packages. The A-Spec package adds sporty design elements and the Advance package adds convenience features. The Technology package draws from both of those packages and upgrades audio. Even the limited PMC Edition comes in a single configuration with both the A-Spec and Advance packages as standard features.

5. Responsive engine

2021 Acura RDX Review: Engine | CarMax

The turbocharged 2.0L engine in the 2021 Acura RDX delivers an engaging driving experience. It responds quickly to a light foot on the accelerator so merging with highway traffic is effortless. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers power easily with smooth shifting. It has the power to inspire confidence behind the wheel without any of the harshness found in purely performance-focused vehicles.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Acura RDX, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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The BMW X3 features sharp, responsive handling and plenty of space, with a generous 62.7 cu ft of cargo room with the rear seats folded for 2017–2021 models. Lively and good-looking, it also comes with AWD as standard. This compact SUV was fully redesigned for 2018, with the standard engine power boosted to 248 hp.

2019 introduced a rear-wheel drive model and an increased roster of driver aids, including lane departure warning, surround-view parking camera system, and parallel parking assist. A plug-in hybrid of the BMW X3 was introduced in 2020.

These features come as standard on BMW X3 2017–2021 models:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Rain sensing wipers

  • Keyless entry

  • Memory seats

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

4 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

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42"/R 38"

Head room

F 40"/R 38"

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More about the 2021 Acura RDX

Color options

Exterior 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

  • Thermal Orange Pearl (PMC Edition Only)

Interior details

  • Seating for up to five passengers

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

  • 29.5 cubic feet behind rear seats, 58.9 cubic feet behind front seats

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration

  • Infotainment includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, seven-inch color touchscreen

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Acura RDX received received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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