Acura RDX 2023

While the previous RDX was an assemblage of various Honda group components, the model is to be built on an Acura exclusive platform and features Acura’s own Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Honda threw its silky V6 overboard in favour of a turbocharged four cylinder like the original RDX. Power is funnelled to all wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The SH-AWD system can send up to 70 percent of power to the rear wheels and can shift torque front to back and from side to side.
The cabin of the RDX, with interesting shapes, finish combinations and high quality materials. However, Acura’s touchpad infotainment system, despite its crisp graphics, is the opposite of user friendly and in not suited to in-car use. The driver faces crisply marked conventional gauges and the cabin is both elegant and carefully assembled. RDX denizens repose on comfortable and there is ample legroom front and rear. The cargo space of the new RDX is both substantial and versaitile.
Driven briefly, the RDX was not universally appreciated by APA team members who drove it. The 2L turbo four is quick and flexible, but is also very noisy, to the point of being a dealbreaker for some potential buyers. Acura introduced synthetic intake noise into the RDX with the intent of creating some aural excitement, but the reality is that the noise is too prominent, and unlike some other cars with fake sound profiles, the RDX has a single setting that cannot be adjusted or turned off. There is little to complain about regarding ride, handling and steering, but there is too much brake travel before anything happens to inspire confidence.

The new base trim, the A-Spec, with leather and suede seating, a panoramic roof, L.E.D. headlights and navigation, is priced the same as last year but the elimination of the two base models renders the entry-point for the RDX almost $8000 higher than last year. The Platinum Elite A-Spec. range-topper, with 16-way power seats, front seat cushion extenders, heated rear seats a 360º camera system, head up displace and adaptive dampers, is comprehensively equipped but overpriced.

New vehicle, insufficient data. Unproven turbo engine. The APA is receiving complaints of failed turbo wastegates on its smaller 1.5L turbo engine.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    2L-4T (272 HP)
  • Transmissions

  • Fuel consumption

    City: 11L/100 km Road: 8.6L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    All-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Compact SUV & Crossover Luxury
  • Country of Origin

    United States



What’s new this year?

Only the two most expensive trims from 2022, the A-Spec and Platinum A-Spec, return for 2023, making the entry-level RDX nearly $8000 more expensive than last year.

Starting from 

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - October 2, 2023
Base vehicle
$ 0
Platinum Elite A-Spec
$ 0 $ 60 097
Optional Paint

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 500
Freight & PDI

Required for all vehicle purchases.

$ 0 $ 2 375
Freight & PDI

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$ 0 $ 100

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