2016 acura rdx Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Acura RDX gains a host of major improvements including the addition of a revised 3.5-liter V-6, “Jewel Eye” LED headlights and taillights, and new wheel designs. AcuraWatch, Acura’s suite of safety features is now available in the 2016 RDX and comes with collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, a multi-information display, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is available as part of the Technology package.
The 2016 Acura RDX is a two-row luxury crossover that slots under the larger MDX and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
A 279-hp 3.5-liter V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain available. Fuel economy is competitive for the class at 20/29 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 19/28 mpg with all-wheel drive. Space for cargo is class competitive at 26.1 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 61.3 cubic feet when they’re folded.
Standard features include two-stage front airbags, front-side airbags, and rear curtain airbags that cover both rows. Available in the base RDX or with the Technology package and standard with the Advance package is AcuraWatch, a suite of safety and driver aids. This includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a multi-information display, automatic forward emergency baking, and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is available with the Technology or Advance packages.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment in the base 2016 RDX includes “Jewel Eye” LED headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, four-way power front passenger seat, power tailgate, seven-speaker Acura premium sound system, rearview camera, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB audio interface with Pandora compatibility.
The Technology package adds navigation, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, sport seats with perforated leather upholstery, eight-way front passenger seat, and ELS premium audio system.
Opting for the Advance package adds front and rear parking sensors, auto dimming side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, ventilated front seats, remote engine start, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
What We Think
While we haven’t tested the 2016 RDX, we have tested the pre-face-lift model, which uses a similar powertrain and comes with identical equipment except for AcuraWatch and LED headlights and taillights. In a 2013 First Test review, we said that the RDX is more mature, with a smoother powertrain and a softer suspension setup, giving it a better ride. The V-6 engine provides plenty of power in a linear fashion and remains quiet on the road. However, the electric-assisted power steering system provides little in terms of feedback and feels dead. As a family, the RDX excels thanks to its roomy interior, which can accommodate four passengers or a generous amount of cargo especially when the rear seats down.
The standard “Jewel Eye” headlights first appeared on the RLX midsize luxury sedan.
- Roomy interior
- Strong V-6 engine
- Great for road trips thanks to its quiet cabin and smooth ride
You Won’t Like
- Not as sporty as some competitors
- Electric power steering system doesn’t provide much feel