A Compact SUV blends the utility of the class within a smaller silhouette. The 2022 Acura RDX leans towards performance and tends to forego the luxe feel of its rivals in exchange for utility. It may not have the same prestige as other luxury Compact SUVs, but it does give drivers good performance and a whole host of technology features to use. This 2022 Acura RDX review will look into the specs and features that make it a solid choice for those who want a premium Compact that’s a lot more practical to use.
For this model year, the Acura RDX gets a few design changes to its front and rear bumpers. There are also new colorway options and interior features that are available for buyers. Connectivity options have also been given a refresh as all models come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2022 Acura RDX price is right around the range of most other compact SUVs that come close to its premium nature. With this year’s release, there’s a whole host of 2022 Acura RDX configurations that can be availed of depending on your wants and needs. Those wanting the most value may want the Technology package as it upgrades a lot of the interior amenities of the base RDX. The Advance package is also an option for drivers want a smooth ride. The roster of 2022 Acura RDX colors number 6 colorways which are available across the entire lineup of configurations. Some examples include Apex Blue Pearl, Liquid Carbon Metallic, and Performance Red Pearl. Below are the different starting MSRPs of each configuration of the 2022 Acura RDX:
|2022 Acura RDX (FWD)||$40,600*|
|2022 Acura RDX (AWD)||$42,800*|
|2022 Acura RDX Technology (FWD)||$43,250*|
|2022 Acura RDX Technology (AWD)||$45,450*|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec (FWD)||$46,250*|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec (AWD)||$48,450*|
|2022 Acura RDX Advance (AWD)||$50,600*|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec Advance (AWD)||$52,600*|
The 2022 Acura RDX lease price can be found on their official website alongside other financing options that you could use to responsibly pace out your vehicle payments. Acura’s lease program has been quite generous with Flexible Terms and additional perks that sweeten the pot for potential customers.
The 2022 Acura RDX specs sheet shows that all models make use of a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine. It produces around 272 horsepower and has a torque output of 280 pounds-feet. Front-wheel drive and All-wheel drive are available from the base configuration to the A-Spec package configuration. All succeeding packages, the Advance and A-Spec Advance, come standard with All-wheel drive. The transmission system found on all models of the RDX is a 10-speed Automatic Transmission which is fitted with SportShift Paddle Shifters. The Paddle Shifters come with additional drive modes which can suit different road conditions.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
Looking into the released MPG estimates of the EPA for the 2022 Acura RDX and its drivetrain options, we see that the most efficient option would have to be the FWD models. All configurations have a fuel capacity of 17.1 gallons and takes in Premium Unleaded gasoline.
|Trim Mileage Estimates||City/MPG||Highway/MPG||Combined/MPG|
|2022 Acura RDX (FWD)||22||28||24|
|2022 Acura RDX (AWD)||21||27||23|
|2022 Acura RDX Technology (FWD)||22||28||24|
|2022 Acura RDX Technology (AWD)||21||27||23|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec (FWD)||22||27||24|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec (AWD)||21||26||23|
|2022 Acura RDX Advanced (AWD)||21||27||23|
|2022 Acura RDX A-Spec Advanced (AWD)||21||26||23|
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
The 2022 Acura RDX interior space is a bit of a hassle to maneuver around in, especially when looking at the center console. Buttons and other elements are all crammed together in a way that isn’t as elegant as other options out there. The passenger space of the Acura RDX measures around 104 cubic feet with the SUV itself sporting enough seats for 5 passengers at the maximum. The base RDX already comes with Leatherette-trimmed sport seat covers which is upgraded to Perforated Milano Leather seat covers with ventilation and heating features. For cargo capacity, it has 29.5 cubic feet of storage space from the back of the 2nd row. If you’re stowing cargo from the back of the first row, you get around 58.9 cubic feet of space to use. Max cargo volumes on the RDX reach 79.8 cubic feet.
There’s no information regarding axle ratios for this Compact SUV. However, the 2022 Acura RDX towing capacity is noted to be at 1,500 pounds for both the FWD and AWD models. Take note that these figures will require the proper trailer hitches and towing accessories to achieve.
If you’re looking for infotainment options, the Acura RDX has everything you’ll need for those long roadtrips. The base setup already comes with a 10.2-inch HD Center Touchscreen that’s complemented by the True Touchpad Interface which allows easy control over the whole system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration come standard to all configurations alongside built-in connectivity to Amazon’s Alexa. For the audio system, the base model comes with Acura’s Premium Audio setup which already comes with 9 speakers and access to SiriusXM satellite radio. The top models get fitted with the Acura/ELS Studio 3D system which features a 16-speaker layout that was co-developed by Panasonic.
The whole Acura RDX lineup comes with a wonderful assortment of safety features and driver-assistive technologies that solidify its reliability when it comes to passenger safety. The NHTSA has given the RDX 5-stars when it comes to overall safety rating. Some of the standard safety features that come included with the RDX are Adaptive Cruise Control systems, Road Departure Mitigation Systems, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, and a Multi-View Rear Camera. Only the Advance and A-Spec Advance packages offer the Surround-View Camera System along with a Head-Up Warning feature.
Acura offers its many customers a warranty plan that’s about the same as what’s offered by other luxury automakers. They have a limited warranty coverage that spans 4 years or the first 50,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. Next is their powertrain warranty which lasts 6 years and has a mileage limit of 70,000 miles. The company does not offer any plan or package that comes with complimentary scheduled maintenance as a perk.