2018 Acura RDX: High-Tech Compact Luxo-SUV

The 2018 Acura RDX is the compact SUV in Acura’s model lineup. Like most Acura models, it is based on a comparable Honda – in this case the CR-V. While it is built atop the CR-V platform, the 2018 RDX takes things to the next level, in terms of equipment, luxury, technology, and price. The 2018 RDX is now available at dealers.

Powered Up For The Luxury League

The 2018 RDX has a single power option – the Honda/Acura 3.5L V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management. The V6 produces 279 horsepower, a major upgrade over the Honda CR-V’s 190 hp from its four-cylinder turbo. The power is channeled through the RDX’s 6-Speed automatic transmission with sequential sportshift paddle shifters. This is a sportier-feeling option than the CR-V’s CVT transmission, so it’s a win-win here!

You do have a choice with the driven wheels. All 2018 RDX trim levels come with the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2018 RDX is 19 to 20 MPG City and 27 to 28 MPG Highway. The front-wheel drive models receive the higher numbers.

Five RDX Trim Levels To Choose From

The 2018 Acura RDX is available in five trim levels: RDX, RDX with AcuraWatch Plus Package, RDX with Technology Package, RDX with Technology Package and AcuraWatch Plus Package, and RDX with Advance Package. Here is a guide to the various packages:

AcuraWatch Plus Package:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Forward Collision Warning 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Lane Keeping Assist System 

Technology Package:

  • Acura/ELS Surround Premium 10-speaker Sound System
  • Intuitive Navigation with 8” Screen and Real-Time Traffic
  • Power Perforated Leather Sport Seats
  • On Demand 7” Color Multi-Use Display
  • Voice Recognoition
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Advance Package (includes AcuraWatch and Technology Packages):

  • 18” Machine Finish Alloy Wheels
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers

Safety First And Foremost

The 2018 Acura RDX has a variety of both active and passive safety systems. Protecting you inside are the 2018 RDX’s six airbags, including side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and its side-impact door beams.

As you drive, Vehicle Stability Assist reduces the dangers of losing traction by reducing engine power or applying the brakes on each wheel as necessary. The rear camera system gives you three different views – regular, wide, and bird’s eye – to help you see your way clear. Agile Handling Assist uses the Vehicle Stability Assist system to help you get around slippery corners safely. Hill Start Assist keeps you from rolling back when you start up an incline from a stop.

2018 Acura RDX Is A Complete SUV With Everything On It

The 2018 Acura RDX can be seen as the ultimate development of the already excellent Honda CR-V, with just about every component upgraded with a more luxurious and high-tech version. This is typically how luxury is defined, even though the Acura brand is not generally considered to be at the same level as its competitors wearing BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Audi badges. 

But if you measure luxury by what you get, as opposed to what you don’t, then you may very much like what Acura has created in the 2018 RDX. It is well-designed, well-built, well-equipped, powerful, and nice to ride in and drive. It is definitely worth a drive.


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