2018 Acura RDX Review, Specification and Feature

2018 Acura RDX as compact crossover has been everyone favorite since a long time ago. Even with its long existence, Acura RDX continues to become one of the best options in its class especially because of its sophistication appearance, great value as well as good safety equipment feature. The last feature is really what make this car become the top in its class since safety is always number one feature that everyone consider when purchasing any ride.

This crossover can even be considered as a semi luxurious car in crossover class. Replacing the former MDX series on crossover SUV class for entry level, Acura RDX has done a great job. The second generation that coming out only a few years ago in 2013 and great facelift in 2016 model year keeps RDX fresh appearance for the fans.

2018 Acura RDX Exterior

2018 Acura RDX

As we all know Acura RDX has gone through several modifications on the front area even though it has not worked out so far. With its two boxes style and the signature front nose from Acura, it seems the appearance is not very impressive even though it look slightly better than the sedan model of Acura. For 2018 model, there would be addition of five LED headlights in square shape which make the look appear stylish.

It seems that the car size is now wider and longer compared to the previous model year. With new and lower suspension it gives lower NVH rates to Acura RDX which considered as great improvement for this car.

There would be six color options for the standard and they are the white diamond pearl color options, lunar silver metallic color options, modern steel metallic color options, crystal black pearl color options, kona coffee metallic color options, and the Basque red pearl ii color options. For advance technology package there is fathom blue pearl color options offered. For the wheel, 18 inches wheel is use as the standard with option for alloy wheel accessories in more interesting design such as berlina black shape and diamond cut shape.

2018 Acura RDX Interior

Inside the cabin, its styling is too busy which follow its former model year. This make the design outdated especially if you opt for the graystone color option. However there are two other color options offered which may give the appearance look better in parchment color option as well as ebony color option.

Still this does not give Acura RDX flashy appearance as hoped by several fans. However with wider and longer size, this means the occupant will feel more comfortable during rides. Especially for the front seats which also get great lumbar support on the seats, but for the rear seat, it still feels a bit tight.

In basic trim, the passenger seats are not fully height adjustable with only 4 settings however for higher trim all of the seats are all fully adjustable with 8 settings. While the driver seats itself have 10 adjustable settings. The rear seats gives good space for two occupants, however it might feel tight for three occupants.

Despite the second seat row which does not fold flat the cargo space with 61.3 cubic foot size, a flat flooring, and additional 15.6 cubic foot space bellow cargo floor is great deal which make up for previous down side. This means you will get a total 76.9 cubic food cargo space to use.

It seems that there is quite a lot of small storage that you can find in the Acura RDX interior especially because the center console size is quite big, and there are small storage panels on the doors.

2018 Acura RDX Safety

As we have mention before, safety is one powerful side of the Acura RDX, and the 2018 model year is no exception. There are complete set of airbags, stability control as well as ABS which make up a good safety system for a crossover in this class.

NHTSA gives this car five stars rating in overall crash test except the rollover test which only get four stars rating. Meanwhile IIHS gives this car good rating in all crash test. They also said that the LED headlight offered in standard trim has acceptable rating while the automatic system for emergency braking which comes as optional feature has superior rating.

If you want that optional feature, then you might want to get the AcuraWatch Plus additional package which also includes other safety feature such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning for forward area, departure warnings and keep assist for lane riding. At only $1,300 additional price, you will get great feature which will improve the awareness of the driver as well as good avoidance while riding. So we suggest that this optional feature should be the standard feature that you get.

2018 Acura RDX Feature

The 2018 model year gives a lot of additional feature that you might want to get since the price is quite reasonable. Even the basic trim will gives you features such as climate control automatic system, power lift gate, moon roof, keyless ignition, low and high LED beam headlights, front seat heating, and rear camera. However the AcuraWatch Plus additional package will make the basic trim better with features that we have mention previously.

The technology additional package will give you bigger 8 inches display screen, branded HD audio system, BSI system, guideline for rear camera, and many others. This additional package which will fully connect you digitally is offered with $3,700 value.

For even better riding experience, Acura also offers advance additional package which you can get after you have both the AcuraWatch Plus additional package and the technology additional package option. Offered at only $1,700 value, this advance package will give you ultimate comfort, high technology, and other convenience. Of course other accessories for both exterior and interior are offered on Acura RDX.

2018 Acura RDX Engine

Under the hood, the 2018 model year Acura RDX will be equipped with V6 i-VTEC engine with 3.5 liter capacity which will give 279 HP output as well as 252 lb-ft of torque. The standard trim will get FWD drivetrain with six speed automatic transmission which will give you fuel economy according on EPA rating in 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combine. As option valued at $1,500, you can also get AWD drivetrain that comes with intelligent control system which will give you fuel economy according on EPA rating in 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combine.

2018 Acura RDX Price and Release Date

The 2018 Acura RDX is already available on the market today so you can easily get your hands on one of them. The basic trim is offered in $36,775 price, while for full advance additional package you will need to spend $43,475 to get one.


All in all, 2018 Acura RDX is really a great ride for all. It comes in good size and with advance additional package you will be able to take great advantage of your ride. Furthermore the price offered is quite reasonable make this car a good value for its price. As it is already available to purchase today, then you do not need to wait too long to get your hands to this amazing classic ride.