2021 Acura RDX

We give the 2021 RDX a 7 for features. In base form it’s well-equipped, and Acura has a relatively long options list. We’re no fans of its balky infotainment touchpad, which costs it an extra point for otherwise strong infotainment.

The base RDX comes in just below $40,000—another $2,000 if you want all-wheel drive. It has power front seats, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, power features, a 10.2-inch infotainment display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

An optional $2,900 Technology Package bundles lots of features, from blind-spot monitors and parking sensors to upgraded audio and navigation. We’d pick this RDX, with or without all-wheel drive, depending on how far north we lived.

For $45,625 the RDX A-Spec brings sporty touches like sueded upholstery, 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled sport front seats, aluminum trim, and 16-speaker premium ELS audio.

The $47,525 RDX Advance brings a cavalcade of luxury touches, from upgraded leather and wood trim, to ELS audio, a head-up display, adaptive dampers, and cooled front seats.

Acura’s menu-intensive, Android-based infotainment works well enough, but it’s saddled with a touchpad interface that we’d consciously avoid through Apple CarPlay and long, long, playlists. Touchscreens are one of life’s compromises; it’s time for this system to adopt one.

The Acura warranty covers the RDX for 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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