Our Opinion - 2022 Acura RDX Review

Acura’s RDX is a perfect blend of luxury and performance. With its quick AWD handling and capacious cabin, this crossover had been a finalist throughout our 2019 SUV of Year competition, because we were impressed. Long-term reviewers loved the RDX’s dual nature: athletic and entertaining when we wanted that to be, but also laid-back and relaxing when we didn’t. Our everyday commutes and long road trips were made easier by its great driving assistance.

Even after tens of thousands of miles, we were never able to master Acura’s infotainment system’s touch pad controls; a touch screen would have been far more intuitive. Even though the RDX has a lot of room and some innovative packaging, several aspects of the design could have been accomplished better. Comfort was harmed by a shaky shift every now and again.

It is still one of our favorite premium compact crossovers, though. Although it may appear to be a more expensive vehicle, it has won a number of comparison tests. An attractive exterior, spacious interior, and eager feel are just some of RDX’s advantages. Acura’s value and dependability also contribute.

  • Front and back bumpers have been changed.
  • Options for wheels and paint
  • Improved suspension tuning for adaptive dampers.
  • Drive modes can now be distinguished more clearly.
  • Reduces cabin noise with Active Sound Control.
  • It’s no longer an option to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your vehicle.
  • A wireless charging station and multi-color internal ambient lighting have been added to the Technology package.
  • In addition to the flat-bottom steering wheel, the A-Spec grade now includes the Advance package.
  • Energy side mirrors with remote engine start are now included in the advanced package.
  • AcuraWatch’s array of driver assistance features has been expanded to include blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and automated braking in the front and rear.


  • Superb all-wheel-drive control.
  • Versatile, high-quality interior.
  • There are many standard options.


  • The infotainment system is a mess.
  • Massive opacities
  • A few hiccups here and there.

The RDX embodies the supercar’s ethos. The edgy look and fun-to-drive handling of this luxury compact sedan are akin to those of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. The RDX, on the other hand, boasts a spacious cabin and cutting-edge features.

For the 2007 model year, the first RDX went on sale, and the most recent model year, 2019, saw the introduction of the current RDX. Acura’s best-selling vehicle. The RDX gets a slew of stylistic and feature improvements for 2022.

RDX’s 2.0-liter I-4 engine makes 272 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque when equipped with turbocharging and VTEC. Acura’s SH-AWD (Superior Handling All-Wheel Drive) seems to be available as an option for the RDX. Automatic transmissions with ten speeds are used in both cases. An RDX equipped with SH-AWD ran the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.4 seconds at MotorTrend.

Fuel efficiency with front-wheel drive (FWD) has been rated around 22/28 mpg city/highway or at 21/27 mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD). A-Spec vehicles have a 1 mpg reduction on the highway.

Acura has recently relaunched its Type S sports division to the pleasure of enthusiasts. The NSX supercar, The TLX sedan, and even the MDX 3 SUV have all been given the iconic emblem. Is it possible that we’ll see another Type S crossover? 

Because it’s a speedy, nimble, and entertaining small SUV to begin with, the RDX appears to be a worthy candidate for red S treatment Although Acura hasn’t officially announced an RDX Type S, but we believe it’s a possibility. As with other Type S models, it could benefit from a turbocharged V-6 but also chassis upgrades. We’re hoping for a 2023 and 2024 model years RDX Type S.

The AcuraWatch driver aid and active safety package, which is standard on all RDX, will get a few new capabilities in 2022. The newly added features include blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, back seat occupant warning, and front and reverse parking sensors. 

Pedestrian detection has been included towards the front automatic braking system. It is still mandatory to have adaptive cruise control but also lane-keeping assistance.

To maintain its strong NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings, we predict the 2022 RDX to continue to receive a five-star overall score from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ certification.

The RDX has a big, adaptable cabin that we appreciate. The Genesis GV70’s passenger and cargo dimensions are comparable to this model.

Behind the First and Second Rows of Seats:

30/58.9 cubic feet in the year 2022 RDX

GV70 in 2022: 28.9/56.9 cubic feet

Headroom in the Front and Back Rows:

40.0/38.0 inches for the 2022 RDX

The GV70 for 2022 measures 39.6/39.1 inches in diameter.

First and Second Row Legroom:

  • 42.0/38.0 inches for the RDX in 2022
  • The 2022 GV70 is 41.3/37.2 inches in length.

Acura is a Japanese brand, although the majority of its vehicles are manufactured in Marysville, Ohio, which is located in the state of Ohio. NSX supercars are hand-built in America at the Performance Manufacturing Base, which is located just next to the assembly facility. 

Due to a lack of manufacturing, Acura has assigned its employees to several PMC Edition automobiles, including the RDX, as a result of that.

Only 350 of this year’s limited edition RDX PMC Edition were made available in Thermal Orange Pearl. Only 200 of these cars will be produced in 2022 in Long Beach Blue Pearls (an additional color shared with the NSX). The RDX PMC Limited stands out among premium compact crossovers because of its distinctive paint job and hand-built quality.

In addition to the 10.1-inch infotainment display, all RDXs come with a touchpad interface that is less user-friendly than touchscreens. New for this year is the ability to use Apple CarPlay but also Android Auto while driving. Key via Amazon in-car delivery and Amazon Alexa voice control are also included. It is possible to add a head-up display to a vehicle’s 7.0-inch gauge cluster display. 

All trims just above base add two charging ports towards the second row, and a wireless portable charger is now available as an option for the two normal front-row USB ports. The standard nine-speaker ELS Studio sound system can be upgraded to a premium 12- or 16-speaker ELS Studio sound system. A 360-degree video system, constructed navigation, and GPS-linked automatic climate management are just some of the other new features.

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