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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec Adv

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
72
 overall score
Category Ranking: 22

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $51,300
Price as Tested: $52,845

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 17.1
EPA City mpg21
EPA Highway mpg26
EPA Combined mpg23

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:

Overall Observations

The RDX, an entry-level luxury compact crossover, is the midsize MDX’s younger and smaller sibling. Last fully redesigned in 2019, it received styling, convenience, and tech updates for 2022. The RDX’s sole powertrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (272 hp) paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. We tested the high-zoot version with the Tech, A-Spec, and Advance packages, which include features such as wireless phone charging, 20-inch wheels, and adaptive suspension dampers. The RDX has a number of things going for it: sporty exterior styling; good drivetrain power, steering feedback, and overall handling from the all-wheel drive and adaptive-suspension systems; a strong suite of AcuraWatch advanced safety features, including reverse automatic emergency braking; and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The RDX also has comfortable seating front and rear and jewel-eye LED headlights with auto high beams. Most downsides are relatively minor but potentially annoying: an unintuitive touch-pad infotainment system, a busy center-stack design, and too much cheap-looking piano-black plastic interior trim. Additionally, fuel economy is unimpressive (23 mpg in combined driving), and most features are available only in packages.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Strong drivetrain power,good overall handling
  • Complete suite ofadvanced safety features
  • Plenty of interior room forpassengers and cargo

Weak Points

  • Hard-to-use touch-padinfotainment system
  • Cluttered center-stackdesign
  • Mediocre fuel-economyratings

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4040.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 187.4 / 74.8 / 65.7
Wheelbase (in): 108.3
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Eagle RS-A
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 1500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. VTEC turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 272 @ 6500

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

9.00

Fuel Efficiency:

3.51

EPA Emissions Score:

6.00

Acceleration:

5.59

Braking:

7.06

Handling:

7.30

Ride Quality:

7.38

Interior Size:

3.75

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.25

Visibility:

8.03

Interior Noise:

5.13

Cargo Capacity:

2.65
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