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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 2023 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 Advance

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
83
 overall score
Category Ranking: 19

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, smaller sibling. Last fully redesigned in 2019, it received styling, convenience, and tech updates in 2022. The RDX has just one powertrain option, a turbo 4-cylinder engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. We tested the high-zoot version that had the Tech, A-Spec, and Advantage packages, which include features such as wireless phone charging, 20-inch wheels, and adaptive suspension dampers. The RDX has lots going for it on multiple fronts: sporty exterior styling; a 2-row layout with plenty of room for passengers and cargo; good drivetrain power, steering feedback, and overall handling from the all-wheel drive and adaptive-suspension systems. There’s also a strong suite of advanced safety features, including reverse automatic emergency braking. The RDX also has comfortable seating front and rear and jewel-eye LED headlights with auto high beams. Most downsides are potentially annoying but not deal-breakers: an nonintuitive touch-pad infotainment system, a busy center-stack design, and too much cheap-looking piano-black plastic interior trim. Additionally, fuel economy is unimpressive, 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 of ADAS features
  • • Plenty of interior room for passengers and cargo

Weak Points

  • • Hard-to-use touch-pad infotainment system
  • • Cluttered center-stack design
  • • Mediocre fuel-economy ratings

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): 1,500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 VTEC turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 272 @ 6,500

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

9.00

Fuel Efficiency:

4.88

EPA Emissions Score:

6.00

Acceleration:

4.19

Braking:

7.15
Handling: 6.89
Quality and Drivability: 7.29

Ride Quality:

7.38

Interior Size:

4.29

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.25

Visibility:

8.03

Interior Noise:

7.75

Cargo Capacity:

2.88
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