Should You Wait for the 2016 Acura RDX or Buy the 2015?


The Acura RDX, the Japanese luxury brand's entry-level SUV, has just come off of its best sales year ever. But Acura isn't content with coasting on that recent success, introducing a mildly refreshed version of the RDX at the recent Chicago Auto Show to keep that sales momentum going.

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We've had an up-close look at the new '16 RDX and wondered if the changes that Acura has made to the new luxury SUV go far enough. If you're in the market for a new RDX, or will be soon, the question then becomes: Should you wait for the new 2016 to arrive in showrooms this spring, or should you go out and buy one of the slightly more than 10,000 that are sitting on dealer lots right now?

Normally we ask this question before we've actually seen the new model, so we have an advantage here in that we can compare what we know about the 2016 model with the vehicle currently for sale. Sadly we have to wait a bit before driving it, but based on what we do know, here's what we can recommend.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (2)

Video: 2015 Chicago Auto Show's Family Cars

Family cars made a big splash at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. From the show floor, reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us on a tour of the newest special features in family cars. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura RDX Video

Acura gave its compact SUV a more chiseled look for 2016. The RDX gets minor updates inside and out this year, and reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us through the highlights.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

More Details and Photos of the New 2016 Acura RDX (32 photos)


Acura's updates to the 2016 RDX import a healthy dose of styling from the brand's other recently updated models. Five years ago I'd be groaning after reading that, but Acura's latest design direction is on the up and up as the luxury brand distances itself from the exaggerated shield/beaked designs of the past.

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The 2016 RDX adds a more dimensional, attractive shape to the compact SUV with new front and rear styling for a more contemporary look. One of the stand-out features of the 2016 are the new jewel-eye LED headlights, which are becoming a staple of the brand and feature LED low and high beams and LED "light pipe" accents. Acura's wild LED projector headlights sparkle even when they're off and are standard equipment on the RDX.

By Joe Bruzek | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura RDX: First Look


Competes with: BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Cadillac SRX

Looks like: Designers took an angle grinder to the front and rear bumpers

Drivetrain: 279-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Acura's compact luxury crossover is coming off its best year of sales since being introduced for 2007. The RDX hasn't been updated since 2013, and for 2016 it gains a number of updates that should keep Acura's second-best seller fresh.

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The RDX gets new front and rear styling, a slightly more efficient and powerful engine plus a new optional multimedia system. A line-topping Advance Package is also available for the first time; it slots above the Technology Package and offers newly available features as well as a suite of advanced safety options.

By Joe Bruzek | February 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago


The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

2014 Acura MDX, RDX Earn Five-Star Crash Ratings


By Matt Schmitz

As of today, Acura added two of its luxury nameplates to the coveted ranks of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety award recipients. The all-new 2014 MDX SUV and the 2014 RDX crossover both received five-star overall scores in NHTSA's safety assessments, including individual five-star ratings in frontal and side-impact tests, and four stars for rollover resistance.

That's an improvement for the MDX, whose 2013 version scored four stars overall, with individual fours in frontal and rollover tests, and a five in side-impact tests. NHTSA did not rate the RDX for the 2013 model year.

By Robby DeGraff | October 30, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Acura RDX


Honda is recalling some 204,500 SUVs and minivans for a brake-shift interlock that can allow the transmission to shift away from Park without the driver pressing the brake. The recall, which affects the 2012-2013 Honda CR-V SUV and Odyssey minivan, as well as the 2013 RDX SUV from Honda's Acura luxury division, has not resulted in any incidents or complaints, Honda says, but an internal investigation found the automatic transmissions can slip out of Park in freezing temperatures.

In total, the automaker will recall around 128,000 CR-Vs, 59,000 Odysseys and 17,500 RDXs.

Honda will send notifications in May and encourages owners to bring their cars to authorized dealerships. Owners can also visit or, call the automaker's recall lines at 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) and select option 4, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Kelsey Mays | April 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura RDX: What's Changed


  • Most significant changes: New exterior color
  • Price change: $200 price increase
  • On sale: Today
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013

Acura's compact crossover was redesigned for 2013, and for 2014 the only big change is its price. The RDX gets a bit more expensive this year; it starts at $35,415 for 2014. The 2013 model has a base price of $35,215 (all prices include an $895 destination fee).

The extra $200 buys you a new exterior color option: Kona Coffee replaces the previous Amber Brownstone this year. The front- or all-wheel-drive RDX again comes with a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Acura RDX goes on sale today. Trim level pricing is below:  

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to Offer Apple's Siri

Later this year, Honda will integrate the iPhone's Siri artificial assistant into the 2013 Accord, as well as the 2013 RDX and ILX from the automaker's Acura luxury division. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running the latest operating system, Siri can read incoming text messages, respond to texts and emails, add calendar appointments, check the weather, give sports scores or stock quotes, find points of interest, announce turn-by-turn directions or make a phone call over the car's Bluetooth system — just by pressing the steering-wheel Bluetooth button for a few moments. It's all part of Apple's new Eyes Free mode, which works while your smartphone screen stays dark.

Pricing for the dealer-installed option is still pending, Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles said. The news follows a similar announcement from GM, with other automakers — Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, according to Engadget — set to follow.

By Kelsey Mays | January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

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