Certified Pre-Owned 2016 AcuraRDX Technology 3.5 SUV

  • VIN: 5J8TB4H58GL014012
  • Stock: 12226AG
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Acura RDX
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77,174 miles
Fuel Economy
19.0/28.0 mpg City/Hwy
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Interior Color
All-wheel Drive

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Leather / Heated Seating 
Rear Parking Camera 
Xenon Headlamps 
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V
2016 Acura RDX

The 2016 Acura RDX is a treat, with exciting driving dynamics and a posh, comfortable interior, but its fussy multimedia system left a bad taste in my mouth.

The RDX is lightly updated this year, with fresh front and rear styling outside and a new optional multimedia system inside; several advanced safety options are also new this year. Compare the 2015 and 2016 models here.

Body-type competitors include the Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX 200t. Compare all four here.

Exterior & Styling

In the field of luxury vehicles, the Acura brand has been the automotive equivalent of Punky Brewster: shooting for bold and bright, but often coming off garish, brash and not very stylish.

Maybe it’s how Acura has tried so hard to stand out, with its ever-expanding, face-consuming shield grille that’s made its vehicles blend in. Updates to its compact SUV for 2016, however, give the RDX a styling edge. Flashy multiple-LED headlights in the automaker’s signature jewel-eye design are standard and really pop against its more chiseled front end. In back, there’s a more angular bumper and new LED taillights. It’s understated compared with the Lexus NX’s bold face and the MKC’s elegance, and it matches the Q5’s smart style.

How It Drives

The Acura RDX AWD or front-wheel-drive is fun to drive and handles like a smaller vehicle. It corners nimbly, with little body lean, and has great zip from a stop, especially in Sport mode. A new 279-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 makes 6 more hp than last year, and fuel economy is up a smidge too. The base two-wheel drive RDX is EPA-rated at 20/29/23 mpg city/highway/combined. That’s the same as the base Lincoln MKC and similar to the Audi Q5 (20/28/23), but not quite as high as the Lexus NX 200t (22/28/25). All four recommend premium gasoline. The MKC offers a more powerful gas engine option, and the Q5 has upgraded gasoline and diesel engines available.

Shifts with the Acura RDX’s six-speed automatic are prompt but not especially smooth — again, something more noticeable in Sport mode.

On the highway, the ride is fairly smooth and very quiet overall, with good isolation from wind and road noise. My only complaint is with the steering. It has a solid, weighty feel, which I like, but has trouble staying on center at highway speeds and needs too much correction.


My test model was loaded and cost around $44,000, and though the interior was nice, it didn’t impart the same feeling of luxury you get from sinking into the sumptuous AWD Audi Q5. The RDX’s heated and cooled front leather seats felt nice enough (the heat is standard, but the ventilation and leather are optional), and the brushed metal trim looked fine, but it was missing the wow factor expected from a luxury cabin with top ratings. To add insult to injury, the moonroof is downright dinky.

Backseat comfort is high, with ample headroom and legroom and newly standard rear climate vents. By the numbers, the RDX has more backseat legroom than the MKC, NX and Q5, with 38.3 inches. In terms of rear headroom, it’s midpack. With 38.1 inches, it offers less than the Q5 (39.0) and MKC (38.7) but the same as the NX.

One annoyance is that the middle seat’s shoulder belt comes down from the roof, blocking visibility. The top tether anchor’s setup is the same; it also blocks visibility when used to install a forward-facing child-safety seat. Read our Car Seat Check for more information.

Ergonomics & Electronics

I imagine some blood was shed among Acura’s engineering teams when designing the multimedia system: the touch-screen camp versus the controller-knob group. Unfortunately, they both won. The RDX’s console panel is cluttered with screens, buttons and dials, and their relationship and placement are confusing. The large knob on the bottom controls the top screen’s functions, not those on the screen right above it, which is a touch-screen.

Once you figure out what’s going on where, the system is more user-friendly than the touchpad-based unit in similar vehicles like the Lexus NX or Audi’s MMI control knob setup. I appreciate that the available navigation gets its own screen (on top), separate from the audio information (bottom screen), but there’s definitely a learning curve, and the console is a mess visually.

One thing Acura didn’t change for the Acura RDX this year is the shifter. In other vehicles, like the MDX and related Honda Pilot, oddly placed electronic gear selector buttons replace the traditional shifter. Even without that change, though, the RDX has enough confusing buttons.

Cargo & Storage

Cargo room overall is good for a compact SUV. In front, there’s a deep center console and an additional bin near the shifter. In back, the cargo area is generous, though the floor is a bit high, so loading bulkier items feels a bit awkward.

By the numbers, the RDX has 26.1 cubic feet of space. That’s less than the Q5 (29.1) but more than the MKC (25.2) and NX 200t (17.7). The seats fold down quickly and easily via handy cargo-area levers. The Lexus NX has an optional power-folding second row — an unusual option. With the seats folded, the RDX has 61.3 cubic feet of maximum space, much more than competitors.


The 2016 Acura RDX hasn’t yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 model isn’t an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but Acura hopes to change that. The automaker says it has improved the body structure and expects the 2016 to provide better front collision protection.

A backup camera is standard. Newly available is the optional AcuraWatch suite of safety systems, which includes forward collision warning with autonomous braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Blind spot and rear cross-traffic detection systems are available in the Technology Package. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class

The 2016 Acura RDX starts around $36,000. The Lexus NX 200t and Lincoln MKC start a bit lower but, again, come standard with a four-cylinder engine instead of the Acura RDX AWD’s V-6. The Audi Q5 starts considerably higher, but comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The Acura RDX is uncommonly generous with safety equipment availability. Several features, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning are available on the base model in the AcuraWatch Plus Package ($1,300). Some competitors offer advanced safety features only on higher trim levels. If you want navigation or heated leather seats, though, those items are grouped in fairly expensive packages and can’t be had as stand-alone options.

If you can get past the moderately annoying optional multimedia system and steep option package prices, the 2016 Acura RDX is a delight, with lively driving dynamics and a refined, comfortable — if not very exciting — interior.

Detailed Specifications

  • Braking Systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Front Disc Brakes - 12.3" ventilated
  • Front Stabilizer Bar - 21.0 mm
  • Front Suspension - MacPherson strut
  • Rear Disc Brakes - 12.0" solid
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar - 19.0 mm
  • Rear Suspension - Multi-Link
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Tires - 235/60 R18 high-performance all-season
  • Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb - 38.9 ft
  • Wheels - 18" x 7.5" aluminum-alloy
  • Angle (approach / departure / breakover) - 17.2° / 22.7° / 18.1°
  • Curb Weight - 3935 lb (1785 kg)
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 103.5 cu ft
  • Front Track - 63.1 in (1604 mm)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 16.0 U.S. gallons (60.5 liters)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 8.1 in (205 mm)
  • Headroom : Front - 38.7 in (983 mm)
  • Headroom : Rear - 38.1 in (969 mm)
  • Height (unladen) - 65.0 in (1650 mm)
  • Hiproom : Front - 55.7 in (1415 mm)
  • Hiproom : Rear - 53.8 in (1367 mm)
  • Legroom : Front - 42.0 in (1068 mm)
  • Legroom : Rear - 38.3 in (973 mm)
  • Length - 184.4 in (4685 mm)
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) : 2nd row down - 61.3 cu ft46 (76.9 cu ft47)
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) : 2nd row up - 26.1 cu ft46
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 5
  • Rear Track - 63.4 in (1610 mm)
  • Shoulder Room : Front - 58.7 in (1490 mm)
  • Shoulder Room : Rear - 57.2 in (1454 mm)
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 60 / 40
  • Wheelbase - 105.7 in (2685 mm)
  • Width - 73.7 in (1872 mm)
  • 1st - 3.36
  • 2nd - 2.09
  • 3rd - 1.48
  • 4th - 1.06
  • 5th - 0.75
  • 6th - 0.56
  • Final Drive - 4.25
  • Gear Ratios (:1)
  • Maximum Torque Distribution Range (front: rear) - 100:0 to 60:40
  • Reverse - 2.27
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Type - Front-wheel drive or AWD with Intelligent Control System™
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Compression Ratio - 10.5:1
  • Displacement - 3.5 liters
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings27 (city / highway / combined) - 19 / 28 / 22
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined) - 19 / 27 / 22
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined) - 19 / 28 / 22
  • Engine Type - Aluminum-alloy V-6
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 279 @ 6200
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire throttle system
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) - 252 @ 4900
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Valvetrain - 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®
  • 18" x 7.5" Alloy Wheels
  • Acura ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
  • Acura/ELS Surround-Sound System with 10 Speakers
  • AcuraLink Communication System with Real-Time Traffic
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Color Meter Display Screen
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Front Passenger's 8-Way Power Seat
  • GPS-Linked, Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • HD Radio
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
  • Heated Power Door Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Jewel Eye LED Headlights
  • Keyless Access System with Smart Entry
  • LED Illuminated Tail Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • On-Demand Multi-Use Display Touch Screen
  • P235/60 R18 All-Season Tires
  • Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Power Tailgate
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Driver Recognition Memory System
  • Driver's 10-Way Power Seat
  • Front Auto Up/Down Windows
  • Heated Front Seats
  • HomeLink System
  • Leather-Trimmed Sport Seats
  • MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Pandora Internet Radio Interface
  • Power Windows and Door Locks
  • Push-Button Ignition
  • Rear Console Vents
  • SMS Text Messaging Functionality
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
  • USB Audio Interface
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • ACE Body Structure
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Dual-Stage Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Side Airbags
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • LATCH System for Child Seats
  • LED Day Time Running Lights
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • 279hp 3.5-Liter SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC VCM II V6 Engine
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift
  • AWD with Intelligent Control
  • Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
  • Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) with Roadside Assistance18 - 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Outer body rust-through16 - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Seat Belts - 15-year/150,000-mile limited warranty
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.4Out of 5
  • Back with Acura

    By Bartlett92 on Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Traded in the MKX and went back to Acura. My wife and I both say it's fun to drive. Better gas mileage then the Lincoln.
  • Reliable, confortable drive.

    By Ignacio on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    I previously owned Mercedes SUV's and I did not have with them the reliability and dependability of an RDX Acura. The 3.5-liter engine offers enough power to provide acceleration when needed. The interior is comfortable and the materials durable. The ride is dynamic and comfortable, even for long trips. The recall for the airbag was taken care of without complications (I even got a rental for the time it took). This is a car I definitely would buy again. Too bad they went back to the smaller turbo engine. I bet they will reverse that decision soon.
  • Love the convenience and power of this suv

    By RK Kansas on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    I traded in my '07 TL type-s for this back in December. After checking out cars at the auto show, I liked the looks and the gas mileage of the RDX out of all the SUV's in its class. I have been getting around 21 mpg in town and 26-27 on trips, which was better than my TL on local mpg. I got the RDX AWD with Tech package and love the seats and sound system (but was used to better as I had the type-s TL which had the premium sound system and navigation as well). I also love the jeweled headlights for their look and also for the visibility they give me. After being in this it would be hard for me to go back to a car again.
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