2017 Acura RDX midsize crossover sales leader for maker in July
t’s not the plushest, nor the best connected SUV offering in Acura’s lineup. That recognition goes to 2017 Acura MDX, the best selling manufactured in the U.S. premium SUV of the past decade. But truthfully, not all consumers wish for or need, a near full size 3-row SUV. In rolls the last generation Honda CR-V derivative, 2017 RDX, a very capable, affordable, midsize crossover presenting ease of maneuverability, a Real Time ™ all-wheel-drive option, and one of the last remaining V6 engines available in the compact SUV segment.
2017 Acura RDX keeps it simple with one engine and one transmission option
There’s something to be said for simplifying the buying process. 2017 Acura RDX, while available in front or all-wheel-drive, offers only one engine and transmission option; I believe this to be key to RDX’s sales success, second only to a very comprehensive standard features package, and a very reasonable MSRP. As to the drive and ride experience, read about our recent road trip to Tucson, Arizona in the comfortable, well handling Acura RDX AWD Advance.
2017 Acura RDX Highlights
- 279 horsepower/torque 252 lb-ft, aluminum i-VTEC, port injected, SOHC, 24 valve V6 gas.
- Smooth as silk, 6-speed automatic with sequential shift. (paddle shifting)
- Honda CR-V derived real time all-wheel-drive.
- Rich yet understated, leather clad interior, exceptional exterior color pallet.
- Decent ride, firm, yet not jarring, very stable.
- MPG: 20 city/28 highway/23 combined AWD.
- MSRP: Begins @ $35,800. Read full specifications here.
What I’d change: Not much, I love driving RDX. While not the most sophisticated or “tech” offering in the segment, Acura RDX brings an appreciated no-nonsense approach to the premium SUV world, with driving characteristics more akin to a sport sedan. I recommend a test drive to anyone considering the purchase of a premium 2-row SUV or crossover.