Let’s take a look at the 2022 Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX in blue.
2018 Acura RDX in blue.

The 2022 Acura RDX is one of the more affordable compact luxury SUVs, which is amazing because in our evaluations it consistently outperforms more expensive competitors. It is spacious, with a long list of standard equipment. For the 2022 model year, Acura has given it new sound insulation and an Active Sound Control system that counteracts road and wind noise to make the cabin significantly quieter.

Acura sells the RDX in one trim level, with the option of four-wheel drive and several packages that enhance performance and technology. A limited-edition PMC model is hand-tuned at the same Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio where Acura builds the NSX supercar.

Passenger room and comfort

All luxury SUVs pamper their drivers. The RDX is distinguished by space.

Acura’s compact SUV offers the driver more head, leg and shoulder room than the Lexus NX, Genesis G70or Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The story is almost the same in the back. The Genesis beats the RDX on headroom, but the Acura wins in every other dimension.

As for the cargo space, it’s no contest. The RDX offers more with the rear seats in place and a lot more with the seats folded down.

In basic form, the RDX offers 12-way electrically adjustable, heated front seats with electrical lumbar support. Upgrading to the A-Spec package adds ventilation and a great looking flat bottom handlebar.

Features and technology

The interior of the 2022 Acura RDX

The interior of the 2022 Acura RDX

For 2022, Acura has strengthened the technology offered in the base RDX. It now includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New active noise canceling technology counteracts cabin noise to make the ride quieter.

But most buyers will still want to opt for the Technology Package. It adds an ELS Studio 3D premium audio system with 16 speakers and a GPS-linked dual-zone climate control system that takes the position of the sun into account when the cabin temperature is kept constant.

Technology, A-Spec, Advance and A-Spec Advance models also get Acura’s Iconic Drive ambient lighting system. It allows you to choose between 27 colors of cabin lighting – the kind of high personalization that luxury buyers are beginning to expect at this price.

Every RDX gets a 10.2-inch touchscreen. It can also be controlled via a touchpad in the center console.

Every RDX gets the same set of safety and driver assistance features. It includes collision braking, adaptive cruise control that can maintain a certain distance from the vehicle in front even if the traffic speed changes, and lane assist. We respect automakers who offer the same safety suite to all buyers regardless of the options they choose, so Acura wins points for this.

The 2022 Acura RDX seen from a rear quarter angle

The 2022 Acura RDX seen from a rear quarter angle

Materials and design

Since the 2019 redesign, the RDX has been a good looking vehicle. But for 2022, Acura has made subtle improvements that make the look more polished and refined.

The chrome grille is thinner than ever and the air intakes are larger. That gives it a more refined look. The eye is still drawn to the grille thanks to a mesh pattern that radiates from the Acura decal. It seems as if the trails of stars in a movie spaceship are going at warp speed.

A-Spec models ride on larger 20-inch wheels (other RDXs get 19-inchers) and are finished in a luxurious gloss black.

Inside, aluminum finish is now standard. The transmission engages with buttons rather than a traditional shift lever, resulting in a sleek looking dashboard and a sense of more space. Using it takes some getting used to.

If interior trim and finish are important to you, you can check the box for some of the feature packs. The Advance Pack adds soft Milano leather and a contemporary-looking open-pored wood trim.

Acura will build only 200 units of the limited-run RDX PMC edition. Hand built and shipped to the dealer in a closed container, they look stunning in Long Beach Blue lacquer and orchid Milano leather trim.

Cargo space and flexibility

With the rear seats in place, the 2022 Acura RDX offers 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s one of the highest figures in its class and nearly 7 cubic feet more than the Lexus NX.

But when you put down the seats, the truly impressive figure emerges. With the rear seats folded, the RDX has 58.9 cubic feet of space. That’s more than anything in the class and blows the NX’s 46.9″ away

The Acura designers have managed to make the RDX look sleek and sporty without giving it a steeply sloping tailgate. That means it has the usable cargo space buyers want in an SUV. Many rivals have sloping rooflines at the rear which may make them look sporty, but make them less practical.

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