By April 4, 2014

2015 Acura RDX – Review

year: 2015
Make: Acura
Model: RDX
Price: $ 34895
Engine: V6
Horsepower @ RPM: 273 @ 6200
MPG(Cty): 20
MPG(Hwy): 28
Torque @ RPM: 251 @ 5000
Displacement: 3.5 L
0-60 time: 6.5 sec.
Top Speed: 135 mph

Since the new Acura RDX made its market debut in the the 2013 model of the year, the SUV has become a popular one for customers specially in St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada), posting 22 straight monthly sales record as of February 2014. For the 2015 model year, the RDX packs most of what made it such a desirable model, including with the same V-6 engine that nets 270 horsepower and Acura’s innovative Technology Package.

While other models look better than the RDX, there is a certain amount of appeal to the SUV’s rather no-frills character. The all-business look lends to its strong and fuel efficient V-6, and when you add all the standard equipment put into the RDX, it usually translates to strong customer appeal and, in turn, high volume of sales.

Acura’s hitching its wagon to the belief that the popularity of the RDX will remain for the 2015 model. It’s a precarious position to be in, but for the most part, the company is adhering to the “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” adage.

The RDX has proved to be a successful luxury SUV option for drivers in Niagara. There is little reason to believe that it cannot continue to be for years to come.

Exterior

For the second year in a row since the new RDX made its debut in 2012 as a 2013 model, the SUV will retain most of its exterior attributes. The only noticeable change that Acura deemed worthy of mention was the addition of new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a motion adaptive electric power steering system.

Both aren’t likely to make the RDX look any better, but the effects should be felt once you take the SUV out for a spin.

2015 Acura RDX – Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 105.7 in (2685 mm)
Track, front 63.1 in (1604 mm)
Track, rear 63.4 in (1610 mm)
Overall Length 183.5 in (4660 mm)
Overall Width 73.7 in (1872 mm)
Overall Height 66.1 in (1678 mm)
Ground Clearance Unladen 8.1 in (205 mm)
Ground Clearance Fully Laden 5.4 in (137 mm)
Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs

2015 Acura RDX – Weights

Curb Weight RDX (2WD)
RDX (2WD) w/ Tech Package
RDX (AWD)
RDX (AWD) w/ Tech Package
3,717 lbs (1686 kg)
3,732 lbs (1693 kg)
3,838 lbs (1741 kg)
3,852 lbs (1747 kg)
Weight Distribution (front/rear) RDX (2WD)
RDX (2WD) w/ Tech Package
RDX (AWD)
RDX (AWD) w/ Tech Package
2,231 lbs / 1,486 lbs
2,233 lbs / 1,499 lbs
2,277 lbs / 1,561 lbs
2,273 lbs / 1,579 lbs

2015 Acura RDX – Standard Exterior Features

  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with integrated directional signals and Reverse gear tilt-down function
  • Body-colored tailgate spoiler
  • Privacy-type tinted rear glass
  • Speed-sensing, variable-speed, intermittent front windshield wipers with headlight integration feature
  • Intermittent rear-window wiper with integrated rear window defroster with timer
  • Projector beam headlights (High-Intensity Discharge design available) with Auto on/off function

Interior

Same goes for the interior of the RDX, which is still the same as far as the layout and configurations are concerned.

That being said by Niagara car enthusiasts, all the nice features are still there, including heated leather seats, a power moonroof, and a 360-watt audio system. On the technology front, the Pandora interface is still there, as is the SMS text messaging function, the Active Noise Control system, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Acura’s very own Technology Package.

In case there’s any confusion, the Technology Package brings a host of the company’s best tech features to the 2015 RDX, not the least of which includes the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, a GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System, a power-actuated rear tailgate, projector beam headlights with Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs and front fog lights.

2015 Acura RDX – Interior Dimensions

Front Seats Head Room
Leg Room
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
38.7 in (983 mm)
42.0 in (1068 mm)
55.7 in (1068 mm)
58.6 in (1490 mm)
Second Row Seats Head Room
Leg Room
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
38.1 in (969 mm)
38.3 in (973 mm)
53.8 in (1367 mm)
57.2 in (1454 mm)
Interior Volumes Passenger volume
Cargo area (rear seats down)
Cargo area (above floor area with rear seats down)
Cargo area (rear seats up)
103.5 cubic feet
76.9 cubic feet
61.3 cubic feet
26.1 cubic feet

2015 Acura RDX – Standard Interior Features

  • Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way power adjustable passenger front seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front center console with dual-level storage
  • Fold down center armrest for rear seat passengers
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, MID)

Drivetrain

This may sound like a broken record at this point, but in the interest of full disclosure, the 2015 RDX will also receive the same 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 251 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Performance numbers likely won’t change as a result either with the SUV capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 135 mph.

Engine Type 3.5-liter SOHC V-6
Horsepower, SAE net 273 hp at 6,200 rpm
Torque, SAE net 251 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm
Redline 6,800 rpm
Bore and Stroke 3.5 x 3.7 inches (89 x 93 mm)
Displacement 211.8 cu in (3,471 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Induction System Multi-Point Fuel Injection, Drive-By-Wire™ throttle system, Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
Valvetrain Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®), 4- valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Engine Block Aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder liners
Emissions Certification EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV

Prices

For the minimal differences attributed to the 2015 RDX, Acura did see it fit to add to the price of the SUV. The base RDX FWD 6AT now retails for $34,895, slightly higher than the $34,520 price of the previous year’s model. Likewise, the RDX (FWD) 6AT with the Technology Package saw its price jump to $38,595 compared to $38,220.

Meanwhile, the AWD 6AT trim now retails for $36,295, up from the $35,920 price of the 2014 model. Finally, the top-of-the-line AWD 6AT with the Technology Package now sits at $39,995, slightly more than the 2014 RDX’s $39,620 price tag.

Trim Name Trans EPA MSRP
RDX (FWD) 6AT 20/28/23 $34,895
RDX (FWD) w/ Technology Package 6AT 20/28/23 $38,595
RDX (AWD) 6AT 19/27/22 $36,295
RDX (AWD) w/ Technology Package 6AT 19/27/22 $39,995
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