If you’re in the market for a luxury compact crossover, you have plenty of options. Along with the German standards (the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and all-new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class), the 2023 Acura RDX competes with the Lexus RX, Infiniti QX50, and Genesis GV70. While the 2023 RDX looks ready for a redesign, the current generation still has a few points in its favor. Conservative but attractive styling, a potent powertrain (although no hybrid is available), and a comfortable cabin make it a strong buy.
Acura has built its reputation on giving luxury car buyers a lot for less. This strength is evident in the 2023 Acura RDX, a compact SUV offering outstanding value. The RDX is more affordable than European rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. For its relatively accessible price, it delivers lively handling, a spacious cabin, and lots of cargo room. It also has a long list of standard features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 10.2-inch infotainment display.
That doesn’t mean the RDX is perfect. Its only engine choice is a 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. Rivals such as the X3 and Jaguar F-Pace provide more options, some with significantly more horsepower. And while this Acura’s cabin looks attractive, it’s not as plush as those in SUVs like the Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60.
Spacious and peppy, the Acura RDX is a compelling pick. It should hold particular appeal for drivers seeking maximum bang for the buck.
For the 2023 model year, the Acura RDX gains some new standard premium services.
All models now come with three years of AcuraLink services, which include Security and Remote packages. The Security package provides Automatic Collision Notification, which connects you with a live agent in the event of a collision. And the Remote package includes Remote Start and Stop, which lets you warm or cool the cabin before you enter the vehicle.
The RDX also adds the Acura Maintenance package. This complimentary plan covers select factory-scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. It includes oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.
Lastly, Acura has narrowed this SUV’s selection of primary option packages from six to five.