2015 Acura RDX

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19 CITY / 27 HWY
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What's New for 2015:
  • Acura makes no changes to the 2015 RDX

The 2015 Acura RDX is a small crossover SUV equipped with a V-6 engine and a choice between front-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). It competes against small luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Models and Features
Acura offers the RDX one way, with optional AWD and the ability to add a Technology package. Details associated with the Technology package are provided below.

Under the Hood
A 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers the 2015 RDX, motivating the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters. Variable Cylinder Management technology allows the engine to operate on fewer cylinders under certain driving conditions, such as when cruising on the highway, in order to maximize fuel economy.

An AWD system is optional for the RDX, one that is able to distribute up to half of the power to the SUV's rear wheels, according to Acura. This means it is not Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) setup, which is able to send up to 80% of engine power to a single rear wheel in order to create a torque-vectoring effect.

Fuel Economy
In standard FWD format, the 2015 Acura RDX is rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Add the AWD system and those figures dip to 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
Highlights from the standard equipment list include Bluetooth connectivity with music-streaming capability, text-messaging support, keyless passive entry with push-button engine starting, and a multi-view reversing camera. Add the optional Technology package for a navigation system, voice-recognition system, premium audio system, AcuraLink services including real-time traffic and weather reports, power rear liftgate, and HID headlights. This package also contains an automatic climate control system enhancement that adjusts temperature based on where the sun is and the effects of solar heating on one side of the vehicle or the other.


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