A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Acura RDX

Compact luxury SUVs have come a long way since the Acura RDX first showed up on the scene. However, to this day, Acura still produces one of the best vehicles in this category. The 2012 Acura RDX is a great example of this in terms of price, performance and luxury.

Key Features

Even with compact SUVs, a rearview camera can make a huge difference. This feature is great, especially when you’re trying to parallel park the RDX.

Folding rear seats are awesome as they’ll give you 60.6 cubic feet of space when you need extra room for storage.

Optional AWD is available.

Bluetooth capabilities are always great. This vehicle actually comes pre-wired for phone use too, so you can basically begin talking hands-free the moment you get inside.

Changes for 2012

For the most part, there were no serious changes made to the 2011 model. The 2012 RDX benefits from some technological upgrades as well as an optional technology package though.

What We Like

It’s hard not to get excited about the four-cylinder engine under the hood of this RDX. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that will give you all the control necessary to really explore this SUV’s power.

Despite its affordability, the 2012 Acura RDX comes with a laundry list of standard features like heated seats, a power moonroof, a USB port, a Dolby surround sound stereo system with 10 speakers (including a subwoofer), heated front seats and much more.

What Concerns Us

Although the SUV is plenty powerful, there is sometimes a bit of turbo lag when you try accelerating from a full stop. Fortunately, after the initial hesitation, the problem evaporates.

The interior is certainly luxurious, but you’ll also notice that Acura went for lower-quality materials than many of their higher-end competitors do.

Available Models

The 2012 Acura RDX only comes in one model, but there are a number of different packages and optional features you can opt for in order to customize your SUV.

With the basic version of this vehicle, you’ll get 19 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. If you decide to go with an AWD model, it will drop to 17/22.

Major Recalls

There have never been any recalls issued for the 2012 Acura RDX.

Common Issues

Unless you really want the engine provided by Acura, it seems like a lot of people wish they had saved their money and gone with the Honda CR-V instead.

Acura RDX 2012 Interior


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