The Acura RDX has become a relatively popular player in the premium two-row crossover category, backed by a string of record-breaking sales months, but retaining that marketplace momentum could be a challenge during the new selling season: The 2015 Acura RDX went on sale recently with a small ($375) price bump and unchanged content from the 2014 model year, providing a bit of an opportunity for some of its rivals to play catch-up.
On the other hand, the 2015 Acura RDX does continue to offer a significant value advantage over other in-class rivals, since entries like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK-Class start above $37K, and the Lexus RX opens at $40,795. Acura pricing includes a robust roster of standard content, too, starting with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 273 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque, with that output routed through a six-speed, paddle-equipped "SportShift" automatic transmission.
Those paddle shifters bracket a leather-wrapped multifunction steering, which, in turn, is complemented by a rearview camera, "sport" seats, perforated-leather trim, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone technology, dual-zone automatic climate control, a powered moonroof, mirror-mounted LED turn indicators, and one of Acura's typically upscale audio systems. As a result, drivers will enjoy a sound track backed by seven speakers, a USB port for iPod integration, Bluetooth for audio streaming, compatibility with Pandora Internet radio, and a trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
As expected, a number of key upgrades are available for the 2015 Acura RDX family, highlighted by an optional Technology Package and the brand's latest intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
The former includes voice-activated navigation with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather functionality, along with an audiophile-friendly Acura/ELS Surround Sound System that boasts 10 speakers, audio performance specifically tuned for Acura by a Grammy-winning sound engineer/producer, Dolby Pro Logic II, voice control, and a 15-gig hard-drive.
The 2015 Acura RDX with AWD starts at $36,295; adding the Tech Package brings the vehicle's MSRP to $38,595; and the range-topping 2015 RDX, with both all-wheel-drive and the technology upgrade, will showcase a price of admission that opens at $39,995.