2014 Acura RDX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2014 Acura RDX

New For 2014

The 2014 Acura RDX is essentially unchanged for this year other than a new exterior paint color, Kona coffee, which replaces a shade known as amber brownstone.

Vehicle Summary

Acura's compact crossover RDX was completely redone for the 2013 model year, so the 2014 Acura RDX is essentially unchanged. Where Acura geared the previous-generation RDX more toward the sporty side of the crossover equation, the company has elected to keep thing simple with the current car, which feels like a smaller version of the MDX. Acura loads up the RDX with lots of standard equipment, including leather, heated seats, a moonroof, keyless entry, and a multi-angle rear camera, offering consumers a value proposition with a starting price of $35,415.


The 2014 Acura RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine -- rated at 273 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque -- paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It marks a philosophical change for Acura, which ditched a turbocharged four-cylinder that made less power (240 hp) and slightly more torque (260 lb-ft) in favor of this normally aspirated six. The move goes against what has become a trend in the auto industry, namely downsizing engine options in advance of tightening CAFE standards. Acura can buck that trend because the RDX actually gets better fuel economy with the V-6, which achieves 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway in front-wheel guise. The all-wheel-drive model returns a respectable 19/27 mpg city/highway. In addition, the V-6 operates more smoothly than the peaky turbo four. The 2014 Acura RDX handles very well, and the ride is composed even on rough road surfaces.

The all-wheel option (Acura ditched its SH-AWD system in the RDX for a simpler part-time AWD system) is one of just two significant choices buyers must make, as Acura has not larded up the RDX with a long list of options. The only other real decision is whether to take the technology upgrade, which costs $3700 extra and adds navigation with voice recognition, a 60-gig hard drive, real-time traffic and weather updates, and HID headlights.

The cabin has room for five and can be trimmed in simple black or tan color schemes. The materials are a refreshing departure from the last RDX, whose interior was covered with dark, hard plastics across the instrument and door panels. Most of the plastic surfaces are made of nicely grained, soft-touch materials, and Acura dresses things up by inserting a sizable amount of leatherette-trimmed accents into the front and rear door panels. The rear cargo hold has ample room for suitcases and sporting goods. When the 60/40-split second row is folded, there is a cavernous 76.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

You'll like:

  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Plenty of space
  • Excellent ride quality

You won't like:

  • Dated electronic interface
  • Less sophisticated AWD system
  • Less sporty

Key Competitors

  • BMW X3
  • Audi Q5
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Lexus RX

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2014 Acura RDX Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
273 hp @ 6200rpm
251 ft lb of torque @ 5000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in Fall 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning on March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JX2, JX3 and JX4.
Potential Units Affected
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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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