2021 Acura RDX Preview: Features, Specs, Type S

The current generation of this compact crossover has been around for a couple of years. Reviews are mostly highly positive. Critics praise this crossover for interior quality, roominess and a long list of standard and optional equipment. However, there is also a couple of drawbacks. One of them is a non-intuitive infotainment system, while the other one is the lack of more powerful engine options. The former probably won’t change for the next year, while the latter has been rumored, in the form of the Type S model, which should come back according to rumors. However, the company is quiet about 2021 Acura RDX, so take the rumors with a reserve.

On the other side, standard models will carry on in the same way. This means you may count on familiar design characteristics, while the biggest additions could be novelties in terms of new standard features. Other than that, the 2021 Acura RDX will carry on in the same way. We expect to see it on sale by the end of the third quarter of the year, with no bigger changes in price.

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Acura RDX Design

In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Acura RDX definitely won’t change. The current generation is still pretty fresh for bigger changes and we expected that the mid-cycle refresh won’t happen that soon. On the other side, rumors suggest that the Japanese brand could bring the Type S badge back. According to some rumors, this would be a notably upgraded version, with a more powerful engine and loads of other upgrades. Of course, this includes a new suspension setup, brakes, and other mechanical tweaks. Visual upgrades would come as well. On the other side, the standard model is about to carry on in the same way, with the styling that follows the brand’s latest design language, full of sharp lines and angels. Of course, we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see a couple of new color options in the offer either.


Changes on the inside aren’t expected either. The 2021 Acura RDX should carry on with the same cabin, which is one of the model’s stronges point. It is roomy and features pretty amazing overall quality. The dashboard features mostly soft-touch materials and looks very upscale, pretty much on par with German competitors. Also, we like the sound insulation.

2021 Acura RDX interior

With more than 108 inches in wheelbase, it’s obvious that this crossover has a lot of room to offer on the inside. Both rows are very generous in terms of space and we can say this crossover accommodates five adults with ease. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 29.5 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 58.9 cubic feet with the seats folded down. These are a pretty good number for the class.

2021 Acura RDX Engines

When it comes to the engine lineup, the current model comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts our around 272 horsepower and comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Dynamics are good, while engine refinement is at an impressive level. Also, mpg ratings are pretty good. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are above-average ratings for the class.

All in all, it’s hard to find any weak point in the powertrain department. Still, most rivals also have performance-oriented versions in the offer, with more potent engines under the hood. That’s why many reports suggest a comeback of the Type S model, which would feature something more powerful, whether it’s a V6 engine or tuned version of the current turbo-four. Unfortunately, we don’t have any details at the moment.


Novelties in terms of standard equipment are always possible, so we may see a couple of additions for the next year as well. Still, we don’t expect to see anything significant, so most of the things are about to remain the same. That means that base models will be equipped with things like 10.2-inch True Touchpad Interface, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, two USB ports etc. In higher trims, you can also get things like 12- and 16-speaker ELS audio systems, two additional USB ports, and navigation.

When it comes to safety features, the current model comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Additionally, you can get things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

2021 Acura RDX rear

2021 Acura RDX Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 Acura RDX sometime in the third quarter of the year, with the base price around 39.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60 etc.

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