The 2020 Acura RDX Has Only 1 Major Interior Flaw Says Consumer Reports

The 2020 model year is coming to an end, but you still have time to get your hands on one of the year’s best cars. One of the best-rated compact luxury SUVs of the year is the 2020 Acura RDX. The RDX shines for its agile performance and well-balanced handling. But there is one flaw that puts a damper on this ride.

2020 Acura RDX performance 

2020 Acura RDX A-Spec
2020 Acura RDX A-Spec | Acura

Acura’s RDX provides an enjoyable driving experience. The RDX features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 272-hp. Critics have praised the RDX’s engine for its savory power and quick acceleration. Many reviewers have also recognized this Acura for its smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel-drive is available. 

The RDX comes with active safety features, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking to make driving easier. Another relatively bright-spot of the RDX is its fuel economy. The SUV has an EPA rating of up to 24 mpg overall. This rating is on par for the class and makes the RDX one of the most fuel-efficient Acura SUVs. Reviewers at Consumer Reports were especially impressed with the RDX’s quick steering and enthusiasm. 

“Even on the track, the RDX was very capable and sporty. It showed strong tire grip and was very balanced at its handling limits. In addition, it performed well in our avoidance maneuver, posting 52 mph through the course. Acura makes a big deal about its Super Handling AWD, which only comes into play when drivers accelerate through a corner.”

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Cabin comforts 

A front-view of the 2020 RDX's interior with beige seats.
2020 Acura RDX interior | Acura

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As you would expect from a luxury SUV, the RDX also pleases with its gorgeous cabin. The RDX has a futuristic design and many comfortable resting places thanks to its soft finishings. The RDX is a five-seater that comes with faux leather upholstery plus heated front seats. There are a few options you can upgrade with, including leather upholstery and cooled front seats. 

You’ll also appreciate the RDX for practicality. Road testers at CR liked that the SUV has a “cockpit-like feel,” which makes for a more comfortable driving experience. Furthermore, the RDX offers plenty of interior space, and its cargo room is notable too. 

The RDX’s main interior flaw 

The front interior of a 2020 RDX with an instrument cluster.
2020 Acura RDX infotainment display | Acura

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“However, Acura’s infotainment system is much more frustrating because even once owners know how it works, it continues to be too distracting and unintuitive. It has a dash-mounted screen that drivers can only interact with by using the touch pad that sits between the front seats. This is how users perform most audio, phone, and navigation functions.”

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Is the RDX’s in-car tech a dealer-breaker?

A 2020 Acura RDX on display
The 2020 Acura RDX | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Acura

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The RDX’s infotainment system isn’t as easy to use compared to some of its rivals. That said, this doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. In many ways, the 2020 RDX presents good value with a starting price of $37,800. If you decide this Acura is right for you, make sure to familiarize yourself with the car’s infotainment system, so it’s not too much of a distraction as you drive.