Crossover & Midsize

U.S. News Rates the 2020 Acura RDX as the Top Luxury Compact SUV

2020 is proving to be another winning year for Acura’s luxury crossover SUV, the RDX. Since its redesign in 2019, this American-made model is edging out the competition and winning accolades from the likes of J.D. Power and U.S. News. Taking the No. 1 spot in the 15 Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020 list, it’s clear to see why it’s taking the lead in its class.

Earning the enviable score of 8.6 on a scale from 1-10, these are some of this year’s RDX highlights. 

The Acura RDX’s comfortable ride

Described by U.S. News as having “confident poised handling and responsive steering” as well as an excellent suspension, this makes for a smooth ride. A reviewer for Shifting Lanes explains that the more powerful engine in the RDX makes driving a more lively experience with super handling and an engaging AWD system that is rear-biased.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class came in at a close second but comes up short in terms of delivering a less-than-sporty ride with turbo lag on acceleration. The Lincoln Corsair, which also made the list, falls short and is described as having dull handling, non-intuitive steering and a ride that can be bouncy on uneven terrain. 

Loads of tech

Standard tech offerings on the RDX are numerous and include Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and USB ports. Also equipped with satellite radio and a nine-speaker audio system, you can cruise to any tune that suits your driving mood. The AcuraLink telematics system comes standard but has been described as being non-intuitive and taking some getting used to. 

Abundant space in an upscale cabin

A 2020 Acura RDX on display at the Acura Festival Village at Sundance Film Festival
The Acura RDX | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Acura

A refined interior cabin gives the luxury feel to this midsize sporty crossover, setting it apart from the rest. There is only minimal plastic in the interior cabin and mostly high-quality materials that come standard. Although it is possible to upgrade to Milano leather upholstery, the synthetic leather that comes standard has an elegant look and feel.

Another high mark for the RDX is the abundant cabin space and additional underfloor storage compartment. With 29.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 58.9 cubic feet with seats folded down, you will have more than enough room to stretch your legs. 

The second-place Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class comes up cramped for cabin space with only 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet with seats folded down. The coupe has even less cabin space with 17.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 49.4 with seats folded down. Another down-side to the GLC is the limited rear-seat headroom in the coupe models due to the raked roofline. 

The Acura RDX comes at a competitive starting price

Coming in at one of the lowest starting prices in its class, at $37,600, the Acura RDX is a modest choice for most individuals in the new car market. Although only having one trim level, there are several add-on packages, with the most pricey being the RDX Advance Package costing $45,700. This package includes nearly all the available features such as a head-up display and surround-view parking camera.  

Most of the other models in the class could be cost-prohibitive for those on a budget. The BMW X3 starts at $41,950, but the top performance trims can cost up to $76,900. 

In addition to boasting a 272-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, its fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway sets it apart from the competition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it an overall rating of five out of five stars, giving you peace of mind, be it city driving or for long road trips.