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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
All RDX models now feature redesigned center-stack controls and a new standard rearview mirror with an integrated rear-camera display.
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A USB port for connecting your audio player is now installed along with Bluetooth connectivity, both of which are standard
The main problem with this interface is that it's not always clear when you need to push the joystick up or down, or to either side.
Most controls are large enough, logical, and handy
the navigation unit hasn't been upgraded to the company's most recent version, used in the TL
The 2012 Acura RDX is a very well-equipped compact crossover--with audio features its forte--although many other high-tech extras are missing from the options list.
Overall, while the RDX is very well equipped with traditional comfort-and-convenience features, but on this tech-savvy, luxury-brand vehicle, safety-tech features like a blind-spot system, lane-departure, or active headlamps are lacking, and items like a heated steering wheel or heated rear seats--now offered on much more affordable vehicles--aren't to be found here.
Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-speaker sound system, and a USB/iPod port are on the standard-features list, while tech and entertainment options do include XM satellite radio, DVD-Audio capability, and real-time XM traffic info.
Last year Acura also broadened the standard-features list to include an electronic compass, automatic headlights, and better cup holders have been added, and ambient footwell lighting, a compass, a pull handle for the hatch, and automatic headlamps are included.As much as we love the RDX's sound system, we've found that its control layout is cluttered and needlessly complex, and the display doesn't have enough characters to handle satellite radio or media-player song information. The nav system's display screen is also prone to reflections, but we do like its menu system as well as integrated real-time traffic and weather (part of the Tech Package).
Audio and connectivity are pretty impressive in the 2012 Acura RDX, but its roster of tech and safety-tech extras is surprisingly empty, in a class where the bragging rights count.