Compared to most other luxury crossovers in the compact-to-mid-size category, the 2014 Acura RDX offers just a little bit more for the money in its standard form--for a lower base price than the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, or Lexus RX 350.
Whether ordered with front- or all-wheel drive, the RDX comes standard with perforated leather seats, a CD/USB/iPod/satellite radio audio system, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, pushbutton ignition, Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, and a multi-view rearview camera.
The only significant upgrade in the lineup is the Technology Package. That includes navigation with real-time traffic and weather, a 410-watt Acura/ELS surround sound system (which our editors highly recommend), voice recognition, remote power-operated liftgate, GPS-linked climate control, and Xenon HID headlights.
What's missing, even with the Technology Package, are leading edge tech items--things like radar adaptive cruise control, night vision, and pedestrian detection.