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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
With standard leather, as well as heated front seats with a memory function the interior hits all the premium benchmarks.
The RDX is well equipped at its starting price, but if you get the urge to splurge, the Technology Package adds navigation, a killer audio system, a power liftgate, and a few other extra style and convenience way-up upgrades.
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Cubby count is up, button count is down, and standard techno-gadgets abound.
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Paddle shifters are perfectly located on the steering wheel but emit an annoying and unnecessary metallic click with each shift.
The center console isn't as expansive as before (the previous RDX center console could swallow a sizable laptop computer whole), but a covered cubby contains both the USB audio input and 12-volt power outlet, and keeps devices tethered to either tucked out of sight.
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.
The 2013 RDX delivers lots of bang for the buck—although it's missing some of the high-tech gadgets.