The Acura RDX has the lowest ranking of all the Acura vehicles in terms of reviewers, mainly because of some problems which still have not been worked out with the car’s performance. For those who want a “luxury” compact SUV, however, the Acura RDX’s spotty handling may not be a problem, since it is the lowest-priced car in its class. The 2012 Acura RDX retails for a low $32,318 to $37,218, a full $2,000 to $11,000 less than competitive Audi and Volvo models, especially when you see what comes standard on the Acura RDX but is option on other makes. However, for some, the “you get what you pay for” mentality will still push them toward the admittedly more powerful competitors.

The 2012 Acura RDX boasts three separate trim levels, including both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options. Surprisingly, the addition of all-wheel drive does not significantly impact gas mileage; the front-wheel drive model gets 19/24 mpg while the all-wheel drive manages 17/22 fuel efficiency. The relatively poor gas mileage is another complaint reviewers have had about the Acura RDX.

On the other hand, the interior sparkles with a variety of standard features, and plenty of option add-ons. Complaints have been heard about the lack of cargo space and the “cheap” feeling of some of the design, but the standard features list includes power-adjustable and heated front seats; automatic climate control; USB port; moonroof; Bluetooth connectivity; and a rearview camera. Navigation can also be added as an option. One of the biggest positives, according to reviewers, for the Acura RDX is its long list of “standard” options which are included in the low price. For some buyers, it makes sense to invest in this car because of all the “bells and whistles” you receive at the least possible cost. Others maintain that the drop in gas mileage, probably due to the undersized engine, will soon cost you more than you would have paid to have those options installed on another vehicle.

2012 Acura RDX Safety Ratings

Safety ratings for the Acura RDX are mixed. The only tests so far performed on the 2012 are the federal government’s roll-over risk test, in which the RDX earned four out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety posted scores of “good” for the 2011 model in front, rear, and side impact ratings, but dinged the Acura RDX on rollover safety capabilities, giving the car only a “marginal” rating in that area. It has not yet been explained why the federal government’s roof-crash rating and the IIHS’s vary so widely. It may be due to the nature of the test each one performs. Standard safety features on the Acura MDX are anti-lock brakes, traction control, and brake assist, as well as six airbags, which is average for the class as a whole. The Acura MDX does add some optional features, as well, but with the long list of included features, you may not need to add them.

J.D. Power, an independent firm which assesses the reliability of vehicles according to owner scores, gave the Acura RDX “Better than Most” scores on overall dependability for 2007 and 2008, and “Among the Best” scores in body and interior dependability. Average repair costs include $225 for a fuel injector replacement, $445 for a fuel pump replacement, and $147 for a spark plug replacement. Acura offers its standard four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with each sale, as well as a six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty and 15 years on seatbelts.

How much is car insurance for an Acura RDX?

Insurance costs for the 2012 Acura RDX average $1,172 per year, while its competitors average $1,413 for the Volvo XC60 and $1,514 for the Audi Q5. Clearly the Acura is cheaper to insure, but is this due to the fact that it costs less or because it simply has a less powerful engine? No matter what the reason, it is likely that you will pay less to insure this car than some of its competitors.

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