Acura RDX in blue.Conventional wisdom says that luxury cars gain more performance and more luxurious features the older they get. So, if you want a high-performance car with all the high-tech features and soft-touch surfaces that you can find, you need to avoid the compact classes.

Acura does not see the logic of it. No doubt some buyers want the agile handling and urban ease of living of a smaller vehicle but still want to pamper them in heavy traffic and allow them to make the most of the open road.

For them, Acura has built something special. The Acura RDX 2023 compact all-wheel drive is truly a sporty thing with lots of fine details and premium technologies. It starts at $41,350, plus $1,195 for destination and handling.

But in a fully loaded form, it becomes something else. The RDX A-Spec Advance features performance improvements such as superior handling, all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) and adaptive damper suspension that adapts to road conditions. But it also increases luxury with heated and ventilated seats (even rear-seat passengers get heated seats), a premium surround sound system, and exclusive color options inside and out.

Let’s explore the most high-end 2023 RDX you can buy.

No trim levels, only bundles

Acura avoids the step-cutting system that most automakers use to differentiate models. Alternatively, RDX buyers can outfit their vehicles with a series of packages that enhance the sides of the vehicle.

The RDX starts out as a front wheel drive vehicle. But the $2,200 upgrade adds Acura’s excellent Super Handling All-Wheel Drive with torque vectoring, adding both wet and sporty dry-road grip.

The Technology Package upgrades the infotainment system, adding leather-trimmed seats, a navigation system with 3D views and real-time traffic updates. It adds $2,650 to the price.

The A-Spec package includes most of the same equipment but replaces the other models’ chrome gloss black exterior trim and 20-inch alloy wheels for the standard 19-inch versions. It also gets Ultrasuede faux suede upholstery. The package adds $5,650 to the sticker price.

The Advance package adds 360-degree surround-view cameras, a head-up display that puts vital information directly into the driver’s field of view, and ventilated and heated front seats. It costs 7800 dollars.

The A-Spec Advance package combines it all, plus heated exterior rear seats, adaptive suspension damping, 16-way-adjustable front sport seats and aluminum sport pedals that look great. It adds up to $10,000 to the price.

Because the packages are so comprehensive, Acura doesn’t offer many options. Some colors cost $500 more than others (we think the Apex Blue Pearl accentuates the sides in the bodywork quite well).

Acura also offers several wheel choices, the most unique of which is a 20-inch black diamond-cut alloy set for an additional $3,300.

Top of the RDX line, then, is the AWD-equipped RDX A-Spec Advance with premium paint color and black 20-inch alloys, tipping the scales at $57,150, plus $1,195 for delivery.

Features of the 2023 Acura RDX A-Advanced Specifications:

Other features you’ll find on the fully loaded 2023 Acura RDX A-Spec Advance include:

  • 2.0L VTEC Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine with 272 HP
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Available with 4WD Super Handling
  • Integrated dynamic system with four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Snow, and Sport
  • Adaptive damper suspension
  • Jewel-eye LED headlights
  • Gloss Black accents with A-Spec badges
  • Auto On/Off Headlight With Wiper Combination
  • Heated side mirrors with tilt-down rear gears
  • Panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide function
  • Power liftgate with hands-free access and walk-in close-up
  • Height-adjustable electric tailgate
  • soundproof windshield
  • Remote windows and sunroof opening function
  • LED Pool Lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated and ventilated 16-way sport seats with power lumbar support, thigh extension, and side bolsters
  • Premium perforated Milanese leather and Ultrasuede paneled interior with contrast stitching and edges
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration
  • Polished aluminum and open-pore wood trim
  • Press the ignition button
  • Active Voice Control
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom sports steering wheel
  • Y . style dark brushed aluminum trim
  • Creative ambient LED cabin lighting with 27 color themes
  • GPS linked climate control system
  • Ebony headliner
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay integration
  • Android Auto Wireless Integration
  • Amazon Alexa built in
  • Real touchpad interface
  • Siri eyes are empty (iPhone only)
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Remote software updates
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • 10.2 inch HD dual content center display
  • 7-inch color multi-information display

Active Noise Cancellation

Acura RDX cabin

In the luxury car classes, Lexus has been known for its quiet cabins. I bought an Acura for its advanced cabin technology and spirited handling. If you want your car to be a special oasis on your way home, go to Toyota’s luxury car department.

Notice, we said “you used to be”. Acura recently introduced both acoustic glass and active noise cancellation technology, which measures the frequency of road and wind noise and subtly emits the opposite frequency to cancel it out. The result is a quiet cabin even in a sports car – something we associate with a higher price range.

2 years free maintenance, 3 years of related services

2022 Acura RDX seen from a rear quarter angle

For 2023, Acura found little reason to make changes to the RDX. what’s new? A pair of free services.

AcuraLink gives you smartphone control of your car – you can start and stop the engine, lock and unlock doors remotely from your phone and send destinations to the car’s navigation system from a distance. AcuraLink also helps you find the car in a busy parking lot and even notifies the car with your phone if you leave a designated area (parents, are you reading?). It’s free for the first three years.

Acura also delivers in two years of free scheduled maintenance.

Acura RDX Model 2023

Read our full review to learn more about the RDX or see RDX models for sale near you.

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