2018 Acura RDX Utility

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    While there are a lot of factors that can influence a Chicago driver’s purchasing decisions when it comes to vehicle shopping, one of the more important aspects is vehicle utility. This requires considering areas like the vehicle’s powertrain options, cargo and passenger carrying capacity, and other features that assist drivers with making the best use out of what their vehicle has to offer. The 2018 Acura RDX is a great example of a vehicle that is well equipped with ample utility features and will allow drivers to get the most out of their purchase.

Powertrains and Performance


What’s under the hood of the 2018 Acura RDX has a lot to do with how capable the vehicle is of carrying out certain tasks. Drivers can use this as a measurement of a vehicle’s overall level of utility. The Car Connection says that you should “consider the 2018 Acura RDX if you’re after a budget-conscious crossover that rides and drives well,” and we agree. A few notable aspects of the RDX powertrain and performance are as follows:


  • Powertrain – The RDX comes equipped with a 3.5L 24-valve V6 engine that is aggressively powered with 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.
  • Drivetrains – The RDX offers drivers the option to choose between two drivetrain options, allowing them to tailor their driving experience to better meet their needs. AWD models come with an Intelligent Control System, which greatly assists in distributing traction effectively to allow for better control in various terrains and weather conditions.
  • Transmission – Alongside the powerful engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, which offers drivers the ability to enjoy automatic shifting and manual shifting at any time. Drive and Sport modes also assist in tailoring the drive to your liking.
  • Chassis – The build of the Acura RDX also plays a part in increasing performance potential. With equipment like a 105.7-inch wheelbase, MacPherson strut front suspension, and high-performance all-season tires, providing impressive performance is simple.
  • Mileage – With the front-wheel drive option, drivers can expect to get mileage as high as an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway and 19 mpg city,* while all-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 28 mpg highway.*
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Carrying Capacities

The 2018 RDX’s ability to create an interior that is spacious enough for both passengers and cargo is another important utility aspect. This can greatly assist drivers in deciding if a vehicle will have the kind of versatile space they need. Check out some of the dimensions of the RDX below.


2018 RDX passenger space

Passenger Space – The 2018 Acura RDX wants to ensure that passengers are able to stretch out and get comfortable, which is why they provide a generous 103.5 cubic feet of total passenger volume. Inside this space, passengers can expect as much as 38.7 inches of headroom, 42.0 inches of legroom, 55.7 inches of hip room, and 58.7 inches of shoulder room.

2018 RDX cargo space

Cargo Volume – When all of the passenger space is not in use, drivers have the option to easily access incredibly large and versatile amounts of cargo space. The vehicle provides a maximum of 76.9 cubic feet of space when the second-row seats are folded down and the front seats moved forward, 61.3 cubic feet with just the second row down, and 26.1 cubic feet with all seats in place.

2018 RDX power tailgate

Helpful Extras – The 2018 Acura RDX wouldn’t be able to provide this kind of carrying capacity and comfortable passenger space without the help of a few features such as the easy fold-down 60/40-split rear seatback, 10-way power driver’s seat, and eight-way power front passenger’s seat.

Test Drive a 2018 Acura RDX Today

It’s easy to see that the 2018 Acura RDX is a vehicle that offers plenty of utility-based features to drivers. However, there’s much more to the vehicle that we’ve yet to discuss, such as interior features and safety features. To learn all about the RDX, visit your local Chicagoland Acura Dealer today. You can also contact us online to find out more information regarding financing or current offers. We look forward to hearing from you!


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only), and other factors.

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