All-wheel-drive has become a sought-after feature among car buyers, but typically comes at a price. When front-wheel drive is the standard option, it usually comes with a discount. However, the 2023 Acura RDX has made a significant change, as it now only offers all-wheel drive as standard, leaving shoppers with no choice but to pay a higher price.
With the majority of RDX sales expected to be all-wheel drive models, it makes sense for Acura to eliminate the front-wheel drive option. However, this decision reduces the value proposition of the luxury compact SUV, which used to stand out among its competitors such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-class.
The starting price for the Acura RDX with all-wheel drive is now $45,245, a $2,300 increase compared to before. The Technology and A-Spec trims see an additional $2,700 added to their base prices, starting at $47,895 and $50,895 respectively. The top-of-the-line Advanced trim is only $500 more expensive, starting at $53,045. It is important to note that this trim was previously only available with all-wheel drive.
The 2024 Acura RDX continues to feature a single powertrain option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 272 horsepower and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In performance tests, it reached 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and achieved a fuel economy of 26 mpg on a 75-mph route, matching its EPA highway estimate. It’s worth noting that we have not tested a front-wheel drive version of the current generation RDX.