2017 Acura RDX  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#29 of 2017 SUVs

#53 of all 2017 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Acura RDX
The RDX, part of Acura's lineup since 2007, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the RDX packs some oomph. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The RDX has offered Android Auto since 2020 and Apple CarPlay since 2019. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Acura offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2017 Acura RDX is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2017 Acura RDX has a score of 82, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.036%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.2%.

We estimate that the 2017 Acura RDX has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0399% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.5564%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0399% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.5564% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Acura RDX is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2017 Acura RDX is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2017 Acura RDX offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 9%.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9570Lexus NXBuick EnvisionINFINITI QX50Acura RDXLexus ISLincoln MKCM.-B. GLC-ClassToyota HighlanderVolvo XC60Cadillac XT5Audi Q5BMW X3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Acura RDX with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 95. The 2017 Acura RDX is safer than the 2017 Lexus NX, the 2017 Buick Envision, and the 2017 INFINITI QX50 and less safe than the 2017 Audi Q5, the 2017 Cadillac XT5, the 2017 Volvo XC60, the 2017 Toyota Highlander, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. It is about as safe as the 2017 Lexus IS, the 2017 Lincoln MKC, and the 2017 BMW X3.

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