2018 Acura RDX  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#23 of 2018 SUVs

#42 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Acura RDX
The RDX, part of Acura's lineup since 2007, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. The Acura RDX has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 Acura RDX is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Acura RDX is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Acura RDX offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 9%.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9672Buick EnvisionLexus NXAcura RDXLexus ISGMC AcadiaM.-B. C-ClassJeep Grand CherokeeAudi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassLexus RCToyota HighlanderBMW X3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Acura RDX with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 72 to 96. The 2018 Acura RDX is safer than the 2018 Buick Envision and less safe than the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the 2018 BMW X3, the 2018 Toyota Highlander, the 2018 Lexus RC, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the 2018 Audi Q5, and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is about as safe as the 2018 Lexus IS and the 2018 GMC Acadia.

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