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2021 Acura RDX: A Man’s SUV

Solidly in the ‘luxury’ category, I feel the 2021 Acura RDX (considered a compact / crossover SUV) is large enough for men of size to get in and out comfortably. Of course, you be the judge….

There are no real changes for the RDX from 2020. Standard turbo.  Almost 60 cubic feet of cargo space when you have the second row of seats (which are quite spacious for your passengers) put down. The luxury appointments are always stellar, which is why you go for an Acura. 

And it’s a butch SUV which comes off as bigger than it really is.  I will admit the lines (for me, anyway) are more and more blurred between smaller and compact and midsized and biggie SUV. And perhaps I just don’t know how to judge between Baby Bear, Papa Bear and Oh My!

The RDX is an impressive vehicle from the moment you see it. Starting at $38,200 US, mileage is 22 city / 28 highway, which is great for the class. There are five different configurations (trims) and you can easily go beyond $50K just by adding on the jewels. 

The base trim is simply called Base.  Standard equipment includes items like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 10.2-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and ignition, panoramic sunroof (yes!), heated front seats (yes!!), 19-inch wheels, simulated leather upholstery, dual zone climate control and 9-speaker audio — just to name a few. 

Safety-wise: Lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.  So far, so good.

I tested the A-Spec Package trim, which lands right in the middle on the pack. Leather and suede on the inside with black and a Knight Rider feel on the outside. Definitely a fun exciting feel to it, starting at $44,300 US.

If you get this trim, you will add leather and simulated suede ventilated upholstery, navigation, blind spot monitoring, 16-speaker premium audio, black exterior trim (assuming it goes with your chosen exterior color), restyled bumpers, and (what the heck) USBs for the backseat passengers. Safety-wise, you will also get rear-cross traffic alerts and front and rear parking sensors. 

(Note: The infotainment system takes some time to get used to.)

Also, I have just been assuming that most bears are urban bears where parking is tight and space is at a premium.  Well –- I stand corrected!

Many of our readers actually do have plenty of room to park a vehicle (and a man) of size so…. Just forget whatever I’ve said about tightness.  Still, always be aware of your surroundings. Why?  Because you want everyone to notice that you are driving this beauty.  

By the way, I found this great tool for comparing car insurance on U.S. News and World Report’s website. I feel it is legit and worth a look.  Click here to take a look.

You’ve been reading as of late about microchip shortages and other shortages and price shortages and other horrors that have afflicted the car markets worldwide.  I am afraid these troubles will be here for a while –- and we know exactly who to blame for this mess don’t we? (The United States, it’s true.)

But, as much as all those homophobes have tried to kill us over the generations, we are still here, living, breathing and buying….

Happy Spring, Brother Bears!

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  • Would love to see you do a review of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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