2012 Acura RDX - Interior
The RDX interior artfully integrates the themes of sporting capability and urban intelligence that drove the development of the entire vehicle. The result is an interior that would look fully at home in a high performance luxury sport sedan, coupled with fully integrated electronic technologies and a new level of practical utility.
Starting in 2010, the RDX featured a larger navigation screen, improved navigation system feature use and content, faster reacting and more useful rear view camera, more intuitive button markings, auto-function headlights, ambient (blue colored) footwell lighting, center console tray, rubber inserts applied to cupholders for improved grip, Bluetooth® Audio and a USB port for easy connectivity of items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or memory stick storage device.
Fine interior materials and careful attention to detail highlight the RDX interior. Stylish and highly supportive perforated leather-trimmed, heated front seats are designed to provide a sporty yet refined driving experience. The power driver's seat adjusts 10 ways (8-way power seat plus 2-way power lumbar support) for optimum comfort, and the RDX front passenger is treated to a 4-way adjustable, power front seat. Supporting the RDX's versatility is a dual-mode rear cargo lid, which can be flipped over and placed on the cargo floor when carrying dirty objects.
The RDX brings a formidable list of standard equipment to its developing market segment. The leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel has fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters, and frames LED backlit gauges. The RDX features a rear view camera system with a small viewing screen that is integrated into the rearview mirror. The standard 360-watt 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with 6-disc CD changer can play just about every type of current audio format, and includes standard XM® Radio and USB port and AUX jack connectivity. Staying connected is not a problem as the RDX comes standard with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface that is compatible with most Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones.
Dual-zone automatic climate control keeps occupants comfortable and interior storage abounds. There is a locking center console with room inside for a briefcase, and the large rear cargo area is both private and highly versatile.
The available Technology Package integrates seamlessly into the RDX's performance-oriented driving environment. Included is the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that has an 8-inch color screen. With the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, the RDX driver can more easily navigate around congested freeways. In addition, the system includes AcuraLink Traffic Rerouting™ for automatic rerouting around problem areas along your route. Also included is AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps to provide weather tracking for area specific, continuously updated weather conditions between your current location and your final destination.
Also part of the RDX's Technology Package is the spectacular 410-watt 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-Audio changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio and Dolby Pro Logic II. The audio system features a Note function for XM® Radio that allows the driver to (at a later date) recall the song title, artist and XM® channel of a song heard along with a short excerpt of the actual song.
- Perforated leather-trimmed seats
- Supportive sport-type front seating
- Driver seat with power-actuated 8-way adjustment and seat memory function
- Passenger front seat with power-actuated 4-way adjustment
- Heated front seats
- 60/40 split-folding second row seating
- LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
- Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with fingertip controls
and racing-inspired paddle shifters
- Manual tilt and telescoping steering column
- Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
- Dual-mode cargo system
- Dual-zone automatic climate control system
- 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio and Bluetooth® Audio
- Auxiliary jack for personal audio devices
- USB port for connectivity of an iPod®, iPhone® or removable memory stick
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
- Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions
- 6.5-inch display shows audio and climate control info
- Acura blue ambient overhead and footwell lighting
- Illuminated switches
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated rear view camera screen
Optional Technology Package Features
- 8-inch color monitor
- Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rear view camera
- AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
- AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
- AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
- 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround ® Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-Audio changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio and Dolby Pro Logic II
- MID display with steering wheel controls allows access to multiple electronic functions, including tire pressures readout and customization options
- Additional display for audio and climate control info
- GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, automatic climate control system
STYLING AND MATERIALS
The concept of a downtown loft, with its feeling of generous space, modern elements and emotional presence, was the inspiration for the RDX interior. To that end, the RDX interior blends a dynamic and substantial look with advanced features. At the same time, the RDX provides a new level of secure and useful utility. Quality of materials along with fit and finish has received close attention in the RDX interior. Rich surface finishes and clean accents reflect the RDX's integration of welcoming comfort and high technology.
DRIVER-ORIENTED COCKPIT AND INSTRUMENTATION
With the commanding outward view of an SUV and a sedan-like seating position, the RDX interior creates a uniquely sporting environment. Acura interior design has always made intuitive functionality a priority, and in the RDX all important systems and controls feature intuitive button location along with easy-to-read markings. The systems used most frequently – audio and cruise control – have switches positioned on the steering wheel and the HVAC buttons are located close to the driver. Technology Package items like Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Satellite-Linked Navigation System and Multi-Information Display (MID) also can be controlled via switches on the steering wheel.
The main instrumentation is easy-to-read analog, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Even though the RDX gives its driver access to many electronic features and conveniences, the interface with each system is simple and intuitive. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.
The RDX provides important vehicle information via the Multi-Information Display (MID) that is positioned in the lower portion of the speedometer face. A LDC screen shows MID items such as outside air temperature, vehicle mileage and trip mileage, average fuel economy, TPMS status and is operated via an illuminated control on the instrument panel. The RDX with Technology Package has controls positioned near the steering wheel hub that allow the driver to cycle the display through additional screens of information while keeping both hands on the wheel. Those controls also provide programmable feature customization on the RDX with the Technology Package.
Trip computer functions include average and instantaneous fuel economy. In addition, the Technology Package MID can display:
- Fuel range
- Average vehicle speed
- Elapsed time
- SH-AWD™ torque distribution (RDX SH-AWD™ model only)
- TPMS tire pressure readouts for each wheel
- Feature customization options
- Upcoming maintenance needs
- 8-inch color screen for easy viewing
- Centrally positioned multi-function interface dial provides simple control of system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
- Voice recognition with 100,000 word commands minimizing the need for manual entry
- Voice recognition system recognizes 1.7 million U.S city and street names
- Seven million points of interest are stored on an updatable DVD
- Business and recreation phone directory for nearly all of the continental United States
- Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance in either male or female voice (voice can be turned off at any time)
- Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
- Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and more.
- Zagat® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by an advanced Text-to-Speech voice
- Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective "3-D" route visualization
- Make calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
- User selectable Day/Night screen or display off modes
- Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
- Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
- Exit list shows which businesses are available at a given highway exit
- On-screen graphic of highway interchanges indicates which lane to use to stay on route
- Professional grade weather information provided by Baron Services, Inc.
- Weather information continually updated to reflect rapidly occurring weather changes
- AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information for 21 specific metropolitan areas
- Weather forecasts for the next 3 hours, 6 hours or over the next three days in a given area
- Severe weather alerts
- Specific area weather information
- Weather radar image maps
- Partly Cloudy
- Mostly Cloudy
- Light Rain
- Moderate Rain
- Heavy Rain
- Freezing Rain
- Heavy Freezing Rain/Ice
- Heavy Snow
- Hail Storm
- Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
- Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)
- Visibility (expressed as Good, Patchy, Marginal, or Very Poor)
- Hail Storm
- Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
- No Predicted Weather Issues
- Ice, Patchy Ice
- Heavy Snow
- Road Closed
- Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories
- Temperature and Dew Point
- Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)
- Sky conditions (OK, haze, fog, dust/sand, drizzle/mist, smoke/ash, rain, heavy rain, thunderstorm, hail, freezing rain/ice, snow, heavy snow, tornado/funnel cloud)
- Current weather
- 1- or 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts for each day)
- Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures
- Probability of precipitation (measured in 0- to 100-percent)
- Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)
- Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)
- Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)
- Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)
- All-season floor mats
- Leather wrapped shift knob
- Wood patterned steering wheel trim
- Wood patterned dash trim
- Rear cargo net
- Rear cargo liner
- Rear cargo organizer
- Rear cargo tray
CENTER INSTRUMENT PANEL DISPLAY
To make the climate control and audio systems easy to operate, the RDX (without Technology Package) has a 6.5-inch display centrally positioned in the instrument panel. In addition to a digital clock, the upper portion of the screen is devoted to the audio system, and features a multi-line display that can show CD title, as well as RDS radio station information when available. The display incorporates an electronic compass located in the upper right portion of the screen while the lower half of the display is devoted to the automatic climate control system, and shows the operating mode and selected temperature settings.
When equipped with the Technology Package, the center dash display is replaced with an 8-inch navigation system screen with an additional display positioned just above. This display shows the most frequently used audio system and climate control settings, which are accessed via the easy-to-use interface dial.
LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL
The leather wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel is designed to offer excellent feel and puts the most commonly used controls within fingertip reach. Audio system controls are positioned on the left spoke with cruise control switches located are on the right spoke. A pair of racing-inspired paddle shifters are tucked behind the steering wheel but are within easy fingertip reach to be able to manually upshift and downshift the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.
When equipped with the Technology Package, the four o'clock position on the steering wheel has switches that operate the Multi-Information Display. The eight o'clock position is reserved for navigation system controls, including a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system, which provides voice control over the navigation system. Controls for Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® are located on the lower left corner of the steering wheel.
The sporting performance and sharp handling of the RDX demanded seating of sports sedan caliber. All seating surfaces are wrapped in soft perforated leather for comfort. The front bucket seats are designed to provide excellent support during aggressive cornering, along with abundant comfort for long drives. The contoured seat shape features substantial side bolsters to help keep passengers comfortably in position as cornering g-force builds.
The driver seat is 10-way power adjustable (8-way power seat plus 2-way power lumbar support) and includes a power-adjustable lumbar support mechanism. The smooth shape of the articulated lumbar mechanism matches the occupant's spinal curvature to provide solid support for the torso. The front seat passenger is treated to a 4-way adjustable, power-actuated seat. The rear seats are carefully engineered (complete with side bolsters) to combine luxurious comfort with good lateral support.
INTERIOR ROOMINESS AND CONVENIENCE
The RDX interior offers generous headroom and legroom for five passengers. Rear outboard passengers will also find ample foot room under the front seats.
Convenient storage areas are easily accessible throughout the interior. Each front door has a utility compartment built into the padded armrest while in the rear seat area, a center armrest folds down to reveal dual cupholders. The 6.3-liter glove box is illuminated and lockable.
Up front, there are two cupholders in the center console that use rubber inserts to better retain contents. Beneath the padded lid of the center console, there is a total of 18 liters of illuminated storage space- enough room to hold a traditional briefcase. A fold-up interior divider and internal 12-volt power outlet make the console easily adaptable for a variety of needs, including out-of-view storage of valuables such as a camera or a personal music player. The center console also includes an integrated tray that is a convenient way to store items such as a wallet, spare keys, or such. In addition, the underside of the center console lid features a coin holder and place for holding credit or gate cards.
CARGO CARRYING VERSATILITY
Versatile cargo utility is an important RDX attribute. Behind the rear seats, there is 27.8 cubic feet of storage that is easily accessible though the flip-up rear tailgate lid. The rear hatch incorporates two integrated handles to ease opening and closing of the tailgate. Inside the cargo area, a hard lid provides privacy which is a welcome feature for urban environments where security is a priority. When not needed, the hard lid can be removed from the vehicle or stored on the cargo floor. Or, the lid can be flipped over to reveal an easy-to-clean "wipeable" surface (rather than the opposite side's carpeted surface) that is perfect when carrying dirty objects.
To carry larger items, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be easily stowed to create a flat load floor. First, the seat base cushions are lifted and rotated forward; then the rear seat backs are folded flat. In this configuration, the RDX offers a total of 60.6 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats- more than enough room to haul for two 19-inch mountain bikes (with front wheels removed). When the rear seats are returned to their upright position, indicators built into the seatback release handles clearly inform when the seatbacks are properly latched in place.
The RDX's driver-oriented interior takes on a technical edge after dark. The analog instruments are LED backlit, with high-contrast markings and a subdued blue accent hue. When the driver's door is opened, the instrument lighting comes to life- and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights then come alive, indicating that the RDX is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
Interior switches are illuminated to make them easy to locate at night, including those switches on all four doors and the steering wheel. The RDX has blue low-level ambient lighting in the ceiling that illuminates the front center console area along with ambient blue footwell lighting. All four doors have courtesy lights that illuminate when the doors are open. The RDX with Technology Package has interior lights featuring "theater dimming," which can be customized by the driver via the Multi-Information Display to any of three dimming speeds.
DUAL-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM
RDX has a dual-zone, automatic climate control system that lets the driver and front passenger set the temperature to their individual liking. Large, simple-to-use system controls are positioned within easy reach, just below the center instrument panel vents.
In addition, the RDX with Technology Package offers a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, automatic climate control system. Based on continuously updated vehicle position and direction of travel, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. Combining this information with input from the solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel, the climate control system automatically adjusts the heating and cooling inputs, fan speed, and vent position from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating and maintain the set cabin temperatures.
The overhead console incorporates a variety of useful features, including the controls for the standard HomeLink® system. HomeLink® is a feature that allows up to three traditional remote control devices (such as a garage door opener or property gate opener) to be synced to the RDX- thus allowing the remote function to be triggered by the vehicle without needing to carry a variety of bulky remote control devices. Other overhead console features include controls for interior lighting and the power tilt/slide moonroof.
7-speaker Acura Premium Sound with 6-CD changer
Acura RDX comes standard with a 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound audio system with a multi-format 6-disc changer. This 360-watt system is designed to give RDX owners exceptional sound quality available from a wide range of audio input formats.
Multiple audio sources
In addition to AM/FM radio bands, the audio system can play program material from a wide variety of sources. The in-dash single-disc CD player can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA files, and there is a 2.5 mm auxiliary mini-jack in the center console for use with an external MP3 player. Also available is a USB port (located in the center console) that allows for the easy connection of an iPod®, iPhone® or a memory stick storage device. When used with compatible iPod® and iPhone® models, the USB connection allows the display of iPod® content information on the audio system head unit as well as provides charging power for the auxiliary device. Control of the iPod® is via the audio head unit for convenience.
XM® Radio is a standard feature within the RDX audio system and it provides more than 200 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® signal is beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the west coast, one over the east coast) combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. There are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the XM® Radio signal in metropolitan areas where tall buildings can block satellite signals.
XM® Radio programming includes music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. Of the more than 200 XM® channels, 71 are commercial-free. When the RDX's audio system plays XM® Radio, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist's name. A complimentary three-month subscription to the XM® Radio service is included with purchase of a new RDX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.
Large controls make the audio system easy to operate, and the center dash display clearly shows system operating settings. The sound system sends a total of 360-watts of power through seven audio channels. A 6.7-inch Kevlar-cone Neodymium-magnet speaker is positioned in each door and a pair of 1-inch aluminum-dome Neodymium-magnet tweeters are located near the A-pillars to provide clear and detailed sound imaging. An 8-inch Ferrite-magnet subwoofer is positioned within a specially-tuned enclosure (to improve low frequency sound linearity) in the right side of the cargo area.
Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation
For optimum sound regardless of vehicle speed, the audio system includes automatic Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC). SVC adjusts audio volume based on vehicle speed to compensate for continually increasing or decreasing external background sounds in the RDX. The result of SVC is transparent operation and a more consistent perceived sound level regardless of vehicle speed. SVC is standard on both the RDX Premium audio system and RDX with Technology Package.
10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio system WITH 6-CD/DVD-Audio changer
A key part of the RDX's available Technology Package is a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-Audio changer. Engineered by multi-time Grammy® award-winning recording engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner, Panasonic and Acura, the 410-watt surround system reaches new levels of clarity and definition to provide a highly accurate listening experience. When playing DVD-Audio discs, the system provides 500 times improved resolution (versus traditional CD clarity) through a total of six discrete audio channels.
Like the standard Acura Premium Sound audio system, the Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System is remarkably versatile. The 6-disc in-dash changer can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs. In addition, it can also play DVD-Audio discs (the system will not play DVD movies, DVD-Video or DVD-R/RW). The system also includes an AM/FM radio tuner along with XM® Radio. An easily accessible AUX input jack with nearby 12-volt power makes it simple to connect a personal music player to the system. A USB port allows for easy connection of mobile audio items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable memory stick. The USB connection allows the display of iPod® content information on the audio system head unit as well as provides charging power for the auxiliary device. Control of the iPod® is via the audio head unit.
Acura/ELS® Surround Sound
Acura/ELS Surround® Sound is included as part of the RDX with Technology Package. The system gets its name from Elliot Scheiner's recording industry-recognized moniker "ELS." Scheiner's goal was to tune, capture and reproduce music the way it is heard in the recording studio. Vehicle noise aside, the defined space of an automotive interior is an excellent setting to achieve studio sound, since the positions of the passengers and speakers and the acoustics of the interior surfaces are known.
In addition to the accurate reproduction of music from two-channel sources, the Acura/ELS Surround® system features DVD-Audio playback and a discrete multi-channel surround sound experience. By featuring discrete multi-channel, the system can reproduce six independent channels of audio source material, creating sound that truly surrounds the listener- a dramatic change from standard automotive audio systems where only two channels (left and right) are available. The key to a discrete surround experience is the extra data on the DVD-Audio disc. Even when not playing DVD-Audio discs in Acura/ELS Surround® Sound, the system delivers a remarkable listening experience.
Uniquely engineered equalization for each media type allows the sound quality to be optimized regardless of whether the system plays a conventional CD, XM® Radio or any other format. The audio system also features selectable Dolby Pro Logic II signal processing that creates simulated 5.1-channel surround sound from CD, MP3/WMA, XM®, or AUX inputs.
Note Feature for XM® Radio
The RDX's audio system includes the Note feature for XM® Radio which is designed to be a convenience for owners who want to make notes of songs heard on XM®. With the touch of a button, the Note function for XM® Radio records the current song title and artist name in text form, along with a short audio excerpt of the song. The Note function captures up to 10 seconds of each selected song and can store a total of 30 song excerpts for later playback. Thus, if the RDX driver likes a particular song or artist, it's easy to note and refer back to the song for later consideration.
The Acura/ELS Premium Sound® audio system uses a 24-bit D/A converter, and it is the first production sound system to use a digital 96 kHz sample rate for smoother sound. Advanced electronics in the system gave Elliot Scheiner the ability to precisely tune the acoustics of each speaker along with the timing of each of six audio channels to achieve the truest possible sound reproduction.
In the RDX with Technology Package, nine of the 10 speakers use a high-energy Neodymium magnet (subwoofer uses a Ferrite magnet) for unparalleled sound quality and drastically reduced weight. There is a 6.7-inch mid/low-range dual thickness polypropylene-cone speaker in each door and a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter near each A-pillar. A center channel 2.75-inch mid-range polypropylene-cone speaker is centered on top of the instrument panel, and the left and right two channel satellite speakers (the same as the center speaker) are positioned just behind the second-row seats- positioned high and angled into the interior. A Super Low Distortion 8-inch diameter subwoofer is powered by a separate 100-watt amplifier and is positioned in a specially-tuned enclosure located on the right sidewall of the rear cargo area. The special subwoofer enclosure helps to provide rich, deep bass without intruding on passenger room or the cargo space.
BLUETOOTH® HANDSFREELINK® WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE
All RDX models feature standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands-free telephone interface that is designed to work with most Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones (sold separately). Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based cable replacement technology that lets portable devices (such as mobile telephones, PDAs, and laptop computers) communicate wirelessly. The RDX system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). Some early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol. After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the RDX will communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cellular telephone. The phone needs to be on, but it can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the RDX cabin.
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the telephone number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display located in the speedometer face. In addition, a telephone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the call, a press of the "Pick up" button (located at the eight o'clock position of the steering wheel) mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers. An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice. Algorithms built into the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system cancel "echo effect" and reduce background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.
To send a call hands-free, the driver can dial the number by voice to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers with voice tags in the system's address book. Up to six different compatible mobile telephones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system at one time. Additional information can be found at www.acura.com/handsfreelink or www.handsfreelink.com.
AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
The RDX with Technology Package comes with the latest generation of the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System that allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle- allowing customers access to the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication to and from the Acura Telematics server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth®-compatible cellular telephone is used.
AcuraLink® messages consist of text displayed on the navigation screen plus full details via Text-To-Speech that can be heard over the RDX audio system. Each AcuraLink® message is prioritized by importance and high priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt. Other messages trigger an icon on the navigation screen. Some low priority messages display during vehicle start-up to avoid distractions. In all cases, the RDX owner can choose to read the message immediately, or archive the message to be read later.
A variety of AcuraLink® messages can be sent to the RDX, including Maintenance Minder™ (detailed information regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help maximize the benefit and enjoyment of RDX features), Feature Guide (supplements to the Owner's Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), information regarding a service or repair required as well as service appointment reminders. The RDX owner has complete control over the types of messages received and all AcuraLink® preferences can be set via the Owner Link® website.
Since the system allows 2-way data communication between the RDX and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink® can provide the driver with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if an ABS/BRAKE warning light were to appear on the RDX instrument panel, AcuraLink® would automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Telematics Server (if a linked-phone is in range and the user has authorized data transmission), which would interpret the code and then sends a message back to the RDX (for example, "ABS and EBD shut down. Drive slowly. Avoid sudden hard braking.") With this important information, the RDX driver knows if a particular issue is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques. The AcuraLink® data connection is enabled even if the monthly XM® Radio service package is not activated.
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
With AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, the RDX's navigation screen can display continually updated traffic information including traffic flow, accidents and construction on freeways in 130 major metropolitan areas. The information is part of the XM NavTraffic® feature (aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol accident reports and transportation departments). It's transmitted by XM® satellites to the vehicle where it is graphically displayed on the RDX's navigation screen with a zoom scale ranging between 1/20-mile to 5-mile increments.
To see details or select traffic incidents, the RDX owner can click on an icon on the map by pushing "Enter" on the interface dial. The RDX driver can avoid congestion en route and choose the fastest path to their destination with traffic information that is continuously updated. The system displays traffic incidents, determines average traffic speed and estimates travel time along the chosen route. It can automatically recalculate results as factors change. Plus, the XM NavTraffic® technology alerts drivers of scheduled traffic incidents such as construction and road closures, plus unscheduled incidents such as accidents and disabled vehicles.
When traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route entered into the navigation system, Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a detour route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident.
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™ gives RDX owners a useful time saving tool on freeways. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is offered on a subscription basis following a 3-month free trial period. In addition to the on-screen traffic information, RDX owners who maintain their XM® Radio service also receive more general audio traffic information for more than 130 major metropolitan areas that runs on a 2-3 minute loop.
77 major meetropolitan markets
Acura Navigation System WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™
The RDX with Technology Package is equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that is designed for intuitive and quick operation.
Based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ locates the vehicle's position. If the GPS antenna is blocked by an item such as a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to help keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. A DVD database is located in the system's computer and updated DVD data discs are available for purchase on an annual basis at www.acura.com or by calling 888-549-3798.
The navigation system can be controlled by voice or by the interface dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The voice command system responds to 100,000 words as well as to 1.7 million city and street names. This advanced voice recognition system allows the RDX owner to completely route to their destination by only using voice commands and speaking the city and street names aloud.
When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically muted, and an overhead microphone receives the voice command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English such as: "Display gas stations," "Find nearest hospital," or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can choose to display points of interest on the map (like restaurants or ATMs), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation- all by done by voice command. The extensive point-of-interest database includes telephone numbers, which can be easily dialed using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system and a paired, compatible Bluetooth® cellular telephone.
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ can also be controlled via the Interface Dial by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place). The interface dial functions much like a computer pointing device, allowing characters and items to be selected from the on-screen display.
ACURALINK REAL-TIME WEATHER™
The ideal complement to AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is the RDX's integrated AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. In difficult driving conditions, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ can provide an up-to-date weather picture.
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ was co-developed with XM NavWeather® to provide a personal weather tracking system for area specific, continually updated weather conditions between your current location and your final destination. The system focuses on the specific weather on your personal drive route, rather than just offering general weather conditions for a region. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information is continuously updated and is delivered to the vehicle navigation system via the RDX's built-in XM® receiver.
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ technology is enhanced for specific travel conditions in 21 specific major metropolitan areas. The information focuses on identifying potential weather threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions. The navigation screen displays current weather conditions in an easy-to-read format. By moving the RDX's navigation system cursor to the desired location on the map you can obtain weather info for a specific location. Press the "Enter" button and information regarding your current location will return.
Unique Threat Matrix Technology within AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ generates prompts with specific icons (within 46 different categories) that inform the driver if the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather- such as a developing snow storm, ice, wind shear or an area covered by a tornado warning. Based on this advance information, the RDX driver can choose to reroute before encountering the severe weather. When the display is zoomed out to reveal the entire United States, a weather radar image map shows current weather patterns across the entire country. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ offers 1- or 3-day weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.
Weather data is provided by Baron Services, Inc., which deciphers a complex array of National Weather Service information to produce the weather information provided to Acura owners. RDX owners receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ along with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and XM® Radio. After the complementary subscription expires, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ is available by monthly subscription. In addition, it can be obtained in combination with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and/or XM® Radio- or as a combined package of all three features on a monthly subscription basis.
ACURALINK REAL-TIME WEATHER™ INFORMATION
Current Condition Weather Information
Potential Threats (5- to 15-minute advance warning)
Precipitation Forecast (30-minute advance warning)
Updated Road Conditions
National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings
Future Weather Forecasts
A variety of high-quality Acura Genuine Accessories are available for the 2012 RDX. Designed specifically for the vehicle, they add to luxury and improve the vehicle's utility. Like all Acura Genuine Accessories, the RDX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50, 000-mile limited warranty, when installed at the time you purchase your new Acura automobile.
The accessories include: