The Acura RDX is a smaller luxury SUV. It has a very nice interior but isn’t the most mount friendly vehicle. Today, we will look at some of the best places to mount a phone, tablet or GPS in an Acura RDX.
We previously looked at mounts for an Acura MDX. The RDX is the little brother to the MDX. We found the MDX to be one of the easier vehicles to mount almost any device. Not so much on the Acura RDX.
A photo of the Acura RDX interior accompanies this article. It has an easy to reach windshield. The cup holders are paced on an inset towards the passenger side of the center console. The vents are vertical and not the easiest to mount anything. The dash has a pop-up console display so that’s out. As we have seen in many other new vehicles, there is no CD player so no mounts for this location either.
Some Mount Recommendations for an Acura RDX
An easy to use windshield mount for consideration is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount. The expandable cradle opens to 3.4 inches so this will fit most phones even with a thick Otterbox Defender case. The mount features a vacuum locking suction cup attached to an adjustable arm. The phone can swivel and pivot. The mount also comes with an adhesive disk so that you can attach it to the dash and turn this into a console mount. However, it’s going to be difficult to find a good dash spot, so use this on the windshield.
The nice part about this mount is it can also be used for a Garmin GPS. Just remove the dual T adapter to expose a 17mm ball which is the size required for the socket on the back of the Garmin vehicular GPS cradle.
The Acura RDX air vent presents a challenge, as does any vehicle with a vertical vent. Not all vent mounts will work on this vehicle. You will need a vent mount that attaches using a small clamp or vice. The vent mounts that use a pair of arms to attach to the slats will not work on vertical vents.
If opting for a vent mount, consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. We discovered this vent mount a few years ago and it remains one of our favorites. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip will hold a device up to 3 5/8 inches wide. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. Like the previously discussed windshield mount, the cradle is removable to expose a 17mm ball suitable for a Garmin vehicular GPS such as a Garmin Nuvi or Garmin Drive.
We wrote a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
The Acura RDX cup holders are inset within the console near the passenger. Cup holder mounts for a phone or small tablet will fit, albeit somewhat snug within one of those cup holders. It might get a bit tight of there is a passenger in the vehicle but that probably depends upon the size of the passenger. It will also depend upon the size of the tablet and you should not exceed anything larger than an iPad Mini.
The cup holder is a good location when using apps that do not need to be referenced while driving.
Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts include two different cradles. One for a phone and another for a tablet. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known of that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. You will not find a universal cradle that fits phones and large tablets. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches.
If looking to entertain the back seat passengers with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.
Summing it up
So when it comes to an Acura RDX, the windshield and vent make good locations for a phone or GPS. The cup holder is a good location for a small to midsize tablet. The CD player doesn’t exist and the dash is not easily accessible.