Acura wants to boost its position in the compact luxury crossover category, and it's got an all-new RDX for 2019 that it hopes is up to the task.
Though not a dramatic styling departure, the new RDX nonetheless adopts Acura's latest styling language, including a "diamond pentagon" grille flanked by LED headlights. But while the look is meant to help pitch this car as part of Acura's future, its powertrain takes a hint from this model's past.
A new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It replaces a 3.5L V6 of similar power, but the throwback is to the first-generation RDX, which was ahead of its time with a 2.3L turbo four-cylinder.
But enough reminiscing. Also new to this model is a 10-speed automatic transmission that puts the engine's power to all four wheels through the latest iteration of Acura's SH-AWD system.
If you care about such things, the new gearbox gives Acura an edge over just about all of its competitors. Mercedes-Benz comes closest with the nine-speed available in its GLC-Class while most other cars in this class use eight-speeds.
Standard active safety features include automatic high beam headlights, automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning and lane departure warning with road departure mitigation. Adaptive headlights are optional. Other driver assists include adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist (standard in all trims) and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic monitor, which is standard in all but the base model.
The base trim (simply called RDX) comes with heated side mirrors, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, 7.0-inch TFT gauge cluster, 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient footwell lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, passive keyless entry, multi-angle backup camera, 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, leatherette seating surfaces and a nine-speaker stereo with Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is not available), wi-fi tethering and two USB inputs.
The Tech package adds traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, front and rear parking proximity sensors and a 12-speaker sound system.
A-Spec trim gets 20-inch wheels, LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, heated steering wheel, 16-speaker stereo and ventilated front seats.
Elite models revert to 19-inch wheels and a 12-speaker stereo but gain auto-dimming side mirrors, headlight washers, perimeter puddle lights, hands-free tailgate, heated rear seats and perforated leather seating.
Platinum Elite is a new trim for 2019 that brings an adaptive damping suspension, adaptive headlights, backup camera washer, colour head-up display, second-row temperature control, surround view exterior camera system, 16-way front seats and genuine olive ash wood interior trim.
Fuel consumption estimates for all trims are the same at 11.0/8.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed