Acura introduced the RDX compact crossover in the late 2000s, getting the brand in the door of what would become one of the auto industry’s most profitable upscale vehicle segments. A second-generation model arrived in 2013, and the current, third-gen model came along in 2019.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the third-gen Acura RDX gets its first significant update. There’s revised styling, along with tech updates that include tweaks to the active sound control system to reduce cabin noise; the addition of standard wireless phone integration; available wireless phone charging; better differentiation between the powertrain’s drive modes and the adaptive dampers’ comfort and sport settings; and there are new features for the AcuraWatch driver assist suite.
RDX trim levels include a base model, followed by Tech, A-Spec, and Platinum Elite A-Spec. All are powered by a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, a 10-speed transmission, and AWD.
The RDX’s base model comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, front wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, LED auto on/off headlights, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, and passive keyless entry.
Inside, there’s a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone A/C, heated/power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, heated steering wheel, and a nine-speaker stereo.
The AcuraWatch suite is included too, with forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic monitor, and traffic sign recognition.
Tech adds rear low-speed automatic braking, hands-free tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, and 12-speaker audio.
A-Spec’s additions are 20-inch wheels, LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, Ultrasuede upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a 16-speaker stereo.
Finally, Platinum Elite A-Spec brings adaptive dampers, a head-up driver display, 16-way front seats, and heated rear seats.
Acura’s fuel consumption estimates are 11.0/8.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
The RDX competes in the compact luxury crossover segment, which is also populated by the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Corsair, Infiniti QX50, and Buick Envision.