Acura is hitting the ground running, with its 2019 RDX going on sale this Friday, June 1.
For the past few months, Acura has been hyping their revised 2019 RDX compact crossover. By virtue of its new design language and powertrain, it’s the company’s most significant redesign for quite a few years. Under the hood, as is fashionable in today’s market, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine where the 3.5-liter V6 used to live in the old model. It pumps out 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, to the old V6’s 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.
Not only that, but Acura has also rolled out the latest generation of their Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. With dynamic torque vectoring, the 2019 RDX can shift up to 70% of its power to the rear wheels, and it can move 100% of that power to either rear wheel. Drivers can also have somewhat more control over their experience through Acura’s Integrated Dynamics system, which includes four drive modes. On top of the traditional Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes, there’s also a Snow mode feature for slippery conditions.
As far as creature comforts are concerned, the 2019 RDX sports a 10.2-inch infotainment display controlled by a touchpad interface, moving away from the rotary dial system used in the MDX. Coupled to that infotainment system is an available 16-channel, 710-watt stereo system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity with over-the-air software updates. Drivers may also spec a 10.5-inch Heads-Up Display which includes all pertinent driving and media information projected in their line of sight.
Pricing and fuel economy
Acura slotted a smaller engine and four more gears in the 2019 RDX than in the outgoing model. While the old RDX had a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic, the new one has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 10-speed automatic. Despite that, the 2019 is not drastically more fuel efficient than the old model.
The 2019 RDX has also gotten a slight price bump over the old model. It’s available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and four total trim levels. Over the base trim, there’s the Technology Package, A-Spec, and Advance Package.
|Model (Drivetrain)||MSRP (incl. $995 dest. charge)||EPA Rating
|RDX (FWD)||$38,295||22/28/24 MPG|
|RDX (FWD) w/ Technology Pkg.||$41,495||22/28/24 MPG|
|RDX (FWD) A-Spec||$44,495||22/27/24 MPG|
|RDX (FWD) w/ Advance Pkg.||$46,395||22/28/24 MPG|
|RDX (AWD)||$40,295||21/27/23 MPG|
|RDX (AWD) w/ Technology Pkg.||$43,495||21/27/23 MPG|
|RDX (AWD) A-Spec||$46,495||21/26/23 MPG|
|RDX (AWD) w/ Advance Pkg.||$48,395||21/27/23 MPG|
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