The sporty, mildly athletic and highly stylized RDX is often overlooked in the field of crossovers that are compact however it is definitely worthy of consideration. Although the Acura nameplate doesn’t get the same respect it has earned from Audi, BMW, and other competitors have but it is built with exceptional quality for a lower price. With its abundant storage space and distinctive exterior The RDX is a good choice between crossovers that are mass-market, like those like the Honda CR-V and upscale competitors like Lexus RX. Lexus RX. The interior is more extravagant than luxurious, however it offers a more intimate environment that is enjoyable for drivers. The RDX also comes with an efficient turbo engine that works well with the all-wheel drive system, which improves its ability to move with ease. Yes, critics will point out the uncoordinated transmission as well as the tangled brake pedal however the RDX offers plenty of value , and also some fun, too.
What’s New for 2019?
Acura completely revamped the 2019 RDX featuring a completely new design and cutting-edge technology. While the prior-generation RDX was solid , but soulless Its replacement is an reintroduction of the fast turbocharged engine, as well as an all-wheel-drive system with torque-vectoring (called Super Handling All-Wheel Drive in Acura’s advertising or SH-AWD) which improves the cornering. A Sport-inspired A-Spec package is available. The RDX is also equipped with a modern interior, which takes a few design cues of the company’s flagship supercar, the Acura NS. It also comes with an updated infotainment system that comes with the not-so-intuitive touchscreen.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The RDX is one of the most affordable crossovers for compact luxury. However, it isn’t equipped with the slick refinement and well-balanced driving dynamics that are found in more expensive models, like such as the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. It is still superior to other less expensive options that are available, including those like the Cadillac XT5 and the Lincoln MKC. Our ideal RDX will come with the $2000 SH-AWDdue to its all-weather performance and increased agility. We’d also suggest one of the Technology bundle, which comes with 19 inches of wheels, leather-loaded seating, an upgraded audio system, and a wide array of driver-assist technology.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Each RDX is driven by a turbocharged 272-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a an automatic transmission with 10 speeds and either front or all-wheel drive (a.k.a. SH-AWD). The version we tested had a responsive gasoline pedal, even at low speeds and it sped away from stoplights easily. It was also able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds on the test track. But the speed and pedal response was not as apparent at highway speeds, when the RDX required 5.2 minutes to move from 50 mph to 70 mph. The transmission could be quicker to downshift with prompt gas-pedal inputs, especially when using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. We liked the way the transmission behaves using the S mode which means that the transmission keeps gears longer and speeds up downshifts. The turbocharged engine made it sound more like the RDX sound more similar to the NSX which has a high-pitched noise during acceleration hard and is artificially transferred into the cabin via the speakers in the audio system.
The RDX we tested had big 20-inch wheels, which come in the package A-Spec. It also came with the standard suspension configuration as opposed to models equipped with an Advance option, which includes adjustable dampers that offer a variable ride quality. Our test vehicle did not manage to protect the cabin from the impact when driving on rough roads, it was not harsh or loud. The SH-AWD’s torque-vectoring feature also made its driver to quickly change direction and was backed by a precise steering. The RDX only tilted when we fought an on-ramp for the highway however, the rest of the time it was perfectly well-balanced for people who love speedy driving. However, the brake pedal reduced the enjoyment because of its variable response and firmness.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The RDX offers competitive EPA fuel economy ratings that are in the mid-20s Front-drive models get slightly higher highway and city estimates. The front-drive model is valued at 22 mpg in the urban and 29 highway, however both numbers decrease by 1 mpg when you have all-wheel drive. The A-Spec package lowers each of these EPA highway estimates by 1 milliliter. We’re yet to test the RDX in our 200 mile loop of highway, however, we have observed 20 mpg in mixed driving.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Inside the dashboard, the RDX’s symmetrical design provides a cozy space for passengers in the front seat. The style is led by a rotary drive mode selector that is incorporated into a floating console. The test car we tested included the A-Spec package’s bright red seats as well as additional exclusive styling elements. Although the cabin’s remarkable design and quality, as well as the desired basic attributes (ambient lighting, power-adjustable , heated seats in the front, and two-zone temperature control) were well-loved but the RDX does not feel luxurious. Instead it’s the Acura offers a more sporty experience than the CR-V could ever deliver. It’s not cheap or uninspiring and the driver’s posture is enough to please crossover enthusiasts and flexible enough to satisfy drivers.
Each RDX comes with the 10.2-inch touchscreen that is located high above the dashboard and is operated by the touchpad, which is placed on the right side of the driver’s hand that rests on the console. Acura claims that the control is intuitive, however it took quite a while before we became comfortable with the device. It was at least a treat to a variety of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Unexpectedly, the Android-based informationtainment system is currently not compatible with Android Auto. Yet, Acura claims it will soon be made available. Its optional Technology package comes with integrated navigation as well as rear-seat USB ports as well as 12 speakers, an ELS Studio audio system, and much more.
The back seats on the RDX are easy to fold flat using an outer edge of the seats, or via release handles inside the area for cargo. We were able to squeeze in eight bags for carry-ons with the seats open, and 22 when they were folded. The RDX features a massive storage tray underneath its center console floating on the floor The only other practical storage tray is in the cup holders in central console.