The 2020 Acura RDX is a adventurous bunched affluence crossover that represents a acknowledgment to its roots – accouterment some athleticism and adrenaline to a articulation not accepted for either. We anticipate this is a absolute development, as the antecedent RDX absent its way a bit.
However, that aftermost RDX’s bigger backbone was its actual ample autogenous for its all-embracing size, which carries over to the new adaptation admitting the added athleticism. These aren’t usually attributes that go together; adventurous cartage can be smaller, with poor amplitude utilization. That isn’t the case here. The turbocharged agent and avant-garde all-wheel drive arrangement beggarly the RDX is as active as any crossover client could want. The basal band is that it has added appearance and a above aggregate of attributes than abounding of its sport-luxury competitors.
The RDX carries over mostly banausic for 2020 afterwards accepting a complete redesign aftermost year.
There’s a turbocharged agent beneath the awning again, instead of the V6 in the last-generation model, and the technologically-advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive arrangement additionally makes a return. On the outside, the chrome grille “beak” has thankfully vanished, and there’s some chic tech in the glossy autogenous – although its signature touchpad infotainment ambassador is a alloyed bag. Added on that below.
You can apprehend about aftermost year’s changes added actually in our 2019 Acura RDX Aboriginal Drive, but in short, it’s sportier, added characteristic and added comfortable than its predecessor. Part of that is the actuality it’s no best based on the aforementioned agent belvedere as Honda’s CR-V.
The RDX’s autogenous is a nice abode to be. In the flush A-Spec trim we tested, best surfaces are covered with soft, premium-looking materials, including perforated leather, soft-touch plastics, and classy-looking vinyl.
The RDX introduces Acura’s True Touchpad Interface, which controls the infotainment arrangement and its 10.2-inch awning with a center-console-mounted touchpad rather than a touchscreen interface. While it’s actually a footfall in the appropriate direction, the arrangement has a almost abrupt acquirements ambit and lacks any haptic feedback. It’s ultimately not as automated as we’d like, and that is important because it’s an interface you’ll be application all the time in an RDX – including to interface with the accepted Apple CarPlay functionality. Note that, as of this writing, Android Auto is not supported. Acura promises to cycle this affection out in an amend for all TTI-equipped RDXs soon. You can apprehend our abounding impressions of the arrangement here.
Other than the TTI system, the RDX has an accomplished complete arrangement address of the ELS Studio-branded arrangement offered with the $3,200 Technology Amalgamation (or arranged in the A-Spec package). A head-up display, acrimonious and aerial seats, and adorned trim (“Natural Olive Ash Burl Wood”) is accessible on the $4,900 Advance Package, which requires the Technology Package. The basal band actuality is that if you appetite the adherent actuality inside, it’s not activity to be cheap.
If you’re attractive for the best ample “compact” affluence SUV for either cartage or cargo, the 2020 RDX is appealing abundant abode to start. On paper, the RDX has the best rear legroom in the segment, and aback we compared it back-to-back with a array of competitors, that accepted to be actually correct. Unless you’re blame for arena time on an NBA team, your knees won’t be affecting the avant-garde seats. Importantly, a rear-facing adolescent bench is additionally added acceptable to fit aback there.
Cargo amplitude is analogously accomplished with 29.5 cubic-feet of amplitude abaft its aloft aback seat. That’s bigger than aggregate in the articulation except the Volvo XC60, which is basically equal. It additionally provides commodity best others don’t: a abundant and absolutely advantageous under-floor accumulator area. Bigger still, it was accomplished after accident the additional annoy – no run flats or cans of annoy goo here. Maximum burden amplitude numbers additionally best-in-class.
All of that said, the RDX’s exoteric ambit don’t dwarf those of its competitors. Yes, they’re about bigger, but alone by 1 to 3 inches – annihilation that would accomplish parking or applicable in your barn extra-difficult.
The RDX’s alone agent is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four that makes 272 application and 280 pound-feet of torque – that’s a advantageous bang in torque from the antecedent V6, and it offers added of that ability lower in the RPM range.
The front-drive RDX is rated at 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg accumulated MPG. Adding all-wheel drive drops those abstracts by 1 mpg beyond the board. The A-Spec is rated at 1 mpg beneath on the highway, apparently due to its beyond wheels, but the burghal and accumulated ratings are the same. Overall, the abridgement is agnate to the Audi Q5 but hardly beneath than the BMW X3 sDrive30i.
The RDX manages a blessed antithesis amid reasonable sportiness for the articulation and all-embracing comfort. There’s a bit of adrenaline in the affair – a bark from the agent as it thrusts the RDX avant-garde on a beachcomber of torque. Acura’s ancestor company, Honda, knows how to accomplish an absorbing engine. The RDX exudes an air of sportiness, but additionally backs it up with absolute athleticism. The alternative SH-AWD system’s avant-garde torque vectoring is additionally a benefaction on dry pavement, authoritative the RDX about-face crisply – and it’ll additionally help, to some degree, with absorption in poor weather. We anticipate it’s a acknowledgment to anatomy for a agent that congenital its acceptability on accouterment a bluff active acquaintance than your boilerplate crossover.
The engine’s all-encompassing low-end torque agency that it’s zippier about town. It channels ability through a 10-speed automated transmission, which is mostly competent but occasionally gets confused. On several occasions during a drive in our A-Spec tester, a abrupt ache of the accelerator to canyon addition agent led to a cutting adjournment afore the RDX ample out what accessory to be in. We’ve had agnate issues with nine- and 10-speed automatics in the past, but it’s disconcerting. Other than that, the agent and manual assignment calm adequately able-bodied – and the RDX feels clumsily quick, abnormally in sportier drive modes.
There are two abeyance options for the RDX. The Advance trim receives an Adaptive Damper System, but aggregate abroad is relegated to a acquiescent Amplitude Reactive Damper system. The non-electronic dampers assignment able-bodied – the ride is close but not uncomfortable, and the RDX corners with precision. It’s helped by appropriate council feel from the variable-ratio rack, although it’s on the ablaze ancillary at low speeds.
Note that the A-Spec amalgamation sounds like it ability be a achievement upgrade, but it is (disappointingly) a absolutely corrective package.
Comparison: 2019 Acura RDX vs bunched affluence SUVs
We get back-to-back active impressions of the RDX against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC300 and Volvo XC60.
In our aboriginal drive of the new 2019 Acura RDX, Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski finds it to be added like a activation of the original, adventurous RDX than its added boilerplate successor. This commodity appearance a added all-embracing attending at its engineering, architecture and how it differs from its predecessor.
2019 Acura RDX infotainment aboriginal impressions | A aboriginal footfall into the blow pad world
Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale discovers the True Touchpad Interface to be a able arrangement that lacks polish.
The RDX comes in several altered flavors – we amusement them like trim levels, but Acura calls them bales back you can assemblage the Technology Amalgamation with the A-Spec or Advance Packages. Or you can baddest the Technology Amalgamation by itself. It’s a little bit confusing, but anniversary amalgamation adds added equipment, aloof like a college trim level, so in the end it’s all aloof semantics.
The abject amount of a front-wheel drive RDX is $38,595, and it comes reasonable well-equipped, with LED headlights, ability acrimonious avant-garde seats, and the True Touchpad Interface, and more. SH-AWD adds $2,000 to the price.
The appraisement for the assorted bales is as follows:
Technology Package: $3,200
A-Spec Package: $3,000
Advance Package: $4,900
While it’s a bit subjective, we anticipate the appearance-only A-Spec amalgamation is a poor value. It offers some nicer autogenous materials, but the “dark chrome” exoteric capacity aren’t awfully special. The red-on-silver barometer array is, however, absolutely neat. That said, for a “sporty” trim level, we anticipate the abridgement of accessible adaptive dampers on the A-Spec (they’re absolute to the Advance Package) is a bit of an oversight. The Advance Package, admitting actuality added expensive, may be a bigger amount in that in provides both nicer autogenous abstracts and a anatomic upgrade. It additionally has 19-inch rather than 20-inch wheels, which improves the ride over asperous pavement that abundant more.
You can see a complete breakdown of 2020 Acura RDX features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
Acura says the RDX appearance the newest bearing of its Avant-garde Compatibility Engineering anatomy structure, additional new high-strength animate aperture abutment rings and eight airbags. The AcuraWatch apartment of assurance technologies includes accepted avant-garde blow warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise ascendancy and alley abandonment mitigation.
The RDX is an IIHS Top Assurance Pick , the organization’s accomplished rating, acceptation it got the best-possible blast ratings additional top marks for its accepted AcuraWatch assurance tech and the Advance Package’s alternative curve-adaptive headlights.
NHTSA gave the 2019 RDX an all-embracing appraisement of bristles stars, its accomplished rating. It accustomed alone four stars in aboveboard blast and rollover tests, but abounding marks in ancillary impact. As the 2020 archetypal is identical, the 2019 assurance ratings apply.
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