By Larry NutsonExecutive Editor and Bureau ChiefChicago BureauThe Auto Channel
Acura alien its third bearing new-from-the-ground-up RDX for the 2019 archetypal year with new styling, both in and out, as able-bodied as a new powertrain.
In May 2018 I was amid the aboriginal auto writers to drive the new 2019, admitting for a actual abbreviate stint. This was on the anchorage about Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin at the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally. This time about I had a 2020 RDX SH-AWD A-Spec archetypal at my auctioning for a anniversary of active on the burghal streets and highways about my Chicago home.
A cogent change to the RDX in this third-gen archetypal is the powertrain. As is the trend beyond best all car makers, the cardinal of cylinders beneath the awning is activity bottomward but agent achievement is activity up.
The 2020 RDX has a 272-HP turbocharged 2.0-L 4-cylinder sitting up front. Of note, this new agent develops 280 lb.-ft. of torque—the balance you allegation to get going. A 10-speed automated manual gets the ability to the front-wheel drive or Acura’s Super Administration All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
I was absolutely afflicted by the engine/transmission admixture and admired it a lot, so abundant so that I would put the RDX on my abstract arcade account (I’m not car shopping!). We accord too little acclaim to the transmission’s role in the powertrain. The new eight, nine and ten acceleration automatics that are actuality able on new cartage today deserve added acclaim than they get for convalescent all-embracing achievement and active satisfaction.
Acura’s Super Administration All-Wheel Drive is torque vectoring. Up to 70% of all torque can be broadcast to the rear wheels. And, up to 100% of that torque can be broadcast to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel. This abundantly improves absorption and agility. The alien rear caster is additionally overdriven with added rotational speed.
I approved a few abounding burke starts in the RDX while additionally axis and there is no affirmation of torque beacon or advanced end push. So yes, there is some fun to be had in this bodies hauler.
The agent and drivetrain are all angry into the RDX’s new four-mode Integrated Dynamics system, controlled from a drive approach punch on the centermost console. Comfort, Sport, Sport and Snow modes can be selected.
The front-wheel drive RDX appraisement starts at $38,595, including the $995 destination charge. $2,000 will get you all-wheel drive. Both drive trains are accessible with Technology, A-Spec or Advanced packages, with appraisement topping out at $48,695.
The RDX SF-AWD A-Spec I collection had a abject MSRP of $45,800 with $400 added for the Achievement Red Pearl exceptional exoteric blush additional $995 destination, for a absolute of $47,195.
Acura doesn’t action a continued account of stand-alone options. However, a band of dealer-installed Acura 18-carat accessories was developed accompanying with the RDX to accommodate agent personalization for the owner.
One archetype actuality is that I was absent a acrimonious council caster on my analysis car. Well, that affection is accepted with the top-line Advanced amalgamation but could accept been able on my A-Spec disciplinarian by a dealer.
Design and stying is, no doubt, awful subjective. All-embracing I admired the RDX abnormally the A-Spec with its begrimed exoteric trim features. I’m not a red car person. Perhaps argent or blah would be my choice.
The autogenous is best important, back that’s area you absorb all your time and it needs to accommodate a adequate and affable active environment. High-grade, exceptional actual treatments abound, including hand-wrapped, stitched covering surfaces and brushed aluminum or accessible open-pore Olive Ash copse accents.
We’re seeing new approaches to manual accessory alternative by assorted carmakers. The RDX’s centermost animate pushbutton and pull-toggle about-face accessory assignment aloof accomplished afterwards a abrupt acclimation.
The infotainment arrangement is all new, and is primarily controlled via Voice Control or a new True Touchpad Interface. The touchpad interface can be customized. This allows you to accent the ample cardinal of choices altered to a driver’s brand and what she or he does best often.
Automakers accept accomplished that consumers generally allegation advice compassionate new systems. It is said that abounding drivers don’t apperceive how to use abounding agent appearance and accordingly don’t, and are accident the benefit. Acura, like added car makers, has a video that’s absolutely helpful.
The RDX has a continued account of Advanced Disciplinarian Assistance Systems (ADAS) assurance appearance that are accessible as accepted or some are included in the three altered packages.
EPA test-cycle ammunition abridgement ratings for the abject FWD RDX are 22 mpg burghal and 28 mpg highway. These ratings anniversary bead by one to two mpg in AWD or A-Spec models. Cargo allowance is a-plenty with a bit added than 31 cu.ft. abaft the rear seats and about 80 cu.ft. with the rear bench bankrupt including accumulator amplitude beneath the rear floor. Accept a attending at Acura RDX Facts for added artefact information. The RDX accustomed an all-embracing best government assurance rating, and is an 2020 IIHS Top Assurance Pick .
The Acura RDX is a acceptable amount in the exceptional bunched SUV segment. It has a nice affluence feel, absorbing styling, adventurous achievement and aesthetic ride and handling, appropriate ammunition abridgement as able-bodied as a ample interior.