TGI Acura? Yep, the 2018 RDX arrives Friday with a starting price of $36,775 including destination, which is over $1,000 more than last year’s model.
It doesn’t get a refresh for 2018 or even new features. The only change for this year is the AcuraWatch safety suite is now a stand-alone package.
Okay, so let’s explain something if you’re unfamiliar with how Acura does the option levels for its models. Rather than have a bunch of different trims, it offers add-on packages that essentially do the same thing; offering you optional pricing and levels, without the strong dividing lines of trims. A handy way of making the buying process easier since you just decide how much you want to add on.
The RDX offers three packages. You first start with the base RDX with the above starting price and no packages. Then you can add the AcuraWatch Plus Package for $1,300 either alone or along the Technology Package for $3,700. The Advance Package can only be added with the other two packages for an additional $1,700. Meaning altogether the RDX with the Advance Package option cost $43,475. You can add AWD with any and all packages for $1,500.
It adds on the safety features Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Color Multi-Information Display cockpit.
Like the name implies it adds fancy tech features including ELS Studio Premium Audio, navigation, perforated leather sport seats, On Demand multi-use display screen, Voice Recognition and controls, and real-time traffic.
The cherry on top includes 18-inch machine finish alloy wheels, heated and cooling seats, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Aside from that, the RDX keeps a standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC engine good for 279-horsepower. It offers comfortable seating for four adults and a fifth can squeeze in the middle. LED headlights, heat seats, remote power tailgate, and multi-view rear camera make up some of the other standard features.
Since there’s not much in the way of changes for the 2018 RDX, you can check out our review of the 2017 RDX here.