The all-new Acura RDX goes on sale on Friday, June 1, starting from $37,300 excluding destination and handling. It’s the SUV’s biggest redesign in a decade. The third-generation RDX rolls out with new looks and a new powertrain, including a 10-speed automatic, along with a sporty A-Spec trim.
2019 Acura RDX Trims And Pricing
The new A-Spec trim is one of four levels available on the 2019 Acura RDX. It starts with the entry-level RDX, followed by the Technology Package, the A-Spec variant and finally the top of the line Advance Package trim. Prices start at that $37,300 figure and run up to $47,400. Acura’s Super Handling All-wheel Drive is an option across the lineup.
New Turbocharged Powertrain and AWD
Big changes come to the RDX under the hood. A new turbocharged four-cylinder replaces the old generation’s 3.5-liter V6. Mated to a ten-speed automatic (instead of the former six-speed), the new powertrain delivers 272-horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque.
The new RDX also marks the return of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive to the RDX nameplate, designed to improve handling. It improves rear-wheel torque capacity up 40 percent over the previous-generation system. Now, up to 70% of torque can be distributed to the rear wheels, and up to 100% of that torque can be distributed to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel.
Fuel economy ratings rank 21/22 for city driving, 26-28 for highway driving and 23/34 combined, depending on 2 or 4-wheel drive.
The new RDX is lower and wider than the outgoing model. The front features next-generation Jewel Eye headlights with more LEDs. NSX-inspired design cues include air curtains that feed air efficiently around the front wheels and down the body side.
Inside, the 2019 RDX is roomier in the cabin thanks to its slightly longer wheelbase over the outgoing model Cabin updates also include new sport seats that are up to 16-way power adjustable. Premium materials include brushed aluminum, stainless steel, open pore Olive Ash wood trim, Ultrasuede and rich Milano leather.
A panoramic sunroof comes standard across the lineup and features a power sliding sunshade. An available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display is also new for 2019.
The RDX also comes with Acura’s third-generation True Touchpad Interface. The updated system features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display. Acura walks us through the new system here:
The new RDX also marks the debut of Acura’s ELS Studio 3D premium audio system. The 16-channel, 710-watt system features four ultra-slim ceiling-mounted speakers. It’s available on top trims.
If sporty is your style, you’ll want to check out the A-Spec trim. The RDX is Acura’s first SUV to offer it. Design upgrades include Shark Gray 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black exterior accents, large-diameter exhaust finishers, LED fog lights, and A-Spec badging.
Inside, the A-Spec features exclusive sports seats wrapped in either black or red leather with black premium Ultrasuede inserts and contrasting stitching. Real aluminum decorates the center-console, doors and instrument panel, with additional soft-touch Ultrasuede on the dash.
A stitched leather sport steering wheel features gloss black trim, metal-plated paddle shifters and A-Spec badging. The driver’s gauge cluster comes with an A-Spec exclusive satin silver finish with red-illuminated nighttime readouts.
Like its parent company Honda, Acura offers great safety features. All RDX trims come with standard with the full suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver assist technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
The RDX, which arrives in dealerships June 1st, it the first RDX to be designed and developed in America, designed at the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, and developed in Raymond, Ohio.
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