2019 is a very exciting year for the RDX – the Acura has revamped and remodeled this luxury SUV in a major way. We have a very modern and sleek new design that uses sports and aggression, there’s also an exciting upscale interior overhaul and a boosted infotainment system. And the price, well, let’s just say that this is a luxury we can all get behind. This year the 2019 RDX has taken the #1 spot amongst a few of very important ratings, like the 2019 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money and it was also named the Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. So, we are undoubtedly reviewing a winner today.
- Sharp sleek exterior design
- Outstanding handling
- Spacious interior
- Spectacular craftsmanship and high-quality materials
- Exceptional insulation
- Smooth precise steering
- Great price within its class
- New sportier trim
- Strong resale value
- No individually sold options
- Unimpressive towing power
- Only one available engine
Acura RDX Overview
The 2019 RDX is the starting point for the third generation, this particular Acura model has been on our roads since 2006. Just to give you some idea of how popular this luxury crossover is – Acura has started with annual sales of just a bit over 9 thousand SUVs in the US in 2006 and last year the US number reached 63 580, plus almost nine thousand in Canada, and it’s only the second year for the RDX at our northern border. Anytime a luxury vehicle hits those kinds of numbers, you know it is an all-round success.
The revamped Acura RXD rides better, brings the heat on with the new turbocharged four-cylinder, and really looks the part. The cabin is luxuriously impressive, and, there’s even a brand new user-friendly, intuitive and responsive infotainment system. Though, some do say it takes some getting used to. Then there’s the AcuraWatch safety system that includes all of the staples like the lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, along with the automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, and much more.
This particular Acura is marketed as a single trim-model but with different option packages. Those would be the base option package, then the mid Technology package and the upscale Advance and A-Spec.
The new-and-improved RDX is exactly that: new and improved, it is an extremely attractive crossover. The RDX is modern, muscular and with a confident sense of style. From the get-go, you’ll be able to notice the abundance of beautiful details, like the lines and creases, or crisscrossing design elements, and crème-de-la-crème – Acura’s trademark diamond pentagon grille. The grille is pitch-black mash with complicated pattern framed in chrome. The A-Spec package has a bit more “oomph” to the design with bigger wheels and more darkened elements in the exterior design.
Moving on inside, you’ll surely appreciate the third-generation cabin, it is comfortable, convenient with a futuristic look and feel. The well-thought-through layout, great craftsmanship, and quality of materials all are a representation of what they should be in an upscale vehicle. Getting into the RDX’s cabin is easy and the seating is superb – plush and supportive during short or long drives.
Powering the RDX is also something completely new. The V6 is out this year and there’s a new sheriff in town – all of the trims are powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 capable of generating 272 hp. The engine is paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission with FWD that is standard on the RDX and can be boosted to Acura’s Super Handling AWD. Overall, the 2019 model delivers a solid performance, with some insignificant complaints that aren’t really deal barkers.
Standard tech for the RDX includes Bluetooth, Push-Button Engine Start, Cruise Control, USB, Voice Recognition, Remote Keyless Entry or the Hands-Free Phone feature. Furthermore, there’s the Audible Text Messaging, Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry, Internet Access, and Smartphone Interface. Entertainment technology is represented by Premium and the Satellite Radio, as well as Bluetooth Streaming Audio. One of the newer and absolutely ideal features is the Walk Away Door Lock, which is made to automatically lock when the driver walks away.
The starting price is 37 300 USD, which is an awesome value for this luxury crossover. The fully-loaded model can set you back somewhere around 47 400 USD.
The RDX is a five-seater and a very comfortable one. Acura should get bonus points for their accommodating plush seating alone. The driver’s seat is exceptional and can comfortably seat almost any body type. The base package includes soft faux leather upholstery, all of the above have genuine leather seats. Heat and ventilation are also available for the front row.
The RDXs climate is controlled only with buttons. Some might find CC insufficient, but, in the end, the needed temperature can be achieved and maintained.
The RDX has a new generation of AcuraLink infotainment system which runs on a 10.2-inch display screen with the True Touchpad Interface controller. The Apple CarPlay is available, but those using Android Auto have to wait, the brand promised to have it available shortly.
Storage and Space
There’s more than enough space for personal items with the available door pockets, cup holders, shelves for charging phones and even a central console. As far as cargo goes, RDX ranks above the market with just over 30 cubic feet.
Drivability, seating, connectivity, technology, power, seating – the RDX is an extremely comfortable vehicle in all regards. If you value travelling in quiet and comfort in a super-high quality cabin, you’ll love the RDX.
The seating is firm and accommodating, which is entirely expected from a luxury vehicle. The two front seats are heated and ventilated. There’s more than enough head and legroom in the front and back to feel comfortable.
Even the biggest wheels on the upscale A-Spec don’t spoil the ride. The revised suspension can easily handle most of the rough road surfaces.
It’s a well-insulated and refined ride, furthermore the standard active noise cancellation adds heaps to the quality of the ride.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA gave the overhauled RDX a highest rating: the 5 out of 5 overall safety score.
Should I Buy the Acura RDX?
It is a fantastic luxury choice for the money. Well worth the consideration.
How Much Does it cost?
37 300 UDS – 47 400 USD