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Which RDX does Edmunds recommend?

The Technology package is the sweet spot for the 2019 RDX. In addition to this package's leather upholstery and premium audio, it adds navigation, parking sensors and additional driver assistance features. We recommend the all-wheel-drive variant for those drivers looking for improved handling and enhanced traction.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Sharp steering and handling
  • Roomy cabin and cargo area
  • Well-trimmed cabin
  • No choice of powertrain
  • Options are bundled solely into packages
  • The RDX is all-new for 2019
  • Part of the third RDX generation introduced for 2019

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

The outgoing RDX was long on practicality but came up a bit short of its competition in performance and emotion. Those shortcomings end with the 2019 Acura RDX. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine has much more low-end torque than its predecessor's V6, giving the new RDX a decided edge in off-the-line oomph. Likewise, its quick steering and keen handling make it something that's genuinely capable on twisting tarmac.

There's an all-new infotainment interface that will become the de facto system in future Acuras. Its touchpad-based nature cuts down on the glance time required to operate it compared to touchscreens, and the sharp display and quick responses are promising.

In the bargain, the new 2019 Acura RDX doesn't give up any space inside. Occupants enjoy an airy cabin, and the new in-floor storage of the large cargo area is a terrific bonus. And with Acura's simple strategy of packaging features into four offerings, selecting one that suits your needs is a painless experience. So is paying for it, since it packs a lot of value.

2019 Acura RDX models

Like all Acuras, the new RDX is offered not in trim levels per se but as a single trim available with one of four option packages: base, Technology, A-Spec and Advance.

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Acura keeps it simple by limiting stand-alone options to all-wheel drive and a few dealer accessory items.

All RDXs are equipped with the same powertrain, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (272 horsepower, 280 pound-feet) connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The RDX's all-wheel-drive system is the fourth generation of the company's clever torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Its ability to route torque across the rear axle (which is itself overdriven compared to the front axle) provides a significant edge in influencing the car's ability to turn into and out of a corner.

Base versions are actually quite well-equipped, boasting 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats.

Also standard is the AcuraWatch suite of driver aids (includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control) and an infotainment system that includes the new True Touchpad Interface, a 10.2-inch central display, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and 9-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The Technology package adds navigation, parking sensors, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, two rear-seat USB ports and an upgraded 12-speaker sound system.

The RDX A-Spec adds 20-inch wheels and wider tires, some visual flair via blacked-out trim inside and out, and unique cabin treatment. It looks sporty, but the suspension is the same as that of lesser RDXs, so the A-Spec's wheels and tires are its sole dynamic differentiator. The A-Spec, though, does get a stunning 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D surround-sound system and ventilated seats.

The Advance package is the most feature-packed of all. Acoustic front door glass and thicker carpet quiet things down, while its adaptive suspension dampers, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a customizable head-up display give it an edge in comfort and convenience. It also has the ELS stereo and ventilated seats from the A-Spec.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 10-speed automatic | AWD).


Overall7.9 / 10


Overall, the performance of the RDX A-Spec is cohesive and not deficient across the board. But little things such as brakes that are a bit on the small side, slightly underwhelming tires, and a sometimes sleepy throttle response take a bit of the shine off a solid performer.


This turbocharged 2.0-liter engine pulls well thanks to generous low-end torque, but it lacks the top-end power of the six-cylinder X3. Closely spaced gears keep the engine in its sweet spot. At our track, 60 mph came in 7.0 seconds, slightly slower than other four-cylinders in the class, but the engine made a pleasing growl under hard acceleration.


No matter what speed, these brakes inspire confidence thanks to predictable engagement and good feel. Our panic-stop test from 60 mph took 121 feet, which is average. But spirited driving on winding roads caused ours to wilt because the stability control system makes routine use of them to trim the car.


Effort is well-matched to the drive mode. Comfort mode is light without feeling overassisted, while Sport and Sport+ feel taut with a good amount of heft. The variable steering ratio is well-tuned such that the RDX is easy to maneuver in parking lots yet never feels darty on twisty roads.


The RDX A-Spec is conservatively tuned to produce more initial understeer than we'd like, and its wider tires don't seem to offer added grip. That said, it doesn't roll over much, and the SH-AWD system pays dividends when powering out of corners by giving the RDX the feel of a rear-wheel-drive vehicle.


The 10-speed automatic is adept at picking the right gear for the situation. The available Sport setting on the gear shift makes gear selection a half-step more aggressive. We actually sampled two different vehicles, and while one early car shifted clunkily when cold, a newer one felt fine.


Though the A-Spec's 20-inch wheels might not bode well for ride comfort, the RDX makes sure its passengers are well-isolated from bumps at any speed. Combine that with standard active noise cancellation and comfortable seating for front and rear passengers, and the RDX impresses in the class.

Seat comfort

The front passengers get stylish heated and cooled seats, which are able to accommodate a wide variety of drivers. There's good support for aggressive driving as well as long-haul comfort, too. In the rear seats, adult passengers will find a pleasing amount of room, comfort and visibility.

Ride comfort

The standard suspension does a respectable job on a variety of road surfaces. (An adaptive suspension is available with the Advance package.) The body is well-controlled over undulations at highway speeds, and it is adept at shrugging off potholes and other square-edge bumps found in the city.

Noise & vibration

Engine and road noise is reasonably well muted, whether the RDX is idling or cruising at highway speed. Wind noise is minimal, and normal conversation is still possible even when the large sunroof is fully open. Full throttle in the A-Spec lets a bit of engine growl come through, but it's never obnoxious.

Climate control

It's easy to make adjustments because the controls are made up entirely of physical buttons. That said, the iconography is a little busy, and the buttons are a bit too small to scan at a glance. There's enough power to control the cabin temperature, but the driver's hands get the majority of the airflow.


Advanced yet complex, the RDX is a mix of good basic ergonomic practices and some rather different, if not polarizing, ideas for how things should be done. The shifter arrangement and small buttons might fluster the driver, but at least the passengers will be comfortable.

Ease of use

Depending on your level of technological savvy, the controls of the RDX might be easy to adapt to or slightly busy and a bit intimidating. Only the steering wheel controls are relatively straightforward but still take a bit of study time. The shifter and touchpad interface are an acquired taste.

Getting in/getting out

Front and rear passengers alike will have an easy time entering and exiting the RDX thanks to wide door openings. Stylishly shaped front seats don't get in the way, and rear passengers who wish to slide across the back seat have it easy thanks to the flat rear floor.

Driving position

Inherently good ergonomics mean that a wide range of drivers should be able to find a comfortable driving position. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes a good amount, and the dashboard sits high enough to make the instrumentation easy to see, but not so high as to interfere with the sight lines.


Front passengers have ample room in every direction. Even with the panoramic sunroof, there's plenty of headroom up front. Taller rear passengers might feel their hair brush against the headliner, but there's more than enough leg- and shoulder room despite what is a nonadjustable rear seat.


The straight-ahead view is not affected by the heavily sculpted hood, but the windshield pillars are a bit on the thick side and can block some visibility when cornering. The rear hatch's power-operated hinges compromise rear visibility. The backup camera is bright with good resolution.


Inside and out, build quality is excellent and what you should expect in a luxury SUV. Interior panels are well-integrated, and the power window switches stand out with a smooth actuation. No squeaks or rattles were noted.


Acura really has interior packaging figured out, and the RDX is yet another showcase of how much room the automaker manages to find and make useful. From a generous cargo area to flexible interior storage solutions, the RDX makes having a lot of stuff easier than it should be.

Small-item storage

There's an abundance of storage up front due to a tiered center console that allows phones and media devices to be plugged in and rest on a shelf, out of sight. The cupholders are under a sliding cover, and there's a traditional center console storage as well. Rear door pockets can hold a water bottle.

Cargo space

At 31.1 cubic feet, the RDX has a higher cargo capacity than the Audi Q5 (26.8 cubic feet) and the BMW X3 (28.7 cubic feet). The load floor is relatively low and wide, and under-floor storage is generous. The split-folding rear seats are easy to fold and lie almost flat.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH anchors are marked and exist in space between the seatback and bottom cushion. Rear-seat room is ample, so larger car seats should fit without having to reposition the front seats.


This is the tour de force of the new RDX, and it could prove to be the main reason behind people buying or not buying this Acura. With an intriguing new touchpad interface, it will absolutely appeal to the tech-savvy buyer just as the impressive audio system will appeal to the dedicated audiophile.

Audio & navigation

Control mastery takes time, but the performance of the navigation and audio system is hard to fault. The graphics are clear and modern, and the 16-speaker ELS 3D stereo system will stun an audiophile when fed with proper DVD-Audio source media. But the sound is less impressive when playing iTunes files.

Smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay and its plug-and-play connectivity are standard, and we found the Bluetooth connection to be reliable. Both front and rear seats have two 2.5-amp ports for charging modern smartphones and tablets. Mobile hotspot capability is standard. Android Auto is not currently available but will come soon.

Driver aids

Acura's suite of driver aids, AcuraWatch, is standard equipment and includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, collision warning and emergency braking. Stability control is nondefeatable, but there is a Snow mode for low-grip situations.

Voice control

Acura uses natural language voice recognition, and we found it to be quite good at deciphering navigation requests, even for often tricky address numbers. Other voice commands were executed similarly well.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2019 Acura RDX SUV.

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2 out of 5 stars
I Traded-In My RDX After 7 Months Of Ownership
Advance Package 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
I had my “dream car” for 7 months and then traded it in for something more reliable. When I first purchased the Acura RDX Advance I was ecstatic. Everything seemed to be customized for me. From the memory seats to the technology, to the safety components. I was in love with my SUV. However, things seemed to go south the longer I owned the vehicle. First it was the constant issues with the Infotainment System. I would exit the vehicle and it wouldn’t turn off. I called the dealership and they either thought I was dumb and didn’t know how to operate a car, or they would say “this is the first time we’re hearing about this...” I found a site called AcuraZine which had a workaround for turning off the frozen system so I wouldn’t get a dead battery. So that was the first issue. The second was the constant brake squealing after about 3 or 4 months of ownership. I drive typically on the interstate, so nothing weird about my driving habits. The last, and most terrifying issue was the electronic issue. I was on my way to work, driving about 65 mph, and everything shut off except for the engine. So I had no dials (since they’re digital) / no GPS / no A/C nothing electronic whatsoever in my car. It was pitch black. I was in the middle lane and there was no way to pull over. I safely made it to work. When I placed the vehicle in park all electronics came back on but they were “strobing.” I called the dealership who told me to bring it in ASAP. After an hour they found nothing wrong and sent me on my merry way. This happened too many times for me to be comfortable with the reliability of the vehicle and the dealership never found any issues so I just traded it in for something more reliable and safe. I really wanted to love this car but for the price I paid (and the thousands of dollars I lost trading it in) it just wasn’t worth my safety. I hope this helps others.
4 out of 5 stars
Close to Being Perfect Compact Luxury SUV--Not The
Petros Bezirganyan,01/07/2019
SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
After months of researching and shopping, pulled the trigger on new RDX w/ Tech... After driving it for 3k mi in 2 months, here are my impressions. THE GOOD 1. The leather seats are very soft and comfortable. Beats any latest model Nissan, Volvo or BMW. The real leather is exquisite. Acura makes the best leather seats, period. Better than the latest Volvo XC90 or XC60, BMW X3 or 3 series, Nissans and even Hondas and Audi Q5... The only seat that is better is the one in Volkswagen Passat, but these are synthetic leatherette... The seat is 16-way power adjustable, and on Advance trim it has power thigh extension as well... Love the seats... 2. The ELS 3D Studio premium audio system is sublime. The surround sound is fantastic, and is second only to Volvo's latest Bowers & Wilkins audio system. 3. The style. I really, really love the body styling if the new RDX. It is elegant, agresive, sporty, modern. I really love the 19" shark gray wheels. The cabin is modern, luxurious and I would say, elegant. Love panorama sunroof. 4. Comfort and ride. Very quiet cabin, supple ride. Good rear legroom and headroom 5. Cargo capacity. Is on par with any compact SUV, and is better than almost all luxury compact SUVs. 6. Price point. Very competitive guven the amount of features. 7. Engine power and torque. With 272 hp on tap and low-RPM 280 lb-ft of torque, this SUV has a pick-up of a sporty sedan or a hatchback. 8. Handling. With its wide stance and low profile, coupled with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, this SUV corners flat, and can handle any curve confidently, feeling sure-footed on any type of pavement. THE BAD 1. Transmission. Acura keeps telling us (since the crappy 6-speed in 2013 RDX and 8, and then 9-speed ZF transmission in Acura MDX 2013-2015, 2016-2019) that they are going to finally fix the rough and jerky gear shifts, especially at low speeds and going uphill, and finally they claimed that they did it with the Honda-engineered 10-speed transmission, debuted in the 2018 Honda Odyssey, and now in 2019 RDX... But let me tell you, this tranny, although much better than 9-speed German-made ZF and the 6-speed in old RDX, still has some serious issues: at low speeds it tends to keep in the middle gears (3-6), instead of downshifting to 2, perhaps--I don't know, but the effect is as if it is in higher gear at lower speeds than it should be, preventing acceleration at speeds at around 25-30 mph, or when coasting to a stop light or parking... This is very annoying, since the vehicle feels underpowered for simple maneuvers, like coasting to a stop light or driving in a parking lot. Pushing the throttle, simply jerks the vehicle forward, as if accelerating from dead stop, which is not what one wants, and is dangerous in traffic or parking garages... Disappointing. 2. Fuel economy on premium 92 grade gas. In the mixed mostly city driving I average only 21 mpg on premium gas. Very disappointing. On regular 87 octane gas, the fuel economy drops to 20 mpg. Disappointing... 3. Small fuel tank, short driving range on a full tank. With only 17 gallon tank, maximum I can drive on premium gas on a full tank is 300 miles, before the fuel gauge light up. Very, very disappointing... My Nissan Rogue would go 359 miles before I had to stop for refueling... 4. Infotainment system. Very, very glitchy and underbaked. Using the precision touch mouse pad is awkward; using navigation is clunky. Voice recognition barely works. The loading of contacts takes a very, very long time... Calls are driooed every now and then; the system hangs intermittently... Nissan's simple Bosch-designed infotainment puts Acura to shame... Android auto is not supported as of yet... No way to look up point of interest phones; no Pandora or Google integration. My Nissan had all that. I miss Nissan's infotainment system... THE UGLY 1. The brake pads already squeal on all 4 as if completely worn out on a brand-new vehicle with less than 3k miles!!! 2. Passenger wiper is not retracting completely. This is a calibration issue, which Acura is looking into. 3. The hatch back-door creaks and moans on opening and closing, just like a whale. 4. Driver vanity mirror cover squeaks when opening. Not nice. 5. The cargo area liftable cover does not stay open, and needs to be held while accessing the underfloor storage compartment. 6. To put in roof-rails and crossbars, Acura is asking for $1,200. Very expensive for almost a necessity on a SUV. CONCLUSION On hindsight, unless you are getting a super killer deal on 2019 RDX (e.g. below invoice), I do NOT recommend buying or leasing it, until Acura addresses transmission and fuel economy issues. Also, note that it is a wide vehicle: 4-5 in wider than a regular sedan or a compact SUV. This may pose a challenge when parking in tight spaces.
4 out of 5 stars
Infotainment System Updates still have not enabled
Mark S of LI NY,01/15/2019
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
Own the 2019 RDX Advance since 8/18. Before this I owned a 2014 RDX & before that 2010 TSX. I enjoy the handling, new modern look (in & outside) as well as feel of the new RDX 3rd generation over the 2014 (2nd generation). But I’m not a fan of the 4 cylinder turbo. It’s not as smooth, quite nor does it get get any better gas mileage then the older 6 cylinder. It does have amazing Technology with exception of Navigation. Though there have been several over the air free updates since buying, including the newest one earlier in 2021, they have not corrected all the quirks. Can't believe it was designed without ability to add a name to an address manually entered. I would have hoped that it would have been fixed in one of the first updates. The fee based ($110 year) AcruaLink app still has quirks as well & they remove great features all the time without saying so. Such as, once being able to download directions from my living room through the AcuraLink app when car was off which had been available when I bought the SUV when it came out in 2018. The feature allowed users to be anywhere & download several directions at once to RDX & they were there immediately even when it was for, I loved that feature. Another issue concerns remote start. Subscribing to pricy yearly app is the only way to remote start it unless you pay nearly $500-& 600 to dealer to install a transponder. Crazy Acura did not incorporate the transponder into it when new like just about all other manufacturers do so all that’s would be needed is a buy a remote start key-bob. All this means in all likelihood I would probably not buy another Acura product in the future. Honda/ Acura should not have rolled out the new system before they had working properly. I’m disappointed with them for not debugging the software before rolling it out to the consumer.
4 out of 5 stars
Navigation system never worked.
Marianne Stolfi,08/19/2018
Technology Package 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
From the first time I tried to use the navigation system it would not recognize the input address. I tried every method. ( It was the address for the Bethpage DMV!). I called my sales person and he walked me through the steps, it still did not recognize the address. I drove the car to the dealership. Another sales person tried to tell me that the problem was because Bethpage and Oyster Bay had the same zip code. (They don’t!). I tried to use the navigation to get to a friends house, it took me to a shopping center. I tried to use it to get to my home address. It tried to take me twenty blocks away. When I got fed up and called the service manager, he admitted that they were having problems with the new system and he didn’t know when it would be fixed. It is now over a month since I got the car!


Our experts like the RDX models:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatically lowers the set cruise speed when you approach slower-moving cars.
Lane Keeping Assist
Detects when the car is approaching the lane's edge and applies a steering torque to help recenter it in the lane.
Collision Mitigation Braking
Automatically applies the brakes when it detects an impending front collision.

NHTSA Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

2019 Acura RDX First Impressions

2019 Acura RDX First Drive

Crossing Over Done Right

Whatever you think of the burgeoning crossover segment doesn't matter. The people have spoken and crossovers have won — compact crossovers are the fastest-growing segment in all of automobiledom.

The good news is that the competition among them has resulted in efforts like the all-new 2019 Acura RDX.

All-New Platform

While the RDX's mission as a premium, do-everything two-row crossover hasn't changed, everything else about it has. From stem to stern, nothing carries over from the model it replaces. Acura targeted the high end of a crowded premium compact crossover class — think Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60 — when developing the 2019 RDX, which means a boost in performance and handling while retaining its core values of comfort and space.

The 2019 RDX marks the model's third generation and debuts a new, Acura-specific platform that will underpin some of the automaker's future cars. The new RDX is a shade lighter and quite a bit stiffer than the one it replaces. Larger than its predecessor, the new model gains more rear legroom and cargo volume thanks to a 2.6-inch-longer wheelbase (now 108.3 inches) and 2.4 inches more overall length (186.8 inches). It's also 1 inch wider and 0.7 inch taller. To get an idea of how grown-up the new RDX is, consider that its new wheelbase mirrors that of the previous-generation MDX, its bigger brother.

The RDX's basic hardware isn't revolutionary. A five-link rear suspension replaces the outgoing model's trailing-link setup for more precise handling and better ride control. Up front, all RDXs receive variable-ratio steering that quickens steering as you crank the wheel and reduces the turns needed for maximum steering angle. The steering rack itself is of the dual-pinion variety, which allows engineers to more finely dial in steering characteristics.

Turbo Four-Cylinder Only

Gone is the outgoing model's V6 engine, but that's no cause for concern. In its place is the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from parent company Honda and found in the top-level Accord and, in more juiced-up form, in the Civic Type R.

In the RDX, this engine generates 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it requires premium fuel. This is a bit less peak power but more torque than the outgoing V6. The difference is particularly stark at low revs; at 1,600 rpm, the turbo-four churns out some 40 percent more torque than the V6. The four-cylinder is the only engine available, and it mates exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. All RDXs are offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Despite a modest weight gain (additional equipment offsets weight savings elsewhere, so front-wheel-drive models gain 46 pounds and AWD variants swell by 112 pounds), the new RDX shaves 0.5 second off the sprint to 30 mph and a few more tenths off the 0-60 mph dash.

Next-Generation AWD

The latest iteration of Acura's optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system now acts quicker and can cope with more torque. As before, SH-AWD continuously adjusts the proportion of torque delivered to the rear axle. On, say, a freeway cruise at constant speed, the front wheels do most of the work and the rear wheels essentially come along for the ride. But the system can route up to 70 percent of the engine's torque to the rear if there's sufficient weight transfer-induced traction available, as during a hard launch on dry pavement.

SH-AWD separates itself from other AWD systems by its ability to direct any fraction of the torque arriving at the rear axle to either rear wheel. Combined with a rear differential that's more slightly overdriven than the front, SH-AWD can help make the RDX turn even as it provides more traction. It's a mighty clever system.

One Trim Level, Four Packages

Like all Acuras, the new RDX is offered not in trim levels but as a single trim available with one of four option packages: base, Tech, A-Spec and Advance. The carmaker keeps it simple by limiting stand-alone options to all-wheel drive and a few dealer accessory items.

Standard equipment on the 2019 RDX includes an absolutely colossal panoramic sunroof and the formerly optional AcuraWatch suite of driver aids. Base models are quite well-equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. The Tech package adds a host of creature comforts (navigation, parking alerts, leather upholstery, additional driver aids, upgraded sound system). The A-Spec delivers understated flair with its 20-inch wheels, wider tires (20 mm), ventilated seats, a stunning 16-speaker, 710-watt surround-sound system, plus blacked-out exterior trim and unique cabin trim.

Topping the range is Advance, which offers thicker carpet and acoustic front door glass for more silencing, continuously variable dampers, a hands-free liftgate, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a customizable and interactive head-up display, and the surround-sound system.

All-New Infotaiment Interface

Perhaps the most conspicuous aspect of the 2019 RDX is its True Touchpad Interface (TTI), Acura's all-new infotainment interface. First shown at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show as the "Acura Precision Cockpit," this touchpad-based system marks a clean-slate rethink of how to interact with a vast array of in-car features.

A 10.2-inch high-definition display sits high atop the dashboard, out of arm's reach. It's not a touchscreen and there's no knob. Instead, TTI incorporates a Post-it-size, slightly curved touchpad that sits at the base of the center stack. Unlike other touchpad-based interfaces that involve shoving a cursorlike selector around, TTI relies on absolute positioning. In other words, the touchpad area corresponds to that of the screen.

For example, touching the upper-left corner of the touchpad highlights the tile at the upper-left corner of the screen. Release your touch and the highlight disappears. This emulates the intuitive layout of a touchscreen, with the key difference that selections are made by pressing lightly on the touchpad.

Our time spent with TTI was promising. Unlike a touchscreen that requires you to guide your finger to a desired icon, TTI can be operated at a quick glance or even using peripheral vision. It offers the intuitive interaction of a touchscreen with fewer of the "glance time" issues of such a system. It's also very responsive. There's a bit of a learning curve to TTI — we initially kept trying to move the highlighted portion around like a mouse — but only because it is different, not because it's difficult.

Driving the New RDX

We spent a day driving RDX A-Spec and Advance models, all equipped with all-wheel drive. On the road, there's little to fault the decision to abandon the V6. The turbo four-cylinder's quick-spooling turbo generates plenty of oats down low, even from a stop. Gear changes from the 10-speeder are subtle and it makes short work of summoning the right gear for conditions to avoid busy-shifting.

Turning the prominent Dynamic Mode selector knob (front and center on the dashboard) incrementally sharpens various chassis and powertrain functions. In default Comfort mode, the powertrain is willing yet innocuous, just the thing for routine driving. Sport mode is pretty lame; on A-Spec models, it adds some steering heft and makes the exhaust louder, and it also slightly firms up the dampers on Advance models.

Sport+ noticeably ratchets everything up another notch, including a more aggressive shift schedule and a livelier SH-AWD calibration that turns this trucklet into something that can make surprisingly short work of a canyon road.

Steering heft, quickness and on-center stability rate well, but feel is on the mute side. Even with the standard dampers, the RDX keeps body roll at bay and changes direction with an eagerness that belies its size and weight. Yes, this is a crossover that exhibits a degree of precision, yet its ride quality is compliant and isn't upset by midcorner bumps. When it comes to balancing a comfortable ride with satisfying handling, the RDX delivers.

The new cabin is plenty attractive. The Advance package's leather, open-pore wood and metal accents convey a convincingly upscale impression. The seats are terrific, too. Rearward visibility isn't great, however, and forces you to rely on the surround-view camera. Nevertheless, the RDX's practicality remains impressive. The cabin is truly spacious, even in the back seat, and cabin storage options abound. Same goes for the bring-everything cargo area that combines plentiful volume with clever in-floor storage cubbies and back seats that fold nearly flat.

Fuel Economy and Pricing

Fuel economy for front-wheel-drive models is 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway), while AWD costs 1 mpg across the board. The wider tires of A-Spec models reduce highway mpg by 1 mpg further still.

The new RDX's price is a real strong suit. It starts at $38,295 (including destination) for base front-drive models, which is unchanged from the outgoing AcuraWatch-equipped model. Other packages have risen in price, but they include more features. And at $48,395, the most expensive Advance package model equipped with all-wheel drive undercuts many rivals by considerable margins.

That the 2019 Acura RDX doesn't skimp on, well, anything, makes it a heck of a compelling thing. Conveniently enough, it arrives at dealers on June 1.

2019 Acura RDX First Look

Acura Reinvigorates the RDX for 2019

At this week's 2018 New York Auto Show, Acura debuts its all-new 2019 RDX with fresh styling, new technology, a new powertrain and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

At the core of the 2019 Acura RDX is a new body and chassis architecture, with more than 50 percent of the body structure composed of high-strength steel. The wheelbase has grown by 2.6 inches, increasing passenger room as well as cargo room behind the rear seats — up 3.4 cubic feet from last year's model — with more underfloor trunk storage.

Powering the 2019 RDX is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, not unlike the one found in the Honda Accord. The V6 is no longer offered, but that doesn't mean a drop in power since the four-cylinder engine makes 272 horsepower (down only 7 horses from the V6) and a stout 280 pound-feet of torque (up 28 lb-ft from the V6's 252 lb-ft). Putting that power to the wheels is a 10-speed automatic transmission, and enthusiasts can rejoice as 2019 marks the return of Acura's SH-AWD to the RDX. This newest iteration can now send up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels and 100 percent of that to either the left rear or the right rear wheel.

The front suspension is now a MacPherson strut setup with fluid-filled compliance bushings, while the rear suspension gets a five-link setup with a stabilizer bar and fluid-filled bushings. Adaptive dampers will be available as an option.

The 2019 Acura RDX's cabin undergoes another dramatic makeover, drawing bits of inspiration from the Acura NSX and receiving a thorough injection of technology. Even the seats have been redesigned, built from a lightweight high-strength steel frame. All RDX models will get a panoramic moonroof, and trim options include brushed aluminum, stainless steel, faux suede and open-pore wood. Acura also offers its ELS Studio 3D audio system as an option, packing 710 watts and 16 channels, with four ceiling-mounted speakers.

New featured technology starts at the windshield with an optional 10.5-inch full color and interactive head-up display. There's also a new 10.2-inch dash-mounted HD display, a new natural voice recognition system, Apple CarPlay compatibility and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Perhaps the biggest news is the inclusion of a touchpad control. Known as True Touchpad Interface, the surface is slightly concave and mapped one to one with the display, which Acura says is a world's first in a driving environment. So a touch on the interface will correspond to the same location on the display, which could be revolutionary or controversial — we'll have to wait and see.

Acura's suite of active and passive safety technology is standard in the 2019 RDX. It features collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow and lane keeping assist.

Acura will also offer the 2019 RDX in A-Spec trim, which includes the addition of gray 20-inch wheels, a unique lower front fascia and gloss-black accents for the grille, side sills, windows and taillights. LED foglights, larger exhaust tips and, of course, A-Spec badging are also present. A-Spec interiors feature red or black leather-wrapped sport seats with faux suede inserts, a stitched leather steering wheel rim, metal paddle shifters, and a satin-finish instrument panel with red illumination.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the 2019 Acura RDX to start in the upper $30Ks when it goes on sale later this year.

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