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What Is It?
2016 Acura RDX

What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Acura RDX gets modestly revised front and rear styling, a minor upgrade in engine power and a host of new driver assistance features to keep it abreast of technology advances in the luxury-vehicle market.

When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Acura RDX will be in dealer showrooms this spring.

How Much Does It Cost?
There's enhanced content for the 2016 RDX and the optional electronic safety features will add cost, but considering the segment's intense competition, we don't expect the RDX's $41,000-ish starting point to escalate much; pricing will be detailed closer to its springtime showroom appearance.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Acura RDX is a four-door compact luxury crossover. There is a base model, to which can be added two comprehensive option packages, the Technology package and a new-to-RDX Advance package.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
All 2016 RDX models come with a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 279 horsepower — a 6-hp increase — and 252 pound-feet of torque, which is a 1 lb-ft gain. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and directs power either to the front wheels or to all four wheels via a revised all-wheel-drive system.

A cylinder deactivation function for the V6 can shut off two cylinders when their effort isn't required, pushing a slight 1-mpg gain in the 2016 RDX's highway fuel economy. Acura says the 2016 RDX's ratings are 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive and 20 city/29 highway for front-drive models.

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Acura is pumping up the RDX's technology profile with a new package of driver-assistance features the brand is broadly calling AcuraWatch, a "fusion" of features that shares many of the same sensors and other enabling hardware. AcuraWatch incorporates adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Also included are a multiview rear camera and a special expanded-view driver side mirror. The AcuraWatch features are standard with the new Advance package but any RDX model can be optioned with AcuraWatch.

Acura also says the RDX's all-wheel drive has been recalibrated to bias power to the rear wheels, which should improve the luxury crossover's cornering responses in dry weather.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi Q5: Although it's aging, the Q5 remains one of the classiest and most versatile choices in the luxury compact crossover market. Its interior has Audi's close attention to fine materials and assembly and the Q5 has a choice of spunky but efficient engines, including a stout but fuel-stingy diesel.

BMW X3: It's hard to find a better all-around performer than the X3. There's the energetic and responsive handling you expect of any BMW, pleasingly refined yet punchy engines and plenty of utility in the X3's packaging. Watch out with the options, though, as they can markedly inflate the bottom line.

Lexus NX 200t: This newcomer to Lexus showrooms has styling that's a little polarizing, but its big-brother RX is one of the best-selling luxury crossovers ever and the NX 200t reinforces the Lexus approach to luxury with a beautifully built, tomb-quiet cabin and an ample amount of cutting-edge technology.

Should You Wait for It?
If you want the latest safety technology and otherwise find the current RDX an appealing package, you would be well-served to wait the couple of months before the 2016 RDX arrives at Acura dealers.

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