The 2019 Acura RDX has been completely redesigned and marks the third generation of this compact luxury SUV. Its automotive environment has changed dramatically in the decade since it was first introduced. Furthermore, the RDX comes in a more athletic style and features the latest safety aids. What doesn’t change is its value. The 2019 Acura RDX is one of the few vehicles that can make you feel self-contented but fiscally responsible.
All RDX models have a five-passenger configuration and offered in four trims levels: base, Technology, A-Spec and Advance. The 2019 Acura RDX is surprisingly well-equipped even in its base trim. Features included 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tailgate with height adjustment, dual-zone climate control, heated and 12-way-adjustable power front seats, leatherette upholstery, the AcuraWatch active safety and driver-assistance suite, HomeLink universal garage remote, 10.2-inch high-def center display with True Touchpad Interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Sirius XM, and a 9-speaker premium audio system with AM/FM/HD Radio.
Under the hood, the 2019 Acura RDX comes an all-new engine. A turbocharged 2.0 liters 4-cylinder makes 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, nearly tops in its class. The engine is paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission made in-house by Honda. The huge number of gears is meant for better fuel efficiency, returning 28 mpg in front-drive models and 27 mpg for AWD versions. Those highway numbers are excellent, but still only match those of the former model with a V6. An automatic start/stop system shuts off the engine at stoplights to improve city-mpg ratings. Front-wheel drive is standard, while Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional across the board for an extra $2,000. Towing capacity is rated at 1,500 pounds, on the lighter end of the spectrum.
In track testing, the 2019 Acura RDX went to 60 mph from zero in 5.7 seconds. EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (FWD), 22/27 mpg (A-Spec FWD), 21/27 mpg (AWD), 21/26 mpg (A-Spec, AWD).
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
272 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/28 mpg (FWD) and 21/27 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Acura RDX is arriving now and has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $38,295 (include $995 destination fee). The RDX Technology version is $41,495, the A-Spec model is $44,495, and the Advance variant is $46,495. Adding all-wheel drive is an additional $2,000.