All-New 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety Systems, Turbo Power

May 25, 2018

Luxurious compact SUV is roomier and laden with advanced tech but also gets Acura’s unintuitive shifter

The RDX, Acura’s most reliable new model from Consumer Reports’ reliability survey–and the only Acura that CR currently advocates –is experiencing a full redesign for the 2019 model year. Acura introduced the production version of the 2019 Acura RDX in the 2018 New York Market Show, highlighting that the redesigned, third-generation SUV’s more vibrant styling, roomier interior, and advanced technologies, both indoors and out.

Clients are flocking to SUVs in record numbers each year, along with the compact luxury SUV segment is particularly popular, meaning buyers ought to be considering this fresh five-passenger SUV. The RDX is your entry-level SUV at the Acura lineup, slotting in below the seven-passenger MDX. Acura is dependent on its SUV sales, but in 2017 their sales were down 32 percent (RDX) and 40% (MDX) in comparison with 2016. This usually means that Acura desperately desires the RDX to be a winner.


The RDX eventually gets integrated into the recent Acura styling appearance and feel, which means fine, if unadventurous styling. Like the TLX sedan and MDX, the 2019 Acura RDX understands the newest Diamond Pentagon Grille–gone is the odd beaklike nose that dominated Acura automobiles for nearly a decade. The remainder of the RDX, aside from specific character lines and details, has a conventional”compact SUV” look, with a roofline that illuminates on the front cabin and slopes down at the rear. The wheel wells are nicely filled out by the typical 19-inch wheel/tire mix.


The wheelbase is 2.5 inches more than its predecessor’s. Acura says this translates into a larger cottage with”class-leading cabin space, rear legroom, and rear cargo space” In our tests of the recent RDX, we found the front seats to be inviting and well-shaped, along with the back seat was ample for most adults. Even the 16-way power-adjustable front seats are both heated and cooled. A scenic moonroof, which may either lean for venting or fully open, is normal.

All-New 2019 Acura RDX

All-New 2019 Acura RDX

One of the very first things you notice about the 2019 Acura RDX cottage is the 10.2-inch screen touch screen mounted above the middle console. Users can get the infotainment platform using the touch screenand also the Acura True Touchpad Interface in the games between the driver and passenger seats, or 2 scroll wheels onto the steering wheel. Acura claims its touchpad does not function as a mouse; rather, it is”mapped exactly –one-of-a-kind — together with the corresponding activity on the center screen” This seems as if Acura is saying its system is a lot much easier to work with than the one in Lexus versions, which can be challenging to operate.

What Drives It

Acura has awarded the 2019 RDX an all-new powertrain: a 272-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor, that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy figures were not declared throughout the RDX’s launch. Acura did state this brand new liter turbo will deliver more electricity –40 percent more low-end torque– more compared to the 3.5-liter V6 engine creates in the current RDX.

Unfortunately, the RDX is the latest model to get Acura’s push-button gear selector. In our evaluations of other Acuras, we have discovered the push-button shifter to be cumbersome and unintuitive to use. But, Acura has built in comprehensive safeguards to prevent the car from an accidental rollaway if drivers fail to put it in Park or should they open the door while in gear.

The RDX will soon be available using Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive system, which splits power between the front and rear wheels as well as from side to sideby side We haven’t seen any substantial managing differences or improvements during testing of other Acuras using SH-AWD. Front-wheel drive is very likely to be standard to the new RDX.

Safety & Driver-Assist Systems

All 2019 Acura RDX versions will include the AcuraWatch security system as standard equipment, a movement that people applaud. Even the AcuraWatch package comprises forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure caution, and lane-keeping aid, among other technologies. Regrettably, blind-spot caution is the optional feature.

CR’s Take

On paper, the RDX has the capacity to regain ground from the compact luxury SUV class. The turbo four-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic must result in improved fuel economy. We found the leaving RDX to be functional but unexciting and lacking any luxury touches in comparison with the contest. The new one looks promising on paper.

Our worries revolve around Acura’s latest so-so reliability document. And the accession of the push-button gear selector complicates the RDX’s controllers. The new touchpad interface to your infotainment system has got the potential to be a diversion. In our short time with it at the car show, we found that it’s a learning curve, but it had been easier to use than other touch-style methods, like the Lexus Remote Touch. We are going to find a clearer picture after we drive the new RDX later this spring.

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