The new bestseller from Acura has become a risk carrier. With an emotional design and a distributed infotainment system, the 2019 Acura RDX will surprise people that are used to the forgotten expertise of the previous model. To gain new buyers for the brand, such an approach may be required, and the RDX makes a statement involuntarily. With a bright red 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec long-term machine, we have a year to see if we like what the Acura has to say.
Acura set the tone for this upward pivot with a great new exterior design. The new look of the RDX reflects many of the design elements of its larger brother Acura MDX. The front of the 2019 Acura RDX has square headlights hanging from a wide, demonstrative grid. This grille is a welcome change from the uncomfortable “shield” or “beak” that has been the face of the RDX since 2013. The 2019 Acura RDX has a more straightforward layout than its predecessor, and the more upright rear should provide extra cabin space. The overall aesthetics are modern and sharp. The A-Spec coating is reinforced by dark accents on the side, similar to the black side panels of the Porsche Macan. It’s clear that Acura is trying to make that visual connection.
Other features of the 2019 Acura RDX include leather upholstery, heated 12-seat cockpit front seats, two-zone climate control, keyless remote control with push-button starter and leather steering wheel. In terms of infotainment, the RDX has a 10.2-inch HD monitor controlled by a touch-sensitive pad. We will discuss this system in more detail later, but it has Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and two front USB ports. It is also equipped with the Apple CarPlay integration, but not with Android Auto. If buyers want more content than offered in the base RDX, Acura offers three additional equipment options called “packages”: the technology package, the A-specific package and the Advance package. The technology package adds enhanced, perforated Milano premium leather with dark accents and contrast stitching. In addition, the unit has GPS-controlled air conditioning, a voice recognition system that can understand complex commands, and an additional pair of USB charging ports. The technology package includes the fantastic ELS premium audio system and additional driver assistance features. The technology package includes a navigation system with real-time traffic updates and intelligent route changes. We’ve added the A-Spec package with dark 20-inch wheels, unique black exterior accents, larger exhaust ports and unique front and rear bumper designs and vented front seats. , red ambient lighting, brushed aluminum pedals and interior accents, a unique size chart and, optionally, a great red leather interior.
The same applies to the powertrain. The new 2019 Acura RDX, like the first generic model, is equipped with turbochargers, but our longeter has twice as many forward speeds. An automatic 10-speed pair for a version of the same 2.0-liter turbo four that is offered in the Honda Accord. The version of the RDX delivers 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and produces a good-turbo engine note when you step on it.
The base RRP for the 2019 Acura RDX is $ 37,300. A tech package variant starts at $ 40,500. The A-Spec version starts at $ 43,500 and the Advance package starts at $ 45,400. SH-AWD increases each of these cropping packages by $ 2,000.