April 4, 2019
With the 2019 RDX, Acura made a few changes that are likely to make the competition nervous. The latest model is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, one with more low-end torque. By focusing on the torque, the carmaker gave the small SUV an acceleration edge. Likewise, the vehicle’s nimble steering and lively handling have made it something that handles itself easily on winding roads.
For the 2019 RDX, Acura added a new infotainment interface. This will be the system for all future Acura vehicles. It features a touchpad designed to cut down on the amount of glance time required by the driver. The SUV also has plenty of space for occupants inside the cabin.
Acura doesn’t offer its vehicles in trim levels. Instead, the car company has developed option packages. These are the Base, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance. Each RDX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with the small SUV while all-wheel drive is optional.
Those who opt for the Base package will have a vehicle that’s pretty well-equipped. It comes with things like 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate. The Technology package features parking sensors, leather upholstery, and navigation as well as extra USB ports and an upgraded sound system. With the A-Spec, amenities include wider tires, a bit of visual flair, ventilated seats and a 16-speaker surround-sound system. The car company’s Advance package has the most added amenities and features acoustic door glass and thicker carpet to make the interior of the SUV quieter. It also has a hands-free liftgate, upgraded power-adjusting seats and a customizable display.
The RDX delivers a good amount of power. Drivers will enjoy the acceleration of the turbocharged engine. It reached a speed of 60 miles per hour in just 7 seconds when tested. Braking is top-notch too. They inspire confidence due to a good feel and predictable engagement. During the brake assessment, the vehicle came to a stop in 121 feet from a speed of 60 miles per hour.
The vehicle comes with different drive modes. Its Comfort mode offers a light touch without feeling like the SUV’s driving system is helping too much. When drivers switch over to the Sport or Sport Plus mode, the steering tightens up and the vehicle feels heavier.
Acura has manufactured the SUV with a generous cargo area, flexible interior storage and handy cubbies and storage consoles. Owners will find plenty of places to put their stuff.
The 2019 Acura RDX is the kind of vehicle that offers value. With its just-right size, spunky engine and spaciousness, those who buy it will be happy that they did.