Status: Unchanged for 2020 - Acura's redesign of the RDX utility vehicle for the 2019 model year injected a strong dose of styling to dovetail with its practical nature and stellar performance. The interior is as radically different as the outside, with a dashboard replete with swoops and swirls that deviate from the less organic shapes found in competing models. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts 272 horsepower to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard, and Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional. In normal traction conditions it sends 70 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels, but can direct up to 100 percent to the outside rear wheel when turning. This yaw control increases cornering precision and stability. The stiffer platform and sport-tuned suspension contribute to the vehicle's exceptional ride and handling qualities, especially over choppy roads. Every RDX comes with dual-zone climate control, panoramic moonroof, 12-way power-operated and heated front seats, power tailgate and 19-inch wheels. The sharp-looking A-Spec trim adds more technology and unique exterior styling, although no more performance. The Advance trim adds such features such as a head-up display (pertinent information is projected onto the windshield), active dampers that constantly adjust to varying road conditions, and a 16-speaker premium sound system.
Base price (incl. destination): $39,600
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (272)
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base MPG (city/highway/combined): 22/28/24 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,785