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Car Review: Acura RDX

Many automotive makeovers consist of a nip here and a tuck there. Then there are re-dos such as the all-new Acura RDX.

By Alan Rider

All photos courtesy of Acura

Many automotive makeovers consist of a nip here and a tuck there. Then there are re-dos such as the all-new Acura RDX.

And “all-new” in this case means exactly that, as in redesigned from the ground up with no parts shared with the outgoing model. Perhaps the most noteworthy change is under the hood, with the previous V6 engine being replaced by a turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out an impressive 272 horsepower via a smooth new 10-speed automatic transmission.                  

For some buyers, it’s all about having the latest technology. If that’s you, the RDX’s long list of standard equipment should satisfy, along with options packages that bundle such high-tech niceties as a 360-degree camera setup and a premium 16-speaker audio system.

The real technology story here, though, is the clever new infotainment interface that allows you to select items on the ginormous 10.2-inch center display simply by poking the right spot on the Post-It-sized touchpad at your fingertips. There is admittedly a bit of a learning curve, but it works well once you get used to it.

Figure in a quieter interior with more room for people and cargo, and you have a thoroughly likeable remake as successful as any in recent memory.



  • Way more fun to drive than you might expect
  • Significantly less expensive than comparable luxury crossovers


  • Requires premium fuel
  • Infotainment system’s touchpad can take a while to get used to.
  • No wireless phone charger

Bottom Line

  • Everything you could ask for in an upscale crossover, including an affordable entry price


  • Base Price: $37,400
  • As Tested: $45,600


  • NHTSA: Overall: 4 Stars (out of 5); Front: 4 Stars; Side: 5 Stars
  • IIHS: Small Overlap Front/Moderate Overlap Front: Good (highest rating); Side: Good

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 22/28 (front-wheel drive)
  • 21/27 (all-wheel drive)

Interesting Technology

  • Available head-up display
  • Touchpad control interface

Also Consider

  • BMW X3
  • Volvo XC60



This car review originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.

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