2019 Acura RDX Gets Complete Redesign

*I was provided with travel and accommodations from Acura. All opinions are my own for this 2019 Acura RDX review.

I had the pleasure of driving the brand-new Acura RDX up in and around Whistler, BC last week. We did a lot of curvy highway driving, checking out sport mode, and then some road track pilon driving to test out the new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (TM).

This is me coming back in from the track (with a pro driver at my side):


This is NOT me, but shows the track we were driving (amazing handling, it was so much fun!):

Be the first on the list to get your hands on one when they become available June 1st!


A-Spec model shown.

Well, everything really. The car underwent a complete redesign inside and out for 2019. It needed to, to compete with other luxury crossover SUVs like the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.

The Acura RDX includes a new exclusive platform with a turbo-charged + torque vectoring powertrain and stiffer body and chassis. The interior has an all-new True Touchpad Interface (TM) and increased interior cargo space. The car is larger over all than the outgoing RDX model.


It’s small when compared to larger SUVs, tight and handles great. It’s fast (272 horsepower 2 liter turbo with a 10 speed transmission), agile and still has plenty of space for all that kid stuff. It could double as your sports car AND family vehicle.

If you’ve been reading my car articles and posts for the past couple of years, you know I focus on vehicles for families, plenty of which are 7-seaters.

This one is a crossover SUV meaning it only seats 5. It will fit two car seats, a stroller, and some gear just fine, however!

Check out this amazing trunk space. With best-in-class interior space, you won’t be struggling to fit it all in. The back row also folds flat for those furniture shopping days.

The Acura True Touchpad Interface (TM) is a high-mounted 10.2″ full HD display and includes an innovative touchpad for controls. You can switch views between navigation, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and audio with the tap of a finger.

It would take me a lot more than the one day we had to drive to get used to this center touchpad, it’s not intuitive to most people and not how we’re used to operating our devices.

Advanced model is shown.

The Customizable head-up display was very handy with navigation right in front of me projected on the windshield so I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road while still being able to see directions, as well as hear them. You can display music, navigation, phone and other apps on the Head-Up Display.

The sound system is also all-new with 16 speakers (even slim overhead speakers) and a powerful amplifier providing amazing sound throughout.


Check out plenty more technical details over at A Girls Guide to Cars with Scotty Reis.

The all-new 2019 Acura RDX is available at dealers across Canada on June 15th.  USA pricing here.

2019 Acura RDX

Trims Price Fuel Economy
RDX $43,990 11.0 / 8.6 / 9.9
TECHNOLOGY $46,490 11.0 / 8.6 / 9.9
ELITE $49,990 11.0 / 8.6 / 9.9
A-SPEC $50,290 11.3 / 9.1 / 10.3
PLATINUM ELITE $54,990 11.0 / 8.6 / 9.9

*All pro photos courtesy Acura

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