I recently drove the 2019 Acura RDX for a week. While I had the opportunity to drive it on the launch weekend last April in Whistler, it was fantastic to take it for a few days and really put it to the test with my family.
The RDX is a five-seater luxury SUV. It’s been totally redesigned for 2019, inside and out, including everything from the motor and drivetrain to the chassis, interior design and tech.
For a family in need of a five-seater SUV, who wants something that is fun to drive, a definite OOMPH under the hood, and a sporty body style, this is perfect for you!
It does not disappoint in Comfort mode, but shift it into Sport mode at the push of a button (even while driving), and you’ll immediately hear and feel the difference.
In terms of fuel mileage, it uses about 10.3L/100KM (The A-Spec model I drove).
Through its extensive redesign, the 2019 RDX focuses on performance more than ever before. With peak output of 272 horsepower and 280 lb.‐ft. of torque.
The body and interior have been completely updated and redesigned from the ground up – with available Acura/ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system, tuned by Grammy‐winning music producer Elliot Scheiner. The 710‐watt system utilizes 16 discrete sound channels and 16 speakers, including four ceiling‐mounted Highline™ speakers.
One of the most notable new technologies is the True Touchpad Interface™, featuring an all‐new Android‐based operating system, a high‐mounted 10.2‐inch HD display and an innovative touchpad with the first‐ever application of absolute‐ positioning in a driving environment. Absolute positioning departs traditional touchpad interfaces, using one‐to‐one mapping to deliver a more intuitive and driver‐oriented user experience. The new True Touchpad Interface™ is standard and all trims of RDX will include Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, plus Wi‐Fi‐enabled over‐the‐air system updates.
Having said all that, I truly dislike the Touchpad interface and found it very distracting. If you watched my Instagram LIVE when I did the vehicle walk-around, you would have seen me using the interface. (follow me on Instagram for live vehicle walkarounds and story posts about family cars regularly)
THE ACURA RDX COMPETES WITH
- BMW X3
- Volvo XC60
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
- Audi Q5
- Lexus NX200T
- Infiniti Q50
(I had the opportunity to drive the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5 in Whistler on the launch trip for Acura and I would say they’re all very comparable to drive.)
As you can see, these are all high priced, luxury vehicles. Acura does a great job at keeping it’s price point within reach, starting at $46,190.