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By G. CHAMBERS WILLIAMS III
Now in its third generation since a complete redesign just aftermost year, the Acura RDX luxury compact crossover continues for 2020 as an flush ancestors hauler that’s not abundant added big-ticket than some non-premium competitors.
Acura aimed the RDX at adolescent able couples with no kids, and at empty-nester babyish boomers attractive to abbreviate a bit from the bigger SUVs they bare back all the kids were at home.
For 2020, RDX prices activate at $37,600 (plus $995 freight) for the base front-wheel-drive version, and $39,600 for the entry model with Acura’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive, or SH-AWD. With the Technology package, the front-drive archetypal is $40,800, and the SH-AWD archetypal is $42,800.
The RDX A-Spec model, new with the 2019 redesign, is $43,800 with advanced drive, and for our A-Spec SH-AWD tester, $45,800. At the top of the band is the RDX with the Advance Amalgamation ($45,700, advanced drive; $47,700 with SH-AWD).
A-Spec models alter from the others by their appropriate action actualization package, which includes different exoteric and autogenous architectonics features, 20-inch action wheels, LED fog lights, leather-trimmed UltraSuede sport seats (ventilated in front), and the Acura ELS Studio 3–D aberrant 16-channel, 710-watt audio system, with four ultra-slim ceiling-mounted speakers
The RDX is in the entry-premium crossover segment, aggressive adjoin cartage such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60.
Sales of compact crossovers, especially premium models such as the RDX, are still aggressive as consumers attending for smaller utility vehicles with versatility, acumen and abridgement of operation. Buyers in this chic are attractive for added of everything, including ammunition economy, affluence and achievement — but in abate packages.
Introduced for 2007, the five-passenger RDX was originally based on the architectonics of Honda’s accepted CR-V bunched crossover. (Acura is Honda’s abstracted affluence brand.)
But for 2019, the third-generation RDX confused to a new anatomy that’s absolute to the Acura brand, alike admitting it still seems abundant like aloof a adherent adaptation of the CR-V. Also accepted with consumers, the RDX is the top-selling (retail) affluence bunched crossover, and has set sales annal throughout its aboriginal year on the market, Acura says.
The alone change for 2020 is the accession of a new Platinum White exterior color. The 2020 RDX went on auction May 2.
Much like what Mazda provides with its own CX-5 bunched crossover, the Acura RDX brings a adventurous active acquaintance that’s abnormal for a account vehicle.
Among appearance that accomplish this a accurate driver’s agent are the action suspension, brittle council response, aberrant braking, new 10-speed automated transmission, and a able 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder agent with 272 application and 280 foot-pounds of torque.
Add to that the alternative all-wheel drive that was included on our A-Spec tester, and you accept a crossover account agent that handles added like a action auto than a people/cargo hauler. Yet we begin it ample abundant to booty a new daybed home from a appliance store.
Other accepted aberrant amenities include AcuraWatch safety and driver-assist technology, an ultra-wide across-the-board moon roof, Acura’s JewelEye LED headlights, and the next-generation Acura action seats.
The newest RDX is a artefact of the Acura Architectonics Studio in Los Angeles and the brand’s North America engineering center in Raymond, Ohio, near the bulb in East Liberty, Ohio, where the RDX is assembled.
Inside, the RDX shows off its aberrant architectonics and craftmanship in a ample berth with basement for up to bristles passengers, and a ample burden area. The rear seatback has a 60/40 split-folding affection to acquiesce for amplification of the burden area, which has 29.5 cubic anxiety of amplitude with the rear bench in place.
The new advanced action seats accept 12-way ability adjustments for the disciplinarian and passenger, both of which are acrimonious and aerial on the A-Spec model. The advanced seats are absolutely comfortable, and alike the rear bench offered affluence of legroom, although the centermost position, as in best vehicles, apparently should be larboard to abate bodies or a adolescent assurance seat.
A fold-down armrest is provided in the average of the rear bench for use back no one is sitting there, and it has two cupholders.
The Technology Amalgamation is included on the A-Spec model, bringing the Acura Aeronautics Arrangement with articulation recognition; advanced and rear parking sensors; a blind-spot admonishing system, and a rear cross-traffic monitor.
The standard AcuraWatch safety system provides collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure admonishing with lane-keep assist, advanced blow warning, and road-departure mitigation.
Besides the across-the-board moon roof, the exoteric includes a ability tailgate, the Jewel Eye LED headlights, LED taillights and daytime active lights, acrimonious alfresco mirrors with about-face signals, and keyless admission with Smart Entry.
The actual smooth-shifting 10-speed automated comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters for chiral accessory selection; and the ability council is electric. Basic alive of the chiral is through pushbuttons on the advanced end of the apparent centermost console.
Also accepted are an cyberbanking parking brake, side-curtain air accoutrements with rollover sensors for both rows, driver and front-passenger knee air bags, cyberbanking adherence control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with cyberbanking brake-force administration and anchor assist, tire-pressure monitoring, and seat-mounted disciplinarian and front-passenger ancillary air bags.
Acura touts the RDX’s new “True Touchpad Interface” for the audio/navigation awning that sits aerial in the average of the birr about out of ability of the disciplinarian or advanced passenger.
The blow pad controller, in the average of the centermost animate breadth just behind the gearshift buttons, is the alone way to ascendancy the on-screen functions by hand, as the screen is not touch-operable.
I begin this to be somewhat annoying and, more troubling, somewhat attention-diverting for the driver. Acura says this touch-pad arrangement is “award-winning” and provides “an intuitive, easy-to-learn user interface advised from a apple-pie slate about the disciplinarian and the active experience.” I accept it takes some accepting acclimated to, which we weren’t able to do in aloof one anniversary in the new RDX.
But I am a abundant fan of Acura’s SH-AWD, which although isn’t ill-fitted to austere aisle driving, about works absolutely able-bodied in abundant bank forth the beach. It can send 70 percent of agent torque to the rear auto in accustomed driving, or up to 100 percent of that torque to either rear wheel if necessary.
The new RDX is 3.3 inches best overall, and has a 2.6-inch longer wheelbase and 1.1-inch wider track in front/1.3-inch rear. Base, Technology and Advance models appear with 19-inch alloy wheels.
Standard beyond the band is the Acura Integrated Dynamics System, with four driver-selectable drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport-plus and Snow. A punch on the centermost animate is acclimated to accept the adapted mode.
This RDX has a abundant added comfortable autogenous than that of the CR-V, with standard amenities that acutely put the agent in the aberrant class. The berth additionally is abundant quieter than before, acknowledgment to bigger insulation and noise-control technology.
As with best cartage Honda and Acura aim at families, the RDX has lots of autogenous conveniences that accomplish trips accessible on everyone. The advanced animate has two cupholders.
Also included are dual-zone automated altitude control; satellite and HD radio; multi-link rearview camera; USB ports supporting Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto); driver-specific memory system; Bluetooth buzz and audio streaming; and pushbutton start.
Our well-equipped 2020 RDX A-Spec test agent – with all-wheel drive and the Technology Package included – came with the admirable Achievement Red Pearl exoteric paint, a $400 extra. Total sticker price was $47,195, including freight.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III accept appeared consistently in the Express-News back 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3.