2019 Acura RDX

#18
in Midsize SUVs
2019 MODEL
$37,400 - $47,500 See Inventory Prices

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Acura took the simple approach and matched the dots, their customers demanded a strong tech-savvy luxury SUV and they were keen on delivering one. The next thing you see is the old RDX beaten and molded into a futuristic jacked up oeuvre of Automobile engineering. Everything was swapped with a better version, they even stretched the dimensions a little bit. Now, the RDX has become this delicious SUV which is theoretically capable be everything a big SUV can do. The debut of SH-AWD adds more sugar and spice to the earlier monotonous rode quality.

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Pros

Completely redesigned for 2019

Cons

Sharp handling instincts

Improved cargo bay

SH-AWD system

What's New?

No independent feature

Options Only a single powertrain option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4-in. four wheel solid disc brakes/12.2-in. four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

186.8 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3783 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

478.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Acura RDX in Apex Blue Pearl color  2019 Acura RDX in Canyon Bronze Metallic color  2019 Acura RDX in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2019 Acura RDX in Gunmetal Metallic color  2019 Acura RDX in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Acura RDX in Majestic Black Pearl color  2019 Acura RDX in Modern Steel Metallic color
Apex Blue Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine

9.0

Safety

9.4

Comfort

8.0

Driving

7.5

Interior

8.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Acura RDX Base

Base

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$37,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $37,400 MSRP (22 mpg/24/28 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD

SH-AWD

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$39,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $39,400 MSRP (21 mpg/23/27 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$40,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Package 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $40,600 MSRP (22 mpg/24/28 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package

SH-AWD w/Technology Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$42,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $42,600 MSRP (21 mpg/23/27 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec

A-Spec

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$43,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
A-Spec 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $43,600 MSRP (22 mpg/24/27 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Apex Blue Pearl
  Performance Red Pearl
  White Diamond Pearl

 2019 Acura RDX Advance Package

Advance Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$45,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Advance Package 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $45,500 MSRP (22 mpg/24/28 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

SH-AWD w/Advance Package

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$45,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $45,600 MSRP (21 mpg/23/27 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Gunmetal Metallic
  Performance Red Pearl
  Majestic Black Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic

 2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec

SH-AWD A-Spec

power
272 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$47,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $47,500 MSRP (21 mpg/23/26 mpg) 272 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Lunar Silver Metallic
  Apex Blue Pearl
  Performance Red Pearl
  White Diamond Pearl

Top Acura Cars

2018 Acura NSX hybrid
8.2/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 21 combined

2017 Acura NSX hybrid
8.0/10

Engine: 500 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 21 combined

2018 Acura RDX
7.9/10

Engine: 279 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Acura NSX hybrid
8.4/10

Engine: 573 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Acura MDX hybrid SUV
7.8/10

Engine: 321 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3 L V-6

MPG: 27 combined

2018 Acura MDX
8.2/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm3.5V6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 Acura MDX
8.4/10

Engine: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 23 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

8.4

Overall Rating


8.5/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine

 

9.4/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

All features on the 2019 Acura RDX are wrapped around the three packages, though there are no trims. The Base RDX starts at $37,400 and comes with only one powertrain option. You have a brand new 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain matches the might of the yester-gen V6 engine plus adds a sweet low rpm torque. This year the RDX musters 272 horsepower and 280-pound feet of torque.

2019 Acura RDX Features

8.5/10

Acura was known for its pedigree in the compact SUV segment, it was one of the first brands who actually pioneered the segment. Though that was the stuff of the past, today’s market has changed a lot, it has become more demanding and brands are trying hard to meet the audience expectations. Acura’s response to this boil, is through a complete revamp of the RDX inside out. The engine is downsized to a monochromic 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo Unleaded engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

There is no next kin to the RDX but you can go for additional packages like Technology, A-Spec, Advanced. There is no change in the powertrain but you cannot add go for Acura’s Super handling All-wheel-drive option with each package, though you need to pay $2,000 more for it. Other changes cover few touches on the interior and the exterior with a few additional features.

Trim

Base

Technology

A-Spec

Advance

MSRP

$37,400

$40,600

$43,600

$45,500

Key

Features

18-inch wheels

Blind-spot monitoring

Dark Chrome and Lighting Details

AcuraWatch Plus and Technology package and adds

 

Automatic LED headlights

Navigation system

A-Spec® Exclusive Dual Exhaust Outlets

Front and Rear parking sensors

 

Auto-dimming mirror

Rear cross-traffic alert system

A-Spec® Exclusive Front & Rear Bumpers

Automatic wipers, foglights

 

Pandora internet radio control (streams from smartphone)

Aha internet radio capability and a 10-speaker sound system

Sport A-Spec® Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede®-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping

Auto-dimming side mirrors

 

Seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio

Smartphone apps with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

Remote ignition

 

Bluetooth phone and audio

Eight-way power passenger seat

 

Ventilated front seats

 

Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Leather upholstery

   
 

Heated power front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger)

Traffic information GPS-linked climate control

   
 

Premium vinyl upholstery

     
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

     
 

Cruise control

     
 

Keyless ignition

     

We Recommend-

The Technology Package is the best package you can add to your RDX. You get leather upholstery and premium audio system along with a series of other upgrades.

2019 Acura RDX Engine

9.0/10

“The 2019 Acura RDX takes a clean-sheet approach to sporty utility, and that makes it the second-best thing in its showroom, apart from the NSX”- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The foundation of every change starts by altering the essentials- the engineers at Acura took note and changed their obsolete powertrain. The 3.5L V6 engine was dropped for a 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo which might not seem like the best idea, though the downsized engine steps into the and a quite a bit of torque. The current engine can amass 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, that’s might be a tad less than the V6 but its caters more pulling power, 28 pound-feet more than that in the previous V6.

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MSRP

$37,400

$45,595

$40,195

$41,995

$34,920

$32,990

$26,545

Engine

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L i4 Gas

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

272 hp@ 6500rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

250 hp@ 5700rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

245 hp@ 5500rpm

197 hp@ 6300rpm

185 hp@ 6000 rpm

Torque

280 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

192 ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

178 ft-lbs@ 4000 rpm

This engine was originally inspired form the one on Honda’s Civic Type-R whose presence can be easily sensed by its punchiness. The rpm boils the most between 1,600 to 4,500, while on low rpms you have 40 percent more torque than the previous generation. And the change goes on with the transmission, the 6-speed automatic was upgraded with 4 additional gears to make it a 10-speed automatic. It's quick, smooth and can cast its spell by downshifting 4 speeds at a time, only if you have to. You have paddle shifters too on the RDX but you not feel the need to dig into that.

Acceleration

Acura’s massive low-end torque jolts the RDX on the free-way, the Super Handling All-wheel drive further smolders the tires. It might lack the off the bat power which the V6 had but the Turbocharger’s witchcraft fills in the gap. The closely linked speed levels keep in the engine in its comfort zone. As for the sound, Acura’s re-engineered RDX has its own Viking cry. From a standstill the RDX dashes off the 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, the SUV catches the Quarter mile flag at 15.2 seconds, which is highly competitive to some of the fastest players on town.

Models

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Buick Envision 1SV suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec

4.1 sec

4.9 sec

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

N/A

8.9 sec

Quarter mile

15.2 sec

N/A

N/A

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

N/A

16.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L i4 Gas

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

7.3

N/A

6.8

8.4

N/A

N/A

Ride and handling

Ride and Handling is one of RDX’s strong suits, the steering changes character with every mode. Comfort mode makes the steering light while the Sport and Sport Plus adds significant weight to the wheel. The A-spec package is more aggressive but creates significant understeer, on the other hand, the wide tires don’t offer a lot of grips. However, Acura did a good job in containing boy roll. The SH-AWD system works its magic around the corners with a slingshot effect. The 10-speed automatic transmission keeps the engine in its sweet spot.

Braking

Brakes on the RDX feels fine and firm, the pedal inspires confidence irrespective of your speed. The SUV remains stable on the highway, courtesy of Acura’s stability control system. The front brakes are rated at 12.4 inches and the back remains at 12.2 inches. At, 3,783 pounds the RDX is quite a heavy SUV in the class. From the speed of 60 mph the RDX halts to a standstill in 121 feet, which is pretty mediocre. It works fine but it’s not exactly thrilling as an evolution for RDX.

Model

Acura RDX suv

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Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Brake Front (in.)

12.4

12.8

13.6

13

13.2

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.8

12.6

13

12.4

12.4

12

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3783

3870

4109

4034

3823

3755

3591

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

N/A

N/A

127

N/A

N/A

130

2019 Acura RDX Safety

9.4/10

The 2019 Acura RDX is yet to undergo any crash testing, so its too soon to quote anything or anyone. Still, the 2018 iteration performed well and acquired an all-star crash and roll-over rating by the NHTSA. IIHS picked the RDX its top safety pick for 2018 too. So you can expect decent score from this newly improved RDX. Also, you have AcuraWatch Plus safety suite which is a compilation of advanced safety features. You can go for other add ons like collision mitigation, Lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and more.

safety feature :-

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • 2 Front Headrestsyes
  • 3 Rear Headrests
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights

2019 Acura RDX Interior

8.0/10

“The cabin has a luxurious and futuristic appeal. At first glance, you might just think you’re in a space ship. The prominent silver dial mounted in the center of the dash that’s used to toggle drive modes looks straight out of a sci-fi film, while the 10.2-inch high-res screen mounted on the top dash that’s controlled by Acura’s True Touchpad Interface is further proof the future is now”- KBB

Seating and Comfort

The RDX’s old sophisticated interior was exposed to radiation, what emerged was a genetically superior machine. We have dissected the mechanical DNA and complimented the suave exterior improvement now what’s left is interior to judge. There is nothing you won’t like inside the RDX, though you might get daunted by the million switches after giving a fine look everything is pretty simple to use. As far as quality goes there are a lot of soft touches and leather traces, it might lack the design quotient but it can be ironed out considering the good interior quality.

Model

Acura RDX suv

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Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

   

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/59.7/41.6

37.8/

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/56.0/42.8

40.0/57.0/40.9

   

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/56.6/38.4

37.5/

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.7/55.3/36.8

38.5/55.8/37.5

   

The cabin is spacious and cozy for all 5 passengers, the seats are not exactly hugging but it's comfortable for long rides. You will also have a good view of the road but assistance from the rearview camera feels pixelated and isn’t that useful. The front cabin has a decent headroom of 39 inches and 41.6 inches worth of legroom. The second row seats are not bad either, you have similar headroom while the legroom is rated at 38.4 inches which won’t create a problem either. You will have 2 standard options and 2 other optional with A-spec package.

Infotainment

Previously the RDX has a 5-inch infotainment screen which was fussy and confusing, this year the screen size was stretched to 10.2 inches. Despite the bigger screen the RDX still inherits the gene of complication. Below the screen, you will find a cluster of buttons which may distract the driver, also, it will take you months to have a natural understanding of using every feature. Then you have Apple CarPlay and plug-and-play connectivity standard on the RDX.

Interior Features –

  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Front, Side, And Rear View Camera
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Cargo volume

Acura figured out a way to fully use their cargo bay in a more efficient way. The 31 cubic feet is nice an competitive, even better than some of the competitors. The boot starts from a low height and is wide enough to swallow all your baggage for a long road trip. The second-row seats split, fold flat for bigger objects. The engineers manage to hide the spare tire under the carriage, the left out space now harbors a special compartment divided into different sections to hide your stuff.

Inside the cabin, you have a lot of cubby holes for your cell phone, bottles, and all kinds of stuff. There is a center armrest and door pockets and other section to put your other belongings.

Model

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Buick Envision 1SV suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

31.1

33.5

28.7

28.7

25.2

26.9

35.9

2019 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

Though it only drinks premium fuel the RDX is a sensible SUV when it comes to mileage. It won’t demand many trips to the gas station and is equally efficient like any other SUV in the compact luxury segment. In the city, the RDX boasts its 22 mpg mileage while on the highway it makes it a decent 28 mpg which is fine. Overall you can expect a total mileage of 24 mpg from the 2019 Acura RDX.

Model

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Buick Envision 1SV suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

MPG (city)

22

22

22

23

20

22

22

MPG (highway)

28

27

29

30

27

29

29

MPG (combined)

24

24

24

26

23

25

25

Range (miles) (city/highway)

376/479

477/586

414/545

396/516

314/424

381/502

414/545

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.1

21.7

18.8

17.2

15.7

17.3

18.8

2019 Acura RDX Exterior

“The RDX got an extreme makeover for its debut in all-new form, going from handsome yet conservative to stylish and athletic. It’s a tight bundle of creases, angles and crisscrossing design elements. Just look at the intersection of the D-pillar that makes the roof appear to float. Up front, swoopy headlight housings flank Acura’s diamond-pentagon grille, new to the RDX”- KBB

Design and Styling

Acura was never a big style icon, in fact, its old grill was a bit of a compromise to the overall design. However, that ends this year with their new diamond-pentagon grill. The new grill debuted on some concepts by the brand. It is the first time, the design was actually built around the grill as it looks better than ever. Arguably the RDX is the second most good looking Acura in Honda’s garage. It's long and wider than the previous iteration and dons a new character.

Strong lines on the hood, a standard panoramic sunroof, and a power lift tailgate is standard on all trims. Adding the A-spec package will give you more bold touches with the A-spec badge, darkened elements, LED Foglights, and a 20-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 19 inches. From the rear end, it looks like any other rugged SUV but the dragon tail taillights make a huge difference.

Model

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Buick Envision 1SV suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

3783

3870

4109

4034

3823

3755

3591

Length(in)

186.8

186.3

184.6

185.9

179.2

183.7

187.8

Width(in)

74.8

81.5

78.7

74.4

73.4

72.4

74.4

Height(in)

65.7

65.0

65.3

66

65.2

66.8

66.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.7

8.4

8.5

8.0

N/A

N/A

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

108.3

113.1

112.8

112.8

105.9

108.3

108.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.2/64.7

64.6/65.1

65.1/65.2

63.8/64.4

62.4/62.5

62/62

64.3/64.7

Dimensions and Weight

Acura didn’t just swap the engine with mild touches, they built the entire SUV like it’s a new car. The RDX is a tad bigger than the old model as far as dimensions go, it might not have any visual effect but who doesn’t love more space. The RDX is 186.8 inches long and 74.8 inches wide. The height is rated at 65.7 inches which is competitive but the ground clearance is much lower than other SUVs. The wheelbase is inches longer than previous RDX but still smaller than its German competitors.

2019 Acura RDX Competition

Volvo XC60-

Let’s just admire what Volvo has done with the XC60. It’s not the most powerful SUV in the class, on top of that its heavy curb weight might have been a problem for any other brand but not for Volvo. The Chinese voodoo on the XC60 neglects the high weight and lack of horsepower and grating this heavy duty with a 5-second acceleration. As for 2018, there is no specific change, just some additions of features. The interior quality is good and aesthetically better than that of the Acura, however, it fails to match the cargo space on RDX.

The people prioritizing handling over comfort will surely go for Volvo XC60, but practicality remains in the Japanese showroom.

Lincoln MKC-

Lincoln had no plans for any major change for the MKC, hence, the reason only the front grill was altered this year, the rest remained unchanged. Compared with the newly crafted Acura, the MKC seems a little dull. The major difference comes with the engine’s power, Lincoln packs lesser horses than the RDX, results of which are clearly visible on its sloppy acceleration. Then comes the cabin which features some cheap plastics, on top of that there is low cargo volume and packed rear seats.

Though the RDX is a few dollars higher than the Lincoln MKC that explains the additional horsepower, cargo volume, and better interior quality.

2019 Acura RDX Final Verdict

The 2019 Acura RDX was already a sensible SUV, but the hunger of being the best compelled the RDX to bloom into something better. Acura changed everything right from the driving dynamics to the exterior and interior cosmetics. Now, it resembles a Japanese space ship the inside and the outside body feels like a bull shark, as it’s bigger from the previous generation. The new Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 engine may lack the V6’s pizazz but it fills in the gap of power and adds a delicious low rpm torque. The new engine’s valor is displayed in its acceleration which almost matches the V6’s.

Another example of Acura’s forward thinking is RDX’s better distribution of space and debut of cargo compartments. The fuel economy is no prodigy but its enough to take a stand against other SUVs.

At last, the price is all the buyer cares about and thankfully it doesn’t come hard on the wallet, there is no concrete reason to not buy the RDX!