Acura RDX
(3rd Gen)

3rd Gen Acura RDX Front Image
  • Model Year 2019 to Onwards
  • Class Compact Luxury Crossover SUV
  • Layout Front-Engine, FWD
    Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 2-door Coupe
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The Acura RDX is Acura's first compact luxury crossover SUV, taking over from the MDX as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX grew in size and price. Originally, the RDX was built upon the same platform Honda uses for their Civic and CR-V passenger cars. However starting from its third generation, the Acura RDX is built on its own platform. Acura debuted the 2019 RDX Prototype, on 15 January 2018, at the North American International Auto Show. The 2019 model arrived at dealerships across North America on June 1, 2018. Along with the announcement of the 2019 RDX, Acura also announced that their Type-S performance series will return and bring a turbocharged V6 engine which might potentially find its way to the new RDX. From day one, there is an A-Spec trim offered which adds aggressive body modifications, metal paddle shifters, larger rims, optional red leather interior with black alcantara inserts, and a stiffer suspension setup with no additional power. A one-off RDX will make a run at Pike's Peak in Colorado featuring a 350 hp (261 kW) engine. This was the first RDX, and the first Acura ever, to feature the company's new True Touch Pad Interface infotainment system which features a 10.2 inch widescreen HD display. It is operated by a touchpad which operates differently from a traditional touchpad. New features include magnetorheological dampers, 360-degree surround-view exterior cameras, panoramic glass moonroof, acoustic front door glass, automotive head-up display and 4-way power lumbar front seats, and 16-way power front seats. The 2019 RDX is powered by a direct-injected VTEC turbo 2.0-liter engine, producing 272 hp (203 kW) and 280 lb ft (380 Nm) of torque. The 2019 Acura RDX is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission. According to Honda this allows the RDX to take the turbocharged engine to its maximum capabilities during low-end torque. There are wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 2019 Acura RDX can be had with Acura's SH-AWD system. Acura had dropped the SH-AWD system in the second generation RDX for a non-torque vectoring AWD system. With the upgraded system 70% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels with up to 100% of that torque applied to either rear wheel. The 2019 RDX has been given an overall "G" or good rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Highway Loss Data. It was rated an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ in all trims except the Advance. The Advance trim's headlights only managed an "A" or acceptable rating.

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