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Despite the increase in power and cylinder count, the new RDX is more fuel efficient than before. A new six-speed automatic not only provides a wider gearing spread than before, but the V-6 itself also features cylinder deactivation, allowing it to run under on three or four cylinders when under light load.
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Introduction

The Acura RDX compact crossover has been renewed for the 2019 model year, with a fresh face, an improved cabin, and a new turbocharged engine.

In styling, performance, and prestige, the next-generation RDX has turned into a stronger competitor.The wheelbase of the new RDX has been lengthened by 2.6 inches.That move alone eradicates previous complaints of skimpy back-seat legroom.

Base, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance trim levels are offered, though the latter three are essentially option packages.

In a quest for stronger performance, Acura adopted a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the Honda Civic Type R.Cranking out 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the 2.0-liter turbo-4 mates with a 10-speed automatic transmission that runs through the gears in virtual silence.

When appropriate, the transmission can drop down by as many as four speeds.Paddle shifters lend it videogame-like control, and the automatic transmission behaves well enough without manual gear changes.

Front-wheel drive is standard.All-wheel drive costs an additional $2,000 on any model.The energetic new engine delivers 40 percent more low-end torque than the RDX's previous V-6.

Each 2019 RDX is equipped with contemporary safety features, including automatic emergency braking.Also standard are forward-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.All but the base RDX get blind-spot monitors, but only the Advance Package incorporates a surround-view camera system.

Federal crash-testing yielded a strong result, and the 2019 RDX scored well in independent testing.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave RDX “Good” ratings in each category, including the small-overlap test for both front passengers.The RDX was deemed “Superior” for frontal crash prevention.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 RDX five stars overall and for the side-impact crash, but only a four-star score for frontal-impact protection.Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) also rated four stars, which is typical for crossovers..

Lineup

Prices do not include $995 destination charge.

The base RDX ($37,400 with front-drive, $39,400 with all-wheel drive) comes with a panoramic moonroof, synthetic leather upholstery, 12-way heated front seats, LED headlights, and 19-inch alloy wheels.Nine-speaker infotainment includes a 10.2-inch display and Apple CarPlay capability.

The RDX w/Technology Package ($40,600 with FWD, $42,600 with AWD) includes perforated leather upholstery, parking sensors, navigation, and 12-speaker audio.

The RDX w/A-Spec Package ($43,600 with FWD, $45,600 with AWD) adds sueded sport seats with black or red/black leather, cooled front seats, blacked-out exterior trim, 16-speaker audio, and 20-inch wheels.

The RDX w/Advance Package ($45,500 with FWD, $47,500 with AWD) comes with a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, 16-way power front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and driver-adjustable shock absorbers..

Walkaround

With its 2019 reworking, the RDX has adopted a handsome new look that has transformed it into a sleek crossover that sits lower and wider than before.

Up front, the pentagonal grille frames a huge badge in diamond-shaped cutouts.Deep lines direct air around big LED headlights.Black plastic pillar trim makes the roof almost appear to float.On the A-Spec version, black trim takes the place of the usual bright metal..

Interior

Acura has transformed the RDX with a high-end interior.Especially on top models, it blends elements of wood, leather, brushed aluminum, and stainless steel.Arguably, it flaunts the ritziest cabin of any Acura crossover.

Base models rely on synthetic leather with metallic trim, though each version contains gloss black plastic.A-Spec variants exhibit a more technical look.At the apex, Advance trim dresses in nappa leather with olive ash wood.

Transmission controls give the center stack an inefficient shape, but the overall tone of graceful luxury rules the dash.

Interior space is closer to the RDX's German rivals now.Base-model seats adjust a dozen ways, giving occupants a relatively high, commanding position with fine support.The back seats could use more leg support, but space is good for 6-foot-tall passengers.

Acura's new infotainment system operates through a console touchpad.Voice commands on most models understand natural speech.However, the system does not yet support Android Auto.The audio system delivers clean, sublime sound.

Storage space abounds, starting with 29.5 cubic feet of space behind rear seats.Folding them flat expands volume to 58.9 cubic feet.Adding a bit of space, Acura moved the spare tire underneath the car..

Driving Impression

Billed as the company's sportiest compact crossover yet, the 2019 RDX vies against such premium rivals as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.Though less firmly suspended than those models, the RDX yields a refined, mellow demeanor – far from the jitteriness of its predecessor.

The powerful new turbo-4 engine emits some gusty sounds as it accelerates.Reaching 60 mph has been estimated to take around 7 seconds.Weight is about average for its class.

Absorbing bumps effectively, the RDX delivers a composed, pliant ride.Even the base-model suspension yields little more than gentle thumps while traversing pavement seams and potholes.

Handling is another highlight, especially on models with driver-selectable shock absorbers.Increasing rear track width by 1.3 inches helps, as do larger (19- or 20-inch) tires.Relaxed roadholding inspires confidence; the RDX never feels high-strung.

Integrated Dynamics Control offers Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes for driving.Electric power steering helps the RDX track well over rough pavement.

Fuel economy is near average for the class.With front-wheel drive, the base RDX is EPA-rated at 22/28 mpg City/highway, or 24 mpg Combined.An all-wheel-drive A-Spec model is EPA-rated at 21/26 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.Premium gasoline is recommended..

Summary

The 2019 Acura RDX is a bargain among luxury compact crossovers.Base models are amply-equipped, but the best features are limited to the costly Advance edition.In addition to an above-average powertrain, the 2019 RDX delivers an appealing blend of ride and handling and style.

 

Driving impressions by Martin Padgett, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report..

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotAcuraLink
Premium BrandELS Studio
Premium Brand SpeakersELS Studio
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers12
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeatherette
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Leatherette
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimLeatherette/aluminum
Dash trimLeather/aluminum
Door trimAluminum
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Front Head Room1,007 mm
Front Hip Room1,397 mm
Front Leg Room1,057 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,517 mm
Front track1,631 mm
Overall height1,668 mm
Overall Length4,744 mm
Overall Width1,900 mm
Rear Head Room974 mm
Rear Hip Room1,267 mm
Rear Leg Room975 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,437 mm
Rear track1,643 mm
Wheelbase2,750 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio4.17
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Engine
Compression Ratio9.80 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power272 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM1,600 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque380 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV50
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City11.0 L/100 km
Combined9.9L/100 km
Highway8.6 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA10
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
Blind Spot SensorBlind Spot Information System warning
Boost GaugeBoost gauge
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Monitor warning
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 4-way
Manual Adjustments8
Power adjustments8
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
Extended sunroofExtended sunroof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeatherette
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsAcuraLink
smart device integrationApple CarPlay
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Tires
Diameter19.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds10
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size10.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place835 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,668 L
Curb weight1,830 kg
EPA interior volume2,945 L
Fuel Capacity65 L
Gross vehicle weight1,668 kg
Ground clearance144 mm
Max cargo capacity2,260 L
Towing Capacity680 kg
Turning radius12 m
Wheels
Diameter19
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Width8
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Distance pacing cruise control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Proximity keyless entry
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed limit sign recognition
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2019 Acura RDX Tech (A10) 4dr All-wheel Drive, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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