New Acura RDX Goes On Sale This Friday, Starts From $38,295 [201 Images]

The third generation Acura RDX is more mature than ever, and steps away from the controversial design of its predecessor (yep, it’s beak-less).

Unveiled during the 2018 New York Auto Show earlier this spring, the premium compact crossover is now getting ready to arrive at dealerships nationwide, starting with June 1.

Acura has already paved the road for the new RDX’s journey, by publishing the official pricing list. The most affordable model is offered with FWD and has an MSRP of $38,295, including the $995 destination and handling charge.

Standard equipment includes the AcuraWatch safety gear, panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, True Touchpad Interface and others.

Next comes the 2019 Acura RDX FWD with Technology Package, from $41,495, followed by the A-Spec, which adds a $3,000 premium. The Acura RDX with Advance Package will set buyers back for at least $46,395, whereas the most affordable AWD model can be had from $40,295 in base form, and $48,395 with the Advance Package.

Depending on the selected trim, the new crossover can be fitted with a wide range of accessories. These include the 16-way power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, 10.5-inch full-color HUD, premium audio system, surround view camera system, Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot information and others. Voice recognition is also part of the equipment list, alongside the Integrated Dynamics System. The latter is standard and brings four driving modes called Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

Regardless of their choice, customers will have to make do with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 272hp (276PS / 203kW) and 280lb-ft (380Nm) of torque, which works together with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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  • no25

    It’s definitely not bad, but it’s not the prettiest car. The black padding (chrome on the white one) on the bottom of the front bumper looks awful. The GMC Terrain rear doesn’t work for Acura at all (doesn’t work for GMC either) – they’re looking too much like Hondas with that look. I thought BMW was bad at not changing interior design, but at least BMW has luxurious/sporty designs. Acura has had the same interior design for generations and it’s so bland now. I just miss the generation of Acuras when they always looked decently good like the 2009 RDX.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think this interior is on point. It is modern and suits Acura’s techy image very well.
      This will sell fantastically well. I hope the upcoming MDX looks as attractive.

      • Honda NSX-R

        In a way this new RDX reminds me of the 2007-2013 Acura MDX

    • Honda NSX-R

      Yeah that rear reminds me too much of the GMC Terrain

  • Ugly cockpit design…CRV and Accord has a more premium-looking and well-designed interior…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Completely disagree.

      • Autoexperte

        the infotainment system looks like the best on the market

  • Victor Ferreira

    Still hideous.

  • Evan McMaster

    Wow the interior looks like a Honda and the exterior is ugly and bland

  • TB

    Jesus…the price of this thing is a bit on the Insane side…$38K for FWD…up to $48K loaded? Seems a bit high for a smaller SUV…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Have you seen BMW and Mercedes prices??
      Direct competition is the newly updated QX50 and that is on par/higher price-wise

    • Alter Ego

      That’s cheaper than any comparable SUV.

      • TB

        WOW…that amazes me…seems like the small SUV’s are getting up to the mid-size price range…

  • Autoexperte

    it looks good, I want this car in Europe

  • Bash

    Huge gallery for what’s essentially is a CRV.

    • Mill0048

      I almost gave up scrolling to get to the comments section. I like the blue.

      • Bash

        The blue looks much better, that is right.

    • Honda NSX-R

      At least it’s got a better engine and transmission.

    • HardWir3d

      It shares very little with the CR-V. The platform isn’t even the same.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Headlights are Santa Feish and the rear reminds me of a GMC Terrain, but not too bad overall. Acura seems to be taking baby steps in the right direction

  • krusshall

    For $38k+ you’d think Acura would use a more sophisticated body design where the trailing edge of the rear doors isn’t used as the finished edge for the rear wheel wells.


  • Althea Later

    Not once did I ever fantasize about having a cobalt blue car with a firecracker red interior… but that’s just me…
    That being said, what a hot mess of cut and paste copycat automotive styling….

  • SteersUright

    An Acura that looks like a tarted up Honda?! What a shocker.
    This could easily be the all new CRV Sport Type SH.
    Acura seriously needs classier interior and exterior design language already.

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