All-New 2019 Acura RDX Will Give Its Premium Rivals A Good Headache

Acura is launching the third generation RDX in the US market and is time to find out if the new model has what it takes to carry on the best-selling status of its predecessor.

The 2019 RDX is a very important model for Acura as the outgoing model managed to sell over 50,000 units each year for three years in a row, outselling pretty much every rival in the premium compact SUV class.

The new chassis is stiffer and larger than before, with the new Acura RDX riding on a 2.6-inch longer wheelbase which translates into more interior space. It’s also the brand’s first model that features Acura’s new, more modern design language.

The new Acura RDX is available with a single engine option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo-four unit which is essentially a differently tuned Civic Type R engine. Power is rated at 272hp and 280lb-ft of torque, 20hp and 28lb-ft more than the previous model’s naturally aspirated V6.

Acura also offers its Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system with the new RDX paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission, a first for an SUV of this segment. The advanced system can sent up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle, creating “the quickest and best-handling RDX ever”.

So, is the new Acura RDX ready to continue the best-selling career of its predecessor? Edmunds delivers their first driving impressions on the video that follows.


  • Moveon Libtards

    Nice Honda…ummm…I mean…Acura….

  • Dennis James

    Not with those looks…

    • Bo Hanan

      Just ridiculously immature styling.

    • D83

      I think that was one of greatest Acura design over the past decade, beside new NSX of course.

    • Harrison Chien

      I think it’s a good looking car!

  • no25

    How? Because they’ll look at that face and it’ll hurt their heads? Or because they’ll look at that rear and think it’s a GMC Terrain and confuse them? Or maybe because they’ll look at that interior and think it’s a Honda?

    • botornot387

      That rear end is ugly and doesn’t go with the rest of the car. Let’s be honest, this is a threat in only one way, its priced way lower, but Acura doesn’t really compete with the Germans or even Lexus for that matter. They are near luxury.

      • no25

        Exactly. The only threat is the price.
        Also, not “even Lexus for the matter ” just “and Lexus.” Maybe “even Infiniti/Lincoln for the matter” but my friend has a brand new Acura, and it’s not near as nice as even an old Lexus.

  • john1168

    I still don’t like the new 5 point grille but I do like this new RDX. This is the first Acura I’ve liked in a loooong time. It has a good engine, transmission, awd system, a nice interior with lots of tech and features, the exterior looks nice and sporty and the price isn’t too bad either. And it has real exhaust tips with a dual mode exhaust no less! Well done…

  • Harry_Wild

    Honda and Acura should stop designing their cars in California! Those cars looks awkward!

  • SteersUright

    It isnt horrible and its a nice deep blue on black wheels, its just very adolescent. Honda, in general, doesnt seem to know how to do beautiful design. Quirky, techie, edgy, and ultimately, economy car Honda roots always persist over at Acura. They never seem to look premium, only almost-premium.

    Time to give them at least one unique platform of their own to be used for a rear-drive car and rear-drive unibody SUV along with a rear-drive coupe. Alfa is doing it with their Giulia, Stelvio and upcoming GTV so why couldn’t Acura?

    And where the heck are the great engines that truly belong in Acura’s from what was once regarded as one of the best engine makers in the world?

  • b_digital

    Love this styling

  • Harrison Chien

    Wiah it has Android Auto…

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