Can The 2019 Acura RDX Lure You Away From Other Premium SUVs?

The Acura RDX underwent a significant makeover last year, dropping not only the beak from its front end design as well as the old naturally aspirated V6.

In return, it got a new turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 272 hp (276 PS / 203 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Consumer Reports, who tested the car, says that the unit is actually better on the highway than it is around town.

The good handling and firm suspension that still manages to absorb most road imperfection are definitely the crossover’s strong points. Thus, the new RDX should cater to those who want an SUV that offers good handling without sacrificing ride comfort. And it should also appeal to customers who want to feel as safe as possible inside a car, as there’s a lot of advanced safety equipment as standard.

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The standard power liftgate provides access to a large boot with a flat loading area and a small hidden compartment underneath that’s ideal for hauling the daily groceries.

Opening the large doors provides access into the modern cabin, which boasts supportive front seats and good space for up to three adults at the back. Front visibility is good thanks to the slim A pillars, but the thick rear pillars and sloping roofline obstruct the driver’s view at the rear.

On the down side, the weird gear selector definitely takes time to get used to and the infotainment system is not easy to use either. In fact, the reviewer said that the screen “has a steep learning curve”, and mastering it will take time.

Still, even with the obvious drawbacks, it’s quite hard to ignore that the 2019 RDX looks like a very compelling product. Which, of course, bodes well for Acura‘s future.


  • no25

    “other premium SUVs” sorry, but Acura is not premium to begin with. very mid-level (maybe even low-level) luxury. they’re not like they used to and i don’t think they’re gonna fix themselves anytime soon.

    • DMax

      A legit opinion coming from someone who describes himself as “Lover of all cars (except Acura, Buick, and Lincoln – gross).” Lmao

      • no25

        “a legit opinion” lol sorry, i offended an acura fan 🙁

    • Merc1

      Now that SUVs are the thing, they won’t ever build a real luxury car again like the Legend. Everything will be warmed over Hondas from here on.


  • WalthamDan

    Some day Acura (and Honda) will hire designers who can actually design a decent front grille.

    • GymAW

      You mean like the ugly Storm Trooper design of the Lexus?

  • lagunas3ca

    Yes, considering Acura jumped Cadillac for 5th place in top-selling luxury brand in the US.

    • Merc1

      That was about the easiest thing possible. When they get to where Audi, Lexus, BMW and Mercedes are then there will be something to talk about. Passing by dying brands means nothing.


      • lagunas3ca

        In that case, no. But Acura still finished 8 spots ahead of Alfa Romeo.

      • lagunas3ca

        Easiest thing possible? Acura outsold Cadillac by 4,200 cars and both companies sold over 150,000 individually.

        • Merc1

          And does 4200 cars sound like something to brag about? It literally means nothing to the top tier luxury makes. When Acura gets to where the Germans and Lexus are let me know.


          • lagunas3ca

            Never said it did… but you called Cadillac a dying brand. The only company Lexus and the Germans are worrying about is Tesla.

          • Merc1

            Cadillac is dying, they’re a mere shell of what they used to be. They’re also confused. They launch a brand new car like the CT6 and then cancel it. They’re getting rid of their best selling car, the XTS. Surpassing a company/brand like that is EASY as pie because they’re in a flux right now, it’s not some great achievement.

            Like I said when Acura can sell in the numbers that Lexus and the Germans do and command higher prices then you’ll have something.


          • GymAW

            From an engineering perspective I feel the RDX has left the RX350 in a cloud of dust.

  • Joe E

    Nothing about the styling of this vehicle says “premium.” Especially from the rear, which looks horribly cheap, especially when the RDX is white. This could be a Mazda, Ford, Hyundai, etc. design; just switch the logo on the grille out. They really need to figure out what premium styling is.

    • Bo Hanan

      Mazda and Fords look better.

    • GymAW

      Hey, It is an SUV, not a sports car or luxury sedan.

  • atomicbri

    I’m sorry, from the back the thing is a Honda. It has the lobster claw shaped taillights just like the Accord. Crazy that Honda does Acura this way. It almost makes me think this is a large HR-V or something. Honda I think will never take its other brand seriously.

    • GymAW

      So what. It’s an SUV. I suggest you consider a vehicle beyond its looks. How many older Honda products do you see on the road compared to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, aside from antiques that were really made well. FYI: In Germany Mercedes is not considered a luxury car. It is the equivalent of a Chevy or Ford in the US. It only commands a high price in the US due to slick marketing. I would also invite you to consider the cost of ownership over time when comparing Acura to the European brands; especially the repair and service bills.

  • SteersUright

    Needs more serious performance cred to get any interest and invigorate the brand. It is neither the last word in comfort nor performance, nor design, nor value, nor…well anything for that matter. Just pretty darn decent at everything though, for those who Iike to spend quite a bit on decent.

    • GymAW

      It’s an SUV, not a sports car.

  • GymAW

    I purchased mine in July, 2018 after seeking for over a year to find a replacement vehicle for my god awful 2015 Lexus RX350, that had technology that actually worked reliability and correctly without issues that created driver distraction. The Lexus was all marketing and broken promises with incredibly flaky technology and abismal factory customer support. One salesman when I went to look at the Lexus 2018 RX350, after explaining my issues and what I was seeking told me to forget it as I would not be happy with it. In July, 2018 the 2019 Acura RDX was the only car I tested in its class or below that had technology that fully functioned properly as marketed. It may not be tops in attractive design, but it is solidly built, plenty of interior space, exceedingly comfortable, great human engineering, attention to detail, does not lead to constant driver distraction, and outstanding performance and agility, especially when compared to the RX350. It is simply almost, the best car I have ever owned.

    As an example, of attention to detail, how many cars, as standard equipment have built in tire gauges on the dashboard for each wheel that signal when the proper fill pressure is achieved? This one does. It also automatically turns on the headlights when it rains.

    As a Mac user with a trackpad, I totally reject the complaints about the trackpad navigation control. I found it quite easy and natural to learn. That said it does have some smooth performance issues with Apple Carplay. Hopefully these will be ironed out with future software updates.

    ,At this point I regard Lexus as a marketing company and Honda as an engineering company.

    That said it does have one annoying fault. It has a software glitch, that Acura states that it is in the process of fixing, that on exceeding rare occasions, can cause the temporary loss of the navigation, audio, or heads up display. This usually occurs when first starting the vehicle and can usually be remedied by restarting the vehicle. So far this has not interfered with the safety technology, when it happens it can be distracting and annoying. When this is fixed, it will be the best car I ever owned.

    • getoffme

      You just compared a last gen POS to a new generation POS that does not even compete in the same segment. Good job.

      • GymAW

        As I said in my previous comment, the 2018 Lexus RX350 was compaired against the 2019 model of the Acura RDX, released in July of 2018. It was like comparing apples and oranges. The 2018 RX350 technically had not substantially improved from my 2015 RX350 and was still flaky and unreliable. Additionally many people despise the new grill look of the Lexus. It reminds me of a Storm Trooper from Star Wars. Lexus Customer Service had only gotten worse since I purchased the Lexus. One of the biggest mistakes I made was not returning the Lexus under the California Lemon Law.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Okay, CR, you make it a point that it has lackluster fuel economy in the vid, but fail to mention what you achieved or compare it to others in this category. Why bother calling it out? It may be negligible.

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