At the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Acura definitely made its presence known with the 2019 Acura RDX.
Everyone can’t get enough of luxury SUV’s, so it made perfect sense for Acura to re-do the RDX to suck out as much as possible out of the market. Good for them.
Acura’s also been redesigning and updating their cars accordingly. The company is moving away from being so tightly associated with Honda, their parent brand.
Acura holds the title as the worlds first Japanese luxury brand, but they don’t even sell in Japan technically. As of right now, they sell the Honda Legend which is essentially a re-badged Honda Legend which is essentially an Acura RLX.
Which is also the only car Acura makes that’s actually built in Japan. Confusing to say the least.
I do hope that Acura has a plan to get things sorted with where and what they sell. Because rebranding a Civic as the ILX and trying to suck out nearly $40,000 for it seems a bit extreme to me.
Anyway, the new RDX is shaping to be a fantastic offering from a company that really only was exciting with the NSX.
The Specs – 2019 Acura RDX:
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The new RDX is a serious SUV. It comes at a decent time in history as I said, but it completely does way with a lot of styling issues that Acura had before it.
The styling on Acuras (obviously omitting the NSX) has been pretty out-dated from the get-go recently.
But I’m happy to say that the new RDX really helps clean things up and I’m a fan of what they’ve done here.
The Exterior – 2019 Acura RDX:
Acura has had some issues with design in the past. They haven’t really been very concise with how their cars look.
That doesn’t mean the cars are bad at all, though. But at the price Acura demands, there are some incredibly stylish options other than Acura.
That isn’t at all the case here thankfully. The new RDX is a sharp and convincing SUV in a world of bland indifference.
The front end of the new RDX features Acura’s new star grille that is just very cool.
Acura redesigned the headlights on most of their cars including the TLX and that carries over to the RDX here. I’m glad they kept the whole jewel-eye design in this car too. It’s a look that is pretty distinctive to Acura.
The rest of the front bumper is fantastic as well. The air intakes and ducts are worked very well into the design. They’re slashy and sharp and it helps the whole front end look more assertive and bony.
Over all the front is a great design and will certainly strike a cord with younger buyers, as I’m sure that’s what the plans was.
The side of the car is as busy as it needs to be. I don’t think that the lines and creases make much sense as a package, but individually they look great.
It’s a lovely shape overall, but perhaps it’s over-sharp.
The back of the SUV is very nice. I think the best part is how big the dual exhaust tips are. They add a more serious look to the back which would otherwise look rather dulled and forgettable.
Overall the 2019 Acura RDX is a great looking SUV that happily looks more striking than most SUV’s on the market. It’s the premium look that Acura needs.
The Interior – 2019 Acura RDX:
Possibly more important on a premium vehicle than its exterior is its interior.
The insides of a premium car or in this case an SUV, needs to be the best or people will buy the alternative. This is a price point where people are not getting the car because they need it, it’s because they want it.
In a broad sense, the interior is a massive upgrade to the typical Acura interior.
Everything is fresh and updated. The overall shape is actually similar to the shaping of previous Acrua’s but its closer to the NSX interpretation than anything else.
The center dash features different humps with different buttons and knobs. It does look kind of clustered, but I’m sure there’s a reason for each button or knob placement.
I’m just happy they got rid of the dual-screen set up.
The interior is much more on the sporty/techy side of things versus the strict luxury side of things like Mercedes. The wood accents aren’t very prominent on the dash board, but they work.
The redesigned wheel looks great. It’s fit and perfectly accommodates the steering wheel controls.
You can fit 5 people in this nice interior. It’s a great looking place to sit.
The Performance – 2019 Acura RDX:
We don’t know much about how the 2019 Acura RDX will perform of what will power it, but Acura has said that there will be a 2.0 L turbo four-cylinder engine.
Acura also says the new RDX incorporates an integrated Dynamics System from the NSX.
Shifting comes from a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Acura also includes the typical driving modes like Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Snow that adapt the car to different situations.
we’ll get more info on the car and its power train as it comes available.
Sum It Up:
Overall the 2019 Acura RDX is a great looking SUV with great technology. I think style wise, it will help things look more exciting on the road since SUV’s are pretty bland these days.
I do hope the RDX will hold water in the market. I’m sure it will sell because everyone loves SUV’s right now, but it will take more than a cool design to really move the world forward.