2019 Acura RDX 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.

**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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