Reviews First Drive: 2019 Acura RDX

18:56  12 june  2018
18:56  12 june  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

Production 2019 Acura RDX Arrives in New York With Turbo Power

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Full Car Details More Reviews. With new crossover SUVs arriving on the scene on what seems like a daily basis, it’s getting increasingly difficult for any new entry to stand out. At least the Acura showroom keeps things relatively simple.

WHISTLER, Canada — “Beautiful British Columbia” is what it says on the license plates, and this is truth in advertising. The gorgeous forested mountains of the Canadian southwest were chosen for the press preview of the new 2019 Acura RDX

It can be a heck of a challenge to balance state-of-the-art technology with refinement and driveability. Too often lately, we’ve seen tech for tech’s sake in modern machinery, and sometimes it becomes a distraction from the enjoyment of driving. Good technology improves lives without making a big fuss.

2019 Acura RDX Rides On New Platform; Not Related To Honda CR-V

  2019 Acura RDX Rides On New Platform; Not Related To Honda CR-V The RDX is the first of many new vehicles to feature the new architecture. The 2019 RDX is the most extensive (and probably the most expensive) redesign for the model in the last decade, Acura says, and brings a number of very important improvements. That’s possible thanks to a new platform, which is actually something new for the company.Discover the new RDX:2019 Acura RDX Debuts All-New Design In New York© Motor1.

TOFINO, B.C. – If you’re going to sell a luxury brand, it has to stand on its own feet. And that was often an issue for Acura : it shared too much of parent company Honda’s DNA. Not sharp enough for a performance brand, not luxe enough for luxury, its offerings could seem lost in limbo.

When we first set off in the RDX , we were immediately impressed by the seating. After some typical adjustment, it simply disappeared from our conscious attention. 2019 Acura RDX Advance SH-AWD base price, ,400; as-tested, ,395. Destination, 5. Exterior photos by Byron Hurd; interior

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Acura seems to want the technological advancements infused into its new RDX compact luxury SUV to define the machine, and the net result is an almost seamless integration of innovation throughout the driver experience.

The RDX needs to be great since it’s the sales leader for Acura, and a huge seller in the segment overall. Fortunately for the buyers who have loved the RDX in the past (or those who will become buyers), and for Acura, the new RDX embodies what has made this model so popular in the past: refinement, a powerful engine, and great value.

Turbo returns to RDX

Replacing the 3.5L V6 from last year’s model is a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder as the only engine available. Starting out as the same celebrated powerplant from the Honda Accord, it’s tuned here to put out 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. While down a bit in horsepower from the V6, the torque is up a notable 28 lb-ft and both figures better the outputs of the RDX’s key competitors from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Volvo.

ILX A-Spec is a Worthy Addition to the Brand

  ILX A-Spec is a Worthy Addition to the Brand Take a non-turbo Honda Civic sedan, pump it full of adrenaline and watch as it turns into the Acura ILX. The Acura ILX comes in four trims – the base model, Premium, Tech and finally the A-Spec package.

With its new turbocharged engine, segment- first 10-speed transmission and the newest generation of available Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD®), the new RDX is also the quickest, best-handling RDX ever; and with its new longer and wider platform, the 2019 Acura RDX also boasts

With the 2019 model, Acura has taken some calculated risks to recast the RDX with the excellent dynamic qualities of the first -gen model while trying to retain the sales success of the blander second generation. With a base price of just ,295 for a front-wheel- drive base model and ,395 for a

What’s more, the power curve is much flatter than before, making the Acura more driveable in normal conditions. The power-to-weight ratio of the RDX is better than its competitors, also lending to better performance. Our drive around western Vancouver Island showcased the little engine’s flexibility as we hurried the Acura up and down the twisting mountain roads and around the endless flow of dawdling tourists.

There’s a new 10-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that helps the RDX’s driveability, too. While I was never impressed by Acura’s nine-speed found in the TLX, this new 10-speed never seems to be caught hunting for the right gear.

Acura claims this new transmission provides a first gear that’s 15 percent lower than last year’s, which helps the RDX energetically jump off the line from a standstill, and four-gear downshifts are programmed in for when they’re needed to really get the hustle on a passing manoeuvre. More importantly, under normal operating conditions, the shifts go mostly unnoticed, but during more energetic driving, gear swaps happen with immediacy.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Acura RDX

  Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Acura RDX Which looks better: the new or the old?Acura has made the biggest changes to the front fascia. Like other new Acura vehicles, the RDX features a diamond pentagon grille that's wider than the grille on the previous model. The badge in the center of the grille has grown considerably. The headlamps now feature seven LED clusters instead of five, and just below, the daytime running lights take on a more jagged shape. You'll also find stronger lines across the hood and bolder air vents down low. On the new A-Spec version, you're greeted by gloss black accents across the grille and other areas.

Pricing and competition. The 2019 Acura RDX starts at ,300 before 5 destination charge and ,000 upgrade for SH-AWD. That last bit is optional, but, trust me, you definitely want all-wheel drive .

Canada’s beautiful West Coast, more specifically Vancouver Island, was the chosen setting for Acura to invite a few members of the automotive press to take part in the Canadian launch of its new 2019 RDX , the compact SUV now on its third generation.

Unsurprisingly, the combination of smaller engine and 10-speed gearbox nets appreciable fuel efficiency benefit. Roughly 10 percent better than the old RDX, the new one is rated at 11.0 L/100 km city, 8.6 highway and 9.9 combined.

The RDX is an SUV, not a high-performance sport sedan, yet utilizes the latest application of Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system to direct power to the ground. As much as 70 percent of the RDX’s torque can be sent rearward, and up to 100 percent of that twist can be sent to either right or left, as best utilized. Acura claims its torque vectoring provides greater confidence in inclement weather conditions, but hustling the RDX on rainy roads near Tofino, BC, we also discovered that it helps the RDX turn in quicker.

Sportier A-Spec available

What’s more, thanks to wheels that have now been pushed further to the corners (the new RDX has both a wider track and longer wheelbase), coupled with a MacPherson strut front, and all-new five-link rear chassis design, the RDX is better planted during high-speed handling.

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Steering is typical of most modern electrically assisted systems in that it’s lacking in feel, but it’s quick with reasonably heavy weighting and good immediacy.

2019 Acura RDX First Drive: The Hitman

  2019 Acura RDX First Drive: The Hitman Doesn’t talk much, always gets the job doneRegardless of franchise, the character is always the same: square jaw, finely tailored suit, obsessed with precision and discipline. He's generally dispassionate and ruthlessly effective. If he were a car, he'd be the 2019 Acura RDX.

The first -generation RDX tried to be different, adopting a car-like look and feel when most SUVs were trying to be trucks. The second-generation model went in a more conservative direction . Now the third-generation 2019 Acura RDX is changing course again, emphasizing tech and sporty driving

The 2019 Acura RDX is here and we got behind the wheel for the first time. Watch the video for our driving impressions of the redesigned luxury SUV.

An A-Spec variation is available on the RDX for the first time and is expected to account for 35 percent of the model’s sales. It features sporty-looking trim bits, as well as 20-inch wheels with more aggressive 255/45R20 Goodyear tires and a slightly different suspension tune. Smaller yet still sizable 19-inch wheels are standard fare on all other trim levels.

Overall braking performance is said to be improved as well, with shorter overall stopping distances. What’s interesting here is that Acura has actually engineered out some of the initial bite in order to make braking more progressive and linear. Compared to the Germans, it just ends up feeling a bit mushy and definitely took me a while to get used to.

Fiddling with the Integrated Dynamics System settings via the giant knob placed front and centre on the dash, we found that in Sport+ modes, not only is the throttle and transmission responsiveness dialled up, but so too is the steering weighting and the Active Sound Control to digitally “enhance” the soundtrack reaching the cabin. It’s all pretty high-tech stuff, but it operates as promised.

Lavish interior

Despite a product presentation that revolved around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance mantra, Acura has created a cabin that, particularly in up-level trims, is quite lavishly appointed. Models with contrasting interior colour combos look particularly posh, with creamy-soft Milano leather, open-pore Olive Ash wood trim, and real aluminum trim where it looks like aluminum. Most of the plastics feel sufficiently pliable and upscale, too.

Acura Heads To Pikes Peak With 350-HP RDX, 500-HP TLX A-Spec

  Acura Heads To Pikes Peak With 350-HP RDX, 500-HP TLX A-Spec An NSX will also make an appearance. At this year’s Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24, Acura will return with not one, but four models in tow. This will make Acura’s seventh consecutive time at the event, and the fourth straight year as the official support and pace car – a 2018 RDX and 2019 RDX A-Spec, respectively. Research acura rdx See All Model Years See Pricing Making its debut at the event will be the 2019 RDX in the Exhibition Class. The RDX is slightly modified, with a stripped interior to reduce weight and an upgraded powertrain.

The new Acura RDX is so good, it might put your brand loyalty to the test.

Interviewing current Acura RDX owners, the company’s product planners discovered they purchased the small luxury SUV on basis of its value, perceived safety

The panorama sunroof keeps the cabin bright and airy-feeling, even when finished in darker shades, and it’s standard fare on even the entry-level RDX. This last note is particularly interesting since cutting such a large hole in the roof does no favours for body structure stiffness – key to a solid handling feel – yet the new RDX is 38 percent stiffer than before.

On top-trim models, the front seats are 16-way adjustable and do an admirable job of balancing decadent suppleness with adequate bolstering to keep occupants where they belong during spirited jaunts. Even the back seats are surprisingly comfortable with plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room for a pair of adults, and three on occasion. Thanks to a wheelbase that’s stretched 65 mm, Acura claims 24 percent more rear knee space than the next largest competitor.

There’s also class-leading cargo capacity with 1,668 L available with the back seat up, and up to 2,260 L with it folded flat.

The cockpit benefits from its own technological upgrade, focussed mostly on Acura’s all-new True Touchpad Interface – something that was certainly needed. Mounted on the floating centre console directly behind the shift buttons, Acura has placed a two-hemisphere touchpad that maps at a 1:1, absolute-positioning ratio on the 10.2-inch HD screen. This means a driver can more easily navigate the system’s menus and apps without having to hunt or take eyes off the road.

Of course that’s all in theory. In reality, anyone who has used similar systems, like the one found in modern Lexus models, will require some time to recalibrate their brains to work the 1:1 ratio on the fly, using it like a touchscreen, rather than a scrolling cursor set up. Manually tuning through radio stations (instead of presets) took multiple steps, as did trying to zoom in or out on the navigation screen.

Bizarre, Turquoise Acura TLXTest Mule Spied On The Road

  Bizarre, Turquoise Acura TLXTest Mule Spied On The Road This could be the sporty Type-S trim. New spy photos catch a very odd TLX test mule on the road, and it's identity is a mystery. However, this could be our very first hints about the changes for the sporty TLX Type-S. Research 2018 acura tlx See Full Specs See Pricing The weird vehicle features a camouflaged front end, and there are some very weird details visible underneath the cladding. For example, it's hard to miss the bizarre turquoise color for the body panels that extend across the front end. One possibility is that Acura is trying doubly hard to hide the pieces.

Read our first drive review of the 2019 RDX … May 29, 2018 · The 2019 Acura RDX boasts a new "Precision Concept" based look, a more potent powertrain and more tech than ever before.

Q: Are the 2019 Acura RDX 's engine and transmission any good? A: Based on our drive , yes. The new engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers much more grunt off the line than the old V6, and the 10-speed automatic transmission is pretty decisive.

Of note, although Acura employs an all-new Android-based operating system, Android Auto won’t be compatible at the RDX’s launch, pending Google’s certification of the touchpad operation, but will soon be a downloadable update. Apple CarPlay is compatible at the outset.

Graphics are crisp and, having teamed up with Here, the mapping is particularly slick with 3D terrain and online POI searches available. In top-trim Platinum Elite models, a customizable 10.5-inch head-up display is also offered.

4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi is available, but a wireless charge pad is not; a decision made by Acura after learning that only a very small percentage of motorists actually want or use such systems. Instead, having numerous USB charge points positioned around the car is preferred and offered here.

Acura has also fitted its most advanced audio system to the RDX. With 16-speakers dispersed throughout the cabin – including on the ceiling – the 710-watt system provides astonishingly clear and full sound. The German competitors would charge serious money for optional systems that sound almost as good as this. Of course, good sound systems are only worthwhile in sufficiently quiet and composed machines, and fortunately the RDX utilizes good sound deadening to keep wind and road noise quelled. Engine sound is kept at bay too, unless Sport+ mode is selected, which digitally amplifies engine sounds.

Design updated, and improved

As a premium product, styling plays a huge role in the emotional buying process. Where the outgoing RDX model lacked character in its exterior aesthetic (and let’s face it, where Acura has occasionally stumbled in recent years), the RDX’s new Precision Crafted Performance ethos translates well to this new RDX.

Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights continue on and help lend some familiarity to the RDX’s face, but the broad pentagon-shaped grille with its spider-web-like design spinning out from the A-logo help give a bolder, more sporting look than before.

The shorter front overhang afforded by the more compact 2.0-litre engine helps give the RDX a more planted appearance. This is emphasized further with the larger wheels on the A-Spec trim – the most aggressive-looking RDX. The rear of the RDX is slightly less distinctive, but still handsome.

The RDX was designed in California and is built in Ohio, mostly to serve an SUV-hungry North American market (although it will also be sold in China). Getting the RDX right was absolutely crucial for Acura given the importance of the model in the segment and within its own sales numbers.

As a sign of what’s to come in terms of both technology and styling, it’s equally important to Acura. Not only is the RDX dynamically – and technologically – superior to its highly popular predecessor, it has given Acura fans a glimpse into the exciting improvements yet to come throughout the rest of the line-up.

The RDX hits dealerships in Canada this month.

Pricing: 2019 Acura RDX

RDX: $43,990
Technology: $46,490
Elite: $49,990
A-Spec: $50,290
Platinum Elite: $54,990

2019 Acura RDX: Some Personality at Last! .
You probably already know that the MDX and RDX generate the highest volume of sales at Honda’s luxury brand. The 2019 RDX is no simple evolution. The old version has been dropped to start anew. Its new platform—exclusive to Acura—helped integrate the necessary elements to enhance the RDX’s handling. It’s more rigid, lighter and will also help lower the centre of gravity.

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