A refreshed 2016 Acura RDX was unveiled at this year's 2015 Chicago Auto Show and it looked pretty darn good. The new RDX will arm Acura with much-needed improvements in order to help it compete with the fierce 2015 Lexus RX 350, 2015 Audi Q5 and 2015 BMW X3. The RDX is based on the best-selling 2015 Honda CR-V and will feature a batch of updates in both the styling and performance departments, in addition to luxury and safety improvements. A quick side-by-side comparison offers a glimpse into the world of the highly-competitive luxury crossovers.
The 2016 RDX will continue to utilize the well-rounded 3.5L V6 found in the current 2015 model. As it stands today, the engine produces 273 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the engines high 10.5:1 compression ratio warrants the mandatory use of higher-priced premium unleaded fuel. That said, it's for good reason, as the RDX accelerates quickly while still getting 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
To be honest, we hope that Acura doesn't stray too far away from the current model's sharp looks. They've taken a lot of flack from the cynics, especially when it comes to the polarizing front end and blade-style grille. But slow and steady improvements have yielded a nice overall package that withstands premature aging exceptionally well.
Pricing has not been announced, but look for the 2016 RDX to be priced right around $36,715 for the FWD version, while the AWD version will command around $37.915. The 2016 Acura RDX should be available later this Fall (September 2015).