The Acura RDX underwent a full redesign in 2013 and has only had minor updates since that time. With a complete redesign scheduled for 2019, we anticipate the 2018 model to roll in with minimal changes.
In terms of design, we expect the 2018 RDX to look identical to the current model inside and out. As far as features, no major changes are expected. The current vehicle comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, leatherette seating, a seven-speaker sound system, and more. Buyers looking for more features will be able to add the feature-packed Technology Package or Advance Package.
The new model year will likely not result in a new powertrain, as we expect the 2018 RDX to continue with its base 3.5-liter V6 that’s good for 279 horsepower and 252 horsepower. This engine will mate to a six-speed auto transmission and a standard front-wheel-drive system – all-wheel drive will continue to be an available option.
Safety is no joke to Acura, and it proves this with the current RDX’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. With no changes in store, this rating should continue into 2018. Of course, this designation is only on models with the AcuraWatch Package, which includes forward collision warning, automatic braking, and more.
Stay tuned for updates closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
It’s still too early for pricing right now, but with it being a carryover model, we don’t expect a big hike from the 2017 RDX’s price range of $36,510 to $44,660 (destination charges included).
The 2018 Acura RDX’s exact release date remains unknown, but we expect it to land sometime in the spring of 2017.
Pictured: 2017 RDX