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2019 Acura RDX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 15, 2018
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Redesign Info

The Acura RDX will be completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Apart from styling that brings the model closer to the look of its big brother, the MDX, the most notable changes will be a return to a turbocharged engine, a new 10-speed transmission, and an A-Spec variant with sportier styling.

The most obvious change to the exterior of the RDX is its new pentagon grille. Acura has made an effort to create a sense of athleticism with shortened front overhangs and a stance that's 2.5 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than the previous generation. Like other Acuras, the vehicle benefits from Jewel Eye LED headlights to illuminate the road ahead.

Inside the cabin, the RDX offers a completely reworked interior with more space for up to 5 passengers. Acura has opted to remove the vehicle's traditional shifter in favor of an electronic one mounted in the center dash. The result is an increase in center console storage as well as room for the vehicle's new touchpad controller. The infotainment system allows drivers to manage key functions on a new 10.2-inch HD display.

2019 Acura RDX

Under the hood, the current model's 3.5-liter V6 has been ditched in favor of a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Official output hasn't been revealed, but if it's anything like the 2.0T version of the 2018 Honda Accord, it could land somewhere around 252 hp with 273 lb-ft of torque. The V6 in the current RDX is rated at 279 hp with 252 lb-ft and 23 mpg in overall driving (22 mpg with all-wheel drive).

Safety will continue to be a strong selling point in the RDX. For 2019, all versions will come equipped with AcuraWatch, previously a $1,300 option. The feature adds technology like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Additional features available as optional equipment include parking assist, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a surround view camera and more.

Check back for a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Acura RDX will go on sale sometime in mid-2018. We're currently estimating an early summer start date for pre-orders, with vehicles arriving shortly thereafter.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the current model starts at $36,995 including destination for the base model ($38,495 with all-wheel drive).

At the top of the range, the RDX with Advance Package and all-wheel drive reaches $45,195. For comparison, the larger MDX starts at $45,195 and ranges up to $59,645.

Key competitors to the RDX will include vehicles like the Lexus NX 300, BMW X1 and Cadillac XT5.

Stay tuned for updates.

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2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

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