Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - June 3, 2019


With all of the flashy competition from luxury badges, it’s easy to overlook the 2020 Acura RDX. But even in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment, the RDX deserves a look. Fresh off a 2019 redesign, the RDX marries traditional Acura virtues of technology and safety with a stylish package and a tempting price.

What's New for 2020

Other than a new exterior color, the Acura RDX sees no changes for 2020. The starting price increases by a few hundred dollars, depending on trim.

Choosing Your Acura RDX

One of the biggest assets brought by last year’s redesign is the RDX’s new engine. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s a healthy dose of power for the class, and it’s routed through a sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy is decent at an EPA estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 combined on front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel drive is available for $2,000 on all trims and dings fuel economy by one mpg across the board.

The RDX also boasts 31.1 cubic feet of trunk capacity, which expands to an impressive 79.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Technologies are plentiful. All RDX models roll off the line with in-car Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay compatibility, remote start, and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen. This screen isn’t a touchscreen, but it’s controlled by an intuitively mapped touchpad on the center console.

Active safety technologies are equally strong. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and a multi-view rearview camera.

The remainder of the features are divided across four trims:


Starting at $38,595 (all prices include a $995 destination charge), the RDX Standard is the most accessible member of the family. This doesn’t mean it’s poorly equipped. The exterior has 19-inch alloy rims, LED headlights and taillights, a panoramic moonroof, heated side mirrors, and a dual exhaust system. In addition to all the interior technology, the Standard has 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch digital driver’s display, and ambient lighting.


Bumping up to the Technology brings the starting price to $41,795. Additional features over the Standard include full leather upholstery, navigation, GPS-linked climate control, rear door smart key entry, a premium audio system, two rear USB ports, and 19-inch gray wheels. Safety also gets a boost with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.


The A-Spec will set buyers back $44,795 to start, for mostly aesthetic upgrades. A-Spec models build on the Technology and also get 20-inch wheels, exclusive gloss-black accents, aggressive front and rear bumpers, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and A-Spec badging. The interior receives heated and ventilated front seats, exclusive trim and lighting, a 16-speaker audio system, red or black leather upholstery with suede inserts, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, ebony headliner, sport pedals, and A-Spec badging.


Starting at $46,695, the Advance is the king of the RDX hill. It also builds on the Technology, but adds 19-inch silver wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free tailgate, acoustic front side glass, LED fog lights, a rearview camera washer, and an adaptive damper system. The interior gets perforated Milano leather, olive ash burl wood trim, metal rear tailgate garnish, heated and ventilated front seats with 16-way power, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel. There’s even more tech with a 10.5-inch head-up display, a head-up warning system, a 16-speaker audio system, and a surround-view camera system.

CarsDirect Tip

Although the wood trim and sumptuous leather of the Advance is tempting, better value lives with the Standard and Technology trims. Both of these 2020 Acura RDX models provide plenty of standard features, comfort, and technology. Not to mention, prices clock in well under those of many rivals

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