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:
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