In 2019, the Acura RDX went through a full redesign that brought in a sportier look, the newest take on the brand’s signature grille, an updated powertrain, and much more. With the third-generation RDX entering just its third model year, we expect it to be a carryover.
As a carryover, we expect the 2021 Acura RDX to look virtually identical to the current model. This means it’ll carry on with its sleek roofline, long hood, cab-rearward format, bold wheels, wraparound headlights and taillights, and more. With this look still so fresh, we expect it to remain competitive despite its lack of changes.
Inside, the new-generation RDX brought in a fresh take on Acura interiors, dropping the old two-screen infotainment system and introducing a dashtop screen, a new infotainment touchpad, a push-button transmission interface, an angular instrument panel, creative storage and charging options, and more. With it being a carryover model, we expect no significant updates to its cabin.
We expect the 2021 Acura RDX to roll in with the same powertrain as the current model, which includes a Civic Type-R-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the front wheels as standard or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive.
Thanks to solid crash and front-crash-prevention tests, the current Acura RDX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the “Good”-rated standard LED projector lights. Oddly, the optional adaptive headlights result in a lower “Acceptable” rating. We expect these ratings to remain the same in the 2021 RDX.