Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 26, 2019

Model Preview

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.

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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.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no confirmed release date for the 2021 Acura RDX, but based on the current model’s release schedule, we expect it to arrive in late-spring 2020.

With no changes coming, we expect pricing to remain close to today's MSRP range of $38,595 to $48,695 (destination fees included).

This compact luxury crossover will compete with the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and BMW X3.

Learn more about the current RDX on sale now »

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