A light refresh for the 2022 Acura RDX offers some styling tweaks, extra sound deadening in the cabin and retuned suspension. There have also been revisions to the standard technology available across the range, which extends to five trim levels and two drivetrains.
Choosing Your Acura RDX
The 2022 RDX range starts at $40,345 including destination for the base model, while upgrading to all-wheel drive will cost you $2,200. Technology models can be yours from $42,995, with A-Spec retailing upwards of $45,995. Advance models start at $50,345 and A-Spec Advance will set you back $52,345.
Every Acura is powered by the same two-liter VTEC turbo gas engine, generating 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 28 MPG highway, and 24 combined in front-wheel configuration. AWD knocks this down to 21/27/23 MPG.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater RDX stands at 29.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 58.9 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Acura hasn’t skimped on safety, with every model featuring adaptive cruise control incorporating low-speed follow and traffic sign recognition. Advanced pedestrian detection is part of a collision mitigation braking system that also features rear cross-traffic monitoring.
Lane-keeping and road departure mitigation technologies are present across the range alongside auto high beams and hill start assist. Technology and A-Spec models further benefit from front and rear parking sensors and a rear camera washer. Advance models receive rain-sensing wipers with a built-in de-icer, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up warning system.
Wireless smartphone integration and built-in Alexa are hallmarks of the RDX’s infotainment system, controlled through a 10.2-inch HD dual-content display. This receives over-the-air software updates and also doubles as a WiFi hotspot, with a touchpad interface.
The stereo starts out as a nine-speaker system with Bluetooth and satellite radio in RDX, increasing to a 12-speaker ELS Studio system on Technology models and a 16-speaker 3D system on A-Spec and above. Base models also miss out on navigation with 3D viewing and traffic rerouting, while wireless device charging is fitted from Technology upwards. Advance models receive a 10.5-inch head-up display, but this is dropped on the more style-focused A-Spec Advance trim.
Even the most affordable RDX model is impressively specified, with external highlights including a tilt-and-slide panoramic moonroof, automatic LED lights with wiper integration, a height-adjustable power tailgate, and remote window operation.
Inside, dual-zone climate and keyless access with personalized settings join active sound control, ambient lighting, and brushed aluminum trim in creating a pleasing cabin ambiance. The heated leatherette front seats have 12-way power including power lumbar.
There are no packages available on any RDX model.
Identical to RDX models externally, Technology’s upgrades all lie in the cabin, where 27 lighting themes and GPS-linked climate control are early standouts. Perforated Milano leather seating is another upgrade, while 3D navigation with traffic rerouting and a wireless charging pad bring the tech to the Technology trim. This is also the first RDX model with parking sensors or a camera washer.
A-Spec models are distinguished from the outside by a sports exterior package, LED fog lights, and 20-inch wheels. Sport pedals and a flat-bottom sports steering wheel brighten the cabin in tandem with dark brushed aluminum trim, while the front seats are ventilated.
Power-folding side mirrors with LED puddle lights frame Advance models, whose adaptive damper system improves ride comfort in tandem with smaller 19-inch wheels, plus 16-way power front seats including thigh extensions and side bolsters. A head-up display improves safety, alongside rain-sensing wipers with de-icer functionality and a surround-view camera system.
Minor improvements over Advance are the same as on standard A-Spec models – a body kit and 20-inch wheels, sports pedals, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
If you can live without Advance’s extra gadgets, the Technology package should be more than sufficient for most RDX buyers.