The third-generation Acura RDX arrived in 2019 with sharp body lines and creases, new tech, and an updated powertrain. With this design entering its fourth model year, we expect a carryover, though a mild refresh wouldn’t be impossible.
While we expect the 2022 Acura RDX to hit showrooms with the same design it’s had since 2019, which includes striking body lines, large LED headlights, a bold grille, and a swooping roofline, it’s also about time for a refresh. If Acura surprises us with a refresh, we expect only mild soft-parts headlights, including updated lighting and bumpers.
Inside, the RDX’s 2019 redesign ushered in the new generation for Acura interiors with its dash-top infotainment screen, sporty steering wheel, push-button transmission, and more. With this cabin still up to date, we expect nothing new, even if Acura releases a refreshed 2022 RDX.
Powering the current RDX is a Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a 10-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheel or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive. This is a cherry of a powertrain, and we expect no updates when the 2022 RDX arrives.
With “Good” crash safety ratings, “Good”-rated standard headlights, “Superior” standard vehicle-to-vehicle automatic emergency braking, and “Advanced” standard vehicle-to-pedestrian automatic emergency braking, the current RDX earned Top Safety Pick+ honors from the IIHS. We expect this rating to remain in the 2022 RDX.