Entering its fourth model year on sale, the 2022 Acura RDX benefits from a refresh. For the new model year, the RDX arrives with minor styling updates, a quieter interior, more safety features, and new equipment on the tech front.
When the 2022 RDX arrives at dealerships, the compact SUV will wear an updated exterior design that makes it look more like the MDX midsize SUV. The RDX features a new diamond-shaped front grille, a reshaped rear facia, rectangular exhaust outlets, a new front facia, and larger air intakes. Sporty A-Spec trims continue to come with gloss black exterior trim pieces, round exhaust outlets, and gray 20-inch wheels. The changes highlight the RDX’s aggressive design and sharp body lines.
On the inside, Acura has made several changes to make the 2022 RDX’s cabin quieter. The SUV’s front doors come with new sound insulation, as well as acoustic glass, while a thicker noise insulation pad in the dash and new insulation in the D-pillar also help keep exterior noise down. The overall design of the 2022 RDX remains the same as the previous model with a sporty overall design. The dashboard is centered around the streamlined center console that features all of the controls for the HVAC, infotainment, and transmission.
The 2022 Acura RDX comes standard with a 10.2-inch display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, natural voice recognition, Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB-C charging port, and a 7-inch instrument display. Available tech features for the compact SUV include a wireless charger, navigation, a 12-speaker audio system, and rear-seat USB ports.
Every RDX comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 272 horsepower. The engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be optional. This powertrain remains the same as the previous model year, but Acura did retune the SUV’s suspension and Integrated Dynamics System to make the 2022 RDX more comfortable.
Acura has updated the 2022 RDX’s list of standard safety features for the new model year. Blind-spot monitoring and lane change assist have been added as standard. AcuraWatch has been upgraded to include a camera for traffic sign recognition. Standard safety features with AcuraWatch include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
To protect passengers in crashes, the 2022 RDX comes with new outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioning and load-limiting technology. Acura has also added an additional structure in the doors to improve the SUV’s performance in the side impact test. The current RDX earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.