Full test of the allwheel drive acura rdx, which has been updated for 2016. The current, now outgoing, acura rdx was a pretty rad small crossover for car enthusiasts that mostly care about a vehicle being fun to drive. In this case, it was me, an acura rdx, four other dudes and. The rollover resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a singlevehicle, lossofcontrol scenario. The acura rdx was redesigned for the 20 model year. The acura rdx returns rejuvenated and we take it for a full road test through whistler, bc. The editors at drove the newly revamped 2010 acura rdx to write this handson road test. The rdx is updated for 2016, with freshened styling and a new v6 engine.
The 2020 rdx also comes with a long list of comfort and convenience features such heated outside mirrors, heated seats and a heated steering wheel that are geared towards colder climates. Side ratings are assigned by the institute based on a test conducted by. The 2020 rdx is essentially a single model that can be equipped with several distinct packages. The 2016 acura rdx is a treat, with exciting driving dynamics and a posh, comfortable interior, but its fussy multimedia system left a bad taste in my mouth. May 31, 2018 the midsize acura mdx crossover, for example, has 38. To show the rdx is prepared to scrap with elite company, acura brought an array of competitorsthe audi q5, bmw x3, mercedesbenz glc, and. Affordable indulgence has long been an acura strong suit, and the latest rdx is no different.
Acuras paint quality is always great, and my test cars fathom blue pearl was particularly stunning. Aug 17, 2018 to show the rdx is prepared to scrap with elite company, acura brought an array of competitorsthe audi q5, bmw x3, mercedesbenz glc, and volvo xc60to its press program for backtoback. Acuras been trying to get its groove back, and the rdx has it in this setting. He realized if it were in a car, unlike say a living room, the driver listener is in a fixed position in relation to.
The good powertrain communication we enjoyed in the rdx was missing in the qx50. The 2017 acura rdx is classified as a luxury compact suv. Acuras new rdx offers a slew of technology with a driverfriendly interior. Thats the only data point you need to appreciate the opportunity and challenge acura faces with the introduction of i. Initially felt the advance package was a bit pricey. Its a seveneighths template of its big brother, so that isnt surprising. The rdx is available in both front and allwheel drive configurations. Perhaps the rdxs closest competitor is the comparisontestwinning. But after just a few minutes of driving the new suv, im. The acura rdx is a smooth and sophisticated compact crossover with the latest technology. Search new and used cars, research vehicle models, and compare cars, all online at. Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the once plain jane acura rdx was first presented to society at the 2015 chicago auto show. The 2019 acura rdx aims high with sporty driving dynamics and lots of new tech.
A good value and engaging to drive, the 2020 rdx is a. Acura s new, thirdgeneration rdx impressed us on our test track and on the road. The 2017 acura rdx is one of the smoothest, most responsivedriving compact crossover suvseven though it prioritizes practicality. At the track, our allwheeldrive tester hit 60 mph in 6. Preliminary driving impressions, gleaned from a drive on the twisting ribbons of road in sonoma county, are that acuras newest crossover suv drives like a sports sedan, hauls like an suv and coddles like a luxury car. For starters, its mobilized by a turbocharged mill capable of. New for 2016 were the coollooking jewel eye led headlights with light piping on the front fascia the rear gets led taillights, a more distinguished bumper. We rented an rdx from acura to sample this allnew vehicle before purchasing our own for testing. Oct 24, 2018 pro driver matthew johnson test drives the 2019 acura rdx with car enthusiast bradley hasemeyer. Contributing greatly to all this is the optional super handling. The side pole barrier test simulates a crash into a fixed object like a tree or utility pole.
Its rated at 272 hp and 280 lbft of torque, but foottothefloor power isnt. The acura rdx has plenty to like including many standard premium features, good. Jun, 2018 this drivers test revolved around a chicagodetroit trip steeped in sustained highspeed interstatehighway miles, which the rdx handled with quiet and calm. We looked at audi, volvo, lincoln, mazda, honda, etc. The acura rdx is a 2020 consumer guide best buy award winner for the premium compact crossoversuv class. Editors also drove competitive vehicles to provide the best shopping and comparison. The road trip is a timetested way to bring out the best and worst of any vehicle and test the strength of your personal relationships. The 5passenger suv bears updated front and rear styling, and a revised interior with new trim accents for 2016.
He realized if it were in a car, unlike say a living room, the driverlistener is in a fixed position in relation to. It has agile handling, a powerful turbocharged engine, a modern interior, and standard advanced safety features. Acura keeps things simple by offering only two main flavors of mdx. Acuras rdx premiumcompact sportutility vehicle shows that pretty good power can come with a lot of responsibility, too. While it lacks the shawd found in its big brother the mdx, the rdxs allwheel drive with intelligent control and 8. But is the third generation of acuras compact luxury suv ready to take on the german establishment.
This drivers test revolved around a chicagodetroit trip steeped in sustained highspeed interstatehighway miles, which the rdx handled with quiet and calm. Epa fueleconomy estimates for the test vehicle were 21 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and 23 combined. Forums car conversation cars by make chevrolet corvette comments on. The rdx looks, feels, drives, even smells like an mdx. Perhaps the rdx s closest competitor is the comparison test winning. The hip, urban environment of one of californias coolest cities was an ideal place for acura to unveil the compact rdx to automotive writers. Pro driver matthew johnson test drives the 2019 acura rdx with car enthusiast bradley hasemeyer. Despite its reputation as an unexciting car, the previous rdx continued to post top sales numbers in the luxurycompactcrossover segment that it. Beginning with 2016 models, the rdx was reengineered with side structural modifications to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.
Driverside small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the institute based on a test conducted by honda as part of frontal crash test verification. Allnew 2019 acura rdx first drive consumer reports. With a punchy, roaring, turbocharged fourcylinder engine, stickum and grace thanks to super handlingall wheel drive, and the sort of puggish good looks than only a fanboy could really love, it was a. The makeover did much to help the rdx stand out in a crowd. Thankfully, it doesnt feel much bigger on road the new rdx is nimble and quick. A compact suv for the sports car driver acuras new compact crossover is a punchy little sled. But is the third generation of acuras compact luxury suv ready to. Jun 05, 2018 the 2019 acura rdx aims high with sporty driving dynamics and lots of new tech. I drove it out of state the second day i had it and it surpassed my expectations. Placing you in the seventh row at carnegie hall while driving a car is no easy task, but theyve nailed it. Acuras new, thirdgeneration rdx impressed us on our test track and on the road. The 5passenger suv bears updated front and rear styling, and a. Frontwheel drive is standard with available allwheel drive.503 9 995 628 220 480 733 1495 1022 724 746 733 775 1072 1464 52 1566 639 1015 1345 1250 130 1244 524 73 1422 183 260 936 394 737 1564 795 767 1489 592 1027 796 180 516 850 439 164 586 1444 98 548 361