The Acura RDX has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Slotted below the mid-size Acura MDX in the brand’s SUV lineup, the RDX is a luxury compact crossover that competes with BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz segment entries. Prices start from an MSRP of $37,300. For 2019 the RDX’s V6 has been swapped out for a turbocharged four-cylinder, which saves weight and delivers improved fuel-efficiency.
Pros: Less Expensive Than Competitors, Comfortable Interior, Good Ride/Handling Balance, Standard Advance Safety Tech, More Interior Space Than Some Competitors
Cons: Generic Rear Styling, Oddball Interior Design
Looks Best In: Fathom Blue exterior/Ebony interior
Competition: BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX
Safety Score: As of publication date the 2019 Acura RDX has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Summary: Whereas the last Acura RDX was a vehicle that sold more based on its value pricing than its styling and driving flair, the 2019 model has transformed into a no-excuses entrant in the compact luxury SUV segment that can hold its own against the likes of BMW an Mercedes-Benz and still costs thousands less. Compared to the Lexus NX and Infiniti QX50, the 2019 Acura RDX offers a more sporty driving experience and more interior room.
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