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Acura RDX 2022 Review: Compact Luxury SUV with Style, Features, and Performance

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In the realm of small luxury SUVs, the 2022 Acura RDX stands out as a top contender. Combining sporty elements with luxurious features, all at a reasonable price point, the 2022 model benefits from numerous updates since its debut in 2019.

Externally, the RDX receives subtle enhancements such as revised front and rear bumpers. The front fascia now exudes a more aggressive stance with added side air intakes and a sleeker chrome-trimmed grille. The rear showcases new rectangular dual exhaust finishers, except for the A-Spec trim which retains the previous round units. Overall, the RDX maintains a contemporary appearance that requires minimal refreshing.

Internally, Acura has implemented several modifications to enhance cabin serenity. These include a new front fender liner and upgraded Active Sound Control system. The Technology package incorporates thicker carpet padding, sound insulators in the front doors, acoustic glass, and additional noise insulation in various areas. The Advance Package further elevates the ambiance with extra sound insulators, ensuring a quieter ride.

Technological enhancements feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB-C charging port, and Amazon Alexa integration. The Technology package introduces wireless charging and LED ambient lighting, while the Advance package includes power-folding side mirrors and a remote engine start system.

Regarding safety, the RDX now boasts standard blind spot warning, enhanced pedestrian detection for the automatic emergency braking system, and chassis updates for improved crash performance.

Powering the RDX is a robust 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive comes standard, an optional torque vectoring all-wheel drive system (SH-AWD) is available. Fuel efficiency is rated at 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway for front-wheel drive, and slightly lower for all-wheel drive at 21/27/23 mpg.

On the road, the RDX impresses with its dynamic performance, offering a spirited driving experience. The engine provides ample low-end torque for urban agility, while the SH-AWD system optimally distributes power for enhanced grip. A Type S variant could further elevate the driving dynamics, rivalling sportier small SUVs in the segment.

Despite updates to the damper tuning for a sportier feel, the RDX falls short of the Porsche Macan in terms of handling prowess, a gap that a prospective RDX Type S could address.

Inside, the RDX flaunts a luxurious interior design, although it may appear slightly cluttered with numerous buttons and a large rotary drive selector. Operating the 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system via a touchpad may require some acclimatization. Enhancements to the interior’s premium feel could enhance the overall luxury experience.

The 2022 Acura RDX starts at $41,145, with the top-tier A-Spec Advance version commencing at $53,145.

In conclusion, the 2022 Acura RDX offers a compelling blend of sportiness and luxury in the compact luxury SUV segment. While the interior could benefit from further refinement, and the addition of a sportier Type S variant would be welcomed, the RDX remains a solid choice in its class.

Image Source: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

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