The all-new 2019 Acura RDX marks the entry of the third generation of this compact-luxury SUV. Since it first hit the market, a lot of dynamics have changed, most notably with the rise of competitors as opposed to a time when only the BMW X3 made the formidable rival.
Now, it faces a dozen competitors that range from the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5 to the new Jaguar F-Pace and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This notwithstanding, the RDX stands out with its amenities, practicality and the reliability inherent in its Honda parent.
Furthermore, this revamped RDX has come into its own with newfound style, athleticism, innovation and stellar safety features. In other words,it is remains more or less unchanged is its value story.
Powering the RDX is a turbocharged 4-cylinder that replaces a naturally aspirated V6. Though smaller, the 4-cylinder puts out nearly the same horsepower (272 vs. 279) and significantly more torque (280 lb-ft vs 252).
An interesting new feature is the 10-speed automatic transmission that works admirably well given its number of gears, the higher ones shaped for optimal fuel efficiency. And there is one more feature you will love; it is the Walk Away Door Lock feature which secures the car automatically as you walk away.
The system can also be switched on or off as needed. Having said that, the 2019 Acura RDX is among the few vehicles that can make you feel self-indulgent yet fiscally responsible.
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