The 2020 Acura RDX is surely a unique vehicle in the compact luxury crossover class. The new model delivers an excellent amount of technology features, beautiful interior, and impressive cargo and passenger space. Moreover, the additional packages will extend the comfortability even further. Besides, the RDX is significantly less expensive than the European rivals.
But, this vehicle has a couple of weak spots as well. One of them is just one powertrain option. At the moment, we are not sure will the company include hybrid version, or perhaps another engine. The second issue may be the infotainment system and not-so-user-friendly controls. But, in general, the RDX is a well-rounded vehicle with the first-rate record for reliability, and plenty of standard features.
As for the exterior, and overall design language of 2020 Acura RDX, the majority of elements stays the same. The model already went through a serious redesign last year, so there’s no need for an update. The RDX still looks very modern, and in shape. However, the 2020 version brings a much sharper styling approach.
Besides these cosmetic changes, the mechanics are improved as well. As a result, the driving experience is much better and set to a higher level. One of the novelties is the 19-inch alloy wheels with 20-inch rims. Of course, the “floating-roof” rear pillar is still one of the most noticeable features of the RDX.
The company won’t make some irrational visual changes, at least until the next year. Then we may see some major changes and a bunch of innovations. Still, the 2020 version may include some minor updates, like brand-new color, or something like that.
2020 Acura RDX Interior
The upcoming 2020 Acura RDX will maintain the same layout as the 2019 version. So, you count the usual 2-row/5-seat configuration with plenty of room, both for the passengers and their luggage. But, the interior of this mid-size crossover brings much more. The cabin is an excellent blend of elegant style, technology, and luxurious design.
The focal point surely is the high-resolution 10.2-inch infotainment system. The drivers can control it through Acura’s True Touchpad Interface, one of the best interior innovations. Furthermore, instead of the traditional shift lever, you’ll find buttons for Park, Reverse, and other functions. Yes, it will take some time to get used to these controls. But, once you are comfortable with it, it becomes second nature.
The front seats provide outstanding supports. The folks in the back will find a generous amount of headroom and legroom as well. The cargo area behind the rear seats is 29.5 cubic feet, but it expends up to 58.9 feet.
The 2020 Acura RDX comes with a front-wheel-drive and really impressive load of basic equipment. The standard package includes a power tailgate with height adjustment, keyless entry/ignition, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a panoramic moonroof. The list continues with dual-zone climate control, ambient cabin lighting, heated side mirrors, and heated/12-way power-adjustable front seats. Automatic high beams, variable-ratio steering, and self-dimming rearview mirror are available as well.
To sum up the standard equipment review, the new model comes with Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, a 9-speaker/350-watt premium audio system, AcuraWatch safety suite, satellite radio, and 10.2-inch display. But, the Android Auto integration is still unavailable.
The arriving Acura’s mid-size crossover comes in only one trim. Still, customers can choose between three different packages. The Base package includes all the equipment we mentioned already earlier. The Technology Package adds navigation, leather upholstery, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and 12-speaker sound system.
The A-Spec Package includes bigger wheels, wider tires, and blacked-out trim inside and out. The audio department is upgraded as well, with 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D surround-sound system. On top of that, Advance Package features most equipment of them all. The acoustic front door glass and thick carpet reduce all the necessary noise.
Likewise, the adaptive suspension dampers, power-adjustable front seats, 360-degree camera, and a head-up display provide enough comfort and luxury.
There will be only one engine under the bonnet of the 2020 Acura RDX. It’s a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo mill, capable to produce 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This unit is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The standard system is the front-wheel-drive, while the customers can opt for all-wheel with Acura’s Super Handling System as well. Furthermore, the lower gears will improve the acceleration of the vehicle and the higher will boost the fuel economy.
Also, this powertrain comes with a stop/start feature, that will save fuel when the car is idle. The RDX works best with the premium gasoline. Towing capacity is 1,500. That’s one of the lowest ratings in the whole class. But, this vehicle shines in other disciplines, so the towing capacity isn0t that important.
The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 22/28 mpg with front-wheel drive, 21/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. However, if you choose the A-Spec Package EPA figures are 22/27 mpg with FWD, 21/26 mpg with AWD.
2020 Acura RDX Release Date and Price
The forthcoming 2020 Acura RDX will have an MSRP of $37,600. The $995 destination charge is not included in that price. Still, if you want a better-equipped model with the A-Spec Package, you must spend around $43,800. The fully-loaded RDX will cost slightly over $47,500.
The new Acura RDX is very reliable and in general, a fascinating vehicle. Especially in comparison to European rivals like Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, or the Mercedes GLC. The release date of this mid-size crossover is scheduled for late October or in November of 2019.