The ongoing generation of the RDX has been released back in 2012 and it is Acura’s mid-size luxury crossover offering on the US market. The car shares its platform with the older CR-V so it is not really up to date when it comes to feature and capabilities. Because the CR-V has been reworked a short while ago, many expected the 2018 Acura RDX to be an all new model. However, this is not the case and that’s really surprising. The 2018 model is nothing more than just a small change in its pricing and that’s about it. The rest of the car remains identical to the 2017 model and that’s really disappointing. While the RDX still offers good value for money and a really comfortable interior, it lacks the latest features some of its rivals have.
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2018 Acura RDX Review
As we said, the new 2018 RDX is based on the same platform as the older CR-V. This means it boasts a fully independent suspension system and it is based on a steel frame. The end result is neither the lightest or the most rigid chassis in its class.
However, the RDX manages to impress with the help of its really capable running gear. Despite being heavy the car boasts one of the most comfortable driving experiences on the market.
The only real change over its predecessor is the pricing scheme
It doesn’t have a really complex air-ride system but its plush suspension system and good sound dampening make it one of the more relaxing car to drive on the US market.
The new model is now $130 more expensive than before while the Advance versions are with up to $180 more.
This small price increase doesn’t really reflect any other upgrades which is a shame.
The 2018 Acura RDX looks identical to its predecessor. This boasts a pentagonal design with a large chrome slats that runs across the entire width of the grille.
The headlights are slightly swept back so the entire grille and headlights assembly looks like a V.
The car boasts the same front end with the older Acura grille
The bumper boasts large intakes on the sides while the small lower intake and the tiny splitter complete the sporty vibe. The rear of the car follows a similar design scheme.
Here the fog-lamps are mounted in V-shaped housings while the large tail lights and the roof spoiler make it appear sportier than it really is.
Acura’s iconic Jewel-like hadlights are still available and the car comes with the same available colors as before.
New 2018 Acura RDX AWD with Technology Package
Possibly one of the biggest problems with the new 2018 Acura RDX is the infotainment system. Because it is based on an older platform it also means it comes with older features.
The infotainment is one of them. This boasts a two-screen design and it is quite slow to respond.
On top of that it might be difficult to use as some of the settings and features are hidden throughout its really complex menus.
On top of that the car doesn’t offer a screen in its instrument cluster so the available details are the quite scarce.
Luckily though the seats are well above some of its more expensive rivals and there is a considerable amount of space available inside the cabin.
The materials are also some of the better in its class with the only real weak point being the lower dashboard’s plastic.
Engine and Specs of 2018 Acura RDX
The 2018 Acura RDX can be had with a single engine choice. This is the same 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 as the one found in its predecessor.
The engine itself is not bad as it manages to provide 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque
These are all sent to either the front or all four wheels via a 6 speed automatic gearbox. Unfortunately Honda’s much newer 9 or 10 speed gearboxes are not available.
|Engine||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Gas Mileage||20 mpg City|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel|
|Suspension Type - Front||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear||Multi-Link|
Even so, the car will accelerate to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and it will deliver up to 28 MPG on the highway which is not half bad.
It seems that in the future the car will receive a direct injected V6 in comparison to the current port-injected engine.
This should increase fuel efficiency as well as the total available output while also allowing the car to be as relaxing to drive as before.
Release and Price
RDX is a luxury crossover and as such has a strong competition. It has a very good price compared to the rivals.
Whether it can offer the same as competition, it is already another topic.
Price is between $35,000 – $44,000. Below you can see the price of its main rivals.
|Acura RDX||$36,000 - $44,800|
|Porsche Macan||$48,550 - $68,300|
|BMW X3||$41,100 - $50,000|
|Audi Q5||$41,900 - $47,400|
|Volvo XC60||$42,000 - $52,000|
|Infiniti QX50||$35,600 - $38,000|
|Lexus RX||$44,200 - $57,500|
In the luxury crossover group, German carmakers are leading.
Although RDX has only a few changes, it is still a very powerful and comfortable vehicle, which also provides a lot as well as the latest competitors. Here are the rivals:
- Porsche Macan
- BMW X3
- Audi Q5
- Mercedes-Benz GLC-class
- Cadillac XT5
- Lincoln MKX
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Lexus RX