Auto123 reviews the2020 Acura RDX, beautified with the A-Spec package
It’s been a year back the redesigned RDX SUV accustomed on the market, and the antecedent activity apropos the new product’s looks and achievement has been formed and certified by owners accomplishing the on-the-ground driving. The Acura RDX is now the acknowledged archetypal in the affluence carmaker’s North American lineup. According to Acura, it’s additionally the second-favourite affluence SUV amid American buyers in the segment.
It’s not adamantine to see why, frankly. This new archetypal is sharp-looking, performs crisply and offers a comfortable, exceptional autogenous environment. A advantageous exercise is to analyze the archetypal with its above affinity in the Acura lineup, the MDX SUV. The new RDX stands in about absolute action to that staid, characterless and long-in-the-tooth model.
How so, precisely? Able-bodied the RDX is sleek, advancing and automated in its exoteric administration area the MDX is boxlike and anonymous; it actualization a acknowledging powertrain that delivers adventurous active dynamics area the MDX’s is banausic and workmanlike; and it’s abundant adolescent inside, featuring a more-modern autogenous and added avant-garde tech.
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A-SpecMy tester for the anniversary was decked in the A-Spec package, which doesn’t adapt the achievement of the SUV but does abundant to accomplish that glassy alien carapace (and exceptional interior) that abundant added seductive. It sticks the RDX on bigger 20-inch admixture auto (and added tires), and gives it characteristic atramentous trim both axial and outside, LED fog lights, power-folding ancillary mirrors, appropriate badging, etc. You additionally get a exceptional 16-speaker ELS Studio surround-sound audio system, acrimonious council wheel, Alcantara covering basement with allegory stitching, metal action pedals, aerial advanced seats (heating is accepted on all versions).
I anticipate buyers will acquisition it adamantine to abide the baby added splurge appropriate to get this amalgamation that absolutely enhances the beheld address of the RDX. But as mentioned, aloof accumulate in apperception that it’s an artful package, so it won’t addition the achievement of the archetypal to bout the added arresting looks.
The powertrainThat said, the achievement is no slouch to activate with, so you’re not putting lipstick on a pig here. The agent (and there is alone one) is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo assemblage that delivers 272 hp and 280 lb-ft alive with a 10-speed automated transmission. In Canada, every adaptation of the RDX gets Acura’s Super Administration All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) arrangement as accepted equipment, allotment of a absolute account of actualization and functions that buyers won’t accept to pay added to get (FYI, Apple CarPlay yes, Android Auto no).
In my anniversary of active I did accept break to drive the RDX on snow, admitting not in decidedly difficult conditions. But what I got from the SH-AWD arrangement was an air of quiet competence, to bout the acceptability it has becoming for itself. It sends 70% of the torque to the rear wheels, and again 100% of that torque to the appropriate or larboard caster depending on need. This affection ability not be a deal-maker for some buyers, but it won’t be a deal-breaker either.
The packagesAside from the A-Spec amalgamation ($5,800 extra), buyers accept the best of advance their RDX (of which there is alone one trim as such, and which starts at $43,990) with the Tech amalgamation ($3,300), which brings with it dark atom ecology with rear cantankerous cartage monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation, rear USB ports.
Or, they can move added up to the Elite amalgamation at $5,500 (unique caster design, auto-dimming ancillary mirrors, headlamp washers, acrimonious rear seats, perforated covering on the seating), or the all-in Platinum Elite amalgamation at $ 10,000 (unique caster design, adaptive advanced headlights, LED foglights, rear camera washer, colour head-up display, second-row altitude controls, 360-degree camera, 16-way power-adjustable advanced seats that are ventilated, 18-carat copse trim).
The interiorOverall, the 2020 RDX offers up a high-quality autogenous that leaves no allowance for activity like you’re in annihilation but a exceptional vehicle. The basement is actual adequate and in the advanced row your ideal bench position is actual calmly begin acknowledgment to the 12-way ability acclimatize action forth with barge support. As well, the A-Spec package’s Alcantara covering and allegory bond accord absolute pop to the aciculate black-and-red colour scheme.
Overall, affection of architecture is above reproach, and there’s a near-total absence of cheap-looking or –feeling materials, and no awkward or cavernous to abandon pieces not adapted absolutely deeply calm enough.
The axial animate has the assorted commands laid out in bottomward style; it makes for a blueprint that’s beneath ambagious than its active actualization would accept you think. Still, if you adopt minimalist, automated design, this setup, aboriginal alien with the refont aftermost year, ability irk you.
The ample 10.2-inch awning sits aloft the accomplished thing, attractive hardly glued-on, and I accept to say I attending advanced to the day added automakers will accept absolutely chip this affection into the architecture of the dashboard. It all looks like it could be agape off if you approved adamantine enough, and it feels temporary, tacked on. But acutely these screens are actuality to stay, so why not acceptable them absolutely into the design…
One aftermost abuse apropos that abhorrent touchpad bottomward on the lower allocation of the console, allegedly advised accurately to bear annoyance and abet fits of swearing every time the agent hits a slight bang on the alley and causes you to baddest the amiss command. Fortunately abundant of what you do with your feel on that pad, you can do application buttons elsewhere. Please, accomplish like Mazda and alter it will a wheel. Pretty please?
Drive-assist and assurance featuresAs a appreciative exceptional SUV, the 2020 RDX comes with a ambit of assurance and drive-assist functions that run the accepted area from capital to essential-but-annoyingly-invasive. You get, for example, advanced blow warning, lane abandonment warning, lane accumulate assist, dark atom monitoring, alley abandonment mitigation, multi-angle rearview camera and auto aerial beams. As well, agenda that the 2020 RDX becoming the best accessible Top Assurance Pick appraisement from the American Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS).
For a bunched SUV, the RDX offers appropriate rear burden space, alms up a best of 881 litres of amplitude back you accommodate the bins on anniversary ancillary of the trunk, which if annihilation abroad can be acclimated to accumulate your grocery accoutrements from toppling over back you’re partaking of the vehicle’s cornering abilities. With the seats down, you can charge up to 2,260 litres of being in the RDX.
On the roadAs it happens I collection the RDX one anniversary afterwards active the above MDX, and the adverse was all to the advantage of the abate SUV from Acura. The RDX delivers active dispatch as able-bodied as brittle administration acknowledgment in allotment to tight, acknowledging council and in added allotment to the annealed anatomy of the vehicle. Perhaps the bigger acclaim you can accord to an SUV with adventurous ambitions is to say it drives like a adventurous car, and the RDX earns it.
Oftentimes with bunched or above SUVs, the Action approach is there for authoritative the agent bark and little else. But here, already I switched the RDX into that approach it backward there for the blow of the week. While accomplishing that does adjournment upshifts, there was no notable agent screeching, instead the tighter ambit ensure active dynamics that feel tauter than in approved mode.
The 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo agent provides acceptable ability to handle what is, for a bunched SUV, a almost abundant agent (2,280 kg). Some accept clamoured for a V6 advantage with the RDX, but bluntly I don’t see the charge for it.
Fuel consumptionThe 2020 Acura RDX is rated at 11L/100 km and 8.6L/100 km (city/highway), for a accumulated 9.9L/100 km. With the A-Spec amalgamation and its bigger wheels, however, the RDX fares a little worse at the pump, with 11.3L/9.1L/10.3L per 100 km (city/highway/combined). As usual, winter active plays some calamity with those numbers, so that my absolute afterwards a anniversary of (admittedly city-heavy) active was a characterless 13.5L/100 km. Maybe I could accept switched off of Action approach and bigger on that, but what would accept been the fun…
ConclusionThe 2020 Acura RDX is an accomplished best in the exceptional bunched SUV segment, and that’s afore you agency in its almost bashful amount point in allegory with the German big guns.
The A-Spec amalgamation gives the archetypal added antic pretentions after absolutely injecting it with a steroid boost, but no matter: the RDX comes out of the box a nimble, acknowledging athlete, adored with a afraid accelerator pedal, a ready-to-play engine-transmission combo, a Action approach that absolutely makes a absolute aberration and a appropriately annealed chassis.
You can add to that a alluring fizz from beneath the hood, a thoroughly chic autogenous and a abridgement of annihilation above amiss with it. There is the catechism of the ammunition consumption, but if you do a added counterbalanced mix of burghal and artery active than I do, you should do bigger on that advanced than I did.
Sleek looks, abnormally with the A-Spec treatmentGood acceleration, abundant handlingSeductive agent soundSport approach aces of the nameQuality of construction
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No Android Auto integrationBusy-looking axial consoleConsole touchpadFuel consumption
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