What the critics say
The 2019 Acura RDX
Acura’s best-selling vehicle just keeps getting better. “Generally dispassionate” yet “ruthlessly effective,” the new RDX reveals its character the moment you hit the gas: You never realize you’re flying until you check the speedometer, and the same “unflappable” personality asserts itself in turns too. This compact crossover “doesn’t flow through corners, it dispenses with them,” and its virtuosic precision might be chilling if its handsome, cushy, well-equipped cabin didn’t evince “an underlying desire to please.”
Though the RDX has become handsomer up front, its unadorned rear end “does it no favors”: This five-seater “looks like an Acura coming and a Honda going.” But the cabin crew has gone nuts with wood and aluminum interior trims, and the panoramic sunroof creates “spectacular” second-row views. Buyers looking to buy American “can feel good, too”: This is the first Acura engineered and built in the U.S.
“Just about everything is an improvement”: The old V-6 engine has been replaced by a torquier turbocharged inline-four mated to a 10-speed transmission, and the new styling “brings some attitude.” The infotainment system is now controlled by a touch pad, which takes getting used to. But given its price and features, the RDX is, for crossover fans, “exactly what dreams are made of.”