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The 2019 Acura RDX Crossover Hones In On Safety


Many people love the Acura RDX Crossover’s style, performance, durability, versatility and dependability. Now, by adding more standard safety features, Acura has made the 2019 Acura RDX Crossover even more desirable. The 2018 RDX outsold Acura’s other four passenger cars combined. Now they’ve made the compact luxury crossover SUV even better. It’s part of the RDX’s first major overhaul in 10 years. The 2019 Acura RDX displayed during the 2018 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit recently was technically a ‘prototype’. However, that road-to-roof re-done vehicle is almost exactly what people will get when they buy the SUV this summer. If you have time, you need to head down to Chapman Acura and see how great the Acura RDX really is.

The 2019 RDX features a sporty new 4-cylinder turbocharged engine mated with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s output figures haven’t yet been revealed, but the new engine and transmission should improve the vehicle’s EPA fuel-economy estimates over last year’s V6 RDX model. The 2019 Acura RDX has even adopted the automaker’s diamond pentagon grille’s latest rendition and flanked it with 14 Jewel Eye LED headlamps.

The new powerplant is anticipated to produce better numbers than the 252 horsepower, plus 273 pound-feet of torque the 2018 Honda Accord it’s borrowed form produced after the recalibration and the intake/exhaust routing tweaks. It’s the same engine that powers Honda’s excellent 306-horsepower Civic Type R. And the new 10-speed automatic transmission has even better throttle response.

The third-generation RDX is, in a sense, returning to its roots in 2019 with its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive torque-vectoring system. Acura has also added a SH-AWD rear differential that’s newly developed. It produces an additional 40% torque capacity which will boost performance. There’s also an A-Spec version for people who really love to drive. The 2019 RDX draws elements from the Acura Precision Concept and the NSX sports car. They include the dash layout that’s more driver-centric, along with the new True Touchpad Interface which features a high-definition infotainment display that’s 10.2 inches.

The sportier 2019 RDX includes an NSX-inspired more compact console-mounted pushbutton shifter. The Dynamic System with its driving mode dial is very prominent and gives the adaptive damping suspension settings for Sport, Sport+, Comfort as well as Snow. The interior features brushed aluminum accents, perforated Nappa leather, along with open-pore Ash wood trim. There’s also a dashboard-mounted, remote touchpad controlled, dual-screen, Android-based 10.2-inch HD infotainment screen. The sound system is a 16-channel 3D Acura ELS one which has four ceiling-mounted speakers on either side of the RDX’s full-length panoramic sliding sunroof that’s now standard equipment. .

Most importantly, Acura has now made their AccuraWatch safety systems standard equipment on the 2019 RDX. It includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance. Buyers can also get Acura’s AcuraLink subscription services with its surround-view camera system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, rear cross-traffic and blind-spot alert system and ultrasonic parking sensors in the front and rear.

All of these things make the 2019 Acura RDX a small luxury SUV buyers will love.

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