When the third-generation Acura RDX launched for 2019, our check drive discovered it to be a wonderful return to type for the Acura model. Not solely did it forged apart the humdrum character of the second-gen, nevertheless it gave itself a motive to exist within the crowded luxurious compact crossover discipline. Actually, it landed competitively mid-pack amongst the German Großen Drei of Mercedes, Audi and disappointing BMW. Although we did have a gripe about how sure packages weren’t out there on sure trims, with the 2022 replace Acura has rectified that very grievance.

We’ll get to that in a minute, however first let’s begin with the bottom RDX. Acura says that one of many greatest enhancements comes within the type of noise, or lack thereof. We did not suppose the 2019 mannequin was notably noisy, however  Acura says the cabin is “dramatically quieter.” Although they do not present a decibel studying, they do inform us {that a} retuned Energetic Sound Management system and new entrance fender liners assist cut back street noise.

New for 2022, the next-level-up Expertise Bundle takes noise discount even additional, with thicker carpets and acoustic glass within the entrance doorways. New sound insulation within the these doorways, below the sprint pad and within the D-pillars additionally assist maintain street, wind and engine noise out of the cabin. The bundle additionally comes with a rear digicam washer.

The highest-spec Advance Bundle provides much more sound deadening materials to the headliner, sprint, hood, drivetrain tunnel and rear hatch. Right here, the rear doorways get acoustic glass and noise insulation to match the fronts as effectively. Energy-folding aspect mirrors and a 12-volt energy outlet within the cargo spherical out the modifications for 2022.

Better of all — and that is the nit we picked in our 2019 check drive — the sporty A-Spec bundle is finally supplied with the Advance Bundle. This wasn’t the case earlier than, inexplicably leaving the adaptive dampers off of A-Spec fashions. Now the look lastly matches the gear.

As well as, A-Spec vehicles get a few of their exterior bits dipped in gunmetal and gloss black finishes set them aside visually. Inside, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel is exclusive to the bundle, together with different inside exclusives and an out there bronze end on inside aluminum bits in case you select the Saddle Brown upholstery.

If these aren’t particular sufficient, Acura is as soon as once more providing a limited-production PMC Version of the 2022 RDX. In the event you want a refresher, these are hand-assembled examples constructed alongside the NSX at Acura’s Efficiency Manufacturing Heart and shipped to sellers in closed containers.

As with previous PMC editions, they endure a five-day paint course of in a colour combo as soon as reserved for the NSX. On this case, it is Lengthy Seaside Blue, a colour that traces its roots to the unique NSX and that’s named after the southern California Grand Prix race that Acura sponsors and competes in. On this case, it is paired with an Orchid Milano (ivory) inside and restricted to only 200 examples.

Acura can also be throwing a bunch of tech and security gizmos into the RDX as customary gear. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa and Qi, in addition to a USB-C charging port, are all current by default now. Similar goes for a numeric velocity studying in digital instrument show and Acura’s IconicDrive ambient lighting system, which names 27 LED-produced colours after driving spots just like the Pacific Coast Freeway or Honda’s legendary Suzuka Circuit.

Commonplace digital chaperones embody low-speed braking each entrance and rear, and higher-speed collision mitigation braking whose ahead detection provides Pedestrian AEB at speeds above 6 mph. New rear seat belts now have pre-tensioners, load-limiting skills and reminder chimes, whereas rear doorways profit from further aspect influence safety. The usual gear continues in new blind spot sensors with lane change help that watch behind the automotive at a variety 4 instances better (about 100 toes complete). Final however not least, a brand new visitors signal recognition system is camera-based fairly than GPS-based.

The 2022 RDX’s drivetrain continues unaltered with the identical 272-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo 4 mated to a 10-speed paddle-shift auto. Nevertheless, efficiency has been tweaked with new suspension settings. Acura guarantees extra differentiation between the Built-in Dynamics System’s 4 drive modes due to new adaptive damper settings. The digital brake booster has additionally been recalibrated to ship a greater pedal really feel, says Acura.

A minor facelift helps set the brand new and improved fashions aside. The grille has a thinner body, whereas a bigger decrease consumption is flanked by a bit much less chrome across the LED foglamps. On the rear, the exhaust finishers are actually sq. fairly than spherical. Two new colours, Liquid Carbon Metallic and Phantom Violet Pearl, have been added to the palette.

The updates ought to make an already aggressive RDX much more so, however we’ll have to attend till we get some seat time to enter a verdict. Acura says the 2022 RDX will arrive in showrooms in early November.