2022 Acura RDX Assessment | Worth-packed and surprisingly sporty

The small luxurious SUV section is crowded with many sturdy decisions, however in the event you’re on the lookout for worth and like your SUVs sporty, you would be hard-pressed to discover a higher possibility than the 2022 Acura RDX. It is made even higher for 2022 with a plethora of updates to make the driving expertise nicer, in addition to including expertise options which have change into trade requirements.

Though it was given a refresh for 2022, the fundamental RDX dates again to the 2019 mannequin 12 months. And the fundamentals from then are nonetheless good. It has a gutsy engine, a responsive chassis, a top quality inside and sharp styling. Not solely that, it is extremely spacious and it is full of normal options from a panoramic sunroof to loads of driver security aids, all at a value decrease than lots of its rivals, together with these from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and others.

That is to not say it is a class-leader. You probably have sure stuff you significantly care about, maybe final efficiency, hybrid choices, or a fancier and extra trendy inside, there are different choices to contemplate. However the Acura is among the most well-rounded choices, doing most issues effectively, and doing so at an affordable value.

Inside & Expertise   |   Passenger & Cargo House   |   Efficiency & Gas Economic system

What it is prefer to drive   |   Pricing & Options   |   Crash Scores & Security Options

What’s new for 2022?

The RDX obtained a wide range of gentle updates for the 2022 mannequin 12 months. Styling has been tweaked with new entrance and rear bumpers and grilles (pictured above left). The energetic suspension on Advance Package deal trims is tuned for a sportier really feel in Sport mode and a extra snug really feel in Consolation mode. The drive modes in each RDX have been retuned as effectively, whereas additional sound deadening materials has been added all through. Expertise updates embrace new normal wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa compatibility and a USB-C charging port. Wi-fi charging and customizable ambient lighting at the moment are obtainable as choices. A variety of new inside and exterior colours can be found, together with a brilliant blue hue unique to the 200-unit PMC Version (pictured above proper). Moreover, blind-spot warning is normal, automated emergency braking now has pedestrian detection, and the chassis has further reinforcements to enhance crash efficiency.

What are the RDX inside and in-car expertise like?

The RDX’s inside is a pleasant place to be. Most surfaces are coated with mushy, premium-looking supplies, together with perforated leather-based, soft-touch plastics, and classy-looking vinyl. Aluminum trim comes normal, however some high-trim ranges get pure end wooden trim.

The RDX introduces Acura’s True Touchpad Interface, which controls the infotainment system and its 10.2-inch display screen with a center-console-mounted touchpad slightly than a touchscreen interface. The system has a comparatively steep studying curve and lacks any haptic suggestions. It’s in the end not as intuitive as we’d like, and that’s essential as a result of it’s an interface you’ll be utilizing on a regular basis in an RDX – together with to interface with the usual wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto performance. You can learn our full impressions of the system right here.

We have been extra impressed by the RDX’s sound programs, significantly the items obtainable on greater trims. The ambient lighting system can be fascinating, because it encompasses a bunch of preset colour combos named after well-known roads and race tracks.

How massive is the RDX?

Should you’re on the lookout for probably the most spacious “compact” luxurious SUV for both passengers or cargo, the RDX is fairly excellent place to begin. On paper, the RDX has probably the most rear legroom within the section, and once we in contrast it back-to-back with a wide range of rivals, that proved to be completely appropriate. Until you are pushing for taking part in time within the NBA, your knees will not be touching the entrance seats. Importantly, a rear-facing youngster seat can be extra more likely to match again there.

Cargo area is equally wonderful with 29.5 cubic-feet of area behind its raised again seat. That is higher than all the things within the section besides the Volvo XC60, which is principally equal. Nevertheless, it truly has much more area because of its sizeable and genuinely helpful under-floor storage space that swells capability to 31.1 cubic-feet. The result’s the power to hold much more stuff than its luxurious section norm, and almost match non-luxury tremendous haulers just like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. Higher nonetheless, that under-floor storage space is achieved with out dropping the spare tire – no run flats or cans of tire goo right here.

What are the RDX gas economic system and efficiency specs?

Just one engine and transmission is accessible on the RDX. It is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 10-speed automated transmission. The engine makes 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The RDX additionally comes normal with front-wheel drive, however a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system can be obtainable (SH-AWD).

Gas economic system differs solely barely relying on drivetrain, and whether or not the RDX has the A-Spec or PMC bundle. A front-drive normal RDX will get 22 mpg metropolis, 28 mpg freeway and 24 mixed. All-wheel drive drops it to 21/27/23. The front-drive A-Spec will get 22/27/24, and A-Spec or PMC fashions with all-wheel drive get 21/26/23.

What is the RDX prefer to drive?

The RDX manages a contented stability between affordable sportiness for the section and general consolation. There’s a little bit of adrenaline within the factor – a growl from the engine because it thrusts the RDX ahead on a wave of torque. Acura’s father or mother firm, Honda, is aware of how you can make an entertaining engine. The RDX exudes an air of sportiness, but in addition backs it up with actual athleticism. The non-obligatory SH-AWD system’s superior torque vectoring can be a boon on dry pavement, making the RDX flip crisply – and it’ll additionally assist, to some extent, with traction in poor climate. We expect it’s a return to kind for a car that constructed its popularity on offering a sharper driving expertise than your common crossover.

The engine’s in depth low-end torque implies that it’s zippier round city. It channels energy by means of a 10-speed automated transmission, which is usually competent however sometimes will get confused. On a number of events throughout a drive in an A-Spec check automotive, a swift stab of the accelerator to cross one other car led to a distressing delay earlier than the RDX found out what gear to be in. We’ve had comparable points with nine- and 10-speed automatics previously, however it’s disconcerting. Apart from that, the engine and transmission work collectively pretty effectively – and the RDX feels awfully fast, particularly in sportier drive modes.

There are two suspension choices for the RDX. The Advance trim receives an Adaptive Damper System, however all the things else is relegated to a passive Amplitude Reactive Damper system. The non-electronic dampers work effectively – the experience is agency however not uncomfortable, and the RDX corners with precision. It’s helped by first rate steering really feel from the variable-ratio rack, though it’s on the sunshine facet at low speeds. The adaptive system can be spectacular, and the brand new mode tuning has resulted in sportier and extra snug settings (relying on the mode) than earlier than.

Observe that the A-Spec bundle sounds prefer it may be a efficiency improve, however it’s a purely beauty bundle.

What different Acura RDX evaluations can I learn?

2022 Acura RDX First Drive | RDX redux offers us what we wish

Going over what’s new for 2022 and the way these modifications enhance the RDX.

Acura RDX Baggage Take a look at | How a lot cargo area?

We take a deep dive into the RDX’s cargo area behind the second row, placing the 31.1-cubic-foot measurement to the check with actual baggage.

Acura Infotainment Assessment + Video

Acura’s distinctive touchpad infotainment system has discovered sympathizers and detractors amongst our workers. Admittedly, there have been extra detractors, however Zac Palmer runs down why he is within the minority of those that preferred it after giving it a while. Observe that the article and video beneath used an Acura TLX, however the system is identical.

How a lot is the 2022 RDX’s value and what options can be found?

The Acura RDX begins at $40,345 for a base, front-wheel-drive mannequin. On the surface, it will get 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights and a panoramic sunroof. Contained in the RDX options dual-zone automated local weather management, proximity entry with push-button begin, 12-way energy heated leatherette seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim, ambient lighting and an influence hatch. Expertise options embrace a ten.2-inch infotainment display screen, 7-inch data display screen within the instrument panel and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Different notable options obtainable as choices or on greater trims embrace the A-Spec look bundle, fog lights, sport seats, actual leather-based upholstery, 16-way energy seat adjustment, ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, distant begin, heated steering wheel, wooden trim, wi-fi telephone charging, an upgraded sound system, a ten.5-inch head-up show and navigation.

Additionally price noting is that all-wheel-drive is a $2,200 possibility on RDX fashions that include front-wheel drive as normal. Some RDX fashions include all-wheel drive normal. Base costs for every trim is listed beneath and embrace the $1,045 vacation spot cost ($1,995 for the PMC).

  • RDX: $41,145
  • RDX Expertise Package deal: $43,795
  • RDX A-Spec: $46,795
  • RDX Advance Package deal (AWD solely): $51,145
  • RDX A-Spec Advance Package deal (AWD solely): $53,145
  • RDX PMC Version (AWD solely): $55,295

What are the RDX security rankings and driver help options?

Each IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the Acura RDX, and it carried out effectively in each organizations’ testing. The IIHS even gave the RDX its High Security Decide + security ranking. It earned the highest “Good” rating in each crash check, in addition to all headlight evaluations. Youngster seat LATCH anchor entry was rated “Good +” and the automated emergency braking system bought a “Superior” ranking for vehicle-to-vehicle and an “Superior” ranking for vehicle-to-pedestrian. NHTSA gave the RDX the highest five-star ranking general for security, with 4 stars for entrance crashes, 5 for facet crashes and 4 for rollover.

The RDX comes normal with many helpful security and driver help options. Ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, automated excessive beams and adaptive cruise management with lane-centering steering help. Out there as choices or on greater trims are rain-sensing wipers, wiper de-icers, parking sensors and a surround-view digital camera system.

Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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