2019 Acura RDX Changes

September 3rd, 2018 by

2019 Acura RDX Exterior

After a full redesign from last year’s model, the 2019 Acura RDX is making a bold statement. A luxury crossover SUV, the RDX is “spacious, enjoyable to drive, and loaded with technology,” according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the new RDX first among luxury compact SUVs. It features a new engine that is powerful and more fuel efficient than ever. And inside, there are new comfort and technology features on the standard package, including a mobile hotspot and AcuraWatch driver-assistive technology.

  • New turbocharged engine
  • More fuel efficient than ever
  • More comfort and technology features inside


The RDX is stylish and sleek on the road and is poised for adventure. It has a bold new look with a new Diamond Pentagon grille and a revamped front fascia that is sportier than previous models. Every model of the RDX also comes with a panoramic moonroof so you can enjoy the sunshine or a night time view on your drive.

  • Panoramic Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Feature
  • Jewel Eye LED Headlights
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Dual Exhaust Outlets

Engine and Power

The RDX swaps out the V6 engine of last year’s model with a new 2.0L VTEC turbo-charged engine. It produces up to 272 horsepower and 280 lbs-ft of torque—a jump from the 2018 model that produced 252 lb-ft of torque and more horsepower than other competitors. With more torque and power, the RDX makes trickier driving situations, such as merging or passing on the highway, much easier. The engine works in tandem with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the 2019 RDX sees the return of available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

Fuel Economy

The redesign also revamped and improved the RDX’s estimated fuel economy. Where the 2018 model achieved an estimated 20 mpg in the city, the 2019 RDX with FWD will achieve 22 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway, and 24 mpg combined*. That improvement makes the 2019 model a better choice for the environment and will save drivers time and money with fewer trips to the pump.

  • FWD: 22 city / 28 highway / 24 combined mpg*
  • SH-AWD: 21 city / 27 highway / 24 combined mpg*
2019 Acura RDX Interior
2019 Acura RDX Driving


Some of the same interior features have been carried over to the 2019 model such as heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a keyless access system with Acura Personalized settings, and steering wheel mounted controls.

New for 2019 are 12-way adjustable front seats with lumbar support, adaptive cruise control, available perimeter lighting activated via remote, and more. As you look inside the cabin you can expect to find more features such as:

  • Automatic Dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror
  • White Ambient Cabin Lighting
  • Active Sound Control
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Technology and Connectivity

The 2019 RDX features a new voice-activated control feature for audio and Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices. Drivers can stay safely connected and entertained when behind the wheel with technology including:

  • 12-Volt Power Outlet
  • Acura Premium Audio System with 9 speakers
  • 7-inch Color Multi-Information Display
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SMS Text Message and Email Reading Capability


Every model of the RDX now comes fully equipped with AcuraWatch, a package of driver-assistive technology that helps drivers see more, do more, and drive more safely. The package includes systems that warn, prevent, and mitigate road incidents.

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning System


The 2019 RDX is more spacious than ever. It still features a versatile 60/40 split rear seat which can reconfigure the interior into several seating and cargo arrangements, and the new model will have more space for both passengers and cargo.

  • 2019: Cargo – 29.5 cubic feet. Passenger – 104 cubic feet
  • 2018: Cargo – 26.1 cubic feet. Passenger – 103.5 cubic feet

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the 2019 Acura RDX by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Chicagoland Acura dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel to experience the new RDX with a test drive today!

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.