2016 Acura RDX Review, Photos

2016 Acura RDX

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The new 2016 Acura RDX is amazingly different than the previous generation. Since it’s first introduction back in 2006, it’s been clear that the RDX has much to offer but that it also holds hidden potential to be unleashed and transform this car into something more promising than ever and, being the Honda’s second best-seller, it’s something this car surely deserves.

2016 Acura RDX On the road

Exterior of 2016 Acura RDX

The differences are easily spotted. At the front the new 2016 Acura RDX is a muscular, edgy and sharp looking beast. It features sleekly designed pair of Jewel Eye LED headlights, now being Acura’s signature, with park lights being at the far end. The completely redesigned front buffer not only looks great, but it’s also designed to reduce drag, as it forms a slight cusp at the very end of the front part. The silver front grille is reshaped as well, featuring a larger and wider air-intake assembly. The back of the car doesn’t fall behind either, when the redesign is concerned. The new LED tail lights feature a more finished look, but are clearly designed with older ones in mind. The rear bumper is kept simple and subtle, but with obvious differences compared to the previous model – such as air-extractor like elements at the very bottom.

2016 Acura RDX Exterior

2016 Acura RDX Interior

The previous model’s obvious lack of luxuriousness is what probably didn’t make this car exclusive enough, especially compared to it’s unforgiving German competition of compact crossovers. But, nevertheless, the new RDX corrects it all. With the combination of stitched leather, plush-like soft materials for the floor and wood elements, the new model sure looks stunning. With implemented dual screen infotainment system, buttons are kept to a minimum and are easily accessible, with a good layout. The cabin well insulated and more roomy and spacious than before, which is a great improvement compared to the previous model.

2016 Acura RDX Interior

Engine of RDX Acura 2016

Acura decided not to change just the design, but the engine too, as the new RDX now features naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V-6, which has 279 hp and 342 Nm of torque, compared to a slightly less powerful 2.3 liter turbocharged VTEC 4-cylinder from the previous model. The new engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and it is the solely option. The AWD option is available and it is tweaked, so that rear wheels receive more torque – new engine mounts are specially designed to help, as well. Fuel economy is unchanged, despite the more powerful engine, as the new model consumes approximately 8.5 kpl in the city and 12 kpl on the freeway – for the FWD version, or, 8 kpl in the city and 11 kpl on the freeway – for the AWD version of the new RDX.

2016 Acura RDX Engine

2016 RDX Pricing

The new 2016 Acura RDX has an amazing value/money ratio, as it’s very cheap compared to what it can offer. It is considerable cheaper that it’s German counterparts but it surely doesn’t lack the looks, nor the performance. The base model starts at around $41,000, and slightly more for the version with Acura-Watch system – Acura’s own safety system that includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with auto-braking and lane-keeping assistance.

Conclusion

The new RDX has much to offer. It has everything the buyers want and at a reasonable price. The hopes are high and it looks like Honda made yet another success.

More info on official Acura website.

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