2019 Acura RDX vs 2018 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX vs 2018 Acura RDX

When it comes to a complete redesign, it can be hard for the average consumer to understand what the differences are between the new generation and the outgoing one. In the case of the 2019 Acura RDX vs 2018 Acura RDX, we think the visual differences are obvious, but we happen to see the vehicles every day here at Karen Radley Acura. If you haven’t been scoping out the lineup for the past few years, it might not be so easy to see how things have changed at a glance.

We’re here to help with a quick overview of the enhancements for the new model year in direct comparison to what could be expected from the 2018 model year Acura RDX.

2019 Acura RDX


2018 Acura RDX

2.0-liter Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 3.5-liter V6
272hp/280 lb-ft of torque Performance Specs 279hp/252 lb-ft of torque
10-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed automatic
SH-AWD Available AWD AWD w/Intelligent Control

2019 Acura RDX heads into its third generation

Without diving too much into the design changes you can see for yourself, it’s obvious from the very look of the 2019 Acura RDX that the model has gone through a ground-up redesign. Key differences can be found in the diamond-pentagon grille and reshaped quarter windows.

From the specs of the 2019 Acura RDX, it’s also clear that the model has a lot of improvements mechanically. The crossover received a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to replace the 3.5-liter V6. The result is similar horsepower specs, but much more torque. To make ample use of the new engine, the RDX also has a 10-speed automatic transmission with SportShift paddle shifters. This creates a smoother, quieter driving style while also allowing drivers to manually control shift points.

New features include standard adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, 9 speakers (up from 7), the True Touchpad Interface and a 10.2-inch dual-content center display. The standard infotainment for the 2018 model year has a 5-inch display, so the entertainment upgrade alone may be worthwhile for some.

Still not sure if you’d prefer the 2019 Acura RDX? Stop by Karen Radley Acura for a test drive. We happily serve shoppers from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Lorton, Springfield, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Gainesville and Washington D.C.