You could say Acura’s RDX is dressed to the nines. Just revealed in Chicago, this compact crossover has been freshened for 2016, gaining things like LED headlamps, new driver-assistance features and even more horsepower.
But that passé phrase might be better used to describe this vehicle’s drivetrain. The RDX gains three additional forward ratios thanks to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. That gearbox is paired to an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s been goosed for six extra horses and one more lb-ft of torque. These figures total 279 and 252, respectively. Enhancing drivability, its torque curve has been broadened as well.
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When you include cylinder deactivation these under-hood changes add up to enhanced fuel economy. Both front- and all-wheel-drive RDXs gains one mile per gallon on their highway scores. The most economical version now stickers at 29 MPG on the interstate.
Of course Acura designers tweaked this vehicle’s styling. It features LED projector headlamps, a trait they carried around back. The taillights are also of the light-emitting-diode variety. Front and rear the fascias have been reworked and there are new wheels to choose from.
Various tweaks have been made to the RDX’s interior including the addition of new standard features like heated front seats and second-row air vents. The range-topping Advance Package is also new for 2016. This offers front and rear parking sensors, automatic windshield wipers, remote start and AcuraWatch, the brand’s suite of driver-assistance technologies. It includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, a multi-view backup camera and more.
But the folks at Acura don’t want to be in reverse. In fact the RDX ended 2014 on a high note; it was the nameplate’s best sales year ever with nearly 45,000 delivered in America. This updated 2016 model looks like it’s got the stuff to continue that showroom success and you can look for it at dealerships this spring.
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