The upcoming 2018 Acura RDX gets both design change and a big upgrade in technologies. It is true that a majority of the luxury sedan and crossover buyers have their eyes fixed on the German carmakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz or British elite brands like JLR.
However, over the years, Acura, the Honda’s sister brand has become increasingly popular among buyers looking for luxurious vehicles with not so high pricing.
The Acura RDX, a midsize luxury crossover, is one of the popular models sold by the brand and for 2018 it gets a good makeover.
2018 Acura RDX – Design Features
The 2018 Acura RDX has undergone several rounds of changes and the beak looking front fascia has also been altered. The sleek exterior styling is easy on eyes and the five-square LED headlights also ooze sophistication.
The Acura takes a different approach to trim levels compared to other cars. Instead of different trims, you get a standard model and you can choose various packages to equip it with. Of course, these packages come at additional cost. So, the 2018 Acura RDX comes in flavors like standard, Aurawatch Plus, Technology and Advance.
Step inside the cabin of 2018 Acura RDX and the lavishness catches your eyes. Its two-tone dashboard has a mix of soft-touch and brushed aluminum trim. It can seat up to 5 adults and in each row, space is abundant. As for seating comfort, the front seats are very good and longer passengers will also get enough legroom.
In cargo space management, the Honda has always excelled and that is evident in 2018 Acura RDX. The maximum storage capacity is 76.9 cubic feet- pretty good for a car of this segment. The center console is large and you get other cubicles and compartments to keep small items. You will be glad that cabin noise remains minimal under most conditions.
Safety Features and Trims
The 2018 Acura RDX is laden with top safety features and the range of entertainment features is as pretty wide. However, the base trim misses out on advanced features in each department- which is not surprising.
In standard trim, you get Remote-linked and power-operated tailgate, Power Moonroof, Heated side mirrors, Rear Privacy glass, Heated front seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Automatic 2 zone climate control with air filter, Automatic dimming rearview mirror.
You also get 12-volt power outlets, Multi-Information Display, Acura Premium Sound System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Cruise control, Multi-View Rear Camera, Auto-on/off headlight, Anti-lock braking system with EBD, airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Theft-deterrent system, and TPMS.
In Acurawatch Plus package you get Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Color Multi-information display, Collision Mitigation Braking System.
In Technology package there are features like Sports seats, On Demand Multi-Use Display, 8-inch navigation screen, 8-inch navigation, ELS Studio Premium Audio setup with 10-speaker, AcuraLink. It also gets advanced safety features like Blind spot information system, HD radio, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. You also get leather upholstery in this package.
The top notch advance package brings in lots of features and it can rival those from stables of BMW and Lincoln. The features include Fog Lights, Parking Sensors, Remote engine start, 18-inch alloy wheels, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, Heated and ventilated seats at front row. AcuraWatch is included by default in this package.
It also gets GPS based climate control. However, the Honda touch screen infotainment setup is not much sophisticated.
VTEC Engine in the 2018 Acura RDX
All trims of the 2018 Acura RDX get powered by a beefy 3.5-Liter V-6 engine with VTEC technology. It generates 279 HP and is mated with a 6-speed auto transmission unit. The trims are available both in FWD and AWD. There is no other engine choice, either hybrid or diesel. However, the drive quality is pleasant and handling is almost sporty.
Affordability and Availablity
In pricing, the 2018 Acura RDX packs a punch. The base standard trim pricing begins at $35, 800 for FWD variant. Top notch advance costs $ 44, 000 for AWD setup. This is where the RDX has an advantage over the German and UK based rivals that have the steeper price tag. It is going to be released by end of 2017.
Summing it up
The 2018 Acura RDX may not be the most luxurious midsized crossover but you cannot dismiss it either. The changes in styling are nice and the cabin has enough space. Material quality may not be equivalent to what you get inside an Audi or BMW but it is getting better with time. The single powertrain choice may raise some eyebrows but the engine is powerful enough.
The amenities included are fine but top trim gets truly lavish features as well as advanced safety features. Its price tag is reasonable and this is where the new RDX may woo away the buyers eyeing the more prestigious German and Italian rivals. Overall, it comes pretty close to rivals like Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the BMW X3.