At last, the new 2019 Acura RDX is arriving this June, and customers interested in purchasing this reengineered and redesigned SUV would need at least around $38,295 (including destination) in their pockets to own the entry-level version of this luxury vehicle.
The base two-wheel drive model of the 2019 Acura RDX has a window sticker price of $37,300, before $995 in destination fees. The base 2019 RDX with the Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, on the other hand, is priced at $39,300 before $995 destination fees. At this starting price, the Acura RDX is essentially less expensive than the BMW X3 (at $41,000), the Audi Q5 (at $41,500), and the Volvo XC60 (at $41,500). However, the new RDX is bit pricier than the Infiniti QX50 (at $36,550), the Lexus NX (at $35,985) and the Lincoln MKC (at $33,995).
Interestingly, some standard equipment and features on the RDX are offered as optional on more expensive luxury SUVs like the X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. These include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist as well as road departure mitigation. Furthermore, the base RDX with SH-AWD comes standard with LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, as well as a set of 19-inch wheels.
Meanwhile, those who wanted more of the new 2019 Acura RDX, they could avail of higher-grade versions. Next to the base model is the 2019 Acura RDX Tech, which 2WD and AWD models are priced at $40,500 and $42,500, respectively. These models hold a premium of around $3,200 over their base counterparts. Prices exclude $995 in destination charge.
Luxury customers who are seeking for a sportier drive on the road could avail of the 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec. Featuring a more aggressive exterior -- black accents and larger wheels -- a red/black two tone interior, and some minor modifications to the suspension system, the RDX A-Spec is offered at tags of $43,500 for the 2WD model and $45,500 for the SH-AWD variant, before $995 in destination fee.
Topping the range is the RDX Advance, which 2WD and SH-AWD have prices of $45,400 and $47,400, respectively, before a destination charge of $995 is added. These range-topping models hold a premium of around $9,100 over the base variants.
The new 2019 Acura RDX will only be available with one engine -- a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill that delivers 272 hp (203 kW) of max output and 280 lb.-ft. (380 Nm) of peak torque. Actually, this 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the same engine fitted in the previous model. Its peak output might be a bit lower than on its predecessor, but its max torque is a bit higher. This engine sends power to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), which is the first and only 10AT in the class. This gearbox offers quick and seamless changes, in both automatic mode and when employing the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.