Besides the 2016 Honda Pilot, the Japanese manufacturer also introduced the 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Set to hit the dealerships this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX shows new Jewel Eye LED projector headlamps, new LED taillights as well as an expanded list of safety features.
Moreover, the 2016 Acura RDX features restyled front and rear fascias as well as a new three-dimensional grille treatment. Moreover, the lower front and rear fascias also received a new look featuring fresh details. The interior was updated too and shows high-contrast silver and black trim, as well as significant upgrades such as standard heated front seats and new second-row air conditioning vents.
In addition, the Technology Package adds new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seats, dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio, blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. For those who want even more, the Advance Package adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, and AcuraWatch advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Models equipped with AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies get Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Lane Keeping Assist, along with a standard Multi-View Rear Camera and Expanded View driver's side mirror.
Under the hood, there is a 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V6 petrol engine that generates 279 hp (+6 hp) and 252 lb-ft (+1 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the Variable Cylinder Management, three of the engine’s six cylinders can be deactivated, in order to increase EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg. This means that fuel economy ratings are increased to 19/28 mpg for AWD models and 20/29 mph for FWD models (city/highway).
The new 2016 RDX is also laden with a number of cues from Acura’s design DNA. Its restyled front end features the latest iteration of the new three-dimensional grille as flanked by Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights. On the rear, the new RDX features LED taillights with light-pipe design. The lower front and rear fascias of the new RDX have also been revised to include fresh luxurious details. All new RDX models sport new wheel designs.
Meanwhile, the interior of the RDX gets a fresher appearance thanks to a high-contrast silver and black trim as well as upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technologies. For instance, the new RDX now features standard heated front seats as well as new second-row air-conditioning vents.
When availed with the Technology Package, the new RDX receives a new eight-way adjustable power passenger's front seat, Acura's intuitive dual-screen ODMD (On-Demand Multi-Information Display) and HD Radio. The package also includes blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
On the other hand, the new Advance Package provides the new RDX with front fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, front and rear parking sensors and ventilated front seats. The AcuraWatch advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies are also included in the Advance Package.
Both the Technology and Advance packages include the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition. All RDX models equipped with AcuraWatch also receive a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display that features expanded, customizable readouts on information like average vehicle speed, fuel economy and fuel range. Information readouts also include tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation.