Of course, the other side of the coin when downsizing an engine is usually a loss of power. However, in this case, the RDX drops a grand total of just 7 horsepower, now 272 instead of 279 like last year's model. Power is sent to the front wheels via a new 10-speed automatic transmission, though all-wheel drive is available as a $2000 option.
The RDX comes in just one well-equipped trim level. Standard features on the RDX include LED Jewel Eye Headlights, LED taillights, 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights and washers, heated side mirrors, faux leather seating surfaces, heated 12-way power adjustable front seats and dual-zone climate control. Standard interior tech includes Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, a lane keep assist system, active sound control, a 9-speaker sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, multiple USB ports, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 7-inch color multi-information display for the driver, mobile hotspot capability, AcuraLink, a Siri Eyes Free mode for iPhone users, voice recognition, HomeLink and a compass. Drivers and passengers will be able to control that tech through Acura's new True Touchpad interface that features a touchpad in the center console, which can be used to control the center display screen.
Three option packages are available for the RDX. A Technology Package adds perforated leather trimmed seats, a GPS-linked climate control system, a 12-speaker premium audio system, HD radio, a blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.
An Advanced package adds heated and ventilated front seats, rain sensing wipers, a remote starter, auto-dimming side mirrors, fog lights and parking sensors.
The A-Spec Package includes 20-inch dark grey wheels, unique front and rear bumpers, LED fog lights, dual exhaust pipes, a gloss black rear spoiler, heated and ventilated front seats, a black headliner, red instruments, red cabin lighting, sport pedals and a 16-speaker premium sound system.