2022 Acura RDX is modified for more luxury and better appearance


  • The Acura RDX is redesigned for 2022 to share exterior design cues with the MDX.
  • The A-Spec appearance package is now available with the top-level Advance package.
  • A limited edition RDX PMC Edition borrows its Long Beach Blue Pearl paintwork from the NSX Type S.

    Acura says its RDX 2022 customers wanted more. More or less. More features, and less exterior noise and vibration, so the focus on the 2022 refresh has been on added standard features for all trims and increased attention to a quiet cab, especially on models equipped with option packages.

    Exterior refresh borrows design cues from the larger MDX, such as the textured grille and wider front air intake, and rectangular tailpipes at the rear on all models except the A- Sporty spec, which gets round glossy black tips. Wheel size increases by one inch, to 19-inch 10-spoke as standard, while the RDX A-Spec offers new 20-inch models. New colors are also on the options list. Liquid Carbon Metallic is available for all 2022 models, while models equipped with the Technology and Advanced packages offer Phantom Violet Pearl, and the Limited Edition PMC Edition is available in shiny Long Beach Blue Pearl metallic.

    Under the hood, the RDX’s engine remains unchanged from the 2021 model, continuing to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 272 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard and SH-AWD is an option. While Acura hasn’t made any drivetrain changes for 2022, the company says the drive modes have been readjusted for a more noticeable range between Comfort and Sport settings. The previous RDX got high marks from us on handling feel, but notes were made about an inconsistent brake pedal. For 2022, the RDX has a re-tuned electronic brake booster, so we can’t wait to test the improvement.

    Previous RDX models failed to impress us with their interior design, and here the RDX 2022 intensifies it with an interesting mix of materials and colors. Aluminum trim is standard on all models, and cars in the Advance Package feature open-pore woods and Milano leather. More technology is standard, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless. Standard safety technology includes blind spot monitoring and a lane change assist feature as well as AcuraWatch which has been upgraded to use a camera for traffic sign recognition and more precise boundary information. of speed. Rear seat belts provide better crash protection thanks to pretensioner technology, and an additional side structure in the doors meets new crash test requirements.

    Like the 2021 model, there will be a limited edition RDX built at the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) on the same assembly line as Acura’s supercar, the NSX. The RDX PMC Edition is only available in Long Beach Blue Pearl with a two-tone cream (Acura calls it Orchid) and a black interior. PMC editions will be all Advance A-Spec versions fully loaded and only 200 will be built, so if you want to get a matching set of NSX and RDX place orders now.

    EPA pricing and fuel economy ratings have yet to be released, but Acura says entry-level will start below $ 40,000. With no real changes to the transmission, we would expect the mpg figures to be similar to the city’s 22 mpg and the highway at 28 mpg for the front-wheel drive versions, with a slight dip. for AWD and A-Spec models. The RDX 2022 will go on sale in early November.

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