2019 Acura RDX First Drive | Edmunds

Edmunds Senior Road Test Engineer Jason Kavanagh drives the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, one of the most popular premium compact crossover SUVs. In this video, we go over the changes ushered in by the new RDX, including the different packages available, its engine and transmission, cargo area and cabin space. Plus, we introduce you to the clean-sheet infotainment interface that Acura is debuting in the RDX.

Q: What's new about the 2019 Acura RDX?

A: Everything. The RDX is built on a new platform, and it has a different engine and transmission, Acura's next-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system and a completely re-thought infotainment interface.

Q: Are the 2019 Acura RDX's engine and transmission any good?

A: Based on our drive, yes. The new engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers much more grunt off the line than the old V6, and the 10-speed automatic transmission is pretty decisive.

Q: What's with the new infotainment interface in the 2019 Acura RDX?

A: Called True Touchpad Interface (TTI), it uses a touchpad at the base of the center stack to control selections on the screen. It offers the benefits of a touchscreen without all of the drawbacks of one.

Q: Can I get a 2019 Acura RDX with all-wheel drive?

A: Acura's next-generation, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is optional on all RDXs. Changes to this fourth-generation system include the ability to handle more torque and quicker response times.

Read our review here: https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/first-impressions/2019-acura-rdx-first-drive.html

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