2021 RDX New Car Test Drive
Redesigned for the 2019 model year with edgier, more appealing body lines, the 2020 Acura RDX sets a new styling theme for the brand.
Except for a new extra-cost Platinum White body color, little has changed for the 2020 model year. Four trim levels are offered: base, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance.
Each RDX draws power from a strong 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, yielding 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-4 mates with a slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. Optional all-wheel drive can shift 70 percent of power to rear wheels, to strengthen grip on curvy roads.
Three drive modes are available: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, along with a Snow choice that helps winter traction.
The 2020 RDX earned top safety ratings from the IIHS, which made it a Top Safety Pick+. Headlights were judged “Good,” except for the Advance model, on which they were declared “Acceptable.”
The NHTSA gave Acura's RDX a five-star crash-test score. Surprisingly, that government agency gave the RDX only a four-star rating for frontal collision. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) also warranted four stars.
All RDX versions feature collision-avoidance technology, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Adjustable headrests also are standard. Blind-spot monitors are installed on all except the base model..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
The base RDX ($37,600 with front-drive, $39,600 with all-wheel drive) includes a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats upholstered in synthetic leather, 10.2- and 7.0-inch displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 19-inch alloy wheels. A Technology Package ($40,800 with front-drive, $42,800 with all-wheel drive) substitutes genuine leather and adds navigation, upgraded 12-speaker audio, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors. The A-Spec ($43,800 with front-drive, $45,800 with all-wheel drive) adopts sporty black trim with red accents, riding on 20-inch wheels. The Advance ($45,700 with front-drive, $47,700 with all-wheel drive) features 16-way front seats, including thigh extensions and power side bolsters. Also standard are cooled front seats, a surround-view camera system, wood trim, ELS 16-speaker audio, a head-up display, and adaptive dampers..