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: www.edmunds.com/car-news/first-impressions/2019-acura-rdx-first-drive.html

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Comments

    • bfee20021
      bfee20021

      No negatives?

      about 15 days ago
    • pyong cho
      pyong cho

      I’m considering Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan, and Acura RDX. Which one wins for you for a busy mom driving kids around and for work? (Currently owns 2012 Crv)One thing has stopped me to take action is the choice of gasoline type. want to ask people who purchased a Rdx, do you use regular or premium gas? What’s going to make a difference if I use regular gas? thanks!

      about 4 months ago
    • pyong cho
      pyong cho In reply to pyong cho

      I don’t like the way outback look like wagon suv. But I will take a look at it when I visit Subaru dealership. Keep me updated which car you ended up purchase it. Still has a great feeling about Sante Fe. I am learning a dashboard mat cover will remove the reflection. Thinking will it work just do partially on top of head up display?

      about 3 months ago
    • Yippie
      Yippie In reply to pyong cho

      @pyong cho, I liked the Forester. However, the front seats are a bit narrow for me. I'm a bigger guy at 6'3. It's also too slow. The new 2020 Outback looks really nice. I sat in the 2019 and it had enough seat room. You can get it with a Turbo engine so it will be pretty fast. The dealer told me I could order one and it would take about two months to get it. If I didn't like it when it arrived I'd get my $500 deposit back. They are a hot seller right now so I think that's about the only way to get one.

      about 3 months ago
    • pyong cho
      pyong cho In reply to pyong cho

      Yes, feel the same way about CX5, it’s more like a 4 seats suv, if only it’s more roomier and have more cargo space, then It’s the perfect one. Now I am thinking Subaru Forester, will go dealership to test drive it on Monday. What do you think about Forester? Feeling you and me kinda wants similar features on car.

      about 3 months ago
    • Yippie
      Yippie In reply to pyong cho

      @pyong cho Agreed. The Sante Fe is a great SUV otherwise. I test drove the Mazda CX-5 Signature with Heads Up and there was no windshield reflection. So it can be done well. The CX-5 is also great but too small for me.

      about 3 months ago
    • pyong cho
      pyong cho In reply to pyong cho

      Not really a Highlander fan, feels a bit bulky for me and interior design is kinda boring

      about 3 months ago
    • Walter 777 Smith
      Walter 777 Smith

      I think it's nice but it's a over price at least 5 thousands. A spect in Canada more then 50 thousands . You can get pre-owned MDX WITH REALLY LOW KM FOR THE SAME PRICE or BMW X3

      about 5 months ago
    • Gregory F S
      Gregory F S

      why you did not mention that infotainment system is POS - full of bugs- glitchy and kills all the car impression. NO BUY!

      about 5 months ago
    • FloridaSeaLife0
      FloridaSeaLife0 In reply to Gregory F S

      Mike S I know 3 people who have this car and none of them have infotainment bugs? I have seen reports of them, looks like luck of the draw. Hopefully Acura sent out a update that fixed them.

      about 5 months ago
    • JUNO LAO
      JUNO LAO

      kind of disappointed that they dont have HUD on A-spec....

      about 5 months ago
    • Said Aliouane
      Said Aliouane

      I dont like the vertical setting of the air-vents. Accura should go horizontal on the dashboard. It's much more elegant and it would be a rationalizer of their entire interior design which is now getting a bit dated.

      about 7 months ago
    • Sean Han
      Sean Han

      It looks bold, but not aggressive.

      about 7 months ago
    • entertainedbyidiots
      entertainedbyidiots In reply to Sean Han

      well, to be fair, acuras have never really looked aggressive.  even the original nsx was clean and not aggressive.

      about 5 months ago
    • Haykall Isse
      Haykall Isse

      There is no spare tire included in the A-Spec! According to Acura, its for “performance” purposes. People need to know as I had to request one from my dealer to include in my deal when purchasing. Why aren’t reviewers talking about this?

      about 8 months ago
    • Haykall Isse
      Haykall Isse In reply to Haykall Isse

      Ocean Pacific yes

      about 7 months ago
    • Ocean Pacific
      Ocean Pacific In reply to Haykall Isse

      Is there a compartment in the aspec to store the spare tire ?

      about 8 months ago
    • Haykall Isse
      Haykall Isse In reply to Haykall Isse

      Yes! At least for the A-spec

      about 8 months ago
    • Arthur Dean
      Arthur Dean In reply to Haykall Isse

      They charge you more for the spare ?

      about 8 months ago
    • Daniel Berthiaume
      Daniel Berthiaume

      Just bought my 2019 Acura Aspec in white with red interior yesterday. Crossed shopped the Infinity and Lexus. I felt Acura gave me more bang for my buck. Overpriced German cars were not on my wish list. Now the wait begins due to high demand right now. It will be here late March or early April...

      about 9 months ago
    • RamenShaman
      RamenShaman

      i want

      about 9 months ago
    • GoogleLeaveMyNameAlone
      GoogleLeaveMyNameAlone

      JESUS this guy is Booooorrinnnggg Dry AF

      about 10 months ago
    • RockGod333
      RockGod333

      This has the same engine that my Accord Sport has, just has 20 more hp. I love to 2L turbo. It is a very responsive engine.

      about 10 months ago
    • Bekim Krasniqi
      Bekim Krasniqi

      I like the car. That view is beautiful
      Where is it? Those mountains

      about 11 months ago
    • suppaidan a
      suppaidan a

      dang is this sponsored lmao

      about 11 months ago
    • entertainedbyidiots
      entertainedbyidiots In reply to suppaidan a

      check out savagegeese's review.

      about 5 months ago
    • mrchewylemonhead
      mrchewylemonhead

      My wife purchased the 2019 RDX A-spec a couple of days ago after test driving the Infinity Qx50 and BMW X3, and to say it's a powerful sport SUV is an understatement. It's a badass vehicle. Was a little skeptical at first about turbo charged 4 cylinder, but after putting it on the interstate, all the skepticism went away. It's a rocket especially in the sport+ mode! The handling is amazing! Sound system is crisp and loud. Comfort surrounds you in this beautiful beast with no feel of being cramped. As the test driver did note, it does take getting used to the touchpad but other than that, it's money well spent. Hell, I'm going to purchase the TLX A-spec.

      about 11 months ago
    • tommy d u b b s
      tommy d u b b s

      I haven't seen a good looking Acura since 2006, did some really bad executive get hired for 10 years and was just fired? Seems like they're going back to their rsx and tsx roots.. dont fuck up again Acura stay sporty

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike Choe
      Mike Choe

      Just a minor correction: A-Spec does not come with a spare. Just a fix kit. All other trims do come with a spare underneath the car.

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Watt
      Michael Watt In reply to Mike Choe

      Mike Choe the spare is only available in Canada as well as power folding mirrors. Which sucks cause I would have loved to have the folding mirrors...

      about 9 months ago
    • Justin Negrón
      Justin Negrón

      This is the best looking car in its class!

      about 1 year ago
    • Cowloon
      Cowloon

      Great review

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Kensington
      Michael Kensington

      What a beauty!

      about 1 year ago
    • mccraejoey82
      mccraejoey82

      I really like this car 🔥🔥

      about 1 year ago
    • Aaron Song
      Aaron Song

      They really did an excellent job on new RDX, and now I am still looking forward for the new MDX with a twin turbos engine and new interior design.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lonestar
      Lonestar

      Shopping around for one. Look forward to this.

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Langley
      Michael Langley

      acura stepping up. i like it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Saldivar
      Michael Saldivar

      This Blue RDX gives me a funny feeling in my pants

      about 1 year ago
    • David Gladstone
      David Gladstone In reply to Michael Saldivar

      Michael Saldivar, My wife does the same thing to me. 😜

      about 10 months ago
    • Ian Alexander
      Ian Alexander

      Looks good

      about 1 year ago
    • blamminsuskaz pimp
      blamminsuskaz pimp

      Hell yeah im getting this because of the panoramic moon roof

      about 1 year ago
    • ballards02
      ballards02

      Can you make a review about Toyota Rav 4 2019

      about 1 year ago
    • SnowBoarder&Skier
      SnowBoarder&Skier

      Looks great in this blue color. I don’t care much for the interior though. The car itself looks good now, but I don’t think these busy designs will age well.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mister G
      Mister G

      DIRTY TOXIC NOISY GAS GUZZLING POLLUTION MACHINES LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS thanks co2.earth

      about 1 year ago