The RDX gets a minor makeover for 2022 that includes an improved grille, bigger air intakes on the front bumper, and an altered rear bumper with rectangular exhaust tips. Two new colors are available—Liquid Carbon Metallic and Phantom Violet Pearl—and standard and optional tech upgrades are added to the interior.
All vehicles now have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as Amazon Alexa capability; a wireless smartphone charging station is now available, and Technology models now feature an interior ambient-lighting system with 27 hues. This year’s reissue of the PMC Edition model will be available in Long Beach Blue Pearl with an Orchid interior color combination, which was originally offered in extremely limited quantities.
|PMC Edition||$53,000 (est)|
The Acura RDX comes in one trim, but it is available with a variety of equipment packages. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for $2000. Since the A-Spec model is expensive and doesn’t offer any practical performance gains, we’d skip it. But we think that adding the Technology package with adaptive dampers and a head-up display is worthwhile. People who want advanced dampers and a head-up display will have to pay extra for the Advance package, which increases the price by about 10%.
A 272-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder drives the RDX, which is available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive and either a 10-speed automatic transmission or a manual gearbox (which are known as “SH-AWD” in Acura speak). The A-Spec model we tested had an engaging gas pedal at low speeds, and it pulled away from stoplights strongly. The downshifts of the transmission may be quicker; especially when using the steering wheel paddle shifters.
The RDX’s turbocharged engine makes it sound a bit like the NSX, with a high-pitched roar during hard acceleration, but much of that noise is generated and piped into the cabin through the audio system’s speakers. The 20-inch wheels on our test vehicle were part of the A-Spec package and came with conventional suspension tuning. Adaptive dampers are included as standard on models equipped with the Advance package.
While our test vehicle was unable to isolate the cabin from harsh impacts on the roughest roads, it was never punishing or noisy. The torque-vectoring SH-AWD system also assisted in quick directional changes, and with accurate steering, the RDX leaned only when we attacked a highway on-ramp. While we assaulted a highway on-ramp, the RDX leaned rather than vaulted, which is unfortunate since it was otherwise nicely positioned. Unfortunately, due to inconsistent firmness and reactivity of the brake pedal, this let down the experience significantly.