The new 2016 Acura RDX was presented at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and it clearly shows the intention of the manufacturer to keep up with the great results from 2014 when over 44,000 units were sold. From the outside, Acura RDX 2016 received a few very noticeable changes which will keep the model up-to-date, while under the hood is the same engine but with more power.
2016 Acura RDX Specs, Engine, MPG
The 2016 Acura RDX engine is the same one as on previous models – 3.5 liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6, but with increased power of 279 ponies and 252 lb.-ft. torque. Furthermore, the engine is paired with six speed automatic transmission and besides increased power, the new Acura RDX will have slightly better fuel efficiency, which for AWD models is rated at 19 mpg in city, 28 mpg on highway and 22 combined; while FWD rates 20/29/23. Compared to 2015 Acura RDX, we can see that output is boosted up for 6 horsepower, while fuel economy remained the same, except the FWD improvement on highway which was 28 mpg on 2015 model.
2016 Acura RDX Interior
The 2016 Acura RDX interior also received several updates and new technologies. Most noticeable changes are reworked color scheme, standard heated front seats and second row air conditioning vents. Standard equipment includes goodies like Automatic Climate Control, Multiview Rear Camera, 7 speaker Acura Premium Audio System, while optional are GPS Linked Climate Control, Parking Sensor, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, On Demand Multi-use Display, Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers etc.
Updates on the 2016 Acura RDX exterior are just enough to keep it up with market demands and the rest of the line-up, but what’s probably more important is that now it has elements borrowed from the TLX, Acura’s top-seller. On the front is Acura 3D grille and Jewel Eye LED headlights, while below them are updated air intakes on the sides and air vent between. Around back, the new Acura RDX continues with the same style as on front. Most noticeable 2016 Acura RDX changes, are revised lower fascia and updated taillights.
2016 Acura RDX Price and Competition
The 2016 Acura RDX price starts at $35,270 for basic RDX model and goes up to $43,420 for RDX AWD with Advance Package.
|2016 Acura RDX||FWD $35,270||AWD $36,770|
|with AcuraWatch Plus||$36,570||$38,070|
|with Technology Package||$38,970||$40,470|
|with Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages||$40,270||$41,770|
|with Advance Package||$41,920||$43,420|
Wondered what these 2016 RDX packages include? No worries, here’s a short description. With AcuraWatch Plus, the buyer will get goodies like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System and color multi-information display. Already mentioned Acura Navigation System (with 3Dview, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Traffic Rerouting), sports seats and 8 way power adjustable passenger seat, On Demand multiuse display, Voice recognition, SIRI Eyes Free, AcuraLink, Blindspot monitoring, Rear cross traffic montor and GPS linked air conditioning are part of Technology package. Advance package includes remote engine start, ventilated front seats, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and 18 inch machine finish alloy wheels.
According to Acura‘s website, the manufucturer sees 2015 Lexus RX 350 FWD as the main competitior. Just to make things a bit interesting, check out the table where you can see a comparison between Acura RDX 2016 and 2016 RX 350 which is about to be released, based on a very few details that are known about the new RX (so far).
|2016 Acura RDX||2016 Lexus RX 350|
|Engine||i-VTEC® 3.5L V6||3.5 Liter V6|
|Horsepower||279 hp||300 hp|
|Transmission||6 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||105.7 in||109.8 in|
|Wheels||18 inch alluminum-alloy, 235/60||18 inch and 20 inch, 235/65|