Honda’s luxury Brand, Acura, are revamping its favoured premium crossover SUV, the 2018 Acura RDX. Launched in 2007, the 2018 model will represent a refined version of previous models. The 2018 version is expected to provide a dynamic driving experience, dripping with style and comfort.
It will offer a selection of modern features including the AcuraWatch safety features and an abundance of state-of-the-art driver assistance technologies. The high-end performance and fuel efficiency make the 2018 Acura RDX poised to become one of best all round SUVs in the market.
2018 Acura RDX – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The 2018 Acura RDX will feature an all-new exterior design, with sharper angles and body creases. A new inverted pentagonal grill and “jewel eye” headlights add to the sense of style. It incorporates sophisticated modern aesthetic designs into a very commutable, everyday vehicle.
The interior of the 2018 RDX sports an innovative, space-age design with easy access to everything you need. The interior materials are soft to the touch and maintain exceptional build quality. There are some plastic trim pieces dotted around the cabin, but at no point does the interior feel cheap.
Optional extras include automated stopping, blind place tracking and lane departure technology. The interior offers a surprising amount of storage space for a compact SUV and has outstanding trunk space. Legroom is also comfortable to accommodate 5 adults, even when the front seats have been slid back, making this an ideal household car.
2018 Acura RDX – Engine and Performance
With a 3.5-liter, the V6 engine the 2018 Acura RDX will be able to deliver 279 hp and 252 pound-feet of torque. The impressive mid-range torque makes it a responsive drive. Front wheel drive is issued as standard, but the 4-wheel drive will be available as an optional extra. The four-wheel drive version will make the 2018 model one of the quickest SUVs in its segment, going from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
A six-speed automatic transition makes the Acura RDX 2018 stand out from the crowd in the compact SUV category. It delivers smooth shifts and responds well to the driver’s input. The 2018 model may not be as sporty as several competitors, but it still provides a confident and secure drive. The steering is responsive and precise and the vehicle handles itself with poise in the turns.
Despite the V6 engine, the Variable Cylinder Management System gives the new Acura RDX acceptable fuel economy. The front-wheel drive performs slightly better than the all-wheel-drive version, achieving combined return of 23 mpg compared to the 22 mpg from the all-wheel drive version.
2018 Acura RDX – Price and Release Date
The base price for 2018, with front-wheel drive, will start at around $36,775. With the additional AcuraWatch feature, along with cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, collision mitigation braking system and a forward collision warning, the price will likely jump to around $38,075 for the front-wheel drive model and with all-wheel drive, around $39,575. For the all-wheel drive model with the top end spec, expect to pay as much as $44,975.
These prices make the new Acura RDX a great value for money. Most competitor brands equipped with a V6 engine and similar spec will cost several thousands more. The 2018 Acura RDX Is expected to be showcased in late 2017 or early 2018, with a release date to be expected shortly after.