2016 Acura RDX Gets Fleshed Out
Base Price Rises $175 Over 2015, More Standard and Available Features
Acura’s updated 2016 RDX received its dossier today, revealing pricing information and additional features for the facelifted compact luxury SUV. Now starting at $35,270 (up $175 over its 2015 counterpart), the RDX looks primed for another record-breaking sales year.
The most obvious changes to the 2016 RDX are its Jewel Eye LED headlights, which now come standard on all Acuras. Reshaped front and rear fascias and other minor exterior updates give the new five-seater a slightly newer, more modern appearance.
The RDX’s standard 3.5L V-6 engine now produces 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, up slightly over the motor in the 2015 RDX. Additionally, a broader torque curve will provide better performance in most conditions, particularly when passing and merging into traffic. In spite of the added power, the RDX now gets better highway fuel economy thanks to Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which shuts down three of the engine’s cylinders when operating on light load. EPA highway ratings have increased 1 mpg (to 19/28 mpg city/highway for all-wheel-drive models and 20/29 mpg for front-drivers) thanks to VCM.
Inside the Acura, heated front seats now come standard, and rear air-conditioning outlets are new for 2016, helping keep all passengers comfortable. RDXs that are equipped with the Technology Package get a new dual-screen infotainment display among other options, while a new Advance Package adds tons of luxury niceties and AcuraWatch, a suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features. AcuraWatch can also be added to any lower-spec RDX if desired.
By the way, the RDX was the five-millionth vehicle produced at Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio. The plant builds the popular Honda CR-V and Acura RDX, with 2017 MDX production being added later.
Source: Acura, Honda