2019 Acura RDX: Pricing Starts at $37,300, Matches Old One’s AcuraWatch-Equipped Price
Torque-Vectoring SH-AWD Adds $2,000
The 2019 Acura RDX will start at $37,300, plus a $995 destination charge, which Acura says is the same price as a 2018 model optioned with AcuraWatch active-safety technologies. The base 2019 RDX, which comes standard with AcuraWatch, will demand $1,300 more than the base 2018 RDX.
Acura is rightfully proud of its relative price consistency given the 2019 RDX comes with plenty of extra features compared to its predecessor. A standard panoramic moonroof, 10-speed automatic transmission, more spacious interior, and stiffer body structure add up to a comprehensively improved RDX for about the same price as its predecessor.
The company’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) adds $2,000 to the price, which is a bit dearer than the outgoing RDX’s less dynamic all-wheel drive that cost $1,500. The $39,300 RDX SH-AWD still represents a decent value compared to other luxury crossovers, but it is $500 more than the vehicle it replaces.
As before, Acura will offer the RDX in base, Technology, and Advance trim levels. The front-wheel-drive 2019 RDX Technology will demand $40,500, which is actually $500 cheaper than the 2018 Technology FWD. The 2019 Technology SH-AWD will cost $42,500, the same as its 2018 equivalent.
The Advance, which comes much better equipped than the outgoing model’s similar trim level, will cost $45,400 with front-wheel drive or $47,400 with SH-AWD. Those numbers are $2,700 and $3,200 more than their 2018 equivalents, owing to the Advance package’s standard heads-up display, ventilated seating, genuine wood accents, and more.
New for 2019 and making its first appearance on an SUV is the company’s A-Spec sport appearance package. A-Spec, which adds sporty styling, unique interior finishes, and exclusive exterior colors, slots in between the RDX Technology and Advance. It will cost $43,500 with front-wheel drive or $45,500 with all-wheel drive.
Acura is keen to point out that the RDX offers a better value quotient than its European competitors: the $41,500 Audi Q5, the $41,000 BMW X3, the $40,050 Mercedes-Benz GLC300, and the $41,500 Volvo XC60. The company claims that comparably equipped to RDX Advance levels, the European competition would cost an extra $7,000 or more. And adding all of the driver-assist features that come standard on the base-model RDX would require adding extra equipment to those aforementioned SUVs.
But of course, the Acura’s aggressive pricing strategy is only good if it’s attached to a competent vehicle. We can’t tell you much on that front just yet, so watch this space for driving impressions of the 2019 Acura RDX soon. The RDX, which went into production last week, will hit dealers June 1.