2019 Acura RDX First Drive

The lining of the RDX's center console is covered in a material that feels like leather. Our more expensive long-term Volvo XC60 misses this important detail, which used to be one way luxury-branded cars elevated themselves above mainstream cars. Lately, however, we've now started to see this premium detail on cars including the Mazda6 Signature.

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Room to Get Comfortable

Rear-seat passengers shouldn't have many complaints as the RDX's rear seat is at the very top of its class. Sure, it lacks a backrest recline feature, but rear-seat legroom is plentiful for this class, and the barely discernible drivetrain hump allows outboard passengers to spread out.

A-Spec vs. Advance

Because our long-termer is an A-Spec model, the seats and a portion of the dash on the passenger side feature Ultrasuede trim. It feels great and I like how it looks, but I admit I also have a soft spot for the top Advance trim. That luxury-focused trim doesn't get any Ultrasuede, but does replace the sportier trim's dark brushed aluminum trim with attractive non-glossy wood trim.

Then again, I appreciate how the A-Spec model adds silver trim to the otherwise plain gauges that surround the instrument cluster info screen.

Stop That

Speaking of silver trim, the RDX features shiny silver trim around the base of the steering wheel and parts of the center console—but I wish it didn't. If I get on the freeway at just the right time, the sun reflects off those trim pieces into my eyes.

While we're nit-picking, I'd like future RDXs to replace the temperature buttons with an up-down rotating dial (like the ones on the steering wheel) or buttons with a nicer material. The quality of the existing buttons is just fine, but they don't feel special and take the tiniest bit of extra time to operate than a dial could.

Don't Be Afraid

As with some higher-trim Hondas, the 2019 and 2020 RDX use a push-button gear system. After thousands of miles behind the wheel, I've become used to it and can actually operate it without looking. For example, I pull back one button for reverse, and then when I'm ready to get into drive, I press the circular button.

So What Do You Think?

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Based on my time in our 2019 RDX A-Spec long-termer as well as what I've seen in other RDXs, I like the Acura's interior. Even if the cargo area's spaciousness and three underfloor storage compartments don't impress, some luxury buyers may like that this crossover's center stack cannot be easily confused for anything else in its class. If you can deal with a less-than-perfect infotainment solution, the RDX definitely justifies its sub-$50,000 price tag.

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