2019 Acura RDX A Spec Sportifies A Top Seller

With so many compact crossovers in America’s best-selling segment, it’s hard to stand out without looking like the guy in the ruffled tux at the high school dance. Fortunately, with the 2019 RDX, Acura proves the difference is in the details.

Designed and engineered in America, the third-generation 2019 Acura RDX features a new platform that is taller, wider and longer — more American. It looks good, especially in the tester’s A Spec trim, which is the first Acura crossover to get the sporty trim. The second highest trim bumps the price to $45,500, which is cheaper than the Germans, Volvo and Cadillac and on a par with Lexus and Infiniti. A-Spec has 20-inch wheels (19-inch is standard) with wider, lower profile tires for a more muscular profile and slightly tighter ride. Acura’s diamond pentagon grille, which appears to get bigger as it flows from the badge, appears to be in motion; flanked by jewel-eyed headlights, which are seven LEDs stitched horizontally, the fascia seems to be squinting from speed.

Despite ditching the V-6 for the 2-liter turbo four-cylinder like Honda did with the Accord, Acura claims the RDX to be the quickest version yet. The V-6 made 279 horsepower to the turbo four’s 272, but torque is up 28 pound-feet to 280 pound-feet. The extra torque enables it to tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/new/sc-auto-review-2019-acura-rdx-20180718-story.html

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