By on February 12, 2015


An hour after Honda debuted its new Pilot, the refreshed 2016 Acura RDX took to the ramp at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Much like the Pilot, the RDX gains a nine-speed automatic to direct power to the front or all corners. Said power comes from an updated 3.5-liter V6 generating 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with cylinder deactivation adding 1 mpg on the highway for both FWD and AWD models; the most efficient highway star garners 29 mpg.

Other features on the premium crossover include: LED projector headlamps; AcuraWatch safety system; heated front seats; remote start; front/rear parking sensors; and second-row air vents. The 2016 Acura RDX is due in showrooms this spring, hoping to continue where the crossover left off in 2014, when 45,000 units took to the highways of the United States.

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22 Comments on “Chicago 2015: 2016 Acura RDX Debuts...”

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Seems like almost every new Acura omits some basic thing that is then added later as a “feature” to the updated model. In my 2004 TSX, it was a power passenger seat, XM radio, and bluetooth. In my wife’s 2015 RDX, it’s rear air vents.

    Oh well, none of the rest of that stuff is something she desperately wanted anyways; if there was a heated steering wheel she was threatening to trade in her 2500-mile purchased-in-Dec example for the new one. That woulda been cheap.

    • 0 avatar

      Fair enough, but on the other hand, I’ve always respected Acura’s well equipped, straightforward trim tiers as opposed to nickle and dime optioning or annoying option packages with lots of things you don’t want just to get a few things you do.

    • 0 avatar

      Still have my 04 TSX and totally agree with you… that said, we’re in the market for small/midsize CUV and naturally the RDX is in consideration but…

      Even with this “mid-model refresh” it’s a tough comparison with the Hyundai SFS 2.0T given the difference in price and features.

      For example, the RDX still doesn’t offer 60-40-60 split folding seats, no rear seat heater, no rear side window shades and no pano-sunroof.

      While the SFS always had rear air vents, heated steering wheel, a less confusing entertainment/Navi display, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, more room, longer warranty, etc. for considerably less $$. It may not be an apples to apples comparison but is tough not to consider the Hyundai.

      I love Honda and Acura but seems like they still take too long to get things right. What’s the old adage, there’s never enough time to do it right but always enough time to do it over…

  • avatar

    C’mon Subaru. Change things up a little. Sheesh.


  • avatar

    I have to admit although I’m not a fan of this particular model, Acura as in a decent job updated RDX. I still wouldn’t buy one I’m more of a MDX fan but this is not too bad.

  • avatar

    I thought this and the crosstour were getting cancelled?

  • avatar

    Still no SH-AWD means still no sale. I think this would be my wife’s favorite replacement for our Forester, but I won’t buy a CUV without an AWD system that’s actually useful in bad weather.

  • avatar

    I can’t figure out if this has the new 9-speed or not. Half the posts out there mention it, the others do not. The press release is not clear. The pics show a transmission lever, not the push buttons they use everywhere else. I’m thinking this means the current 6-speed carries over…I think.

    • 0 avatar

      It does have the new 9 along with the revised SuperAWD…or whatever they call it
      Wellif not close.
      From AutoBlog:
      Acura’s engineers turned their attention to the RDX’s powertrain for some tweaks, as well. The crossover now benefits from a nine-speed automatic gearbox to replace the previous six-speed.
      Here, straight from the Honds release:
      the RDX’s all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, I saw the AB article, but its not mentioned in the press release, and the photos don’t show the push button selector that the TLX, MDX and 16 Pilot have. I now see a comment on that AB post pointing out the same thing. I still think its the 6-speed and AB got it wrong. I actually think the 6AT is fine, just wondering what the real story is.

        • 0 avatar

          well…it is written in other stories as well.

      • 0 avatar

        Looks like it gets the 9-speed but not SH-AWD. The ‘Intelligent Control’ is not the same system as the RLX/TLX/MDX get (for whatever reason), it is what the CR-V gets. And it is crap. Total crap.

        But yes, to answer the question, yes to the 9-speed no to SH-AWD.

  • avatar

    Not having any firm feel for the next Edge or Lincolns…this along with the CX60 are my fav small UTEs.

  • avatar

    Are those fog light housings taken from the new ILX (and the Civic Si)? They look like pincers that belong more on the Predator in the movies. Acura also put the pincers on the back bumper too. Not a fan.

  • avatar

    I like it, especially the interior. But damn…everything is really starting to look the same!

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