2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition Brings Fall Flavor

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

If you like pumpkin spice, Acura has continued the quest to pumpkin spice all the things with the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition.

Painted in an orange hue that reminds of either pumpkins or the president’s skin tone, this crossover will be built at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center, hence the PMC moniker.

It will be hand-built and have both the A-Spec and Advanced Packages. Only 360 will be built, and they’ll be priced in the low-$50,000 range.

If that color looks familiar, it’s not just because you might have a similarly-colored pumpkin on your porch soon or because you’re watching too many POTUS press briefings – it’s also available on the Acura NSX sports car.

Other exclusive-to-the-PMC features include 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, body-color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and gloss black roof, sideview mirrors, and door handles.

Acura’s SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system is standard.

The stitching inside matches the exterior color. The stitching is on the seat, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats.

The paint process takes five days, and the PMC gets the same inspection as an NSX would before leaving the factory.

[Images: Acura]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Sep 23, 2020

    I'm pleased that Acura is keeping the NSX factory open with these special editions, if only because skilled workers keep jobs. Hey, you could come up with a sportscar that, you know, actually sells....instead we get yet another "special edition" with not a single new HP to be found, a glorius tape-and-stripe job. You can't even remap the ECU for a token 20 hp? Really ? Honda is a fantastic engineering company. Acura is marketing hell, and leads the otherwise excellent Honda down the wrong path. Oh well, they'll probably snag a few "bmw intenders" who can't quite swing the BMW $. Like my hero Snoopy says, "Blech"

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Sep 25, 2020

    That paint just emphasizes how awkwardly shaped the grille and headlights are (the rest is pretty decent).

  • Bkojote Allright, actual person who knows trucks here, the article gets it a bit wrong.First off, the Maverick is not at all comparable to a Tacoma just because they're both Hybrids. Or lemme be blunt, the butch-est non-hybrid Maverick Tremor is suitable for 2/10 difficulty trails, a Trailhunter is for about 5/10 or maybe 6/10, just about the upper end of any stock vehicle you're buying from the factory. Aside from a Sasquatch Bronco or Rubicon Jeep Wrangler you're looking at something you're towing back if you want more capability (or perhaps something you /wish/ you were towing back.)Now, where the real world difference should play out is on the trail, where a lot of low speed crawling usually saps efficiency, especially when loaded to the gills. Real world MPG from a 4Runner is about 12-13mpg, So if this loaded-with-overlander-catalog Trailhunter is still pulling in the 20's - or even 18-19, that's a massive improvement.
  • Lou_BC "That’s expensive for a midsize pickup" All of the "offroad" midsize trucks fall in that 65k USD range. The ZR2 is probably the cheapest ( without Bison option).
  • Lou_BC There are a few in my town. They come out on sunny days. I'd rather spend $29k on a square body Chevy
  • Lou_BC I had a 2010 Ford F150 and 2010 Toyota Sienna. The F150 went through 3 sets of brakes and Sienna 2 sets. Similar mileage and 10 year span.4 sets tires on F150. Truck needed a set of rear shocks and front axle seals. The solenoid in the T-case was replaced under warranty. I replaced a "blend door motor" on heater. Sienna needed a water pump and heater blower both on warranty. One TSB then recall on spare tire cable. Has a limp mode due to an engine sensor failure. At 11 years old I had to replace clutch pack in rear diff F150. My ZR2 diesel at 55,000 km. Needs new tires. Duratrac's worn and chewed up. Needed front end alignment (1st time ever on any truck I've owned).Rear brakes worn out. Left pads were to metal. Chevy rear brakes don't like offroad. Weird "inside out" dents in a few spots rear fenders. Typically GM can't really build an offroad truck issue. They won't warranty. Has fender-well liners. Tore off one rear shock protector. Was cheaper to order from GM warehouse through parts supplier than through Chevy dealer. Lots of squeaks and rattles. Infotainment has crashed a few times. Seat heater modual was on recall. One of those post sale retrofit.Local dealer is horrific. If my son can't service or repair it, I'll drive 120 km to the next town. 1st and last Chevy. Love the drivetrain and suspension. Fit and finish mediocre. Dealer sucks.
  • MaintenanceCosts You expect everything on Amazon and eBay to be fake, but it's a shame to see fake stuff on Summit Racing. Glad they pulled it.