2022 Acura RDX: Taking After the Older Sibling

2022 acura rdx taking after the older sibling

The 2022 Acura RDX is restyled, gaining new duds that are meant to ape the larger MDX.

A special-edition model is part of the offering for this year, too.

Other new goodies include an A-Spec Package that’s available with the Advance Package, a system that actively cancels out road noise, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in Amazon Alex, wireless cell-phone charger, interior lighting that’s offered in 27 color combinations, a Long Beach Blue Pearl paint color, an updated drive-mode system, different tuning for the available adaptive dampers that is meant to make Sport mode sportier and Comfort mode more comfortable, and additions to the AcuraWatch suite of driver-aid tech. A-Specs get a flat-bottom steering wheel.

The special edition is a PMC Edition, and it has the Long Beach Blue Pearl paint, which comes from the NSX Type S, and a unique interior. Just 200 will be built.

The refresh includes a larger air intake that is meant to look like the MDXs and chrome trim for the available LED fog lamps. The rear fascia is redone, with cutouts for rectangular dual-exhaust finishers on most models — the A-Spec gets round exhaust finishers in gloss black.

A-Specs also get a unique grille and grille surround, and gloss-black trim accents. The rear fascia is also unique.

Wheels are either 19- or 20-inches. In addition to the Active Sound Control system, other noise-mitigation efforts include a new front fender liner, thicker carpeted padding with the Technology Package, and more sound-deadening insulation in different parts of the vehicle, along with acoustic glass.

Pedestrian automatic-emergency braking above 6 mph is added to the collision-mitigation braking system. Blind-spot information is now standard and it has a lane-change assist feature.

The engine remains a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 272 horsepower and mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and Acura’s SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system remains available.

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  • Farhad Farhad on Sep 21, 2021

    "interior lighting that’s offered in 27 color combinations" what is it; a disco? Sad that people care and pay for that type of garbage these days.

  • Redapple Redapple on Sep 22, 2021

    ITS NOW 18 HOURS AFTER posting this from TTAC. Only 4 comments. On A new HONDA SUV. HUM. Honda is joining postings on BEV and autonomous driving in lack of comments. Nobody cares.

    • Dave M. Dave M. on Sep 22, 2021

      Meh. It's not new...just some gingerbread added. On one hand, I've felt sorry for auto reporters these past 18 months, with minimal contact and introductions. On the other, it seems many sites (including TTAC) are really stretching for content. Of course, maybe we've all burned out for all sorts of reasons....

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.