2019 Acura RDX First Drive: Respect Earned

Let’s face it, the outgoing RDX – while respectably priced and one of the most reliable vehicles in its class – doesn’t garner nearly the same amount of respect as some of its German counterparts. That’s because some luxury consumers (and you know who you are) are more concerned with what badge is on the backside of their vehicles than whether or not it’s actually a better product.

But I say, no more – the 2019 RDX finally deserves the same level of respect. It’s easily one of the best products Acura has ever put on the road. Period. And if you think it won’t be able to keep up with BMW and Audi because of archaic misconceptions, you’re dead wrong.

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For one, it looks great. The redesigned RDX is one of the sharpest-looking SUVs on the market – and I mean that both in a literal and metaphorical sense. The exterior is busy but beautiful, particularly in the sporty A-Spec trim. The front fascia stands out with its new corporate diamond pentagon grille, imposing "A" badge (which Acura promises won’t be illuminated anytime soon, thankfully), and optional seven-jewel LED headlights on each side. Though some consumers may not take to its edgy styling, it definitely won’t be mistaken for any of its competitors in a crowded parking lot.

2019 Acura RDX: First Drive

The cabin follows a similarly sharp, sporty th...