While the RDX might seem at first as just a CRV with fancier looks, it is in fact more than that. Acura worked extensively on the car’s ride quality to make it just as good as that of its German competitors and even though the car can’t really compete with those in terms of raw power, 2016 Acura RDX has been upgraded in order to make its driver happy.
Well, the RDX has received a new update, a mid-life facelift which makes the car a bit better than before. It gives it more power, better fuel economy as well as a better looking interior. That’s not all because Acura tried to improve it as much as possible in order to make people like the car better than before which can be noticed in many details. This really is a facelift, but only a slight so do not expect to see any major changes compared to previous year model.
Even though it uses the same platform as the CRV, the 2016 Acura RDX has been given a new suspension system which is quite different than that of the 2013 model or the CRV. It uses softer shocks and springs that will not allow the car to roll past a certain point. This is also thanks to its lower center of gravity than before which allowed the engineers to make quite a neutral car in terms of balance. Unfortunately, certain features of the older model have been abandoned which could be quite bad but considering that new base model offers more than before we do not mind slight price increase of few hundred dollars. This new model came into showrooms in June of 2015, so it is quite close to release.
On the exterior, the 2016 Acura RDX has been given the now classic Jewel-eye headlights which use individual LEDs in order to light a path. These not only use a lot less power than before but these also can be more precisely controlled. The back also received LED tail lights but unfortunately these aren’t as impressive as the front lights. The rear bumper remained untouched but the front one has been slightly modified with new lines in order to better fit the general design. Another change Acura did are the new wheels on the top end models which are of a unique design.
Inside the car there has been done quite a bit of work in order to make it feel like new once again. There is a new black and silver standard color scheme which we have to say that it looks quite good in contrast with the dashboard. The infotainment system remained the same but there are new options such as Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE connectivity as well as Apple’s new Siri program. While it may not seem like much, in fact there are a lot of safety features such as active lane assist as well as a rear view camera and automatic parking system. All of these should make it safer as well as easier to use every day.
Under the hood of the 2016 Acura RDX there is the same old 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is good for 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and thanks to its cylinder deactivation feature, it isn’t a dreadful option for people looking for decent mileage. In fact, it has been bumped a notch to 20 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway which for a V6 is quite good.
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Unfortunately though, despite the fact that it is one of the better V6 engines in its class, it is also one of the few. Because of this there is quite a big chance for it to get replaced with Honda’s all new 2.0 liter turbocharged unit which could offer even more power but also a lot more torque. This is likely to come as early as 2018, making the RDX a bit more desirable. If this happens expect to see a decent fuel efficiency improvements and even we still do not have any official figures rumors suggest that it could return 23/31 MPG or better and similar performances like V6 unit, but this still needs to be confirmed.