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5 Things To Like About The 2016 Acura RDX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/12/2015 Megan Stewart
5 Things To Like About The 2016 Acura RDX

Earlier today the 2016 Acura RDX made its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, with significant changes to the styling, driving dynamics, and luxury content. And while Acura’s presentation may have focused more heavily on other models in the lineup, we were able to pick out five key points that we feel will make the new RDX a success.

1. The styling changes. At first glance, the new 2016 RDX looks like a smaller MDX, with the same front end and character lines. Acura has added more of the brand's DNA into this model, like new Jewel Eye projector headlights, to have a better sense of continuity through the entire Acura lineup. And while we like the fact that the RDX looks more like an Acura and less like an upscale Honda CR-V, we can't help but wish there were a few external elements -- aside from the size -- that separate it from the MDX.

2. The interior also receives a breath of fresh air in the form high-contrast silver and black trim. This two-toned color scheme gives the RDX a more luxurious feel, further separating it from previous models. Acura also added new second-row air conditioning vents. A power liftgate also comes on all 2016 Acura RDX models. Models with the Technology Package will also get an 8-way power front passenger seat, dual-screen infotainment system, HD radio, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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3. For the 2016 model year, Acura has added a new, line-topping model, the RDX with Advance Package. This new model will add rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and more. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition is optional on this new model. Acura Watch, the brand's advanced safety and driver assist system is also available on the 2016 RDX.

4. Acura has added a new engine on the 2016 RDX, a 3.5-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management, the brand's version of cylinder deactivation technology. Both horsepower and torque have increased, along with fuel economy. But a new engine isn't the only thing Acura tweaked on the 2016 RDX. The new model will feature active front and rear engine mounts, an updated steering control system, and suspension mount stiffness. The AWD with Intelligent Control system has also been tuned for greater torque bias, improving on stability and performance in all weather conditions.

5. Last but not least, safety seems to have been a key element going into the new 2016 Acura RDX. With additions to the AcuraWatch system, the automaker believes that the new RDX will earn top scores in government crash tests, along with a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. New safety features include pedestrian sensing, enhanced collision performance, and changes to the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.

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