Acura RDX re­fines ride and han­dling, fea­tures lux­u­ri­ous tech­nolo­gies

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The sig­nif­i­cantly re­freshed 2016 RDX once again ups the ante with an even more pow­er­ful and fuel-ef­fi­cient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 en­gine, ad­di­tional ride and han­dling re­fine­ments, an ex­panded list of avail­able Acu­raWatch safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies, restyled ex­te­rior and in­te­rior el­e­ments, and a fur­ther ex­panded com­pli­ment of lux­ury fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Acura’s sig­na­ture Jewel Eye LED pro­jec­tor head­lamps and LED tail­lights.

In­side, the 2016 RDX gets a fresh­ened look with high-con­trast sil­ver and black trim plus sig­nif­i­cant up­grades to stan­dard lux­ury fea­tures, in­clud­ing heated front seats, sec­ond-row air con­di­tion­ing vents, a power tail­gate and Multi-View Rearview Cam­era. The 2016 RDX with Tech­nol­ogy Pack­age re­ceives nu­mer­ous ad­di­tional up­grades, in­clud­ing an 8-way power-op­er­ated front pas­sen­ger seat (pre­vi­ously 4-way power), Acura’s dual-screen On-De­mand Multi-In­for­ma­tion Dis­play (ODMD), HD Ra­dio Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion (BSI), Rear Cross Traf­fic Mon­i­tor, and Multi-View rearview cam­era with dy­namic guide­lines.

In ad­di­tion to the welle­quipped base RDX and up­graded RDX with Tech­nol­ogy Pack­age, the 2016 RDX reaches higher into the pre­mium end of the lux­ury SUV mar­ket with an all-new, line-top­ping Ad­vance Pack­age. The 2016 RDX with Ad­vance Pack­age fea­tures a grade-ex­clu­sive ma­chined al­loy wheel with grey painted in­serts along with a host of added lux­ury fea­tures, in­clud­ing rain-sens­ing wipers, front fog lights, re­mote en­gine start, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, ven­ti­lated front seats, and an auto-dim­ming driver’s side mir­ror, along with stan­dard Acu­raWatch safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies.

While of­fered as stan­dard equip­ment on the new Ad­vance Pack­age, all 2016 RDX mod­els can now be equipped with the Acu­raWatch suite of tech­nolo­gies that in­cludes Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion Brak­ing Sys­tem and For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing, Lane Keep­ing As­sist and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing. In ad­di­tion to avail­able Acu­raWatch, the 2016 RDX of­fers en­hanced crash safety de­sign with nu­mer­ous changes to its Ad­vanced Com­pat­i­bil­ity En­gi­neer­ing (ACE) body struc­ture that fur­ther im­prove frontal col­li­sion per­for­mance. The 2016 RDX re­ceived top-in­class safety rat­ings — a 5-Star Over­all Ve­hi­cle Score from the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA), while tar­get­ing a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rat­ing from the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS).

All 2016 RDX mod­els with Acu­raWatch, which in­cludes all Ad­vance Pack­age mod­els, also get a new 4.2-inch, full-color TFT Multi-In­for­ma­tion Dis­play with ex­panded, cus­tom­iz­a­ble in­for­ma­tion read­outs such as av­er­age ve­hi­cle speed, fuel econ­omy, fuel range, tire pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem (TMPS) and turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion prompts (when equipped with nav­i­ga­tion).

En­gine and pow­er­train

The 2016 RDX gets a sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance boost in per­for­mance, fuel ef­fi­ciency and re­fine­ment cour­tesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 en­gine with a new gen­er­a­tion of Vari­able Cylin­der Man­age­ment (VCM). Peak out­put of 279 horse­power at 6,200 (ver­sus 273hp at 6,200 rpm in the 2015 model) is up six horse­power, while peak torque of 252lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm (ver­sus 251lb.-ft. at 5,100 rpm in the 2015 model) is up one lb.-ft. More im­por­tantly, the en­gine boasts a broader torque curve for more im­me­di­ate and pow­er­ful ac­cel­er­a­tion re­sponse across the en­gine’s full op­er­at­ing range.

A new Vari­able Cylin­der Man­age­ment cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion sys­tem al­lows for de­ac­ti­va­tion of three of the en­gine’s six cylin­ders un­der light en­gine loads, help­ing the more pow­er­ful 2016 RDX re­ceive in­creased EPA high­way fu- el-econ­omy rat­ings, ris­ing one mpg on the high­way ris­ing to 19/28 mpg (city/ high­way) for AWD mod­els (19/27mpg on 2015 mod­els) and 20/29mpg for FWD mod­els (20/28 on 2015 mod­els). As ex­pected, the 2016 RDX com­plies with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emis­sions stan­dards.

Driv­ing re­fine­ment in the 2016 RDX is fur­ther en­hanced by new ac­tive front and rear en­gine mounts, up­dates to the steer­ing con­trol sys­tem and in­creased sus­pen­sion mount stiff­ness. Ad­di­tion­ally, the 2016 RDX’s avail­able all-wheeldrive sys­tem — AWD with In­tel­li­gent Con­trol — has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to fur­ther en­hance dy­namic sta­bil­ity and all-weather per­for­mance.

Body and chas­sis

Com­pared to the 2015 model, the 2016 RDX ben­e­fits from key el­e­ments of Acura de­sign DNA, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of Acura’s sig­na­ture Jewel Eye LED head­lights and LED tail­lights with light-pipe de­sign on all mod­els; a new three-di­men­sional grille treat­ment; and more sporting and ag­gres­sive lower front and rear bumper fas­ciae. All mod­els also re­ceive new al­loy wheel de­signs.

The RDX uti­lizes high-strength steel for 56-per­cent of the body construction, which not only pro­vides in­creased strength at a lower weight, but gen­er­ates a stiffer body for im­proved per­for­mance and re­duced NVH. For 2016, the front body struc­ture stiff­ness has been in­creased to im­prove safety and dy­namic per­for­mance, as well as NVH.

The RDX rides on 4-wheel in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion with a MacPher­son strut de­sign in front and a mul­ti­link de­sign in back. Am­pli­tude Re­ac­tive Dampers at all four cor­ners and mo­tion adap­tive elec­tronic power steer­ing sys­tem fur­ther aid sporty han­dling and re­fined driv­ing per­for­mance. Im­prove­ments for 2016 in­clude stiffer up­per sus­pen­sion mounts and en­gine mounts, plus re­fine­ments in sus­pen­sion tun­ing for bet­ter ride/han­dling bal­ance.

All RDX mod­els ex­cept the new Ad­vance grade fea­ture newly de­signed split 5-spoke 18-inch al­loy wheels. The new RDX Ad­vance gets a grade-ex­clu­sive ma­chined 18-inch alu­minum al­loy wheel with painted grey in­serts. All RDX mod­els have 4-wheel disc brakes that in­clude an Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) with Elec­tronic Brake Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) and Brake As­sist. Not only do the brakes pro­vide bet­ter per­for­mance, but they also in­cor­po­rate im­prove­ments to re­duce brake drag — which re­duces rolling re­sis­tance and im­proves fuel ef­fi­ciency.


For 2013, the RDX re­ceived a com­pletely new in­te­rior with more of what cus­tomers want: more legroom and shoul­der room for both front and rear oc­cu­pants, more cargo room and a sig­nif­i­cantly wider rear hatch open­ing. In ad­di­tion, more in­su­la­tion and a new Ac­tive Noise Con­trol sys­tem con­trib­ute to a qui­eter cabin. The 2016 RDX adds fur­ther lux­ury re­fine­ment with its new high-con­trast sil­ver and black trim plus sig­nif­i­cant up­grades to both stan­dard and avail­able lux­ury fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing stan­dard heated front seats, new sec­ond-row air con­di­tion­ing vents and a now stan­dard power-op­er­ated tail­gate with re­mote ac­ti­va­tion.

As be­fore, the 2016 RDX com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dates five pas­sen­gers. In front, its “dual per­sonal” cock­pit de­sign caters to the driver and front pas­sen­ger, cre­at­ing a per­sonal and ac­com­mo­dat­ing space for each. Its avail­able leather seat­ing sur­faces (leatherette in base mod­els) and er­gonom­i­cally de­signed seat con­tours pro­vide am­ple sup­port dur­ing spir­ited drives or long road trips. The power ac­tu­ated driver seat is 10-way ad­justable for a cus­tom fit. For the driver, there is a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, LED back-

lit gauges with pro­gres­sive il­lu­mi­na­tion and a Multi-In­for­ma­tion Dis­play (MID) that al­lows ac­cess to mul­ti­ple elec­tronic func­tions.

The new Ad­vance pack­age as well as all base and Tech­nol­ogy Pack­age mod­els equipped with Acu­raWatch fea­ture a new 4.2-inch, full-color TFT Multi-In­for­ma­tion Dis­play with ex­panded, cus­tom­iz­a­ble in­for­ma­tion read­outs such as av­er­age ve­hi­cle speed, fuel econ­omy, fuel range, tire pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem (TMPS) and turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion prompts (when equipped with nav­i­ga­tion, stan­dard on Tech­nol­ogy and Ad­vance pack­ages).

Among the ad­vanced elec­tronic tech­nolo­gies in the 2016 RDX is a 360-watt au­dio sys­tem with seven speak­ers, a CD player, AM/FM ra­dio, XM® Ra­dio with Note func­tion, Blue­tooth Au­dio, USB port and AUX jack con­nec­tiv­ity, and Speed Volume Con­trol.

The trans­forma­bil­ity of the RDX for pas­sen­ger and cargo haul­ing has been thought­fully ad­dressed. Ex­em­plary com­fort, in­te­rior roomi­ness and cargo car­ry­ing were high pri­or­i­ties for RDX de­sign­ers. With “one touch” ac­ti­va­tion of the 60/40 split-fold­ing rear seat­backs, the rear cargo area (with rear seat­backs folded down) of­fers 76.9 cu­bic feet of stor­age. In­te­rior stor­age com­part­ments in­clude a large cen­ter con­sole be­tween the front seats and there are nu­mer­ous other stor­age pock­ets and cubby spa­ces through­out the RDX. The 2016 RDX has a to­tal EPA pas­sen­ger volume of 103.5 cu­bic feet.

Tech­nol­ogy pack­age

With the tech­nol­ogy pack­age, a host of driver rel­e­vant fea­tures are added, in­clud­ing Acu­raLink Satel­lite Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tem, Acura Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem with Voice Recog­ni­tion and Acu­raLink Real-Time Traf­fic with Traf­fic Rerout­ing. Ad­di­tional new stan­dard fea­tures for 2016 in­clude a new 8-way ad­justable power pas­sen­ger’s front seat, Acura’s in­tu­itive dual-screen On-De­mand Multi-In­for­ma­tion Dis­play (ODMD), HD Ra­dio, blind spot in­for­ma­tion (BSI), Rear Cross Traf­fic Mon­i­tor, and Multi-view Rear Cam­era with dy­namic guide­lines.

The nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem also makes use of a new 8-inch W-VGA color screen (with four times bet­ter res­o­lu­tion than the pre­vi­ous screen) that is also used for a new rear view cam­era sys­tem.

The RDX with tech­nol­ogy pack­age also in­cludes an up­graded au­dio sys­tem: Acura/ELS Sur­round 10-speaker, 410-watt pre­mium au­dio sys­tem with CD, DTS, AM/FM ra­dio, XM Ra­dio and Blue­tooth Au­dio. Also part of the tech­nol­ogy pack­age is a GPS-linked, so­lar-sens­ing, dual-zone au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol sys­tem. In to­tal, th­ese tech­nolo­gies put the RDX at the cut­ting edge of the En­try Pre­mium SUV seg­ment.

Ad­vance pack­age

A new line-top­ping ad­vance pack­age for the 2016 RDX de­liv­ers even higher lev­els of lux­ury com­fort, con­ve­nience and tech­nol­ogy, adding rain-sens­ing wipers, front fog lights, re­mote en­gine start, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, ven­ti­lated front seats, an auto-dim­ming driver’s side mir­ror and Acu­raWatch as stan­dard equip­ment.


The pur­suit of out­stand­ing safety per­for­mance is a crit­i­cal el­e­ment de­signed into ev­ery Acura built. This fo­cus on safety per­for­mance not only ex­tends to the driver and pas­sen­gers of the RDX, but also to the safety of oc­cu­pants of other ve­hi­cles as well as the in­jury mit­i­ga­tion to pedes­tri­ans.

For Acura, equally important is ad­dress­ing both ac­tive and pas­sive safety. Ac­tive safety fea­tures can help the driver avoid a col- li­sion or mit­i­gate its sever­ity, and the RDX in­cludes nu­mer­ous stan­dard ac­tive safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing the en­hanced vis­i­bil­ity of the Multi-View Rear Cam­era and Ex­panded View driver’s mir­ror, along with stan­dard Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity As­sist (VSA) with trac­tion con­trol and 4-wheel anti-lock disk brakes with Brake As­sist that en­hance ve­hi­cle con­trol.

For 2016, the RDX adopts the Acu­raWatch suite of ad­vanced safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies that were first in­tro­duced on the 2015 Acura TLX. Acu­raWatch is avail­able as a stand­alone op­tion on the base RDX and RDX with Tech­nol­ogy Pack­age and as stan­dard equip­ment on the new RDX with Ad­vance Pack­age. Acu­raWatch tech­nolo­gies are as fol­lows:

• Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC)

• Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion Brak­ing Sys­tem (CMBS)

• For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing (FCW)

• Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing (LDW)

• Lane Keep­ing As­sist Sys­tem (LKAS)

The 2016 RDX with Tech­nol­ogy or Ad­vance pack­ages adds blind spot in­for­ma­tion and Rear Cross Traf­fic Mon­i­tor, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the driver’s sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

In the event of a col­li­sion, the RDX’s ad­vanced, energy-ab­sorb­ing body struc­ture, sup­ple­men­tal re­straint sys­tems (seat­belts and airbags) and strate­gi­cally de­signed in­te­rior com­po­nents are all de­signed to mit­i­gate in­jury.

The RDX uti­lizes Acura’s ac­claimed Ad­vanced Com­pat­i­bil­ity En­gi­neer­ing (ACE) body struc­ture — a net­work of con­nected struc­tural el­e­ments to help dis­trib­ute and di­rect crash energy in a range of fron- tal col­li­sion sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing off­set and oblique im­pacts. This en­hanced frontal crash energy man­age­ment helps to re­duce the forces trans­ferred to the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment and can help to more evenly dis­perse the forces trans­ferred to other ve­hi­cles in a crash.

The 2016 RDX fea­tures ad­di­tional en­gi­neer­ing changes to the front body struc­ture that fur­ther im­prove frontal col­li­sion per­for­mance, in­clud­ing im­proved per­for­mance in the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety’s (IIHS) strin­gent 40-mph small over­lap front col­li­sion test. To ad­dress the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s FMVSS 216 stan­dard for roof crush re­sis­tance, the RDX body also in­cor­po­rates struc­tural en­hance­ments in the roof and side pil­lar ar­eas. As a re­sult, top gov­ern­men­tal (NHTSA) and IIHS test rat- ings are ex­pected.

While ACE is a struc­tural foun­da­tion for the RDX’s safety per­for­mance, its ar­ray of in­dus­try-lead­ing pas­sive safety tech­nolo­gies is equally important. The list be­gins with six airbags in­clud­ing dual-stage, mul­ti­ple-thresh­old front airbags (SRS), dual-cham­ber front seat side airbags, and side cur­tain airbags for the front and out­board rear seat­ing po­si­tions.

Safety fea­tures con­tinue with 3-point seat­belts for all seat­ing po­si­tions, while the driver and front pas­sen­ger have front seat­belts with an au­to­matic ten­sion­ing sys­tem with load lim­iters. The RDX of­fers head re­straints for all seat­ing po­si­tions. The rear seat fea­tures Lower An­chors and Tethers for CHil­dren (LATCH), which per­mits easy at­tach­ment of up to two child seats in the out­board seat­ing po­si­tions.

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