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Old 05-02-2019, 11:15 AM
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FWIW -- per my dealership the only thing different is the new Platinum White color. Also mentioned Android Auto is not shipping with the '20s but that both '19s and '20s will get an OTA update for that "soon."

Yeah, if that's the only difference, I'm glad I didn't sit around for months and months waiting for the '20s and instead have been enjoying the car this whole time.
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Even the "Android Auto is coming soon" from the 2019 models carried over for 2020.
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Over the years, I've found several, unadvertised year-to-year changes on various models that are eventually discovered over time.

Example - 2019 Ridgeline: Honda advertised that a second USB port was added to lower trims while a sunroof and sliding rear window were added to middle trims. They didn't advertise that the USB ports also gained new graphics making them easier to find, the fuel filler door received a dust/water cover, a second horn was added, and an additional prompt for the menu key was added to the infotainment system.

While there may not be any advertised or obvious changes to the 2020 RDX, there's a strong chance there have been corrections/improvements made to things we can't see. It's often not in a manufacturer's best interest to advertise some improvements because it can draw attention to a potential problem that may not have been known if they hadn't said anything about it.
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Originally Posted by zroger73 View Post
Over the years, I've found several, unadvertised year-to-year changes on various models that are eventually discovered over time.

Example - 2019 Ridgeline: Honda advertised that a second USB port was added to lower trims while a sunroof and sliding rear window were added to middle trims. They didn't advertise that the USB ports also gained new graphics making them easier to find, the fuel filler door received a dust/water cover, a second horn was added, and an additional prompt for the menu key was added to the infotainment system.

While there may not be any advertised or obvious changes to the 2020 RDX, there's a strong chance there have been corrections/improvements made to things we can't see. It's often not in a manufacturer's best interest to advertise some improvements because it can draw attention to a potential problem that may not have been known if they hadn't said anything about it.
I also could name some. Over the years, (a few times) we have owned two consecutive years of "same trim, same model" vehicles, and noticed small, but unadvertised changes, some for the better, and some obvious cost cutting.
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Originally Posted by zroger73 View Post
Over the years, I've found several, unadvertised year-to-year changes on various models that are eventually discovered over time.

Example - 2019 Ridgeline: Honda advertised that a second USB port was added to lower trims while a sunroof and sliding rear window were added to middle trims. They didn't advertise that the USB ports also gained new graphics making them easier to find, the fuel filler door received a dust/water cover, a second horn was added, and an additional prompt for the menu key was added to the infotainment system.

While there may not be any advertised or obvious changes to the 2020 RDX, there's a strong chance there have been corrections/improvements made to things we can't see. It's often not in a manufacturer's best interest to advertise some improvements because it can draw attention to a potential problem that may not have been known if they hadn't said anything about it.
Were those (not so secret just not so advertised) easter eggs in the new MY manual?
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I get why Acura released the 2019 RDX in June last year, to get the new model out asap and ahead of the normal fall release of new model year vehicles, but why release the 2020, with almost no change other than a paint color, in May already? Just to push through a price increase? At this rate, we can expect the 2021 models out by December 2019.
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Originally Posted by birdonamission View Post
Were those (not so secret just not so advertised) easter eggs in the new MY manual?
No, they weren't.

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I get why Acura released the 2019 RDX in June last year, to get the new model out asap and ahead of the normal fall release of new model year vehicles, but why release the 2020, with almost no change other than a paint color, in May already? Just to push through a price increase? At this rate, we can expect the 2021 models out by December 2019.
I've seen Honda (quietly) increase vehicle and/or destination charges between model years, so a new model year isn't a prerequisite to change pricing.

The next model year of a vehicle can't go on sale before January 1 of the current year, so the earliest a 2021 could go on sale would be January 1, 2020. The earliest I can remember the next year model going on sale is March, which happened for both the 2006 and 2019 Ridgelines. I've also seen them vary late - the 2018 Pilot didn't go on sale until December 5, 2017. The 2017 Civic Si and Type R didn't go on sale until May and June of 2017, respectively, but those were new trims.
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No, they weren't.



I've seen Honda (quietly) increase vehicle and/or destination charges between model years, so a new model year isn't a prerequisite to change pricing.
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There was a $100 increase on 2019 RDXs arriving at dealers in late Jan, 2019. In fact, just before I bought mine on Jan 22, I was looking at local inventory, and a new arrival that appeared to be equipped exactly as the one I ended up buying had an MSRP of $100 more. (MSRP on my 2019 Advance FWD was $46.395, now $46,495)
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Regardless, this is common practice among auto makers. The $200 increase on 2020s amounts to 1/2 of 1 percent on base models, and an even less percentage on top end trims. $200/$38,595 = .00518 (0.518% about 1/2 of a penny on a dollar) which is lower than the current inflation rate. "The current inflation rate for the United States is 1.9% for the 12 months ended March 2019, as published on April 10, 2019 by the U.S. Labor Department."

I personally wouldn't call this "obnoxious".
Ah, good old inflation. wish it was that simple. No price increase on TLX 2020 from 2019. MSRP 33k based. They are just taking advantage of their hottest selling cars.
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Maybe they're trying to recoup the costs of all the warranty work they had to absorb on the '19's. :rimshot:
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Ok maybe I am a hypocrite and sounded obnoxious myself as I looked like I expected no increase in price year over year...

That's not the case. Usually price increases are justified with increase in features or trims or material or change of some kind. Then they put their margin over the increase in manufacturing or material cost.

Using RDX as an example,. If they had thrown in remote start as default and the cost of the parts is $100, slap a 100% markup on that and increase base price by $200.

That is absolutely acceptable and usually what manufacturer do to justify their increase while making few dollar more.
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Maybe they're trying to recoup the costs of all the warranty work they had to absorb on the '19's. :rimshot:
I think you nailed it
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Using RDX as an example,. If they had thrown in remote start as default and the cost of the parts is $100, slap a 100% markup on that and increase base price by $200.
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I think it's nuts not to install that module at the factory, in every single vehicle, for the nominal cost. Then, the same profit margin they make now can be made on just selling and programming the remotes, without having to rip customers' cars apart. How many more owners, who balk at the $700 cost, would not bat an eye at $300-400 for remotes and programming?
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Old school car company never learns. Like Tesla, they will install the same battery capacity regardless of the range model you order. Saves customerized orders and parts. Customers can always pay more upgrades later on and all it takes is a software switch.

But there are other factors at play here. Acura doesn't sell cars directly to you, the dealer does. The dealership might want more dealer installed options to make money. They are the ones that orders the cars and gets to demand the options.
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Over the years, I've found several, unadvertised year-to-year changes on various models that are eventually discovered over time.
THIS is what I would really love to know. Please Acura, give your true nerd fans what they seek.
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Acura finally has their webpage updated to reflect the 2020 model year!
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Android auto is listed in the 2030 owners manual with instructions. Dont worry, Its coming.
Fixed your typo for you
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Playing around with the 2020 builder, the $400 premium paint options are no longer shown. Espresso replaces parchment with black.

Not sure if the premium paint options need to be added to the configurator or if they went away for 2020.
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Platinum White Pearl replaces White Diamond Pearl!!
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oh I see how they came up with $200 base increase. They simply removed the premium paint up charge of $400 for some color and applied $200 increase to every color.

So if you ordered the Majestic Black Pearl, you are actually getting a discount!

Assuming nothing else changes.... way to go Acura!
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Platinum White Pearl replaces White Diamond Pearl!!
thats upsetting!
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WTF? WDP has been a flagship Acura color for like 20 years now!



What is still available in WDP?
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WTF? WDP has been a flagship Acura color for like 20 years now!



What is still available in WDP?
Lol right?! It's been around for ages and ages!
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Now, I wonder what the difference is in the colors. I wouldn't think it's the same color just re-named for "marketing purposes". Maybe a reformulation and improvement? How does WDP hold up to UV and oxidation over time?

I'm not a long-time Acura aficionado, but while shopping for my RDX I spoke to a few Acura fanboys whom I know and I learned that WDP has been one of their most popular colors for years. I'm told it used to be a premium color and it was so popular they made it standard.
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WTF? WDP has been a flagship Acura color for like 20 years now!



What is still available in WDP?
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Lol right?! It's been around for ages and ages!
Yeah and the new RDX doesn't have tape player in it either, lol.

Hopefully the new white looks better than the outgoing on.
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I was thinking about you earlier, curious....
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PWP vs WDP

I'm still scouring the web for a side by side comparison in the RDX. It sounds like most people prefer the WDP, but I prefer a cleaner white. I just hopped into a 10 WDP RDX a couple of months ago.
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