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Old 05-14-2018, 07:18 AM
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The latest reviews from the press (Autoblog, Forbes, and Wired), specifically on the True Touchpad Interface and HUD. Generally very positive reviews from the writers, with a couple of minor quibbles

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/05/14/...t-impressions/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kbrauer.../#7a9401fc29f4

https://www.wired.com/story/acura-rd...ent-interface/
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Latest review from Cars.com focuses on the True Touchpad Interface and ease of use. Will be interesting to see how CarPlay and Android Auto integrate into the system.

https://www.cars.com/articles/hands-...1420699989615/
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Originally Posted by r1ckster View Post
Latest review from Cars.com focuses on the True Touchpad Interface and ease of use. Will be interesting to see how CarPlay and Android Auto integrate into the system.

https://www.cars.com/articles/hands-...1420699989615/
Good review other than the headline writer needing a thesaurus -- not sure why the headline says the brand-new True Touchpad Interface is "controversial," which connotes divided opinion among the masses -- it's too new to generate any type of controversy, especially since it's basically the first of its kind. If anything, Acura's new and innovative 1:1 touchpad-to-display screen interactivity has generated interest and intrigue (not controversy) because it's a welcome change from the usual laptop-like mouse/cursor implementation of a touchpad interface (ex. Lexus).

Even the article writer (Wong) didn't fully understand how it worked to even have a real opinion until he spent time using it out in the wild, which very few people have at this point. Plus, he had the whole of one hour using it -- enough to write an overall good review, evidently, though...lol.
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Theosaurus meas ‘god lizard’ in the Ancient Greek.

why would the headline writer need a dinosaur named ‘theosaurus’, which was a cousin of the allosaurus and the tyrannosaurus?

I don’t get it.
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Theosaurus meas ‘god lizard’ in the Ancient Greek.

why would the headline writer need a dinosaur named ‘theosaurus’, which was a cousin of the allosaurus and the tyrannosaurus?

I don’t get it.
Good one, Madd Dog...well played.
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Thanks for sharing but as I mentioned before this is getting ridiculous. The car is coming out in the next 30 days (let's say) and not even one single professional review. People won't just lineup and buy the car. We need to know about the car a bit more before ditching $50K.
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Love the headrests in that car. And the ability to lower the back seats from the trunk is an underrated feature. Beautiful car.
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Love my car and have no issues with my two middle screens....but this new RDX is one fetching vehicle, with both inner and outer beauty.
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2019 Infiniti QX50's review came out about 3 months ago....what's stopping Acura to release 2019 Acura RDX's reviews? Don't you think at this point there is some kind of issue? This is simply not the norm, unless I am wrong. anyone knows?

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What Has Improved in the 2019 Acura RDX? These are the Top 10 Features [Video]




We saw the prototype in Detroit and the production model in New York. Now, it’s time to try out the 2019 Acura RDX in the real world. All new for this model year, the RDX gets the updates it badly needed to bring it up to date with the rest of its competition. That competition is fierce as well, as the compact luxury crossover market houses some of the most powerful names in the business. Volvo, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti – everyone’s here.



For the 2019 Acura RDX to successfully fight the headwinds it inevitably faces in such a hotly contested market, it doesn’t just have to look different. It has to drive and feel different as well. So does it? Here are our Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the all-new Acura RDX.


10) More Power and More Torque: 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft

Power comes from a 2.0-liter VTEC engine, and it makes nearly as much power as the current RDX’s 3.5-liter V6. On the new model, there’s 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque on tap, which is plenty to shift this compact luxury crossover along nicely.




9) 10-speed automatic transmission (first in the segment)

Not only does the RDX get a new engine, but it also gets a new transmission. The 2019 Acura RDX will downshift from 10th to 6th gear on the fly when you need to overtake. 1st gear is also 15% lower than before for quick acceleration, and 10th gear is 7% higher for improved fuel economy.

8) Super-Handing All-Wheel Drive

The Acura RDX has the brand’s emphatically-named Super Handling All-Wheel Drive as well. It can actually move 70% of the power to the rear wheels. Then, on top of that, it can shift all of that power to either the left rear wheel or the right rear wheel, depending on which has traction. Instead of braking the inner wheel to improve traction in the corners, this system actually moves the power to the outside to push the outer wheel through the corner for true torque vectoring.

7) New chassis

The 2019 Acura RDX has a better suspension setup than before, all in pursuit of better handling. This time, the car has five-link rear suspension, as well as adaptive damping on the front and rear. There’s also multiple drive modes, including Sport, Sport Plus. Comfort and a Snow mode.

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6) Driving modes

Sticking with those driving modes, the 2019 Acura RDX has a prominently displayed dial to switch between them. Sport, Sport Plus, Comfort and Snow mode are yours to command by simply rotating that dial in either direction. Changing driving modes adjusts the throttle, steering, suspension, the all-wheel drive system, and the level of noise enhancement.

5) The competition

The 2019 Acura RDX pitches into battle among a crowded segment of luxury compact crossovers. There’s the Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5, to name just a few. There’s also the Lexus NX and the Infiniti QX50 to consider. So the Acura’s styling, handling process, and overall usability has to be strong to stand a chance against its European and Asian rivals.


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4) New infotainment system

One of our complaints in the 2018 Acura MDX was its old-style infotainment system. Weirdly, the top screen was not a touchscreen, and that’s the one that housed the most important features, like Apple CarPlay. The 2019 Acura RDX switches that up by offering 2 touchpads to control the split screen of this new infotainment system. It’s fairly intuitive to use, and the voice controls – while not perfect – are much better than older infotainment systems.

3) The seats

Seats in the 2019 Acura RDX are comfortable and good-looking. They’re 16-way adjustable as well, which helps you dial them in just where you need them. Like all modern cars should, frankly, the new RDX also has thigh support, which helps tremendously to keep you comfortable on long trips.

2) Panoramic sunroof

There are 4 flavors of the 2019 Acura RDX. You can get a base model, the Technology Package, the A-Spec shown above, or the Advanced package. All of them come in front-wheel drive or with the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system. However, no matter which 1 you get, you still can have that massive panoramic sunroof.

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1) The safest RDX ever

Acura has used high-strength steel throughout the body of the 2019 Acura RDX, as well as all the latest technology available to mitigate accidents happening in the first place. As a result, the company expects to receive a Top Safety Pick+ when crash test results for the new model come back.

Pricing isn’t available just yet, but we will bring you that information when Acura brings it to the public. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to
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Alex on Autos posted on his Facebook page “Check back with us on Thursday, May 31 for first drive video of the all new Acura RDX!” Looks like Acura will lift the hold on road tests soon.
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Dealer shows off the accessory catalog.

Exterior:
Running boards
Body side moldings
LED fog lights
Welcome light
Splash guard kit
Door edge guards
Door edge film
Door handle film
Rear bumper applique
Black chrome emblems
Chrome taillight spoiler trim
Front and rear lower trim
Roof rails
Crossbars
Roof basket
Short / midsize roof box
Bike attachments
Surfboard / kayak / ski attachments
Trailer hitch
20 inch wheels
Wheel locks
Black wheel lug not set
Spare tire kit

Interior:
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated door sill trim
Carpet / all season floor mats
Folding cargo tray
Cargo organizer
Cargo net
Cargo protector
Cargo cover
Rear panel protector
Rear seat cover
Sunshade
First aid kit
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Parking sensors
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The front and rear bumper trims look really good. I hope they're available on the Aspec. Maybe even add the running boards to complete the look.
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16 pages in 30 seconds... Can you repeat please? LOL
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Posted by another blogger here ( forgive me...by the time I got the thread to the end after multiple frustrating crashes...I’ve forgotten their name). Fairly decent review:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2H8GN...fauxfullscreen
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https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2...-launch-patch/

2019 Acura RDX will get Android Auto but not until after it's launched

Yes you'll have to wait, but the wait won't be long.
We've already taken a close look at the dashboard tech in the 2019 Acura RDX as we approach the premium SUV's launch in just a few days. The all-new AcuraLink with True Touch infotainment package fixes nearly all of the nitpicks and complaints that I had with the previous-generation tech suite. But between my initial look at the prototype at the Detroit Auto Show and my recent spin in the production car, one important feature has gone missing.

The new RDX was scheduled to launch with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard features, but when the car rolls onto dealerships on June 1st, only Apple's smartphone mirroring and apps suite will be on the features list. What gives?Parent company Honda offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on its Android-based HondaLink display audio software. The new AcuraLink software is also Android-based, so it's not a stretch to assume Honda and Acura's systems share core software bones. This should have made porting features such as smartphone mirroring a snap. So why doesn't the 2019 Acura RDX offer Android Auto?

It turns out that Acura's new and novel control scheme is at the heart of the issue. Android Auto works well with traditional touchscreen setups (such as Honda's system) or physical rotary controllers (such as Audi's MMI system), but it doesn't play nicely with the new True Touch controller... yet.
Watch this: Check out Acura's new dashboard tech in the RDX prototype2:19
"Regarding Android Auto, there's actually no specification for Android that works with a touchpad," said Acura RDX Engineering Development Leader Stephen Frey at a media event last week. "[Google is] currently developing that right now and, when it's ready, it will be available to be applied onto vehicles on the market."

Basically, Acura worked with Google to get Android Auto working with the RDX's absolute-positioned touchpad control scheme -- which is sort of like a laptop's trackpad, but also very different -- but compatibility wasn't ready in time for the June 2018 launch window. So Android Auto compatibility was delayed. When the kinks are eventually ironed out, Acura will make the feature available via software update for all 2019 or newer RDX vehicles.

I've used Android for years and I don't like the idea of waiting without an idea of how long that wait will be. But it's nice to know that at least Acura's tech is headed in the right direction.

Meanwhile, Apple CarPlay seems to work just fine with the True Touch controller and will be standard at launch. You'll be able to find out just how well it works and dig into many more details about the 2019 Acura RDX when our 1st drive review hits the web Thursday morning. Stay tuned.


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First in a Generation: All-New 2019 Acura RDX Arrives in Showrooms June 1 - Acura News
RDX Design
The 2019 RDX is the first all-new model to fully express Acura's new exterior and interior design direction that first debuted in the Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit. The new RDX boasts a more premium and athletic stance with a longer wheelbase, shortened front overhang and wider track. The new design showcases Acura's signature diamond pentagon grille, next-generation Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and NSX-inspired front air curtains.





Inside, the new RDX impresses with sumptuous interior appointments, including available authentic brushed aluminum, stainless steel and Olive Ash wood accents, intricately sculpted sport seats, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and a high-deck floating center console that showcases the new True Touchpad Interface and the NSX-inspired drive mode dial.




With its 2.6-inch longer wheelbase and new packaging, the RDX provides expanded cabin space with class-leading rear legroom, a fully-flat rear floor, and a larger (+3.4 cubic feet) cargo area with an additional 1.7 cubic-feet of compartmented underfloor storage.



RDX Performance
The 2019 RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment's only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower (SAE net) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX's key competitors, including Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo, and delivers 40 percent more low-end torque than the outgoing 3.5L V6 for powerful acceleration.





The all-new RDX redesign also heralds the return of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to the RDX nameplate. This next-generation of Acura SH-AWD features improved rear-wheel torque capacity, up 40 percent over the previous-generation system, further amplifying the performance enhancing capabilities of Acura's dynamic torque vectoring technology. Now, up to 70% of torque can be distributed to the rear wheels, and up to 100% of that torque can be distributed to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating outstanding control and agility. SH-AWD is among the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems available in a luxury automobile and the 2019 RDX is the first model to utilize this new generation.




All RDX models also come equipped with Acura's Integrated Dynamics System – with Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes – providing the driver with an expanded range of dynamic experiences to suit their mood and the driving environment. The system interacts with the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle, 10-speed transmission, electric power steering, SH-AWD (if equipped) with torque vectoring, traction control, Active Damper System (on Advance grades) and Active Sound Control to provide a wider range of driving experiences and dynamic capabilities based on the needs of the driver and driving conditions.




RDX Technology
The 2019 RDX provides a more premium and tech-savvy cabin experience with the first application of Acura's True Touchpad Interface™, an all-new design that combines the advantages of both conventional touchscreen and remote-based approaches. The True Touchpad Interface™ features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display mounted high atop the center console, close to the driver's natural line of sight, and a center console-mounted touchpad that is precisely mapped, one-to-one, with the action on the center display – the world's first use of "absolute positioning" in the driving environment. (For more information on how the new True Touchpad Interface™, please watch a brief video
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The new RDX also marks the debut of the available Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. Another Acura first is a new natural language voice recognition system, which allows for more intuitive voice control of major features and functions, including commands for the available embedded Acura Navigation System. Also new is an available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display, which puts customizable information displays, including audio, phone, AcuraWatch alerts, turn-by-turn navigation and more, in the driver's line of sight.




Finally, the RDX features the latest generation of AcuraLink™, which features in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi, available over-the-air software updates and a wide array of cloud-based services, including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.




Development and Manufacturing

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America, designed at the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, and developed in Raymond, Ohio. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio5. The 2019 RDX's 2.0-liter VTEC® turbo engine is produced at the company's Anna, Ohio engine plant6. Its new SH-AWD™ system is manufactured at the company's Russels Point, Ohio transmission plant6, and its 10-speed automatic transmission is manufactured in the company's Tallapoosa, Georgia6.




For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at
acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles. Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at https://acura.us/SocialChannels.



About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.


The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.


Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.



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1 Based on cumulative total sales 2006-2018CYTD April of models in the compact luxury SUV segment, excludes MY2003 – 2009 Cadillac SRX.
2 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $975 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3 Based on cumulative total sales 2006-2018CYTD April of models in the compact luxury SUV segment, excludes MY2003 – 2009 Cadillac SRX.
4 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $995 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
5 Based on 2019 EPA fuel economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
6 Using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2019 Acura RDX pricing announced, starts at $37,300

The all-new premium compact SUV keeps its price in check, despite offering more standard and optional equipment.
May 29, 2018 5:00 AM PDT
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The 2019 Acura RDX boasts a new "Precision Concept" based look, a more potent powertrain and more tech than ever before. I won't be able to tell you what it's like to drive the 2019 Acura RDX until Thursday, but I can tell you how much compact premium SUV will cost.

The 2019 RDX will start at $37,300 for the base model before a $995 destination charge applied to all models. That's the same price as the 2018 model year's base plus the optional AcuraWatch driver aid suite. That's convenient considering that AcuraWatch is now standard on all 2019 RDX models. Technically, this means the RDX's starting price is unchanged when you account for the additional equipment.Andrew Krok/Roadshow That's looking like a pretty good deal at first blush considering the 2019 RDX also features a new generation AcuraLink infotainment with True Touch interface, Apple CarPlay compatibility, a panoramic moonroof and 12-way power front seats as new standard features. Android Auto will be missing at launch due to technical reasons, but should be added via software update sometime down the road.

The midtier Tech trim level rolls out at $40,500, adding voice commands and navigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic monitoring, parking sensors, leather seats and a 12-speaker ELS premium audio system. An A-Spec upgrade to the Tech model adds unique exterior and interior styling, UltraSuede seat trim and a 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D audio upgrade for $43,500.
Watch this: 2019 Acura RDX brings NSX inspiration to New York1:35
Finally the top-tier RDX Advance gains an adaptive suspension, improved active sound damping, a surround-view camera system and a head-up display upgrade to the AcuraLink tech. Sixteen-way power seats, a hands-free power liftgate and many more bits and bobs round out this $45,400 trim level.All 2019 Acura RDX models are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC engine making 272 horsepower and a vastly improved 280 pound-feet of torque with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. An improved fourth-generation of Acura's Super Handling All-wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is available with a $2,000 option for all models.

Stay tuned for more photos, videos and driving impressions when our First Drive publishes later this week.



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The floodgate has opened...official news is finally here for the voracious and starved-for-news people of Acurazine. lol

This "2019 Acura RDX" Google News search (bookmarked and sorted by date) had few-and-far-between articles, sometimes going for days...up until a little while ago. Now it's extremely active with new articles showing up every few minutes.

https://www.google.com/search?q=2019+acura+rdx&tbm=nws&source=lnt&tbs=sbd :1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj895zGwYPbAhUBTd8KHYOQDJwQpwUII A&biw=1604&bih=762&dpr=1

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Just ran across this youtube review. Really more of a comparison. He couldn’t talk about the RDX performance because of the embargo...but it still has good comparison of other info. Especially for those of us that are shopping several brands.


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The most complete information to date, directly from Honda/Acura: 2019 Acura RDX Press Kit - Acura News
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Still don’t know if the headlights swivel in a turn. I have gotten used to that, it is mentioned in the manual, but says ‘not available on all models’. Acura calls it Adaptive Front Lighting System, page 189.



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One-stop shopping for all of the latest official Acura news and information about the new RDX they released this morning -- and the amount of information is so overwhelming, they had to break it up into manageable pieces!

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The most complete information to date, directly from Honda/Acura: 2019 Acura RDX Press Kit - Acura News
Thanks for this. So Remote Start is no longer included in the Advance (or any other model) but is an add-on accessory? That's a step back from my wife's 2017 RDX Advance. I guess they have to cut costs someplace to keep pricing close to in-line with the last model. It's a shame considering the lower tier brands that include it (Honda being one). But then again, some RDX competitors (Q5, X3) don't even have it as an option.
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Thanks for this. So Remote Start is no longer included in the Advance (or any other model) but is an add-on accessory? That's a step back from my wife's 2017 RDX Advance. I guess they have to cut costs someplace to keep pricing close to in-line with the last model. It's a shame considering the lower tier brands that include it (Honda being one). But then again, some RDX competitors (Q5, X3) don't even have it as an option.
I'm getting that same understanding from reading the material (that it's an accessory). I also have a '17 RDX Advance and have Remote Start from the fob, but don't remember if it was part of the Advance package and not purchased separately as an upgrade. I know that what I will love in the '19 is that you can do Remote Start from your phone via the updated AcuraLink app.
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I'm getting that same understanding from reading the material (that it's an accessory). I also have a '17 RDX Advance and have Remote Start from the fob, but don't remember if it was part of the Advance package and not purchased separately as an upgrade. I know that what I will love in the '19 is that you can do Remote Start from your phone via the updated AcuraLink app.
99.9% sure mine was included as I don't remember negotiating it separately, and I knew it was a feature I wanted. The 2018 TLX Advance also includes it (option on the Aspec) so I'm fairly certain Acura had been included it in the top trims. Being able to use the app on the 2019 will be great, even if it means I have to pay for it.
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99.9% sure mine was included as I don't remember negotiating it separately, and I knew it was a feature I wanted. The 2018 TLX Advance also includes it (option on the Aspec) so I'm fairly certain Acura had been included it in the top trims. Being able to use the app on the 2019 will be great, even if it means I have to pay for it.
I guess Remote Engine Start was included in the '17 Advance package. Unfortunately, a guy at a dealership just told me it's now an optional accessory, which began being an option last year with the '18 model. He said they have no pricing yet for '19 options/accessories, but for the '18 model, Remote Engine Start cost an extra $750 (ouch). Hopefully, they'll mitigate the overall higher cost of the '19 trims by lowering the cost of formerly-included accessories like this. I doubt it, though.
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I guess Remote Engine Start was included in the '17 Advance package. Unfortunately, a guy at a dealership just told me it's now an optional accessory, which began being an option last year with the '18 model. He said they have no pricing yet for '19 options/accessories, but for the '18 model, Remote Engine Start cost an extra $750 (ouch). Hopefully, they'll mitigate the overall higher cost of the '19 trims by lowering the cost of formerly-included accessories like this. I doubt it, though.
Interesting. According to the Acura website, if you build an 18 RDX Advance now, the Remote Start is included. Same for a 18/19 TLX Advance. For both the Tech RDX and the Tech/Aspec TLX, the price is $399 but I assume that maybe that doesn't include labor, which (somehow?) gets you all the way up to $750?!?!. That's a brutal number. I'm with you in hoping that they subsidize some of that cost for those looking to add it to a 2019 model.

It's tough because we know Honda (and Kia and Ford and several others) will include remote start in their higher trim models like the Accord so it makes you wonder why Acura/Honda wouldn't for their high trim models. But then if you compare the price of the new RDX to that of its high end competitors, it's priced so much lower that it's hard to complain about paying some extra money to add that feature. Complain, I will, however!
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it is listed on the accessory page and there is no mention of remote start in any of the package configurations that I could find.
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Honestly I love remote start but once I moved from Connecticut to North Carolina I never used it again. To me it's much more handy to warm up a car early than cool one down. So personally I'm okay with it being excluded.
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Interesting. According to the Acura website, if you build an 18 RDX Advance now, the Remote Start is included. Same for a 18/19 TLX Advance. For both the Tech RDX and the Tech/Aspec TLX, the price is $399 but I assume that maybe that doesn't include labor, which (somehow?) gets you all the way up to $750?!?!. That's a brutal number. I'm with you in hoping that they subsidize some of that cost for those looking to add it to a 2019 model.

It's tough because we know Honda (and Kia and Ford and several others) will include remote start in their higher trim models like the Accord so it makes you wonder why Acura/Honda wouldn't for their high trim models. But then if you compare the price of the new RDX to that of its high end competitors, it's priced so much lower that it's hard to complain about paying some extra money to add that feature. Complain, I will, however!
He probably was pricing it out for an '18 trim that wasn't the Advance that didn't include it...that's what I would imagine he meant when he told me what he did. Yeah, hard to complain but, hey, we still have freedom of speech in this country. LOL
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Kind of sad they would drop remote start when the price for an advance model has gone way up. They already have the tech in place for the 18's, why not just carry it over? I also don't get the lack of power folding side mirrors. Many cheaper cars in the segment have them as standard.
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Because it doesn't work that way. You don't just carry shit over. You have much to learn.
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Kind of sad they would drop remote start when the price for an advance model has gone way up. They already have the tech in place for the 18's, why not just carry it over? I also don't get the lack of power folding side mirrors. Many cheaper cars in the segment have them as standard.
I'm puzzled about those two things, as well, honestly...
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Ok...I thought I had read somewhere that there was remote start so I went back to the manual. It appears, if you pay for the Acura Connections service...they can unlock your door remotely so the ability appears to be there. The only reason I can think of why owner remote start was omitted is so they can add it later with wireless charging...also included on other competitors cars. You are right, it’s a bummer.

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Connect Package (subscription fee) includes standard services and adds:
  • Automated crash notification and location
  • Assist Call
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Alarm notification
  • Car finder
  • Remote start
  • Remote door lock/unlock
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Link call information
  • Local search
  • Destination search using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
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Ok...I thought I had read somewhere that there was remote start so I went back to the manual. It appears, if you pay for the Acura Connections service...they can start your car remotely so the ability appears to be there. The only reason I can think of why owner remote start was omitted is so they can add it later with wireless charging...also included on other competitors cars. You are right, it’s a bummer.

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Connect Package (subscription fee) includes standard services and adds:
  • Automated crash notification and location
  • Assist Call
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Alarm notification
  • Car finder
  • Remote start
  • Remote door lock/unlock
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Link call information
  • Local search
  • Destination search using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
  • Send to car
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