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Old 08-01-2018, 04:17 PM
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Yeah they made a series of them and the RDX piece is identical in every one. Kind of worthless
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Originally posted by TLMDXRDX:
https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/acura/rdx

NICE! 2019 RDX #1 Luxury Compact SUV! After test driving the competition and owning the RDX for a couple of weeks...I’m not surprised.

Now, I’m just hoping to get reliable service

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2019 Acura RDX Advance SH-AWD Review: America's Best-Selling Compact Luxury SUV, One Month In - The Drive

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In June, its opening month in showrooms, the new RDX outsold every compact luxury SUV in America, its 7,292 sales smoking even the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, with its 6,608 units moved. The RDX also enjoyed the best sales month of any Acura SUV in history, and the most buyers for any Acura model since the TL sedan in April 2006.
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Another news, 8 Great Traits of the 2019 Acura RDX... and a Fatal Flaw - NY Daily News

How is it a fatal flaw if the RDX is offered with only 1 engine selection ? SMH
At least the reviewers does not put the True Touchpad Interface as the fatal flaw
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Another news, 8 Great Traits of the 2019 Acura RDX... and a Fatal Flaw - NY Daily News

How is it a fatal flaw if the RDX is offered with only 1 engine selection ? SMH
At least the reviewers does not put the True Touchpad Interface as the fatal flaw
lol...I thought the exact same thing. Melodramatic, some?

ďFatalĒ flaw - is someone going to die?
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Here is a flip book from CD

for those that are cross shopping XC60, Q5, GLC, and X3, RDX ranked only ahead of XC60.

enjoy!

Car and driver ranked
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Another news, 8 Great Traits of the 2019 Acura RDX... and a Fatal Flaw - NY Daily News

How is it a fatal flaw if the RDX is offered with only 1 engine selection ? SMH
At least the reviewers does not put the True Touchpad Interface as the fatal flaw
That is how they present every review of every car they choose: 8 greats and a flaw. It is formulaic with the NY Daily News.
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C&D has long been my go-to place for accurate testing...this time I think the rankings were premature considering it was done before actual testing ("first drive" only).
I think their actual comparison test (usually extensive and with comparable models) will move RDX to top/near top ranking.
This ranking included all versions of the catagory...MB for example had four entries. If you exclude the high performance variations, and focus on those levels that would most likely compete with the RDX (4T's), rankings change considerably:
1. Macan (actual ranking 1 and 3) - Yes it's best, but at HUGE price premium).
2. F-Pace (actual ranking 7 and 10) - Unknown resale and reliability.
3. X-3 (actual ranking 8) - Strong competition, but at $8-12K premium.
4. Stelvio (actual ranking 2 and 9) - Historical reliability laughable, pricing premium....AR are hobbies, not transportation.
5. Q-5 (actual ranking 6 and 11) - Strong competition, but at $7-10K premium.
6. GLC (actual ranking 4,5,12, and 16) - Strong competition, but at 8-12K premium.
7. RDX -(actual ranking 13)...If performance, reliability, and resale are priorities, then only competition would be X-3, Q-5, and GLC. (Macan has all three, but initial investment huge premium).

So (IMO) RDX now becomes #4...without a full C&D test/comparison. I predict as value quotient enters into the equation, RDX will be (as US News) close to #1.
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I built a BMW X3 with the closest I could come to my RDX Tech, and it was $53750 on their site.
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I built a BMW X3 with the closest I could come to my RDX Tech, and it was $53750 on their site.
vs. ~$44K for tech RDX. Correct?
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vs. ~$44K for tech RDX. Correct?
Yep.

But they are discounting BMWs more than they are discounting Acuras. So the real difference is harder to tell, but it has to be over $5K. However, I was not actually able to find any X3s in my area that had active cruise control.
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Yep.

But they are discounting BMWs more than they are discounting Acuras. So the real difference is harder to tell, but it has to be over $5K. However, I was not actually able to find any X3s in my area that had active cruise control.
I don't know for sure but in Canada the difference has to be around $10K CDN.

I have noticed one thing, every reviewer recommends RDX for its value. The car has nice touch of luxury materials, decent driving/handling and Acura/Honda's reliability factor. The new RDX is definitely more expensive than 2nd G but still very competitive compared to German cars. Now I can't wait to see the new MDX and TLX with similar features and materials.
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I don't know for sure but in Canada the difference has to be around $10K CDN.

I have noticed one thing, every reviewer recommends RDX for its value. The car has nice touch of luxury materials, decent driving/handling and Acura/Honda's reliability factor. The new RDX is definitely more expensive than 2nd G but still very competitive compared to German cars. Now I can't wait to see the new MDX and TLX with similar features and materials.

Yes, the RDX sure kills on value. But it drives close to par with the BMW (which, IMO, is a tad more supple) and simply drives noticeably better than the Audi, Merc and Volvo. Again, comparing like to like. To me, since I couldnít get an X3 with what I want at all now, the way the RDX drives, and all of the features it has, and beats the competition by at least $5K, the RDX was the right choice for me.

Too, since my wife has a Honda and I had a BMW, neither cars controls were really strange to me, which allowed me to focus on how the cars actually drive.
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Everyman Driver weighs in....basic intro video, but he should have a follow up real soon
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With the 2019 RDX, freshly styled and with a sporty missive, Acura is finally showing signs of emerging from its awkward stage. Like an approving parent, we find ourselves nodding in relief.
wheels.ca review: 2019 Acura RDX Platinum Elite
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Is it me, or does that liftgate have the moan at the top of its travel.
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Yep. It has the infamous moaning tailgate
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Is it me, or does that liftgate have the moan at the top of its travel.
see the problems and fixes folder and check out the OnePack videos
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see the problems and fixes folder and check out the OnePack videos
no official fix yet
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no official fix yet
I know but at least he can look in the correct thread....
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Or look for the moaning, bouncing suspension. But that's a whole different site.

Apropos of that, as I was contorting myself into knots trying to look up under the front dashboard for an adaptive headlight controller, I demonstrated that the front seat backs recline all the way back. ( Sadly, my wife and kids missed the photo-op of me fully reclined in Trendelenburg position with my head stuffed under the dash ).

I haven't seen this featured in any reviews, but for those who are still young ( or young at heart ), this enhances the utility of the vehicle.
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Thatís great info on the reclining backseat! Didnít know that

so were you able to confirm there is adaptive headlight?
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Thatís great info on the reclining backseat! Didnít know that

so were you able to confirm there is adaptive headlight?
Yes. USA Advance has adaptive headlights. I thought it was only Canadian top trim that had them until someone noticed an IIHS report on 2019 RDX headlights that suggested otherwise. Not a word from Acura on that in their specs. Go figure. From the IIHS report they may not be the most effective adaptive headlights out there, which perhaps explains why current owners didn't notice and Acura isn't bragging about them.

BTW, front seat seat-back reclines until it hits back seat. Back seat doesn't recline.
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https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/...y-compact-suvs

US News just ranked the RDX as Number 2 , below the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace , but above the 2018 Audi Q5, 2019 BMW X3 and X4, 2018 Porsche Macan ,2018 Volvo XC60 , 2018 Mercedez GLC , 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio , 2019 Infiniti Qx 50 , Lexus NX and NX Hybrid ,Land Rover Discovery Sport

Wow just wow

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Originally Posted by dcmod View Post
https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/...y-compact-suvs

US News just ranked the RDX as Number 2 , below the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace , but above the 2018 Audi Q5, 2019 BMW X3 and X4, 2018 Porsche Macan ,2018 Volvo XC60 , 2018 Mercedez GLC , 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio , 2019 Infiniti Qx 50 , Lexus NX and NX Hybrid ,Land Rover Discovery Sport

Wow just wow
Another wow...look at the price difference!!

Jaguar I-Pace: $69,500 - $85,900

Acura RDX: $37,300 - $47,400
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The 2019 Acura RDX Proclaims the Company's Purpose A small miracle.

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Yes. USA Advance has adaptive headlights. I thought it was only Canadian top trim that had them until someone noticed an IIHS report on 2019 RDX headlights that suggested otherwise...
Apparently not - I sent a query to ACR about that (because of that IIHS report) and just got this response:

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Dear xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

We are reaching back out regarding your Adaptive Front Lighting System Inquiry.

We were able to verify that the U.S 2019 RDX models do not come equipped with Adaptive front headlights systems. This is only on Canada's 2019 RDX Platinum Elite Trim.

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Found this on the Kelly Blue Book site today.
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Apparently not - I sent a query to ACR about that (because of that IIHS report) and just got this response:

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Dear xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

We are reaching back out regarding your Adaptive Front Lighting System Inquiry.

We were able to verify that the U.S 2019 RDX models do not come equipped with Adaptive front headlights systems. This is only on Canada's 2019 RDX Platinum Elite Trim.

Kind regards,


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So what the heck is that adaptive head light controller doing inside my dash? And why does the USA advance trim have different headlight assemblies than Tech and Base trims? Bizarre.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgPfk01y8FM&t=51s

Found this on the Kelly Blue Book site today.
Not my favorite personality but loved her reaction to a couple of the features.
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Not a word about THE KNOB. LOL

But she was really "impressed" with the Acura badge "as big as her head". ( "Really, Acura". ROTFLMAO )

And she went straight for the itty bitty volume knob on the awesome audio.
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Not a word about THE KNOB. LOL

But she was really "impressed" with the Acura badge "as big as her head". ( "Really, Acura". ROTFLMAO )

And she went straight for the itty bitty volume knob on the awesome audio.
She's also the first reviewer to say that the brakes have too much bite...contrary to most others and ppl on this forum.
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DRIVEN: 2019 Acura RDX Elite offers superb drive dynamics

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https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...ot-performance

Car and Driver review of the A-Spec. Not exactly a glowing one..
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https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...ot-performance

Car and Driver review of the A-Spec. Not exactly a glowing one..
they lost a half second off 0-60, and did not say why.
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I think Alex is in love with RDX this is his 3rd review. Also he has nothing but good things to say about this car.

Congrats to the owners for their purchase. Now enjoy
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Alex + Redline Reviews

https://youtu.be/oBslfvQ4sGk

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Alex + Redline Reviews

https://youtu.be/oBslfvQ4sGk

Watched it last night! It's a great video for serious buyers. It feels great to see Acura is fighting with big boys. Their pick was RDX for a car under $45K
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