Earlier this year at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Acura unveiled the refreshed 2016 RDX crossover to the general audience. At the time, Acura officials did not offer exact details about what updates the 2016 models received when compared to the 2015 models. They also did not mention the base starting price for the new refreshed mid-size luxury crossover.
Now, however, Acura has posted answers to these questions about the new 2016 RDX on their main website and this is what we know so far.
The engine in the updated 2016 Acura RDX is the same SOHC 3.5 L i-VTEC V6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) found in the 2015 model, but the power output increases to 279 horsepower and 252 lb.ft, of torque (which is an increase of 6 horsepower and 1 lb.ft. of torque when compared to last year’s engine). Also, the 2016 Acura RDX get new active engine mounts which connects the motor to the chassis.
All of the power is either routed to the front wheels or to all four wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. For 2016, the AWD system in the Acura RDX is reprogrammed to deliver more torque to the rear wheels, which should make the chassis more responsive and make the overall driving experience more enjoyable.
Even with the slight increase in power and torque, the EPA rates the 2016 Acura RDX fuel efficiency at 19/28 mpg with AWD and 20/29 mpg with FWD. This, when compared to the 2015 model, is an increase of 1 mpg across the board for both drivetrains.
To differentiate the 2016 models from the 2015 models, Acura has updated the RDX’s exterior with redesigned front and rear lower bumpers, Acura’s “Jewel Eye” headlights, new LED taillights and a new, three-dimensional grille.
Inside, the 2016 Acura RDX receives new high-contrast silver and black trim panels and mid console mounted air conditioning vents for the second row. Aside from these two changes, the rest of the interior carries over from the 2015 models.
All 2016 Acura RDX models can be optioned with either a mid-level Technology Package or a range-topping Advance Package.
Technology Package adds a new 8-way power adjustable passenger seat, blind-spot monitoring system, multi-view rear camera and rear cross-traffic monitoring system.
Advance Package adds 18 x 7.5 machined alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and AcuraWatch safety and convenience package.
The only standalone option which is not included in either of the packages is a navigation system.
When the 2016 Acura RDX arrives at your local dealership later this summer, it will have a starting MSRP of $36, 190 (this is an increase of $175 over the base price of the 2015 Acura RDX model). For those wondering, the top-of-the range 2016 Acura RDX with Advance Package maxes out at $41,836.
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