While most luxury brands offer three, four, a half-dozen or more SUVs in their lineups, Acura has just two. Junior to the mid-size MDX, the compact 2020 Acura RDX is positioned to resonate with younger buyers transitioning out of sport sedans. With sporty design cues adapted from the Precision Concept show car and the production NSX supercar, the RDX rolls with 14-element LED jewel-eye headlamps, a big diamond pentagon grille, a coupe-esque floating roof, a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. New to the third-generation RDX (introduced in 2019) are an upgraded infotainment system, a push-button shifter, and an expanded suite of safety and driver-assistive systems.
Including the $1,025 destination charge, the front-drive 2020 RDX starts at $38,825. The $42,025 RDX with Technology adds niceties such as leather, navigation, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring. $45,025 brings the A-Spec with blacked-out trim, 20-inch wheels, and leather-and-suede upholstery. The $46,925 Advance adds adaptive shocks, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display. AWD is available on all trims for a $2,000 upcharge. The RDX was the best-selling Acura suv in 2019, and competitors include the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.