In a major commitment to advance what is already one of its most successful models, Acura is launching a more powerful, and luxuriously appointed 2016 RDX luxury SUV at dealerships across Canada on May 21, 2015 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $41,990. With an increase of only $300 over the outgoing 2015 RDX, the new 2016 RDX offers substantially more value for the money considering all the added luxury and safety features.
Coming off an all-time record sales year in 2014, the refreshed 5-passenger RDX now packs an even stronger punch in the compact luxury SUV class for 2016 with a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, ride and handling refinements, standard AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, restyled exterior and interior elements and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including standard Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights. A new line-topping Elite grade the offers one comprehensive package for those who want it all.
“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and styling,” said Ryan Kelly, senior manager of Sales and Marketing at Acura Canada. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”
All RDX models can are now equipped with AJAC Best New Technology award winning AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, along with the multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. In addition to the standard AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance.
The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up to 279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response—right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads. Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s standard all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias by sending up to 40% of the torque to the rear wheels to further enhance dynamic stability and performance on pavement.
The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fascias, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. All models also receive new wheel designs.
Inside, the new RDX gets a freshened look with a high-contrast silver trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard power tailgate, 8-way power passenger’s seat with power height adjustment and new second-row air-conditioning vents. All RDX models get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation).
The RDX with Technology Package adds perforated leather seating surfaces, bi-directional remote engine starter, heated rear seats, Navigation, AcuraLink, ELS audio system with 410 watts, Acura’s innovative dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD) with 8-inch colour screen, blind spot information (BSI), Multi-view Rear Camera with dynamic guidelines and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, power folding mirrors and rain sensing wipers.
A new line-topping Elite Package for the 2016 RDX features unique 18” machined alloy wheels with painted gray inserts, front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
The RDX continues to be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant.