2019 Acura RDX Undercuts Rivals on Value

2019 Acura RDX A-Spec

When the all-new redesigned 2019 Acura RDX goes on sale Friday, it'll start at $38,295, including destination, coming in lower than key luxury compact SUV competitors that start north of $40,000. The Acura RDX's entry price is for a front-wheel-drive model; opting for Acura's sporty all-wheel system (SH-AWD) on any trim level adds $2,000 to the cost of the Acura RDX SUV.

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By comparison, among front- or rear-wheel-drive entry models of luxury compact SUVs you might have on your shopping list, the 2019 BMW X3 start at $42,990 with destination, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC at $41,045 and the 2018 Lexus RX 350 at $44,265. A 2018 Audi Q5 SUV with standard all-wheel drive starts at $42,475. Compare their features and prices here.

The all-new RDX SUV's pricing also does not climb as fast through the trim levels and option packages as some rivals that can quickly blow well past $50,000. An RDX with the Technology Package starts at $41,495, and the top-of-the-line Advance Package starts at $46,395. Available upscale features, depending on the Acura RDX's trim level, include 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a 10.5-inch full-color head-up display, 16-channel Acura ELS Studio 3D premium audio, a 360-degree camera system, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitor.

All 2019 RDX models replace Acura's previous V-6 with a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Standard features on the base model now include the AcuraWatch safety and driver-aid technology package with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control; these features are optional on many rivals. The entry RDX also has a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights and a 10.2-inch display with Acura's new touchpad controller.

The new RDX SUV also offers a sportier A-Spec appearance option, based on the RDX with Technology Package, that adds 20-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior accents, larger exhaust finishers and available luxury interior upgrades including an available red or black leather with black Ultrasuede front and rear seat surfaces.

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