Chicago Auto Show 2015: 2016 Acura RDX

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What Is It?

Acura debuts the mid-cycle refresh of the Acura RDX at the 2015 edition of the Chicago Auto Show. It’s expected to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick + certification, pushing Acura to be the first manufacturer to achieve that score across the board.

Why Should You Care?


“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in resting on our laurels,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “The 2016 RDX gets a major infusion of Acura brand DNA including enhancements to styling, driving performance, and exciting new luxury feature-content, further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.”


Look for a 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—279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), along with a slight boost in highway fuel economy.


It’s part of the Advanced Package, but interesting for buyers of lesser RDXs, Acura makes AcuraWatch available on all RDX models. AcuraWatch is a collection of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Lane Keeping Assist, along with a standard Multi-View Rear Camera and Expanded View driver’s side mirror.

When Does It Go On Sale?

Fall of 2015. No word yet on pricing.

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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