2018 Acura RDX vs 2019 Acura RDX Prototype

2018 Acura RDX vs 2019 Acura RDX Prototype

White 2018 Acura RDX on the left with Red 2019 Acura RDX prototype on right

Big things are coming for the third-generation 2019 Acura RDX, but so far all we know about the model with a mid-2018 release are details coming from the recently revealed 2019 Acura RDX Prototype. Still, it isn’t likely too much will change between the prototype model and the actual upcoming vehicle. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, you might be wondering if it’s worth the wait for the updates. It’s only natural to compare the 2018 Acura RDX vs 2019 Acura RDX Prototype to help you decide if you should hold out for the latest redesign or see about the current generation model before it’s gone.

Because it’s a complete redesign coming up for 2019, the two vehicles are different in most key areas. The first thing you’ll notice is that the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype has a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the current model year has a 3.5-liter V6. Performance specs aren’t out for the upcoming model, but typically a turbocharger is used to provide similar power output, while increasing fuel economy.

2018 Acura RDX


2019 Acura RDX Prototype

Standard available AWD AWD Available SH-AWD
N/A Adaptive Damping System Available
6-speed automatic Transmission 10-speed automatic
279hp 3.5-liter V6 Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder

2019 Acura RDX: Fresh looks and improved performance

A new engine is just one piece of the overall performance puzzle, and it’s clear that the 2019 Acura RDX will see quite a few improvements. The transmission, for example, is jumping from a 6-speed automatic to a 10-speed automatic, so it will be smoother while also improving overall efficiency. Many other features, such as Adaptive Damping and the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive System, are optional but provide clear performance options.

Visual differences between the 2018 and 2019 model will be obvious, especially with the signature diamond pentagon grille coming as part of the redesign. For those who like even more aggressive styling, the 2019 Acura RDX will be the first SUV to have an A-Spec package. The A-Spec, as we’ve seen on other models like the TLX, includes a host of features that highlight the sportier aspects of a model for even more of an eye-catching appeal.

It’s not easy to tell just by looking at it, but the 2019 Acura RDX is being built on an Acura-exclusive platform and the model will be both wider and longer than the current model year.

We don’t have complete features and packages, especially since we’re looking at the prototype RDX at this time, but the luxury brand SUV will have top-notch materials, new technology like the Acura True Touchpad Interface and more.

Full details on the 2019 Acura RDX will be available closer to release. Contact us here at Radley Acura, serving shoppers near Washington DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church, VA, for more information on the upcoming model.