“Relish Life’s Twists and Turns”
The redesigned 2016 Acura RDX comes with a facelift, some new technology and a little bit extra power and fuel efficiency than the previous model.
The 2016 RDX comes with some great new features which will be bundled into the Technology package and the Advance package. The Technology packed will have 8-way power adjusting front seats, blind-spot warning, HD radio and a multi-rear-view camera with a dual-screen infotainment display. The Advance package will include remote engine start, fog lights, cooled front seats, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. Other standard features include steering wheel mounted controls for phone, climate and music and push button start with Smart entry. There is ample room for passengers and even cargo as the newer generation RDX has more interior room and the rear seats fold 60/40, however they do not fold completely flat. HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface with steering wheel-mounted controls
The 3.5L V6 is still the heart of the RDX but the engineers have been able to get additional horsepower and fuel efficiency out of it giving it 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded engine makes the ride smoother and is more fuel efficient due to the cylinder deactivation technology which shuts down 2-3 cylinders if they are not required. The 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift paddle shifter do still make this ride sporty, although the RDX is no longer available in SH-AWD they have still managed to create a CUV that still hugs the turns with the same AWD system found in the RAV4. The RDX has the towing capacity of 1500lbs.
The 2016 RDX has had a facelift with a few minor changes to the exterior including the multi-LED headlight cluster, aka the Jewel Eye headlight, the rear lights are also LED and the front end has been tweaked a bit with sharper creases and aero vents giving the RDX a new contemporary look. Included in the RDX are body-colored heated folding power side mirrors, fog lights, one-touch power moon roof and tailgate spoiler.
The 2016 RDX was named one of IIHS’s top safety picks and for good reason with Acura’s new package called AcuraWatch that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist, this package can be added to any trim level. Standard safety features in the RDX include the 4-wheel ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, dual-stage dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags with occupant position detection system, active front seat head restraints and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. There is also co-operative vehicle stability assist with traction control for those ever changing road conditions automatically detects and corrects your understeer or oversteer by monitoring the driving conditions and adjusting the throttle and or brakes. A great feature is the Maintenance Minder, instead of basing your regular maintenance on kilometres the system calculates maintenance needs based on your driving habits.
By: Aman Nijjer