Last year the RDX had its best sales year ever and Acura is hoping to keep that momentum rolling with the debut of the updated 2016 RDX.
Last year the RDX had its best sales year ever and Acura is hoping to keep that momentum rolling with the debut of the updated 2016 RDX. When the 2016 RDX arrives this spring it will arrive with updated styling that aligns it closer with the rest of the updated lineup, like the ILX and MDX. It will also get a new V6 and Acura’s AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies.
The 2016 RDX gets a new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up–279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve. Variable Cylinder Management allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders, helping the 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28 mpg for AWD models and 20/29 mpg for FWD models. Acura also says that the RDX’s all-wheel-drive system has been tuned for greater rear torque bias.
On the outside the 2016 RDX gets a restyled front and rear fascia, which also includes the addition of Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. Inside the updated RDX gets a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents.