In an increasingly crowded market, Acura aims to retain its lead as the best-selling compact premium SUV with a midcycle update to the RDX line.
The 2022 Acura RDX features an updated design, new technology like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, improved performance and handling — and a unique PMC Edition assembled by hand at the same Performance Manufacturing Center that produces the NSX supercar.
“RDX has been an incredible success for Acura, with more than half a million sold since it was first introduced in 2006,” said Emile Korkor, assistant vice president of Acura National Sales. “The new 2022 RDX is the best it has ever been and further proof of Acura’s commitment to deliver exciting premium performance products based on our unique DNA.”
As this is a midcycle update, Acura only is taking the design changes so far with the 2022 RDX, but they are readily apparent — and bring its styling more in line with the brand’s SUV flagship, the MDX.
New front design
Up front, there’s a new and thinner chrome surround, the air intakes are larger, with bolder foglamps and a front fascia meant to give the 2022 RDX a wider and more planted feel. The rear fascia has also been updated and, among other things, makes room for the new rectangular dual exhaust finishers. (A-Spec models retain their round exhaust finishers in a gloss black finish.) A variety of new wheels are available, as well.
The new PMC Edition will be available only in Long Beach Pearl paint which is exclusively shared with the NSX. It also gets a gloss-black Diamond Pentagon grille with a body-color grille surround. Key body details, including door handles, mirrors and the roof shark fin antenna are also done up in gloss black. The PMC rides on 20-inch Berlina Black wheels and its exhaust is finished in dark chrome.
Inside, it features a new Orchid hue with blue contrast stitching. All PMC models come with head-up display, a surround view monitor, heated rear seats and 16-way power front seats.
Limited production for RDX PMC
Only 200 of the RDX PMC models will be produced by the performance center in East Liberty, Ohio. The paint process alone takes five days to complete and the SUV then goes through a lengthy hand-assembly process.
The RDX A-Spec model, meanwhile, now can get the sport appearance package including a gun metal finish to the grille surround and fog light trim.
Acura’s bills the new SUV as having “the most premium RDX cabin ever.” That shows up in a variety of ways, starting with a more elegant mix of leathers, wood and metal accents. That includes a bronze accent applied to aluminum pieces for cabins finished in Saddle Brown.
There’s a functional side to the upgrade, Acura using more plush carpets, a new fender liner, acoustic glass and an active sound control system to bring down interior noise levels.
Then, there’s the new technology, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built into the 2022 RDX. The 2022 model also adds wireless Qi smartphone charging.
For 2022, the Acura RDX retains its 272-horsepower 2.0-liter VTEC inline-4 engine. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic with sequential paddle shifters. The brand’s distinctive Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, or SH-AWD, system is available on all grades and comes standard on the PMC Edition and with the Advance Package.
The SUV’s Integrated Dynamics System also has been upgraded for better road dynamics and handling, Acura claims, and now can cycle through four different driver modes.
Acura plans to reveal pricing and fuel economy numbers before the 2022 RDX arrives in U.S. showrooms on Nov. 2. The outgoing model starts at $38,400, with the A-Spec at $44,300.