Acura Have Already Released the 2018 Model Year RDX


The RDX crossover from Acura was only introduced in 2012, but it’s already one of the most popular models for the Honda subsidiary.

Based upon the same platform as the popular CR-V, Acura added the touches that made it nicer to drive and just that bit better; whilst sharing many components with the CR-V, they are completely different cars when compared back to back.

Acura have released no information regarding the debut of the 2018 model yearRDX, but as of the end of May 2017, the 2018 RDX is available and can be ‘built’ on the official Acura website.

The pricing is set

From what we can understand, the 2018 Acura RDX comes in one trim level, which costs $35,800 plus the $975 destination charge, but it does have a number of packages that can be incorporated to the build.

Of course, these packages are all extras, we don’t yet know if there is discount to be had for combining all three packages together or whether you’re going to be still paying full retail price, but even then, they aren’t terribly priced.

The three packages are: AcuraWatchTM Plus which has a price of $1,300, the Technology Package at $3,700 and the Advance Package for $1,700.

Yes, if you’re paying full price for all three, it will soon mount up – $6,700 over the price of the base model, but you don’t necessarily have to have all of them.

Acura offer plenty of extras

Keeping with the price theme, there are a whole load of extras that can be fitted to the base model, some seem reasonably priced, while others just seem quite ridiculous – $2,248 for a set of alloy wheels?

In amongst some of the options, you’ll find items like back-up sensors ($528), kayak attachment ($175), LED fog lights ($675), roof-rails ($650) and a ski attachment for the roof-rails – $222.

All but one of the exterior colors comes within the price, and they include White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Kona Coffee Metallic and Basque Red Pearl II. The upgrade color is Fathom Blue Pearl.

Super-Smooth Delivery

Under the hood, you’ll find Honda’s super-smooth and reliable 3.5 liter V6 engine. It packs a 279-horsepower punch and 252 pounds-feet of torque – enough for most occasions. Thanks to some clever technology in the shape of a refined Variable Cylinder Management (VCM II) system, the Acura RDX has class-leading gas mileage also.

Strangely, the 2018 RDX only has a 6-speed automatic transmission – we’ve become used to seeing 8, 9 and even 10-speeds being fitted to help lower emissions and improve drivability, so when we see ‘just’ a 6-speed, it makes us question why. Is the 2018 RDX that good on gas that it doesn’t need any help?

Acura claim 20 / 29 / 23 mpg (city, highway and combined) for the front-wheel drive version, which to be honest, really isn’t sparkling, and the all-wheel drive version isn’t far behind it – 19 / 28 / 22 mpg.

The Packages in Detail

The AcuraWatchTM Plus package includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise-Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Color Multi-Information Display

The Technology package consists of:

  • Sports Seats with Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interior
  • 8-Way Front Passengers Seat
  • On-Demand Multi-Use Display
  • GPS-Linked, Solar-Sensing Climate Control
  • Voice Recognition System for Navigation and Climate Control Systems
  • Acura Navigation System
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
  • AcuraLink The Next Generation
  • ELS Audio with 10-Speakers
  • Song By Voice
  • HD Radio
  • AhaTM Compatibility
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Dynamic Guidelines on Rear Camera Display
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

The Advance package (requires both the AcuraWatch and Technology package to be already fitted) includes:

  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
  • 18-Inch Machine Finish Alloy Wheels
  • Fog Lights
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors

It’s quite easy to see how a $35,800 vehicle could easily turn into something nearly $20,000 more expensive by the time you’ve added the three packages and a few extra toys – you could easily exceed $50,000.

As we’ve already stated, the 2018 Acura RDX is available to order online right now, so we would assume that it’s also available through your local dealership – although with it only officially going on sale at the end of May, it’s possible that you could still pick up a bargain with a 2017 RDX if you hurry down there right now.
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  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.5
  • Features4.8
  • Fuel economy4.4

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