When the current generation of Acura’s compact crossover arrived a few years ago, it received highly positive critics. These days, it is still considered one of the best models in the class when it comes to balancing between price and quality. However, the 2022 Acura RDX will represent the fourth production year of the current iteration and if we consider that the competition is getting fiercer and fiercer, it’s quite possible to see a mid-cycle update. At this point, the officials are still quiet about this update.
Therefore, the only thing we could do is to make some predictions. We believe this would be a typical facelift, which would include mostly visual changes. Of course, a couple of updates are expected on the inside as well, if not in terms of aesthetics, then just in terms of new standard and available features. When it comes to the powertrain, we don’t expect changes. The 2022 Acura RDX should hit the market sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Acura RDX Facelift
As we’ve just mentioned, there is a big chance to see 2022 Acura RDX with a pack of updates. A so-called mid-cycle refresh would include all kinds of changes but most of them would be in terms of aesthetics. If consider that the current model already looks very attractive and that it follows the brand’s latest design language, we presume that modifications would rather be minor. The grille will definitely remain the same, while the front bumper would get a slightly different shape. Revisions on headlights are also possible.
The rear end could include a couple of tweaks as well but we doubt that anything special could happen. Of course, this update would also bring typical novelties, such as new color options, wheels and similar things that are an integral part of facelifts.
On the other side, interior changes probably won’t be that numerous. Of course, there is always a chance to see a couple of tweaks on the dashboard but most of the things will remain untouched. On the other side, we count on new color schemes, materials and similar things. Some improvements in terms of sound insulation could happen as well.
Still, the overall cabin layout will certainly remain the same. This model already features a pretty nice interior, characterized by quality materials and a pretty attractive look. The amount of passenger space is generous in both rows, while we particularly like the driving position, as Honda always does a fantastic job in that aspect.
Of course, the cargo area figures will remain the same. You may count on about 29.5 cubic feet with the back seats up and a maximum of 58.9 cubic feet with the back seats folded. That’s pretty good for the class.
These kinds of updates usually bring a couple of interesting novelties in terms of new features. The 2022 Acura RDX shouldn’t be an exception but won’t don’t expect too much. Simply, the current model is already quite decent in this aspect. It comes standard with tech goodies like dual-zone climate control, sunroof, a 10.2-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, a nine-speaker stereo system, voice recognition etc. Some of the current options will probably become standard. The list of potential candidates includes goodies like navigation, two rear-seat USB ports, a 12-speaker premium audio system, a 16-speaker premium surround-sound audio system, and a 10.5-inch head-up display.
Things are pretty similar with safety features. The current model comes standard with things like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam assist. On the other side, the list of options includes blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers.
2022 Acura RDX Engines
We don’t expect changes under the hood. The 2022 Acura RDX will continue with the excellent 2.0-liter turbo-four. It puts out 272 horsepower and delivers pretty good driving dynamics. Combined with precise handling and sporty suspension setup, it provides a pretty impressive driving experience. Also, the engine feels extremely refined, while the 10-speed automatic transmission does a pretty good job as well. It’s a real shame that Acura doesn’t have a performance version in the offer.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the class.
2022 Acura RDX Release and Price
The 2022 Acura RDX will arrive sometime in the second half of the year and we don’t expect bigger changes in price. So, base models should go around 40.000 dollars. That’s notably less compared to rivals like Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC etc.