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As though a mid-cycle refresh three years ago was not enough, Acura has totally overhauled its RDX for 2019. Out goes the 3.5-liter V-6 engine in this third-generation SUV to be replaced by a 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder turbo blasting off 272 horsepower (down 7) @ 6500 rpm and 280 pounds-feet of torque (up 28) @ 4500 rpm. Also say goodbye to the 6-speed auto gearbox, which has been swapped with an absolutely seamless 10-speed.

Keeping the SUV steady at all times once again is a MacPherson strut front but with a revamped 5-link rear suspension to result in a well-damped ride. Thanks to the dual-pinion variable ratio electric power steering, which means no hoses or pumps, there are fewer trips to the gas station. Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) distributes power not just between the front and rear wheels but also the left and right rear wheels. Our SH-AWD model EPA estimates are 21/26 mpg, a modest increase in city mileage. Comfort, sport, sport+ and snow modes are offered.

This year, the RDX is bigger and better in all respects. Wheelbase gets a boost of 2.6 inches, length by 2.4, with a wider track (1.1 front, 1.3 rear) and a larger fuel tank (1.1 gallons) than its predecessor. Up front, it is an attention-grabber with jewel-eye LED headlights and tail lamps flanking the signature diamond pentagon grille. The A-Spec package fetches the owner 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seats with ultra-suede inserts, cooled seats, gloss-black accents on grille, larger exhaust tips, and more. The interior with brushed aluminum accents on the instrument panel, doors and central console is inviting. Standard amenities include 12-way power front seats, 60/40 rear seat, tilt/telescopic steering column, dual auto a/c, and a power moon roof and tail gate that can be activated remotely. Total passenger volume is a worthy 103.5 cubic feet while cargo space is up by 5 to reach 31.1 cubic feet. The underfloor bin in the cargo hold should come in handy during the long summer trips.

Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, front/rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, vehicle stability assist with traction control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist (which maintains the ride in its path), blind-spot monitor, collision mitigation system, multi-angle rearview camera, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system are standard. These now include all the safety technology that comes with AcuraWatch.

As we head into inclement weather this hurricane season, the SH-AWD (also offered in front wheel) capabilities of the RDX will certainly ensure safety for all occupants. Plus, the facelifted SUV boasts exceptional handling prowess, attractive styling and a pleasing interior.

Wheelbase: 108.3 inches
Length: 186.8 inches
Weight: 4,015 pounds
Height: 65.7 inches
Width: 74.8 inches
Fuel capacity: 17.1 gallons
Base price: $45,600
Price as tested: $46,595
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