It's more expensive than last year but there are a ton of new features.
The refreshed 2022 Acura RDX was revealed last month with a bunch of new features, a light refresh on the design and some new options for the slick A-Spec version. It took some design cues from the new MDX SUV and its Acura Watch safety suite gets some new features too.
We now have pricing info, and it appears that the new model year will bring just a $400 price increase on the base model, which will now cost $40,345 including $1,045 in destination and handling, a non-negotiable tax. Acura's sweet Super Handling All-Wheel Drive or SH-AWD adds $2,200, which is a $200 bump from last year.
The 2022 RDX crossover, which competes with the Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair and Infiniti QX50 in the near luxury segment, returns with the same powertrain as last year, namely a turbocharged 2.0-liter four making 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That goes to either the front or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Changes for 2022 include the availability of the Advance Package on A-Spec models (that option group adds adaptive dampers, the 10.5-inch head-up display, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a few other things); enhanced noise cancelling, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in Alexa and a new interior lighting system with 27 color combinations.
Additionally, Acura updated its drive modes for a more distinctive feel, retuned its adaptive dampers for more response in Sport mode (and more comfortable in Comfort), and added a flat-bottom wheel on the A-Spec. The new RDX PMC Edition wears Long Beach Blue Pearl paint from the NSX Type S, an Orchid interior and is limited to just 200 examples.
Acura moved almost 5,000 RDXs in September, it's best since 2018. It also had its best third quarter since 2018. So things are going well. A nice midcycle update should keep this fresh until the next-generation comes, which probably won't be electric, in a few years.