Iím an owner of a 2017 RDX Tech, and I owned a 2016 CRV for a year prior and then traded the tinny ride and lawn mower experience to purchase the RDX.
I moved up since the cabin, ride, suspension experience in the RDX are night and day compared to the CRV.
The 2016-2018 RDXís are excellent with the exception of the front grill and infotainment systems which was fixed in the 2019 RDXs. Itís a beauty which is why I am looking to buy one (or used) when the 2020s are out. Get the new model revision bugs worked out.
Iím doing test drives this summer and more research myself. In the end, happy to have good choices with Honda/Acura...just surprised and disappointed to what I reading from owners of the 2019 RDX.
2019 RDX owners, please share your experiences!
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I bought a new 2018 RDX w/Technology Package in August 2018, just as the new 2019 RDX models were coming online. So far, I have been extremely pleased with my decision to go with an Acura. Having previously owned a 2004 Honda Odyssey with almost 200,000 miles on the odometer, I can attest to the longevity and reliability of the Honda products. One major decision to buy an RDX over the Honda CRV was the fact that the 2018 RDX has the 3.5L V6 engine and the excellent 6-speed transmission combination as opposed to the CRV with the 4cyl and CVT combination. Also, with the oil dilution issues that Honda is having with this engine as another factor to buy the Acura. With that said, I will also say that I have had the opportunity to drive a new 2019 RDX for two days while my car was in for routine service. Of course, the major difference in the cars is the engine and transmissions. The turbo 4cyl in the 2019 RDX is not a bad engine, although I felt that it was having to work awfully hard to move the car around - it was fine off the line from a stop light, but after that it seemed to just "run out of breath" and felt lethargic. A big negative to me is the 10 spd transmission in the 2019 RDX - it made me feel like I was driving a "Mack truck" what with the thing shifting through all those gears! That in itself would take some getting used to, along with the touch pad system for the infotainment system. It seemed to be very awkward and cumbersome to me. But there again, these observations were made driving this car for two days, as opposed to driving it for say 5 or 6 years. Having also had the opportunity to drive a new 2019 MDX, I really feel that when the time comes for me to trade my 2019 RDX in, unless Acura makes some changes in the engine lineup for the RDX, I will "spend a little more" and step up to the MDX. I might have bought an MDX this time around, but I got a really good deal on my car as a "model year end" special, so it was worth it. I know that some people have made disparaging remarks about the "bird beak" grille of the 2018 (and previous) Acura's, but to me, you just get used to it. And actually, after awhile, it really doesn't look that
bad! And as far as the infotainment system goes, I have not experienced any issues with the system. It works as it is designed to do. Anyway, I wanted to share some of my observations with you, and wish you the best of luck in your car hunting. Please report back your findings and what your final decision is when you do make the purchase of a new Acura vehicle.