2022 Acura RDX Looks to Remain atop the Podium with New Styling, More Features and Available Long Beach Blue Pearl PaintSep 21th, 2021
The new RDX is restyled with an even more distinctive and sporty exterior, quieter and more premium interior
Standard tech now includes wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa Built-In
Retuned suspension and Integrated Dynamics System make it the most comfortable and dynamic RDX yet
Sporty RDX A-Spec® now available with Platinum Elite Package, broadening the appeal of one of Acura’s most popular trims
MARKHAM, ON. SEPT. 21, 2021—Featuring refined styling, a dramatically quieter cabin and a retuned suspension, the 2022 Acura RDX is the most dynamic, comfortable and refined 5-passenger SUV in Acura history.
Making its debut at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in striking Long Beach Blue Pearl paint, the 2022 RDX lineup is expanded with the availability of a new top trim, combining the sporty style of the highly popular RDX A-Spec® with the premium features of the Platinum Elite Package. The 2022 Acura RDX will begin production this fall. Pricing will be released closer to it’s launch date.
A hand-crafted, limited-production 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be available for sale at launch. Each 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be adorned exclusively in a stunning Long Beach Blue Pearl paint with Orchid Milano leather interior, both colors shared with the electrified 600-horsepower NSX Type S supercar. With production limited to just 15 units available in Canada, it will be Acura’s most exclusive PMC Edition yet.
“This new RDX is the most premium version Acura has ever built and will no doubt continue its legacy of success in Canada,” says James Marchand, assistant vice president Acura Canada. “Over 90 thousand RDXs have been sold here since 2006, it will remain a testament to our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance.”
RDX’s turbocharged 272-horsepower 2.0-litre VTEC® 4-cylinder is one of the most powerful standard engines in its class. It’s paired with a smooth and responsive 10-speed automatic with standard Sequential SportShift paddle shifters. Acura’s signature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) with true torque vectoring is standard on all RDX grades.
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- New sporty and dynamic exterior design inspired by MDX flagship SUV
- RDX A-Spec® now available with the Platinum Elite Package
- Extensive refinement updates, including an enhanced Adaptive Sound Control (ASC) system, reduce road noise and increase cabin quietness on all RDX models
- New tech features include standard Wireless Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Amazon Alexa Built-In, and available Qi-compatible Wireless Charging
- Acura IconicDrive™, part of the Technology Package, offers 24 interior lighting colour combinations, each inspired by the world’s great driving destinations and racetracks
- Updated Integrated Dynamics System delivers more distinct driving feel between its four driving modes
- Retuned available Adaptive Damper System delivers more response in Sport mode, more comfortable ride in Comfort mode
- Flat bottom sport steering wheel now included on RDX A-Spec®
- New RDX PMC Edition features Long Beach Blue Pearl paint from the NSX Type S, Orchid interior and exclusivity with production limited to just 15 units
- Expanded AcuraWatch™ now includes standard next-generation safety technology like enhanced Blind Spot Information with Acura-first Lane Change Assist, Rear Seatbelt Reminder and Front and Rear Low Speed Braking Control
Refined New Exterior Design
Drawing inspiration from the fourth-generation Acura MDX, the Diamond Pentagon front grille of the 2022 RDX features a new thinner, more sophisticated chrome surround. With broad aggressive forms and a larger air intake, its new front fascia also is similar to MDX and makes the RDX appear wider and more powerful. LED fog lights, which are standard on A-Spec and Platinum Elite Package models, as well as the PMC Edition, are highlighted by a new chrome trim.
For a more distinct appearance from the rear, the 2022 RDX receives a reshaped rear fascia with cutouts for the new sophisticated rectangular dual exhaust finishers. The RDX A-Spec® continues to standout with large-diameter round exhaust finishers in a gloss black finish.
All RDX models come with either 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels. RDX features a 19-inch 10-spoke design standard, while RDX with Technology Package wears similar wheels with a machined face and Pewter Gray accents. RDX A-Spec models are equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels with Shark Gray finish. On the RDX A-Spec with Technology Package, a Shark Gray split-five-spoke design is used, while the new for RDX A-Spec with Platinum Elite Package features an all-new 15-spoke wheel design.
All 2022 RDX models are available in a new Liquid Carbon Metallic, while Phantom Violet Pearl is offered on RDX models equipped with the Technology Package.
Most Premium RDX Cabin Ever
For a more premium experience, the 2022 RDX receives extensive updates to reduce road noise in the cabin. A new front fender liner reduces road noise and the Adaptive Sound Control (ASC) system has been enhanced to further cancel exterior sounds from polluting the interior ambiance. The engine’s cold idle speed also has been reduced from 1100 rpm to 950 rpm, and two-wheel drive models adopt a new lower torque rod to quell engine vibrations.
Included with the Technology Package is a new, thicker carpet padding. The front doors receive a new sound insulator, plus acoustic glass to further reduce road and wind noise. A new and thicker noise insulation pad in the dash reduces engine noise further, and a new insulator in the D pillar further reduces road noise.
Platinum Elite A-Spec models feature the quietest cabin in RDX history. This is achieved with an additional sound insulator in the ceiling, and even more sound insulation added to the dash, under the hood and over the drivetrain tunnel. The rear doors also receive an insulator and acoustic glass. In the cargo area, the cargo bins now feature sound insulation, and the rear hatch inner covering has additional sound deadening materials. Genuine aluminum trim on the doors, dash and center console is standard on RDX.
More Standard Tech
For 2022, RDX adds an impressive list of leading-edge connectivity features to its standard equipment list including wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a USB-C charging port, and Amazon Alexa Built-In. With Alexa Built-In, drivers can ask Alexa to navigate to a specific address or point of interest, play music, make calls, listen to audiobooks, check the weather, control smart home devices, find parking and more. Additionally, the RDX’s 7-inch full color instrument display now includes a digital speedometer.
A rear camera washer is also now standard on the RDX, and remote engine start function with expanded range and 2-way LED feedback on the all-new key fob.
Also new for 2022, is a Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging and IconicDrive™ LED ambient lighting as part of the Technology Package. First offered on the 2021 TLX, Acura’s IconicDrive™ system allows the vehicle owner to select between one of 27 distinct ambient lighting colour combinations, including 24 inspired by the world’s great destinations and racetracks. In vehicle charging is further improved with the addition of a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area on Platinum Elite Package models.
Sporty RDX A-Spec® Expands Up the Lineup
With its sporty design and additional visual attitude, A-Spec is the most popular grade with RDX buyers under age 45. For 2022, RDX customers can now spec the A-Spec sport appearance package with either the feature rich Technology Package or the line-topping premium features of the Platinum Elite Package, further expanding the RDX’s appeal upmarket.
All RDX A-Spec models feature a gunmetal finish on the Diamond Pentagon grille and fog-light trim, a gloss-black grille surround, lower intake, door, window and headlight trim. A-Spec badges adorn the front fenders and liftgate.
In the rear, there’s gloss black taillight trim and a more aggressive fascia with a diffuser-style design and cutouts for the large round gloss-black exhaust finishers. The A-Spec with Platinum Elite Package also features a new elaborate 15-spoke 20-inch wheel design finished in Shark Gray.
Inside, A-Spec models are distinguished by a new flat bottom steering wheel and metallic trim with a “Dark Y” pattern on the dash, doors and center console. Contrast stitching has been added to the Ultrasuede® insert on the passenger side dash, and the door panels now feature new Ultrasuede® inserts. When equipped with the Red interior option, the door and center console arm rests are now keyed to the rest of the interior color. Also new for 2022 is an Orchid leather interior option, available exclusively on the A-Spec with Platinum Elite Package.
Improved Driving Experience
Refinements to RDX’s standard Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) noticeably improve the driving experience and allow the driver to better customize the SUV’s dynamics to match a wider range of conditions. The updated system now features four more distinct drive modes (Normal, Comfort, Sport and Snow) which are selected by turning the Dynamic Mode Dial prominently mounted in the center of the dash.
Each mode now features more distinct programming of the Electronic Power Steering (EPS), throttle and Adaptive Sound Control (ASC). With the available Technology Package, the Integrated Dynamics System also changes the color of the IconicDrive™ LED ambient lighting. In addition, Acura has improved the 2022 RDX’s brake pedal feel by retuning its Electronic Brake Booster (EBB).
Platinum Elite A-Spec models also feature an updated Adaptive Damper System (ADS) with more recognizable ride and handling characteristics across the four modes, improving both ride quality and response throughout the range.
Normal Mode – In the default Normal mode, drivers experience an ideal balance between the ride comfort and isolation of Comfort mode and the responsive and sporty handling of Sport mode. Normal mode features a default white interior ambient lighting scheme.
Comfort Mode – Retuned for a more relaxed driving experience, Comfort mode lightens the feel of the Electronic Power Steering and adjusts the throttle for smooth starts. The Adaptive Sound Control minimizes engine sounds, and the ambient interior lighting defaults to a soothing blue. The ADS on Platinum Elite A-Spec is tuned softer than before for a more comfortable and isolated ride without sacrificing body control.
Sport Mode – The most aggressive setting, Sport mode tunes the EPS and throttle for more immediate response. For an even more thrilling driving experience, the ASC also has been retuned for a sportier engine sound, and the ambient interior lighting defaults to a sporty red. To improve handling, the A-Spec® with Platinum Elite Package features its own unique ADS tuning to better match and maximize the performance of its 20-inch tires.
Snow Mode – Snow mode uses a gentle throttle profile to increase traction in slippery conditions, and the softer suspension profile from Comfort mode.
New Long Beach Blue PMC Edition
The fifth Acura model to be built at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC), the new 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be offered exclusively in vibrant Long Beach Blue Pearl paint. Shared only with the NSX supercar, the striking colour salutes North America’s most iconic street race – the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Hand-crafted alongside the 600 hp Acura NSX Type S at the PMC in Ohio, it will be Acura’s most exclusive PMC edition yet. Limited to just 15 hand assembled units available for the Canadian market, each 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be individually numbered with a serial plaque on the center console denoting the special edition.
The RDX PMC Edition also stands out with a body-colour grille surround and a gloss-black Diamond Pentagon grille. The door handles, outside mirrors, roof and roof antenna also are gloss-black, along with the A-Spec badges on the front fenders and the Acura, RDX and A-Spec badges on the tailgate. The PMC Edition rolls on Berlina Black 20-inch wheels with an elaborate 15-spoke design, and its large round exhaust outlets are finished in a unique dark chrome.
Inside, all 2022 RDX PMC Editions feature the new Orchid interior color with blue contrast stitching to reflect the exclusive exterior color. Premium PMC Edition floor mats also are included. PMC Editions are contented with all available Platinum Elite A-Spec premium features including the Head-Up Display (HUD), Surround View Camera, Rear Outboard Heated Seats, and 16-way power front seats with adjustable side bolsters.
The assembly process of every RDX PMC Edition begins with the delivery of the body-in-white from the East Liberty Auto Plant which produces RDX. Once the five-day paint process is finished, the Acura’s most skilled master technicians hand assemble each PMC Edition, which then undergo the same quality control process as the NSX before being wrapped in a specially designed car cover and transported to a dealer via an enclosed car carrier.
Safety remains an RDX hallmark for 2022, with updates to safety technology and additional structure to improve crash performance to meet future standards.
The Blind Spot Information (BSI) system that includes Cross Traffic Monitor is now a standard feature on RDX, and for the first time on an Acura vehicle, includes Lane Change Assist. The new system’s detection range extends 29.5m behind the vehicle, more than four times as far as before.
Standard parking sensors on RDX with Technology Package are now utilized to integrate a new front and rear low-speed Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system. When the vehicle is driving forward or reversing between 1 and 6 mph, the system detects objects in front of or behind the vehicle assessing if there is danger of a collision. Examples of detected objects include vehicles, utility poles, walls and even glass (such as storefront window). If an object is detected, the system provides visual and audible alerts, and applies throttle control and braking.
Standard on every RDX, the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies also gets an update. A new Traffic Sign Recognition system uses a camera, rather than GPS location, for more accurate speed limit information displayed on the 7-inch digital instrument screen, and on the Head-Up Display (HUD) on Advance Package models. Additionally, the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) has been updated with Pedestrian AEB, which operates at speeds above 6 mph.
Also standard on RDX for 2022 is a new rear seatbelt reminder system, which uses visual and audible cues to notify the driver if rear seat occupants have buckled their seatbelts.
Targeting future crash safety targets, the 2022 RDX also features multiple new collision technologies. Rear passengers are now better protected in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) moderate overlap test thanks to new outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioning and load-limiting technology. Additional structure in the doors improves side impact collision performance, meeting the new SICE60 protocol.
Design Engineering and Manufacturing
Designed at the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, and developed in Raymond, Ohio, the third-generation Acura RDX marked the first time RDX was designed and developed in North America. Like its predecessor, the 2022 RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio.
The RDX’s 2.0-litre VTEC® turbo engine is produced at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, while its new SH-AWD™ system is manufactured at the company’s Russels Point, Ohio transmission plant, and the 10-speed automatic transmission is manufactured in the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant.
About Acura Canada
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. and is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the Acura MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV. Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. Acura celebrated its 30th anniversary in Canada in February 2017 and has grown to include over 50 locations in its dealer network across the country. For more information, please visit www.acura.ca.