2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

Acura is working on converting entry-level luxe hunters to its cause, and the second step in the strategy that started with the 2016 ILX is this, the 2016 Acura RDX. Revamped and prettified to better match not only Acura’s latest design language – glitzy “Jewel Eye” LED headlamps and less plasticky snout included – but the raised expectations of luxury SUV buyers the 2016 RDX gets a new engine, gives economy a bump upwards, smarter all-wheel-drive, and a more capable infotainment system. Meanwhile, there’s an even more expensive version at the top end to capitalize on what Acura says is a new breed of drivers.

On the outside, the styling is broadly the same as before only tauter, with most changes around the grille and lights, as well as the lower front and rear fascia. The trapezoidal front vents are now chrome-trimmed and sharper, and the wheels are new for the 2016 model year, too.

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