I agree w you. I think the tech packages for all manufacturers must cause them issues. As a small example, my issue with Honda+Acura is that I had a '16 Pilot and it's Nav showed the speed limit on the nav ... pretty handy. Jump in my '17 MDX SH and you would think it would be same features or similar but there's no speed limit on nav. Jump in a '19 RDX, it's nav shows the speed limit on the dash/nav (or maybe hud?) - can't recall for sure but it did show it... Why is that?
And, I like not having 100s of buttons, I'd say the RDX center stack and it's having +/- button for fan speed for climate is more amiable / practical / functional than the digital screen on the MDX
Small issues but things I thought about some.
MDX needs more than RDX imho too so whatever they do next model '19 or '20, they need to be at least what RDX does or more
and that audio sys in RDX, I turned mine on and up and I'd say RDX seemed better to me too! That's not right! :)
I also liked those alum covers and where they placed the speakers. Wood touch was really nice and MDX needs all of those placements.
It was slick for sure.
I'd say this - I never even thought of ever seriously buying a hybrid. The only reason was the Sport portion. However, to me, it's a brilliant system that I'm avg 25.7 mpg, 29k miles in a year, 71 tanks.
For an MDX and it's size, that's incredible if you ask me. And, it's quick!
Acura should push Sport+Hybrid + SH-AWD on anything [maybe that might be going too far?] they do but their systems seem common sense and practical.
anyway, I'm excited about the RDX for sure.
bnilhome wrote: Your experience really aligns well with what I just commented on above. The MDX hybrid has some advantages but you can also feel the heaviness from it, and it's not as modern as the new RDX. I would really like to see the sports hybrid system in the RDX as that thing could really take on some of the performance lines of the German carmakers while delivering better MPGs. I also would love to see the MDX redesign debut at an auto show in early 2019 as opposed to early 2020.
Replacing the 3.5L V6 from last yearís model is a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder as the only engine available. Starting out as the same celebrated powerplant from the Honda Accord, itís tuned here to put out 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. While down a bit in horsepower from the V6, the torque is up a notable 28 lb-ft and both figures better the outputs of the RDXís key competitors from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Volvo.
Whatís more, the power curve is much flatter than before, making the Acura more driveable in normal conditions. The power-to-weight ratio of the RDX is better than its competitors, also lending to better performance. Our drive around western Vancouver Island showcased the little engineís flexibility as we hurried the Acura up and down the twisting mountain roads and around the endless flow of dawdling tourists.
Thereís a new 10-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that helps the RDXís driveability, too. While I was never impressed by Acuraís nine-speed found in the TLX, this new 10-speed never seems to be caught hunting for the right gear.
Acura claims this new transmission provides a first gear thatís 15 percent lower than last yearís, which helps the RDX energetically jump off the line from a standstill, and four-gear downshifts are programmed in for when theyíre needed to really get the hustle on a passing manoeuvre. More importantly, under normal operating conditions, the shifts go mostly unnoticed, but during more energetic driving, gear swaps happen with immediacy.
Unsurprisingly, the combination of smaller engine and 10-speed gearbox nets appreciable fuel efficiency benefit. Roughly 10 percent better than the old RDX, the new one is rated at 11.0 L/100 km city, 8.6 highway and 9.9 combined.
Here is another really strong review of the RDX from Forbes. It's nice to see Acura not simply focusing on its Japanese counterparts but also going for European competitors, and with a product that is in such hot demand (crossovers). I do what Acura sedans to improve too, but crossovers are where its at now.