2019 Acura RDX Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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As a mid-size SUV, the 2019 Acura RDX offers cargo space, versatility, and reliability. This model year is the third generation RDX, and it's been tweaked to showcase more athleticism as well as high-end features that put it squarely in the luxury market. New for 2019 is a different type of engine that's now turbocharged, and an additional package - the A-Spec - provides another option for consumers.
Powering the 2019 Acura RDX
Under the hood of the RDX is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It has 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, giving it the ability to respond quickly to drivers' commands. The automatic transmission features ten different speeds, and it's designed to have a lot of low-end torque. If more control over shifting is preferred, there are paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
The engine can either be paired with an all-wheel or front-wheel drive system. The AWD model gets an estimated 21/27 (city/highway) miles per gallon, with the FWD model boosting up those numbers to 22 and 28 miles per gallon.
Getting Behind the Wheel
The 2019 Acura RDX has four different drive modes. This lets drivers better optimize the performance to meet their needs given various situations. Comfort mode provides a peaceful, smooth ride, and Snow mode ensures that the power delivered to each wheel is continually adjusted to maintain traction.
In Sport mode, throttle response is maximized, taking the vehicle into high gear a bit more quickly than in the other two modes. To take things one step further, there's the Sport+ mode. This is even more aggressive in terms of shifting and response, and the paddle shifters have to be used since the SUV goes into manual mode.
The RDX's Design
The compact SUV has a unique look, with a pentagon-shaped grille that features diamonds shooting out from the Acura symbol. The front fascia enhances the sportiness of the Acura, and the LED headlights are sleek and narrow in addition to being bright.
On the back of the 2019 Acura RDX are other interesting design elements. The dual exhaust finishers contrast nicely against the moldings, and the LED taillights enhance the modern appeal of the RDX.
There are eight standard exterior colors, ranging from Performance Red Pearl to Modern Steel Metallic. One color, Apex Blue Pearl, is only available on RDXs with the A-Spec Package. Inside, the leatherette seats can come in a variety of colors, including bright red. 19" wheels come on the base model of the 2019 Acura RDX. Larger and more luxurious wheels are available as well.
Three packages are available on the 2019 Acura RDX. The Technology package includes 19" pewter gray wheels and premium sport seats. Other features include a climate control system linked to the GPS so that it can better predict one's needs, a 3D View around the car, and several driver-assistive safety mechanisms. Further, navigation is built into the infotainment display, and music from various sources can be played on a ELS Studio audio system.
The A-Spec Package has a different type of focus, with more design elements in place. It can only be added on to vehicles that are also getting the Technology package. The SUV has 20" split five-spoke wheels, bumpers designed specifically for this package, fog lights that use LEDs, and special exterior badging. On the interior, there are sport pedals to make it more fun for certain types of drivers, red lights that can enhance the ambience of the cabin, and front seats that are both heated and ventilated.
The Advance package is another one that can be added on, only in conjunction with the Technology package. Its distinct advantages include a heated steering wheel, white accent lighting that gives things a cool feel inside the cabin, and a surround-view camera system. With this package, the front seats can be adjusted in 16 different ways, and the rear outboard seats are also heated. The tailgate can be operated remotely, and even the windshield wipers - which can sense rain - were built using premium technology.
Without one of these packages, the RDX still feels like a high-end vehicle. The power tailgate is useful on busy shopping trips, the power moonroof is ideal for letting in some fresh air, and the heated front seats provide comfort on cold days.
This Acura RDX includes AcuraWatch. This suite of systems can work to prevent collisions or at least minimize the power of the impact. With an adaptive cruise control system, the vehicle can adjust to changing traffic patterns on its own. Other assistive systems warn drivers if it seems like they're departing their lanes and can adjust steering as necessary. The RDX can predict front collisions and even put on the brakes before a driver can put his/her foot on the right pedal.
In this SUV, the driver and passengers can enjoy surround sound and the ability to quickly access information. The True Touchpad Interface has been carefully calibrated and is designed to be user-friendly. Apple CarPlay provides a seamless way to make calls, send and receive messages, look up directions, and play favorite songs through the vehicle's infotainment system.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Acura RDX invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Acura RDX MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.