2023 Acura RDX Preview: Hybrid, Release Date, Interior, Engine

2023 Acura RDX

This year brings some pretty interesting novelties to Acura’s lineup. Not only that the mid-size MDX has received a complete redesign, but the compact RDX also came with a lot of updates. It received a so-called mid-cycle refresh, which included some interesting styling updates, as well as a couple of novelties on the inside. On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the car remains the same. Considering all this, we believe that the 2023 Acura RDX will continue in the same way, without more important updates.

This means that you may count a familiar design, which makes this crossover a well-balanced choice that offers good ride quality and good build quality, at a pretty affordable price. We like how it rides, while the turbo-four engine ensures pretty good driving dynamics. Furthermore, the cabin is spacious both in terms of passenger and cargo space.

As there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Acura RDX will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.

2023 Acura RDX

2023 Acura RDX Design

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 model has just received a mid-cycle update. We saw a couple of pretty interesting novelties, starting from a new grille that features a 3D pattern. Also, there is a more aggressive front bumper, with new air intakes, while you also have a choice of two new color options – Liquid Carbon Metallic and Phantom Violet Pearl. The rear end also received updates, in the form of a new rear bumper and new exhaust tips.

Considering all these changes, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Acura RDX will continue in the same way, with familiar design characteristics. Still, there’s a chance to see a couple of new color options in the offer and similar minor updates. Mechanical changes are not expected.


On the inside, we don’t expect notable changes either. The 2023 Acura RDX is about to carry on with the same interior, which hasn’t changed much with the recent refresh. We saw some new tech features but the overall cabin design remained the same. So, you may count on a cabin that offers decent quality, good ergonomics and lots of standard equipment.

2023 Acura RDX Interior

Furthermore, this cabin also offers plenty of space. It comes with two rows of seats and both accommodate adults passengers pretty easily. Furthermore, the front seats offer decent support, while the visibility is good in most directions.

The cargo area also offers some petty decent numbers. You may count on about 29.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 58.9 cubic feet behind the front row, which is above average for the segment. Also, you can get an optional hands-free power liftgate.


This aspect of the car shouldn’t bring bigger changes either. The list of standard and available equipment will remain pretty much the same as in the current model. So, all models should come standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, a 10.2-inch display, Amazon Alexa, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a touchpad controller, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and three USB ports. Among options, we expect to find upgrades like remote start, GPS-linked climate control, a navigation system, wireless device charging, and a 12- or 16-speaker stereo.

The same thing goes for safety features, where we expect to see features like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, rearview camera and similar things on the list of standard equipment. Also, count on a couple of available upgrades, such as head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, surround-view camera, rain-sensing wipers etc.

2023 Acura RDX Engine

Things under the hood won’t change either. We are about to see a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which in this case puts out around 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for more than respectable driving dynamics and a convenient overall ride. The engine comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the front and, generally, does a pretty fine job. Of course, you can also opt for the company’s well-known SH-AWD system.

When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the segment.

2023 Acura RDX

2023 Acura RDX Release Date and Price

Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Acura RDX will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022, with a starting price of around 40.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX etc.

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