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2019 Acura RDX Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The redesigned 2019 Acura RDX hits a home run with its interior. The great-looking cabin deserves a spot next to the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5, which have some of the best interiors in the class. The seats are spacious and supportive, there's above-average cargo space, and a revamped infotainment system headlines a long features list.

  • "That additional sense of the RDX being a luxury product truly starts to be conveyed when sitting in its all-new interior. Finally, Acura has crafted a cabin worthy of a luxury nameplate and not one that's simply a slightly nicer version of a mass-market Honda. The A-Spec's brushed aluminum trim feels genuine, and the suede-like fabrics and plastics all feel luxurious and upscale." -- Cars.com
  • "The new cabin is plenty attractive. The Advance package's leather, open-pore wood and metal accents convey a convincingly upscale impression." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior-wise, the RDX and XC60 are fairly closely matched. There's something else you should probably take some time with. Acura's product developers were not screwing around with this car. It really is that nice. Sitting in even an A-Spec after driving the Audi Q5 made us wonder why everybody would want a German car that comes off so boring. Yes, Audi – long the standard-bearer for interior appointments in this segment – is just a sea of square, gray plastic compared to the Acura." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The RDX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Milano leather upholstery, front seats with added adjustability, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Whether you sit up front or in the back, you can relax in this Acura. Both rows of seats have plenty of space and support, making them great for spirited driving and long-distance cruising. Drivers get plenty of forward visibility, but rearward visibility is limited.

  • "Front and rear, [the seats] … provide an easy-chair plushness without sacrificing support. They're nicely bolstered and contour perfectly with your body. This is especially notable in the second row, where automakers often skimp on comfort. Here again, it's worth paying extra for the Advance model, which adds upgraded seats with power side bolsters and thigh support. Either way you go, the seats are finished in the same buttery leather that … also wraps much of the cabin." -- Motor Trend
  • "The seats are terrific, too. Rearward visibility isn't great, however, and forces you to rely on the surround-view camera. Nevertheless, the RDX's practicality remains impressive. The cabin is truly spacious, even in the back seat, and cabin storage options abound." -- Edmunds
  • "When we first set off in the RDX, we were immediately impressed by the seating. After some typical adjustment, it simply disappeared from our conscious attention. This is high praise, especially for anything under the Honda umbrella. A seat you don't think about is a seat that isn't giving you back, neck or leg pain." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the RDX include a panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, a touchpad controller (known as the True Touchpad Interface), mobile hot-spot capability, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, and AcuraLink, which lets you lock or unlock the car from your phone, request roadside assistance, view vehicle technical data, and track the RDX if it’s stolen.

Available features include GPS-linked climate control, a 12- or 16-speaker ELS audio system, two additional USB ports, and navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include AcuraWatch and a rearview camera. AcuraWatch is a suite of active safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and lane departure warning. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Perhaps the biggest change as part of the RDX's redesign involves the new infotainment system. It now uses Acura's True Touchpad Interface (TTI), which features a touchpad controller on the center console that mirrors the display screen. In other words, to select an icon on the screen, you press the corresponding location on the touchpad.

The system definitely takes some getting used to, but it's fairly intuitive after a bit of practice and has a smart menu layout. Though not everyone loves it, the general consensus is that the TTI system is easier to use than rival systems from Cadillac and Lexus once you get the hang of it. The main downside is that when you start the car, it takes a while for the infotainment system to boot up.

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  • "The 2019 RDX is also the first vehicle to feature Acura's new True Touchpad Interface … we appreciated the effort Acura put into ensuring that the infotainment tech is as easy to use as possible. There's definitely a learning curve – A and B 'zones,' split screens, and the lack of haptic feedback mean it isn't immediately intuitive the way that a touchscreen would be – but once accustomed, True Touchpad Interface feels vastly superior to similar systems used by Acura's competitors (Lexus, we're looking at you)." -- Autoblog
  • "Our time spent with TTI was promising. Unlike a touchscreen that requires you to guide your finger to a desired icon, TTI can be operated at a quick glance or even using peripheral vision. It offers the intuitive interaction of a touchscreen with fewer of the 'glance time' issues of such a system. It's also very responsive. There's a bit of a learning curve to TTI – we initially kept trying to move the highlighted portion around like a mouse – but only because it is different, not because it's difficult." -- Edmunds
  • Think of it less like an input device and more like a remotely located overlay for a touchscreen and you're in the ballpark, functionality-wise. Press on the pad in an area corresponding to the location of items on the screen and it will activate them. Sounds simple, right? It is. If you're unsure as to the correct place to press, you can also drag your finger around to highlight items on the screen until the one you want is selected, then push (the pad depresses for selections, like clicking a mouse button). We hated it much less than we expected to."-- Left Lane News

Cargo

The RDX gives you 29.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Only a couple of rivals provide more space with all seats in use, and even the RDX's maximum capacity is above average for the class. On top of the already useful amount of space, there are under-floor storage compartments that give you a safe place to store valuables.

  • "Check out the thoughtful, deep, three-cubby storage under the rear cargo hold." -- Detroit News
  • "Same goes for the bring-everything cargo area that combines plentiful volume with clever in-floor storage cubbies and back seats that fold nearly flat." -- Edmunds
  • "The RDX's cargo space is enhanced with a hidden storage compartment under the floor. It's 6 inches deep, measures 16 x 30 inches, and includes handy segmented bins. The additional 1.7 cubic feet of stash space is perfect for stowing laptops, tablets, cameras, purses, and other valuables out of the sight of larcenous eyes." -- New York Daily News
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