Four years into the market and the compact luxury crossover is ready for a redesign. Minor changes are all we saw in the past couple of seasons. Now, a bigger dose of modifications, inside and out. Still, fans are looking for an engine lineup addition. A turbo-four is pretty potent. However, the 2023 Acura RDX is going to introduce a new configuration. A hybrid model is a logical choice, but we still don’t know what kind of a setup the compact SUV could deploy. Since the Type S is back in the business, experts speculate which is the next model to get this kind of package. The RDX is one of the favorites.
There are a few reasons why you should wait for the 2023 YM if you intend to buy this crossover. First of all, it will be new, compared to the carry over for this season. Acura will do everything to keep the most favorite features and improve all the issues on the vehicle. The 2023 Acura RDX is going to be a luxury vehicle, and the price is well adjusted. However, the company is being under fire since there are no prestigious versions. The Type S could fix that. The price is OK, and buyers are getting plenty of equipment. But, every additional choice will require the purchase of the entire package.
2023 Acura RDX Hybrid and Type S
Two rumors are hot. The 2023 Acura RDX Type S will always be interesting because of the upgrades this package is bringing. For a long time, it was not in production. Until a few months ago. Acura introduced the TLX sedan and MDX with this bundle. It didn’t take too long to experts to start bidding who’s next. The RDX belongs to the popular compact SUV class. Plus, the crossover needs more options under the hood. On the other hand, the current configuration is pretty potent with 270 hp.as we mentioned, the RDX needs a prestigious version to compete with German premium crossovers. The Type S is not going to take on the Mercedes AMG and BMW M versions with 500+ horsepower, though.
Another drivetrain that should be available is a hybrid. Most rivals are already using this kind of configuration to maximize both power and gas mileage. It is a surprise why the RDX is not borrowing a setup from its non-premium sibling, Honda CR-V. Engineers made it one of the most efficient rides in the market, with 42 mpg. The 2023 Acura RDX Hybrid will definitely need more power than the CR-V crossover. The Type S might also be a hybrid version of a current engine, that will bring the total output over 300 ponies.
Standard Drivetrain, SH-AWD
Under the bonnet of the 2023 Acura RDX will still be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The outputs will stun most fans. The compact crossover is ready to crack 270 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That is not a surprise for the luxury segment. Still, some other carmakers are using similar configurations for the entry-level models. High-end options are usually above 300 horsepower. Type S or hybrid could make the RDX do the same.
A ten-speed auto gearbox and front-wheel drive are standard. But, all the owners will recommend the Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). That is a $2,000 investment. The gas mileage is not suffering too much. With an all-wheel drive, the crossover returns 24 mpg, while the standard setup delivers 1 mile more.
Equipment, Packages and Prices
The base 2023 Acura RDX is going to be equipped with plenty of standard options. Well, the price of $38,000 indicates this is not an ordinary crossover. Highlights are the set of 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, two-zone climate control, 10-inch display, AcuraWatch safety. Of course, there are plenty of other features available even on the base version. We’ll see what kind of packages the new RDX is going to offer. Well, the A-Spec is the most popular upgrade, not only on the compact crossover. Larger wheels, ventilated seats, and leather upholstery are the most notable additions. Advance is the high-end bundle with the most impressive features. Technology package adds nice equipment at a reasonable cost.