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2016 Acura RDX Refresh Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

Updated crossover gets a revised engine and refreshed styling.

Acura is hard at work freshening its lineup, and the RDX compact crossover is next up for some updates to follow the refreshed ILX sedan and MDX three-row crossover. The refreshed 2016 Acura RDX debuting at the 2015 Chicago auto show has a revised V-6 engine, tweaked exterior styling, and a new infotainment system inside.

Along with its new front fascia and reshaped shield grille, the 2016 Acura RDX is the last model in the lineup to receive Acura's "Jewel-eye" LED headlight design. LED taillights are new as well, and redesigned wheels round out the styling changes to this slightly more modern-looking crossover.

There are some changes under the hood as well, as the 2016 Acura RDX has an updated 3.5-liter V-6 with 6 more hp and 1 more lb-ft of torque than before. Adding cylinder deactivation helps highway fuel economy rise by 1 mpg, to 29 mpg for front-wheel-drive models and 28 mpg for all-wheel-drive models. This all-wheel-drive system has been revised for increased rear torque bias, and Acura says it has also retuned the steering and upgraded the engine mounts. Curiously, the standard six-speed automatic transmission remains, despite the fact that the larger 2016 Acura MDX crossover gained a nine-speed automatic transmission for its 3.5-liter V-6.

On the inside, the 2016 Acura RDX receives the company's dual-screen infotainment system, with a lower touchscreen to control the audio and navigation interface on the upper screen. There is also some updated interior trim with new silver and black trim, and a new 4.2-inch TFT screen for the instrument cluster that can display more information than before.

Acura has also restructured the RDX's available trim levels to better integrate some new options. A new Advance Package joins the existing Technology package, and this top-level trim now has rain-sensing wipers, remote start, ventilated front seats, and a whole suite of AcuraWatch active safety features including lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigating braking. The RDX Technology model also adds a power passenger's seat and a blind-spot warning system, and the base RDX has new standard features including heated front seats and air-conditioning vents for the rear seat.

Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2016 Acura RDX, but look for more information about this luxury crossover to come out closer to its on-sale date later in 2015.

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