#PRODUCTWATCH: 2019 ACURA RDX ELITE
With just a few weeks left of Summer, we needed an adventure and we found it so odd that another Summer was about to pass why where were weren’t invited not to even one Barbeque! I mean, I’m fun right? I just never seem to make the cut to these cozy summer house parties which I imagine my friends having secretly without me!
Set on making this happen, we made it a priority to catch-up with friends we don’t get to see enough. This of course was all made possible by a test drive of the 2019 Acura RDX Elite. The luxurious SUV in Platinum White Pearl combines sophistication, style and utility in one spacious package, giving its driver a lift in status.
The RDX Elite’s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine operating at 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque is packed with power and we imagine this doing quite well in these frigid and snowy winters, yet still posessing versatility as a flashy summer ride with its sizy monroof and state-of-the-art climate control. The SUV is ready for the summer with high-powered vents, back-row climate control for passengers and both seat coolers and heaters. This is tailored to our unpredictable Canadian weather.
While Acura hasn’t caught-on yet to its sister company Honda yet in spoiling us with a charging plate for your smartphone, the ride comes with an abundance of charging ports. Its 12-speaker stereo system sounds glorious with great acoustics and we can prove it:
Connecting to our phone playlists was a breeze as was taking phone calls via Bluetooth. We love that the RDX Elite was SiriusXM-ready as our morning drive to work isn’t complete without Hits 1 Morning Mashup! Its console features a 10.2 inch LED display which has a laptop mouse-like touchpad located under its push-button gears on which you navigate its menu. Did we mention our perforated leather-trimmed seats were adjustable 16-ways with settable position memories?
The RDX Elite is crammed with meticulous safety features giving you ease of mind. Automatic High Beam makes driving that simpler whether you’re in the City or the Country like us. Automatic Emergency Braking with Forward Collision Warning is a life saver especially in unpredictable Toronto traffic which can seeing you cruising along the 401 one second and braking in a heartbeart. You all know what I’m talking about! Lane Departure Warning with Road Departure Mitigation are intuitive, as is its Lane Keeping Assist. The rear-view camera was invaluable helping us parallel park downtown and back-into tight underground garage parking.
One defining feature is the RDX Elite‘s power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors. You need to see them to believe how cool they are. And we will never complain about having a roomy trunk with an self-opening and closing hatchback! We’re obsessed.
We truly have been spoiled by Honda‘s game-changing Fuel Economy and environmental consciousness and wish that Acura took some inspiration too in this. The RDX Elite operates at a Fuel Enconomy of 11.0 L/100km in the City and 8.7 L/100km on the Highway. This can be a bit of a challenge on the wallet, especially when commuting long distances. We went through a third of a tank of gas overnight driving to work and back and doing a one way drive from our Barbeque home Caledon to Markham.
In the end we were able to spend time with our friends and loved ones, and won’t forget what joy we had celebrating the Summer with our dear Princess, roasting marshmallows and making Smores on the bonfire!
See the wonderful time we had and the Bonfire we made! We’ve now met our BBQuota for the Summer! Hover cursor right to navigate gallery.
We even got to catch-up with our Contributor Dave over doughnuts at my fave, The Sunshine Doughnut Co. out his way and we’re thrilled he got to meet Mr Will finally!
One of the joys to summer driving into the weekend as quieter and quicker morning commutes and we savoured it greatly in our luxurious sidekick!
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The 2020 Acura RDX Elite is out now. Learn more about it here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)