2022 Acura RDX gets fresh styling, Long Beach Blue PMC Edition


Long Beach Blue looks great on anything.

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Acura’s best-selling vehicle in recent years has been the RDX crossover, with over half a million units sold since its launch in 2006. The third generation model will be updated for 2022 to better match the recently redesigned MDX SUV, with a fantastic special edition as a supplement.

The styling changes to the 2022 RDX are minimal but effective. The grille frame is thinner, the headlights have new interior paintwork, the thin air intakes have been moved further outwards and the redesigned rear bumper has rectangular exhaust trims. (Sporty A-Spec trim strips, however, keep the round exhaust trims.) There are new wheel designs from 19 to 20 inches, A-Spec and Advance trim strips get new LED fog lights and the color palette gets new Liquid Carbon Metallic and Phantom Violet mother-of-pearl tones.


Styling optimizations for the 2022 RDX are minor.

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Inside, things look pretty much the same except for a few new trim options like bronze-colored aluminum and a flattened steering wheel on the A-Spec. But Acura engineers worked much harder to make the RDX’s cabin quieter than before, starting with a new fender trim, lower cold idle engine speed, and a retuned Active Sound Control system. Models with the technology package have a new soundproofing pad in the dashboard; Acoustic glass and new sound insulators in the front doors; and thicker carpets and D-pillar trim. The Advance package builds on this with insulators and acoustic glazing in the rear doors, soundproofing in the roof and additional insulation in the dashboard, above the transmission tunnel, in the cargo area and under the bonnet. In addition to making the 2022 RDX much quieter, Acura has also retuned the SUV’s suspension for a smoother ride and tweaked its four driving modes to offer different characters.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on every RDX, as is Amazon Alexa capability, a digital speedometer and a USB-C port. The technology package now offers 27-color ambient interior lighting, a wireless charging pad and a rear-view camera washing machine. With the upgrade to the Advance model, you get new functions such as a 12-volt socket in the cargo area, electrically folding mirrors and remote engine start. Every RDX now also has blind spot monitoring with lane change assistant, an updated traffic sign recognition system, automated pedestrian emergency braking and a seat belt reminder for the rear seats.


The interior has some new standard tech features.


But the most exciting news is the return of the PMC Edition. Acura presented this limited special edition for the first time on the previous generation MDX and TLX, with the RDX also received treatment last year. Each PMC Edition is hand-assembled in the same Ohio factory that builds the NSX, each with unique paint colors and trim. For 2022 the RDX PMC Edition is painted in Long Beach Blue, the same new color as debuted on the NSX last fall. The new RDX PMC also gets a lot of darkened exterior panels and a cream-colored Orchid Milano leather interior with black Alcantara accents and blue stitching. While the PMC Edition was previously the only way to get the look of the A-Spec with the features of the Advance package, the regular 2022 RDX is now available in A-Spec Advance form – that means part of the appeal of the PMC is slightly gone, but at just 200 units, the 2022 RDX will be the rarest PMC edition to date.

Acura says the new RDX will hit dealers in early November. Don’t expect a massive price hike from the 2021 model’s starting price of $ 39,445, with the PMC Edition likely to cost around $ 55,000.


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