Auto manufacturers no longer have the luxury of overlooking even one SUV segment. Acura has accumulated experience, expertise and a solid reputation in the field, having introduced the first-generation RDX model in 2007. For Cadillac, the XT4 is entering this market for the first time in 2019.
These days there are so many models and sub-niches that it’s difficult to define which players are competing with others in a segment. We can say that the RDX ranks very high on the 2018 sales hit parade, finishing second at just over 8,000 units sold, a few hundred more than the Mercedes GLC and about 2,000 behind the Audi Q5 that leads the compact luxury SUV segment and has for several years. The too-new XT4 is not yet in the sales rankings.
2019 Acura RDX
The RDX debuts its third generation model for 2019. Compared with the outgoing version, it’s longer and wider and it offers a more-generous living space. The silhouette is youthful and fresh, and there are no fewer than five versions to be chosen from, including for the first time an A-Spec version with 20-inch black rims unique to this version. The styling is not really a radical departure from what we’ve seen before, but it’s pleasing to the eye with a grille that’s unlikely to repel anyone. This is already a pretty important first point in its favour: an Acura that’s distinctive, a looker even.