Every once in a great while, a new car will come along that is capable of getting even the most casual drivers a little excited. Sometimes it's because there is a brand new design and sometimes, it's because there is something on the horizon that offers a dramatic improvement on a previous model. Such is the case with the 2022 Acura RDX. It definitely isn't an entirely new model, as the RDX isn’t exactly new. However, it is a brand new version of the already popular model and it's worth taking a closer look.
More Than Meets The Eye
As far as the exterior is concerned, there aren't that many changes to the 2022 version. However, there are just a few small changes that should be noted. For example, both the front and rear bumpers were designed to be more streamlined, thus providing a more rounded appearance. The grille was also slightly redesigned, making the vehicle look more like it's slicing through the air as opposed to a giant block using brute force to get from point to point. Aside from these relatively minor changes, the exterior remains largely the same as it was before. The most important changes made by Acura include both the vehicle’s handling and its interior.
Of course, safety is always of paramount concern with any automotive manufacturer. Acura is no different. As a direct result of their efforts to make the safest version of this car possible, they incorporated some changes to the handling and steering so that the car would be more responsive, effectively helping it hug the road better during corners. These same changes also improve the way the vehicle drives during bad weather, making the prospect of traveling through a driving rainstorm a little less daunting. The changes also provide for a much more comfortable ride because you're not getting bounced around as much as you were with the previous model. Finding the balance between responsive handling and a comfortable ride can sometimes be a real challenge. Typically, the more comfortable a car is, the less responsive it is. Acura has done a good job here. Overall, the handling is excellent, the car responds well to steering inputs and the brakes have enough stopping power to get the vehicle under control without a lot of unnecessary drama.
Comfort And Convenience
Modern-day vehicles must have something to offer and it doesn't always come down to the way the vehicle performs. Obviously, performance is important but unless you're a car buff who chooses an automobile strictly for its cornering ability or how fast it can go from 0-60, there has to be something more. Acura delivers because they didn’t just make the interior of the vehicle comfortable, but also practical from a modern-day perspective. In order to make it more user-friendly, they included the standard information and entertainment system, complete with the same touchscreen you would expect to find in virtually any other SUV. However, they took things a step further by providing a number of power outlets and ports where you can charge practically anything you can imagine. Think about what it would be like to be able to plug in your laptop and work directly out of your vehicle. That prospect is becoming more and more popular because people are working remotely more than they ever have before. Those who enjoy the opportunity to truly be mobile while they are working often have their laptops with them while they are traveling. The problem is, there aren't a lot of carmakers that are addressing the issue, so if you plan to work remotely while you're traveling, you’d better hope that your battery stays charged. Acura is one of the few carmakers to recognize the need for a standard 120 volt outlet, made possible through the use of a converter. Of course, there are also a number of USB ports and even a couple of auxiliary ports at your disposal, too.
A Feature Just For Music Lovers
Perhaps the thing that sets this car apart more than anything else is the fact that it has an integrated system that allows you to lay your phone on a special pad on the center console and simultaneously charge the phone while automatically connecting it to the vehicle's audio system. That’s right, all you have to do is lay the phone down. There is no need for charging cables that end up getting tangled all over the place. All you have to do is place the phone in the indicated area. From there, you can take and receive phone calls directly through the vehicle's audio system as well as listen to your favorite music directly from your phone and you don't have to worry about stopping to plug anything in. It's all done through Bluetooth technology. The best part is that it syncs up automatically when you put the phone on the specialized console. It all happens very quickly, a real benefit for any individual who has ever struggled for what feels like an endless amount of time trying to get their phone to sync up with their car's audio system. By the way, it doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or an Android. Acura has designed the car’s audio system to sync up with either one.
As you can see, the 2022 Acura RDX really is a car for the next generation. Acura made minor changes to the car’s appearance and even changed its handling to make it more responsive. However, it is in the interior that the real magic happens. This is an automobile that is designed to be more user-friendly for those who both travel and work out of their vehicles. Because of that fact, it offers flexibility that most modern-day vehicles simply don’t provide, even in today’s market. It’s no wonder that this new model is getting so much attention. The first new models are set to be available for sale this November, so customers won’t have to wait long to get their hands on one.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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