Acura MDX SUV Forums banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,520 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Super strong body, re-tuned suspension, 10 speed AT and 2.0T. I think once Honda irons out all the little details concerning the new AT and turbo engine, RDX is going to be a winner again. Curious whether Honda will give up J35 in favor of some 3.0T engine. Hopefully not.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,690 Posts
I will be replacing my 11 MDX (+110,000 miles) and 08 RDX (+150,000 miles) in the next 1-3 years down the road. Hybrid or turbo power will soon be the norm down the road. I'm just a little worried since the 19 RDX will be almost all new bumper-to-bumper and Acura seems to have some issues with 1st year models. I will most likely wait until the 2020 RDX at the earliest or after the the 3rd Gen RDX MMC to purchase. Leaning towards the 18 sh-sh-awd MDX first since the reviews and feedback have be pretty good from current owners.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
<center><img src="http://blog.consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-21-at-11.05.56-AM-1024x733.png"></center>
<center><img src="http://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2018/01/2019-Acura-RDX-Prototype-rear-side-view.jpg"></center>
<center><img src="https://www.carprousa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2019_Acura_RDX_Prototype_005-1-1-e1516894515400.jpg"></center>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,520 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
The shape is pretty close to that of CX5 in general, but the content is a lot better. I guess it means a very tough sell for higher trim CX5. As to MDX, it is very hard for me to get over the infamous 9 speed transmission, which is used in lower trim Odyssey. If I buy an MDX again, it has to be a 4th gen after the 1st model year.

Don't know much about Sh Sh AWD. I guess the electric motor helps to smooth out low speed jerkiness so that a 7 speed DCT works well enough? It is a very cute idea. Just don't know how well it actually works. Also the lack of towing power might be a concern for some drivers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
The shape is pretty close to that of CX5 in general, but the content is a lot better. I guess it means a very tough sell for higher trim CX5. As to MDX, it is very hard for me to get over the infamous 9 speed transmission, which is used in lower trim Odyssey. If I buy an MDX again, it has to be a 4th gen after the 1st model year.

Don't know much about Sh Sh AWD. I guess the electric motor helps to smooth out low speed jerkiness so that a 7 speed DCT works well enough? It is a very cute idea. Just don't know how well it actually works. Also the lack of towing power might be a concern for some drivers.
wow, the 2019 Acura RDX really is a 2018 MAZDA CX5 with an Acura badge on it!! :D

<center><img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZrsgeWsHUOw/maxresdefault.jpg"></center>
<center><img src="http://blog.consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-21-at-11.05.56-AM-1024x733.png" width="92%" height="92%"></center>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,690 Posts
My main reason for going with the sh-sh-awd is because it has the 7DCT. I just didn't like how the 9AT felt compared to 6AT when I had 3rd Gen MDX loaner in the past. Acura is in development of a V-6 3.0T (not sure single or twin turbo) for the next gen of vehicles. I don't know if 3.0T will find its way into a RDX Type-S down the road. Towing for me is just a hitch mounted 4-bike rack. I just need to make sure one of my next new(er) vehicles can do that (can't even add a hitch for a bike rack for the sh-sh-awd MDX).

Mazda really makes some good looking vehicles. I would really consider the CX-5 if it came with more HP.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,952 Posts
can't even add a hitch for a bike rack for the sh-sh-awd MDX
How did you arrive at that conclusion? It was my understanding that the hitch would successfully mount to the Sport Hybrid. Although not rated to tow, I've seen no indication that a bike rack was unacceptable.

Mazda really makes some good looking vehicles. I would really consider the CX-5 if it came with more HP.
The CX-5 does look great. It's not as refined as I'd want, however. I'd also be concerned with long-term dependability and rust. Rust seems to be a recurring problem for Mazda.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,690 Posts
How did you arrive at that conclusion? It was my understanding that the hitch would successfully mount to the Sport Hybrid. Although not rated to tow, I've seen no indication that a bike rack was unacceptable.
I've been going by the info from other members on this board and they own the the sh-sh-awd MDX. You can add a hitch, wiring harness, and spare tire to the sh-sh-awd if you want. Owners called the dealership asking about adding a hitch just for bikes only and dealership advised against adding a hitch for any reason everytime. Some owners are looking into roof mounted or rear hatch hanging bike rack only for the sh-sh-awd MDX to CYA. My guess there isn't a way for the dealership to prove or dis-prove you used the hitch for bikes only if there is an issue with the 7DCT and/or electric motors. One sh-sh-awd owner wanted to tow his speed boat a few miles down the road only (21 footer, +3000lbs).

If I'm going for the sh-sh-awd; no hitch for me until the factory warranty and any extended Acura warranties expires.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,952 Posts
I've been going by the info from other members on this board and they own the the sh-sh-awd MDX. You can add a hitch, wiring harness, and spare tire to the sh-sh-awd if you want. Owners called the dealership asking about adding a hitch just for bikes only and dealership advised against adding a hitch for any reason everytime. Some owners are looking into roof mounted or rear hatch hanging bike rack only for the sh-sh-awd MDX to CYA. My guess there isn't a way for the dealership to prove or dis-prove you used the hitch for bikes only if there is an issue with the 7DCT and/or electric motors. One sh-sh-awd owner wanted to tow his speed boat a few miles down the road only (21 footer, +3000lbs).
I would think if you had the hitch installed but NO wiring harness then you couldn't reasonable to any "towing" with it (legally) and they couldn't say that you did, without other proof. Of course, I am not a lawyer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
Nah, the chrome trim is totally different! Convergent evolution?
correction, the 2019 Acura RDX really is a 2018 HONDA CR-V (or perhaps even a 2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid?!) with an Acura badge on it >:)

<center><img src="http://www.hondacarmodels.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2017-Honda-CR-V-front.jpg"></center>
<center><img src="https://projectcarsreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2020-Toyota-RAV4-hybrid-redesign-pictures-.jpg" width="83%" height="83%"></center>
<center><img src="http://blog.consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-21-at-11.05.56-AM-1024x733.png" width="75%" height="75%"></center>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,520 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I think the side view and the back view are the most indicative. The details might differ in a lot of places, the general shape the designers try to convey is very close. Both try to convey a sense of traditional sports-car-like appearance. RDX is a little bit more aggressive. But fortunately, the designer for RDX did not go crazy and tried too hard. The only place that seems less classy is the semi-floating roof design, which is trendy right now, but won't age as well as CX5's corresponding part. But overall, it is not bad, very comparable.

The CRV just gave up and tries to be as useful as possible.

<center><img src="https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/honda/cr-v/2018/td/2018_honda_cr-v_prf_td_1103171_1600.jpg"></center>
<center><img src="http://cdn-ds.com/evox/2018-Mazda-CX-5-Sport-Maple-Shade-NJ/seo/color_0640_001/12082/12082_cc0640_001_41W.jpg"></center>
<center><img src="https://www.carprousa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2019_Acura_RDX_Prototype_005-1-1-e1516894515400.jpg"></center>[/QUOTE]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
870 Posts
The CRV just gave up and tries to be as useful as possible.
Practicality and value? What the heck is Honda thinking?

But I think RDX will be about mild self-indulgence without breaking the bank. With a particular focus on sportiness and being "fun-to-drive". And isn't that what Acuras have always been about? ( Whether or not they forgot that somewhere along the way... )
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,690 Posts
I imagine the 4th gen MDX will look 85%-90% like the 2019 RDX. I don't think Acura will change this new look unless the 19 RDX sales go back to 1st Gen levels.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
sharp looking '19 Acura RDX, er...I mean '18 KIA Sportage...

<center><img src="http://www.mdxers.org/gallery/500/thumbs/KIA.jpg"></center>

<center><img src="http://www.mdxers.org/gallery/500/thumbs/RDX.jpg"></center>
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top